When you're rockin' a head of ultra-thick curly hair, it's essential to have a regimen that whips your curliest ringlets into shape and keeps them as healthy as possible. Here's a step-by-step of a few of our favorite products for natural ladies made with, of course, natural ingredients.
Pass on the harsh shampoos that can leave your curls dry and brittle for this creamy, sulfate-free cleanser ($13, Sleekhair.com) that acts to hydrate and moisturize, all the while making your ringlets clean and fresh. Infused with carrot seed oil, sage leaf and Arnica Montana flower extract, this one-stop shop provides a gentle lather, leaving you mesmerized amidst the beautiful fragrance. With its moisturizing properties, this "curlicious" product is even gentle enough to use every day! Quick tip: Before cleansing, give yourself a relaxing scalp massage with jojoba or coconut oil to remove buildup and prevent a dry scalp.
Tame your thick tresses with this all-natural, vitamin-rich conditioner ($10, Buy.com), and give your curls the intense moisture they constantly crave. Infused with white camellia oil to deep condition, organic aloe vera to moisturize and wheat germ oil to nourish and protect from heat and breakage, your ringlets will sincerely appreciate you! As it is chock-full of natural ingredients, this conditioner is gentle enough to use as a leave-in, without running the risk of drying your hair out.
A family business imbedded with a rich cultural tradition, Shea Moisture's all natural recipes date back to 1912, when the owner's grandmother began selling her homemade products on Sierra Leone's countryside. Surely tried and true, this deep conditioner's ($10, Walgreens.com) fair trade ingredients include shea butter, argan oil and Japanese honeysuckle flower extract, all which provide intense moisture and repair. After shampooing, massage into wet hair. As the smell is beyond heavenly, bask in the fragrance with your curls under a plastic shower cap for 30-40 minutes to let the masque really go to work.
Voted #1 in Essence Magazine's "Beauty Best Sellers List," this agave nectar-infused styling gel ($17, Justforskincareonline.com) defines thick curls, eliminates frizz and serves to provide long-lasting hold and shine without all the grease and sticky crunch. After conditioning, apply to dripping wet hair in small sections. Then, smooth each section with your fingers from root to tip. Let hair air dry for picture perfect curls, or if you like your mane a little wild, use a diffuser for added volume.