I’m quite sure I’m not the only curly who struggles to tame my mane, so I thought I’d share a few of my tried and tested experiences of products specifically designed for curly hair... I guess mine is more wavy than curly these days - a result of me blow drying it straight for quite a while I think.
I’ve tested each of these products for a minimum of several weeks each to see how they work in different conditions, when used with styling products and on naturally dried hair. This is just my personal experience and I’m very aware that hair products tend to be as individual as skincare in terms of working differently for each of us. Where possible I’ve tried to suggest which type of hair I think each product is best suited to.
First up… label.m. Curl Spray
I find a lot of styling products weigh my hair down too much… I don’t like the feeling of stickiness they often create and hate when they make my hair lank. This product was suggested to me as one which would do none of the above - and it really works! Curl Spray can be used on wet hair before styling or on dry hair to add emphasis to curls between washes.
Results: Its humidity resisting formula helps with frizzies, it smells beautiful (of coconut), sprays in a super fine mist and accentuates curls and waves without stickiness or weighing them down. I like that it also provides heat protection during styling.
Best for: fine, medium or coarse wavy/curly hair. I use it quite lightly but would add more to coarse hair and possibly a few drops of serum or gloss on the ends for definition.
Price: label.m Curly Spray 200ml £8.95, 500ml £14.95 at The Beauty Booth (a retailer I’ve discovered recently and am massively impressed by - sells a brilliant range of hair, beauty and skincare products).
Osis Pump my Curls
As I’ve said before, I’ve been a massive fan of Osis styling products by Schwarzkopf Professional for years. Pump My Curls is a spray to cream formula designed for use on wet hair and gives ultra strong control.
Results: This product really does give great hold and definition. I normally style my hair with Babyliss Big Hair, which to be honest, gives good results even without product, but with the addition of Pump my Curls I really did notice that the curl lasted much longer, even on day two. I was aware of having product in my hair - it’s not sticky - I was just aware of it. This probably wouldn’t bother most people, but I’d personally save this one for special occasions when I really want to make an extra effort.
Best for: ‘Proper’ curly hair, unruly curls and frizz, medium to thick hair. I think this would be a touch heavy for very fine hair.
Price: Osis Pump my Curls, 120ml £11.05 at Look Fantastic
This is a late addition I’ve just remembered… another great Osis product that my lovely hairdresser once told me about and one of the few I’ve repurchased - Flatliner Iron Serum Spray £9.25 at Beauty Bay. Yes I know, a strange choice for wavy hair (maybe not so good on megacurls) but believe me - it works! It’s lovely and light and just smooths out the waves and defrizzes like magic.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse
I bought this around the same time as my Babyliss Big Hair and it’s almost empty, which is a good sign as I rarely finish hair products! It’s designed for adding hold and definition to wavy or curly hair and eliminating frizz. I hadn’t used mousse for years before getting this - it was frustrated attempt at finding something that wouldn’t weigh my hair down too much.
Results: Curl Reviver adds volume, gentle hold and definition to my hair. Its formula is quite light, which I guess is normal for a mousse. To be honest it didn’t wow me, but I did enjoy using it and found it great for helping everyday hair look a little more polished. It did help ease the frizz, but didn’t eliminate it completely - so I guess it does exactly what it says on the tin! I sometimes added some serum to the ends and surface of my hair after blow drying with this.
Best for: fine to medium wavy or curly hair, hair lacking in volume.
Price: £4.99 at Superdrug (or £7.49 for 2)
Phil Smith xtreme style xceptional curl cream
Phil Smith Curl Cream came hugely recommended to me by several other curlies and while I did like it, I wasn’t as blown away by it as I expected to be. Maybe I’d just built my hopes up too much! I definitely prefer spray formulas as I find the result more lightweight - this one is a cream that is worked through the hair with your fingers.
Results: Adds some definition and hold, smells good. The first few times I used this I did love it, but it seemed we had a mere fling together as it has sat abandoned in my cupboard ever since. Saying that, it has serious fans, so you might love it too!
Best for: I think this would be best suited to thicker, more definite curls - it’s quite rich and moisturising so should help defrizz too.
Price: I bought mine in Sainsbury’s where it is currently £4.09
I really hope this has been helpful to some of you… I’d really love to hear about your favourite styling products for wavy and curly hair in the comments below. I’ll be doing a separate post on serums in the New Year.
Thanks for reading, Nic xx