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 NaturallyCurly.com that helped me determine my hair type. NaturallyCurly.com 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