4 Ride-Or-Die Products for Curly Hair, for the Road or at Home
You may have noticed I have rather curly hair. When I was young, it was the bane (and embarrassment) of my existence. I dreamt of waking up to slick straight hair that, in my mind, always had a way of looking so utterly perfect in a messy bun.
These days, it's quite the opposite. I'm incredibly proud of my curly locks, which are not only beautiful but also the perfect manifestation of my bubbly nature. It's cheesy I know, but without my curls, I wouldn't be me.
Of course with age, I have not only learnt to love my ringlets but also how to take care of them. Anyone with curly hair will know the struggles of dryness, tangles and frizz. It took me years to find the right products to nurture and enhance my curls. Firstly, the beauty market was slow to catch on and design quality curl-specific products. Secondly, it took plenty of trial and error before I found products that not only styled my curls perfectly but also created long-lasting hair health.
So without further ado, here are my top products for curly hair. I beg of you to try them if you haven't already.
1) Davines Love Curl Shampoo and 2) Davines Love Curl Conditioner: I discovered this set thanks to my wonderful London hair salon Ena. (Read all about why I love them here.) On my first visit I met the owner, Johnny, who took one look at my dry, wilted curls and said it was about time I start showing them some love. He tossed me a few samples of this Love combo (see what I did there?) which I trialled over a few weeks and I haven't looked back since.
The whole Davines range is organic so the products are gentle by nature. The Love shampoo has a slightly sticky consistency so you only need a few dollops to soak and gently lather into your hair and scalp. When I rinse it out, my hair feels squeaky clean but also nourished. The Love conditioner is mega-think and feels like putty. I don't need much (unless my hair is due a cut and my split ends are starting to show) but I like to use enough to cover every inch of my hair. I let this soak throughout the rest of my shower and when I finally rinse it out, my hair is silky soft and smells divine!
3) Davines Oi Hair Oil: Can you tell I'm a Davines fangirl? This one isn't exclusively designed for curly hair, but it's excellent for frizz control and renourishing dry, damaged hair so it's a suitable match for curls. I use this daily, after I've washed (or rinsed my hair on non-wash days) and towel-dried my hair. I squirt a few drops into the palms of my hands and finger comb it through, applying the majority on my ends.
4) Boucleme Hair Conditioner: This is the last step in my daily routine. I discovered this hair cream at a beauty event in London. I noticed a small booth with loads of curly-haired girls gathered round. Intrigued, I made a beeline towards the kiosk. I bought a few products from the range, but this was the one that made the cut into my permanent haircare collection. This cream is thick but lightweight and the simple packaging makes it easy to control the amount you use. I use this once the Davines oil has settled and my hair is starting to dry. (FYI - I always airdry my curls unless I'm in the depths of winter and have no choice but to blowdry.) Just before I head out the door, I squeeze a few drops of this cream into my hand, flip my head upside down and finger comb it through, scrunching my curls as I go. This product (and approach) help to refine every single ringlet.
So there you have it, my favourite curl products and daily haircare routine for life at home or on the road. Give these products a go and let me know what you think!
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