Curly Girl Must-Haves

You may be tempted to do it, but your curly hair can’t be just forever left tied in a bun when it’s dry and uncombed when it’s wet.

Even though it’s more vulnerable to probably every hair problem out there –frizz, breakage, dryness among others, and the trial and error search for the perfect hair products, whether for styling, washing, maintaining, or just making sure it’s healthy, can be very, very challenging, it can be a source of pride as much as drop-down straight hair is.

Here’s a list of curly girl must-haves to keep your locks in place and absolutely waving glamorously regardless of whether it has the mind to behave or rebel for the day!

zala curly girl must-haves

#1 Wide Tooth Comb

Owning a wide-tooth comb is the most basic knowledge of your curly-haired life. Curls tend to tangle a lot and they hurt more when you try to comb them out. A nice wide-toothed comb can help you work out the tangles without causing any unnecessary damage to your beautiful hair.

#2 Microfiber Wrap

Just rubbing your hair dry with your usual towel, more often than not a terry cloth towel, after a shower can pull on your hair’s delicate strands and damage your curls. It’s high time you invest in a microfiber turban wrap or a microfiber towel for your after-shower curls.

#3 Sleep Protection

One of the most important curly girl must-haves is sleep protection. There are a number of things you can use to protect your hair while you unconsciously toss and turn in your sleep. These things can protect your hair from frizz and keep your hairstyle in place.

  • Silk or Satin Bonnets - If you have short curly hair, you can wear this to sleep because they help with the frizz and protect your hairstyle. It is not as recommendable for long hair since it can squish and smash your hair inside while you sleep.
  • Buff - Wearing a buff in your head at night helps with your curls and curl lumps. It also helps keep your hair lifted from the roots while you sleep. Opposite the bonnets, buffs are the preferable sleep headwears if you have long hair.
  • Silk or Satin Scarf - If you prefer to be pretty even when you sleep, you can tie this to your head to keep your hair in place while you sleep instead of wearing a bonnet. Additionally, scarf pineappling is one of the most convenient and effective ways to protect your hair style while at the gym. The scarf pineapple is perfect for workouts, especially ones that require you to lay on your back.
  • Silk or Satin Pillowcase - Just in case you don’t want to wear the clothing articles mentioned above when you sleep, you can use a silk or satin pillowcase to rest your head (and of course, hair) at night. Your hair will dry faster without the headwear but with a silk or satin pillowcase, it won’t get frizzy.

If you prefer a breathable and more natural fabric, you should go with silk. But if you’re trying to save money, you can buy satin. Whichever works best for you.

#4 Deep Conditioner

It is critical to deep condition your curly hair at least once a week for that healthy gorgeous and shiny wind-flowy hair. Otherwise, you’d get rough, frizzy, and dry crispy hair.

You might need to increase the frequency of deep conditioning your hair when it gets dry quickly like during the winter or when it is heat or chemically-damaged.

On the other hand, if you feel like your hair begins to weaken and become limp, you need to lessen to once every two or three weeks but not completely stop.

#5 Diffusers

A diffuser is a blow dryer attachment that diffuses, as the name implies, the air out of a hair dryer to reduce frizz and maintain your hair’s natural curls.

#6 Puff Cuffs

Puff cuffs are designed for thick natural, transitioning hair. It’s a creative spin to the traditional banana clips that keep your hair up in a puff and out of your face or just to secure your hair in a big bun.

#7 Shower Caps

Shower caps are some of those curly girl must-haves that many women seem to forget.

When you only need to wash your body, like after an intense workout, getting your curls wet causes frizz. You’ll need a waterproof shower cap to protect your hair from the shower streams.

Fun fact: there are even jumbo-sized shower caps lined with charmeuse satin to keep your hair soft and secure!

#8 Curl Refreshers 

Since there is no need to wash your curls every day, your curls might get a little drabby after a few days.

Curl refreshers make your curls look great every day. You can either buy a curl refresher that works for your hair or you can even play around with water and sulfate- and silicone-free conditioner to scrunch lightly on your hair every morning.

Your curls might drive you crazy most of the time, especially when it’s on an all-out misbehaving mode you just can’t control. But with the right set of hair tools and accessories, it’s not yet too late to tame those curls so you could power walk and sway your hair left and right when you’re out.

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August 21, 2020
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