Model: Aaliyah Russel, Photographer: Amaris Jones

Throughout my long curly-haired journey, I have read several different blogs on curly hair, watched an endless amount of youtube videos, and tried tons of different products and tricks to keep my curls healthy and looking their best. It wasn’t until a friend of mine told me about the importance of learning your hair type and porosity that I was able to figure out what products would work best for me, saving me a lot more time and money. 

I found a texture quiz on that helped me determine my hair type. is an insightful website and community where women with all types of curls can learn more about taking care of their hair. I learned that my hair type can be classified as having a curly pattern, a 3C type, high porosity, high density, and a coarse width. As you take the quiz it not only determines your hair type but explains to you what your curl pattern, type, density, and so on, means and recommends products that might be good for you. Click here to take the quiz!!

We all have different hair types so it is important to keep in mind that even though some products might work well for others, it doesn’t mean it will for your hair. Here are some affordable products that I have found to work best for varying curly hair types.

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This is one of the bestselling products for curly hair and for good reason. This co-wash is designed to gently remove residue left behind from all the products you have used since your last wash. This co-wash leaves your hair ready for a fresh start while maintaining its natural moisture, unlike traditional shampoo. $7

This is by far my favorite product and is the one that my curly-haired friends, who all have different hair types, and I all seem to have in common in our routine. This is the first product I put into my hair after washing it. The smoothie contains coconut oil, silk protein, and neem oil. The coconut oil helps to hydrate, protect, and reduce breakage. The silk protein smooths hair for a soft silky feel, while the neem oil controls frizz. $10

This leave-in buttercream treatment is great for remoisturizing your curls in the morning and gives you 24-hour frizz control. I use it every morning to freshen up my curls and help give them life. Every time I use this product, I’m always met with comments on the smell, as it is a mixture of coconut oil and other fruits. $5

This sculpting gel is formulated with a blend of rice, keratin amino acids, and enzymes to hydrate, condition, and enhance curl retention. Oftentimes gels will leave your hair feeling hard, dry, and flaky, but this sculpting gel leaves my hair flake-free, frizz-free, and moisturized. A little goes a long way, so you only need a small squeeze for it to get the job done. $7

I’ve been deep conditioning my hair once a week using Silicon Mix for as long as I can remember. Silicon Mix works to restore the health and softness of dry, damaged, and weak hair. I usually let it sit in my hair after washing for at least 20-25 minutes before rinsing with cold water. I can immediately notice the difference in how my hair feels and looks when I don’t deep condition. $5

Curly Hair Tips:

  1. Use COLD water when rinsing the conditioner out of your hair at the end of your wash. The cold water will lock in moisture and give your hair strength. 
  2. To sleep at night, put your curls into a pineapple ponytail with an extra loose scrunchie.
  3. Use a satin or silk pillowcase/scarf to help smooth frizzy hair and keep it in place longer. If you use a silk or satin pillowcase it will help not only your hair, but your skin as well.
  4. When diffusing your hair use cool air rather than hot air. As great as diffusers are, nothing beats air drying your hair.
  5. I find that it’s easier to detangle your hair when you start from the bottom rather than the top.
  6. Be patient. Just like most things in life, it takes time for things to get better or grow, so it shouldn’t be any different when it comes to your hair.