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beauty + best products for curly hair

After years of denying my natural texture by straightening the crap out of my hair, I have finally accepted my curly mess of a lion's mane.

Truth is, when I was psycho-platinum blonde with over-processed, over-styled hair, my curls looked awful. They were dry and I really had to fix half of my hair with a curling iron to look like it was natural. It was frizzy and huge. While I love big hair, an afro isn't the best look for me. 

Now that I've regained my sanity and realized that I don't have to be the blondest person in the room, my curls are SO MUCH HEALTHIER like I can't even begin to express the disdain I feel for the years of bleaching my hair into oblivion. I don't have to use any heat products to fix my curls, they look healthy AF, and they're super manageable. 

I've also gotten to experiment with a bunch of different products for curly hair. I'm really bad at just sticking to one product and using it until it's empty (I probably have like 25 different kinds of serums and gels and things I don't even need), so I've pretty much tried it all. I've broken down my five favorite products for curly hair, so click read more to hear about my go-to's.

one | two | three | four | five

First off, let's take a moment of silence for Moroccan Oil. Every product does exactly what it says it's going to do, it smells fan-freaking-tastic, and the goddess that is Rosie Huntington-Whitely is their spokesperson. I would use any brand or product she advertised in a heartbeat. I've been using the Intense Curl Cream for about three years now (the same bottle actually, don't know how kosher that is but I'm pretending hair products don't expire), and it's honestly the best cream I've found to keep curls in tact. I always apply it when my hair is dry, because it's super thick and makes my hair too heavy if I use it with wet hair. I squirt probably between a pea size to lima bean size of product into my hands and then fluff out my hair. 

Next is OGX. This is the more affordable brand of the bunch, and I'm extremely impressed by everything they do. For the past year, each time I buy shampoo and conditioner it's always OGX. They have a "coconut curls" line that really hydrates your curls and keeps them fresh and healthy. This Hair Butter is great because you can leave it in or rinse it out, whatever your fancy.

If Moroccan Oil is the princess of hair products, Oribe is the queen. Good Lord my obsession with this overpriced but ridiculously worth it brand is depressing. Everything they put out is unreal. If you want to beach-ify your curls, use the Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse. It gives your hair a v salty and v beachy texture (almost gritty, but in a good way) and really helps the curls stay put.

Bumble and Bumble is great in general, obviously, and they had a new feature on their website about "What Type of Curl" you have; waves, spirals, ringlets, coils, and corkscrews. I naturally have "spirals" apparently, and the Bb. Curl Defining Creme is what's suggested to bring out my best curls. I have mini sample sizes of the creme, as well as the pre-style spray and I like them both so far. I trust anything by Bb, I just haven't used this product as much as the other ones!

Lastly, the Moroccan Oil Hydration Masque is the ultimate bae. Curls look gross if they're not hydrated properly, so every curly-haired girl needs a good deep conditioning hair mask to bring life back into their hair. A little bit goes a long way, so don't pile tons of this wonderful goo each time you use it.

For those with similar hair to mine...what products do y'all use?

Let's have a great Thursday!

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