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I'm Caitlin Wilson, a twenty-something midwesterner with a penchant for neutrals, donuts, and makeup. Thanks for reading!

Must-have products for curly hair

Desktop1I am by no means an expert on haircare. To be honest, doing my hair is the part of my daily routine I least look forward to, which is probably why I always go back to short hair. It’s just easier!

My hair is naturally curly and has been for my entire life. I used to fight it (hello, scrunchy), then was in denial (hello, straightener/ponytail), then went through a crunchy mousse phase. Since those oh-so-terrible middle-school hair days, hair-care products have come a long way for us curly girls. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Redken's Curvaceous Wind Up — Curly & Wavy Hair Reactivating Spray: I use this for second-day hair after I’ve slept and smushed my curls a bit. It makes them bouncier again.
  • Redken Soft Spin 05: This gives my hair a little more texture and hold than the anti-frizz lotion I use but without the results of a crunchy mousse.
  • Curling wand (.75" or smaller): With shorter hair, my curls tend to be a bit unruly if let loose. After my hair dries completely after a shower, I use this curling wand to touch up the top layer.
  • Josie Maran Argan Oil: If used sparingly (and I really mean sparingly), this is great for the ends of my hair where it can be dry or brittle during the winter months. No, really — use it sparingly unless you want to have greasy curls.
  • Redken's Curvaceous Ringlet - Anti Frizz Lotion: The miracle worker of anti-frizz products. I need to buy another bottle ASAP.
  • Redken's Curvaceous Curl Dive - Hair Mask for Curly Hair: Finally a hair mask for curly girls that won’t make hair weighed down or stringy! I use this 1-2 times in the shower each week. 
  • Redken’s Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist: The holy grail of setting mists. I spray this right before I curl the top layer of my hair, and this spray will make those ringlets stay in tip-top shape all day long. It does make hair slightly crunchy and sticky, but it’s well worth it for curls that last all day. And you straight-hair gals, this would be great if you’re using any sort of straightener or curler on your hair. It’s a real miracle-worker.

I know some of these products can be a bit pricey, but in my experience, they’re well worth it for the quality you receive in each bottle. Most of these products last me a full year before I have to buy another one, so when you factor in the cost-per-use, it’s really not that much. My big tip when buying Redken products? Wait for Ulta to have a buy two, get one free sale and stock up on your favorites or try out a new one. That’s how I discovered some of these products, and I love them. Good luck, curly girls!

*Note: This is not a sponsored post by any of the above companies. I just happen to love and use these products on a daily basis.

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