The best curly hair products

Samantha J. Gross
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For most people, summertime means sunny days spent outside, enjoying the warm, seasonal air. For curly-haired folk however, the hot season comes with an anticipated bit of stress.

The warm, humid summer air tends to exacerbate frizz, and curls seem to shrink shorter and shorter at breakneck speed.

The frizz factor drives many to grapple with dozens of different products, straighteners and even damaging salon treatments in a frazzled attempt to achieve sleekness.

The good news? Curl products exist – here are our five of our favourites that give us hope for summertime curls.

1. Bumble and Bumble Bb.Curl Defining Crème

This shape-enhancing cream creates controlled, moisturised curls that last all day, even through humidity. Although the smell is sweet, it’s not overpowering like curl creams tend to be. Try it with the Bb.Curl mousse for more definition.

Use: On damp curls (also can be used on dry curls, but use sparingly to avoid greasy texture)

Best for: Wavy to curly hair

£23.50, Selfridges. Buy it now

2. Aveda “be curly” line

This four-step line of products includes curl enhancers, detanglers and hairsprays, as well as shampoos and conditioners. The product does a good job lengthening curls for a looser look while leaving hair feeling light and bouncy (no gross residue!) The citrus scent will leave your curls smelling as fresh as they feel.

Use: With still-wet hair to tame frizz as your curls dry naturally.

Best for: All curl types

From £17.50, Aveda. Buy it now

3. John Frieda Frizz-ease 10 day Tamer

This pre-wash treatment is used on dry hair, and turns frizzy hair into silky curls for 10 days, even through several washes. No heat, no fuss, no problem. It’s not magic, but it’s probably the next best thing.

Use: On dry hair

Best for: Frizzy, damaged hair

£12.99, Boots. Buy it now

4. DevaCurl No-Comb Detangling Spray

As one of my friends once told me, “DevaCurl saved my 20s.” This leave-in detangling spray helps undo knots and tangles without needing a comb or brush (aka the enemy for curly-haired ladies). This spritz ensures smooth, shiny, frizz-free curls.

Use: On damp hair

Best for: Curly hair

£16.09, DevaCurl. Buy it now

5. Soap and Glory: Glad Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner

Turn that frown upside down and make your sad days glad with this fruity formula. For an inexpensive product, this shampoo seems to do it all — smooth, repair and strengthen even the frizziest hair.

Use: In the shower, on wet hair

Best for: Frizzy hair

£5.50, Boots. Buy it now