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Five Best for curly hair

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair, Limp Hair, Dull Hair
Reviewed by Marta October 7, 2009 12 Comments
Let me be straight. I do not have curly hair. At a certain length it ripples and when I grow it towards my shoulders it forms soft waves. Any longer and it becomes pitifully limp. And as a Caucasian, I can't advise anyone with or aspiring to dreadlocks. I have, after years of experimentation and my new found wisdom as the result of researching for Truth In Aging, come up with a variety of solutions to give me a boost on limp days and tame when its humid. Plus I've had some great tips from my more tousled-haired friends.

From one red-haired pre-Raphaelite, I was introduced to Clay Esthe Pack. but decided not to include it here as this conditioner works equally well for a smooth as silk look. From another friend, I got a ringing endorsement for Living Proof's No Frizz. This is especially for those whose curls need taming. If you want curls but don't have them, you'll get a kick out of Bumble & Bumble's Surf Spray. For the romantically inclined, you can have summer beach waves all year around with Fekkai. To keep waves in place without nasty plastics, I turn to John Masters Organics almost every day. I haven't really come across a good shampoo that is specifically for curly hair, but Aveda's Be Curly is a very useful conditioner.

Ingredients in John Masters

Water (Purified Deionized), Sea Algae Extract (Wild-crafted), Sorbitol, Carrageenan, Gum Tragacanth, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Scleroteum Gum (Mushroom), Essential Oils of Citrus Sinensis (Blood Orange*), Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange*), Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar Atlas*)

Ingredients in Aveda:

Abies balsamea (balsam canada) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf, babassuamidopropyltrimonium methosulfate/behenamidopropyltrimonium methosulfate/stearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetearyl alcohol, biosaccharide gum-1, castor isostearate succinate, cetyl alcohol, cinnamomum cassia leaf oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, cymbopogon martini oil, fragrance (parfum), glycerin, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, palmamidopropyl trimonium methosulfate, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, salvia sclarea (clary) oil, sodium benzoate, sodium gluconate, tapioca starch, tocopherol, water.


Ingredients for Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray:

Water (Aqua), Magnesium Sulfate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Algae Extract (Algae), Isoceteth-20, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (Parfum).

Ingredients in Fekkai

Water (Aqua/Eau), PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Propylene Glycol, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Panthenol, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Bioflavonoids, Sea Water, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Algae Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Dextrin, Hydrolyzed Algin, Hydrolyzed Actin, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzophenone-4, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.

Ingredients in No Frizz Wave-Shaping Curl-Defining styling cream for medium to thick hair:

Water, VP/VA Copolymer, PolyfluoroEster, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Glycerin, Myristyl Alcohol, Polyacrylate-13, PEG-8 Stearate, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Polysorbate 20, Sorbic Acid
  • November 30, 2014

    by Jess

    Curly hair folks, please try all Jessicurl products! I buy from the online website or from my hairstylist. The Jessicurl product line was developed by a naturally curly gal who is passionate about curls. NO SULFATES. Her curl cleanse cream is the only "shampoo" I will use. And the Confident Coils help my spirals looking really nice. I was so relieved when I finally discovered this product line. It has changed my attitude about my hair and really helped bring out the best in my natural curls!

  • August 7, 2010

    by mary french

    I have very thick, curly, grey hair. The BEST product I have found is Curls Rock, by Catwalk. I also like Davine's Love, Moisturizing Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid, which I occasionally use as a leave in conditioner. It is expensive though and I've never seen it in a store, but you can get it on line. Deva Lo-poo shampoo is pretty good, but finding a good shampoo is difficult.

  • November 5, 2009

    by Leslie Wayne

    For awhile I used Devashon products, specifically their No-Poo and Low-Poo shampoos, (I know you don't need suds in order to clean your hair, but there's something reassuring about lathering up and rinsing out the dirt and grime), and their An-gel, which is medium weight and has excellent hold. But it's been awhile and I didn't really scrutinize their ingredients at the time. Have any of you other curly girls used their products?

  • October 16, 2009

    by marta

    I just checked...there are sulfates in the shampoo, but not in the other three products.

  • October 16, 2009

    by aerwin

    I tried Quidad too several years ago. It left my hair drier also. SIGH! I just cannot find anything I am totally satisfied with. I would prefer not to use sulfates as my hair is color treated.

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