Spring Up Your Curls with These 10 Best Products for Curly Hair

Curly hair is generally high maintenance. While other hair types can usually get away with the wash-and-go style, curls require products to reach their full potential and thrive all day long. Because curly hair tends to be drier as a result from natural oils of the scalp not reaching the coils, curly-hair gals have to supplement with haircare products that hydrate, condition, and work wonders on strands. Whether you're looking for frizz-free hair creams that'll your ringlets in place or need a less stripping shampoo for your mane, we rounded up the 10 best hair products for curly hair with the help of naturalistas themselves. Scroll through to see the top picks.

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Best Styling Cream: DevaCurl Styling Cream

Make your curls spring up with DevaCurl's Styling Cream. This botanical-infused cream conditions, enhances, and defines your curls into those gorgeous ringlets we all crave. DevaCurl is a brand devoted to curly hair, and this styling product gives your strands a natural hold that is resistant to heat and humidity. After all, no one likes frizzy, weathered hair! According to an Ulta shopper, this cream "gives natural soft curl but with a slight 'paste' effect that keeps curls from being limp." ($28; ulta.com)

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Best Mousse: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Frizz Free Curl Mousse

If you want to sculpt your curls without the crunch, look no further than Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Frizz Free Curl Mousse. With its moisture-rich formula, this styling product keeps hair in place, adding instant volume and shine, without that flaky mess you get from traditional mousses. Customers can't stop raving about how well the product works to keep their precious strands frizz-free during the most humid days. "Since moving down south I have struggled to keep my heavy, long, thick, wavy hair under control. I walk outside and suddenly my hair is a ginormous frizzy mess and you can't see my waves. But with this all of my waves are so defined. It's crazy," writes an Ulta shopper. The brand recommends parting wet hair into several sections and applying two to three pumps to each while combing through. ($13; ulta.com)

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Best Styling Gel: Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard Natural Styling Gel

While there are many '90s beauty trends that have recently made a resurgence, crunchy, ramen-inspired hair is one we likely never want to revisit (sorry, Justin Timberlake). Luckily, Kinky Curly has a gel that offers curly-haired ladies a long-lasting hold and frizz control without the added crunch. With an average 4.6-star rating, shoppers can't stop raving about how the gel has improved their hair's natural curl or wave pattern. "If you're a curly girl, you have no doubt tried 200+ products. Same here… but one thing has stayed constant: kinky curl. It gives my hair shine, defines my curls beautifully, and does really well in keeping frizz under control," says an Amazon shopper. ($30; amazon.com)

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Best Refresher: Curls Lavish Curls Daily Moisturizer

While refreshing straight hair often involves a volumizing and oil-absorbing dry shampoo, a refresher spray comes in handy for curly hair. If your a naturalista looking to take your day-three hair back to its day-one state, we recommend using a curl refresher like this one from Curls to give your hair a renewing boost. Formulated with pomegranate fruit extract, aloe leaf juice, and jojoba oil, the drugstore spray acts like a daily moisturizer for your hair. As a matter of fact, this refresher spray can extend your curls' life for almost a week before your next wash. "When my hair is on day 4 or 5 and I am debating washing it, I am able to completely saturate it with this product then spray some water+conditioner, let it dry and my hair looks beautiful again. I get the most compliments on my hair after I've done this," a shopper says on Influenster. ($9; walmart.com)

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Best Frizz Fighter: Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream

With summer comes poolside lounging, barbecues, and, of course, frizzy hair. While humidity can do a number on your curls, curl creams like this one from Moroccanoil give your strands that extra TLC it needs to thrive all summer long. The argan-infused styling product works to define curls and increase bounce, while combating summer frizz. While the frizz cream is a bit on the pricier side — ringing in at $34 — the product has received high praise from curly gals who credit the cream for helping it keep their tresses frizz-free. "This definitely helps control the frizz but you have to use just the right amount. Too much and you'll end up weighing your curls down a bit and looking greasy the next few days if you plan to extend, however, just the right amount does wonder," a reviewer says on Influenster. ($34; sephora.com)

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Best Shampoo: DevaCurl No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser

One common beauty misconception is that shampoos that don't lather can't properly cleanse your mane and scalp. The truth is the suds you crave often come from the added sulfates, a foaming agent that leaves hair dry and brittle as it strips away natural oils and proteins. Keep your curls cleansed and hydrated with DevaCurl's No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser. Formulated with peppermint and grapeseed oil, its non-lathering formula stimulates and cleanses the scalp and hair, while leaving you with shiny, head-tuning curls. In fact, one Ulta shopper says the shampoo has taken her curls to the next level. "I have always had issues with frizz since my hair is course and this product along with the One Condition Original [to bring] my curls to life!!! PHENOMENAL and I would say worth the price," writes a fellow curly-hair customer. If you still yearn for the satisfying lather from traditional shampoos, the haircare brands also has a mild-lathering cleanser. ($24; ulta.com)

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Best Conditioner: DevaCurl One Condition Decadence Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner

While the DevaCurl's No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser is designed to cleanse and hydrate your coils, the brands One Condition Decadence Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner delivers moisture, strength, and protection to your beloved curls. The creamy formula deeply moisturizes your strands, while also leaving curls detangled and silk-smooth before styling. "My curls are super coily and One Condition detangles, adds moisture, and shine. I get compliments all the time and it really has everything to do with the product," says a loyal DevaCurl customer of six years. To further preserve the hair's moisture and prevent breakage, we recommend drying your mane with a microfiber towel like this one from Amazon after the shower. ($24; ulta.com)

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Best Curl Cream: Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

Let's face it: You no longer have to spend your entire paycheck on hair products that are effective. Luckily, there are tons of drugstore alternatives, like this $6 curling cream from Cantu that rivals the more expensive brands. Designed for all curls — long, short, wavy, or coily — this styling product defines, conditions, and increases manageability to the hair. While the drugstore product has an average 4.5-star rating on Amazon, one shopper gave it a perfect five-star review for completely changing her curls. "Before I found out about Cantu, I had heat damaged, dry, lifeless hair AND I was spending $15-20 on ineffective products, hoping something would help me like my hair. Then I found this online and decided to give it a try. I'm so happy I did because it gave me so much confidence in my 3c/4a curls," say the shopper, adding the product, "makes my hair much bouncier and more defined." It's no wonder this styling product earned the Naturally Curly's Best of the Best in 2013. ($6; amazon.com)

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Best Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

Did you know curly hair tends to be drier than other hair types? Because of this, many curly-haired ladies are ditching the shampoo and introducing a co-wash, which is short for conditioner washing. Co-washing involves using a cleansing conditioner as a no-poo method to wash hair and promote softer strands. While there are many co-washing products in the market, we had to highlight this $7 one from As I Am, as it already has a massive cult-following. With more than 1,000 five-star reviews praising the product for being a miracle saver and its softening results, it's not hard to see why the co-wash has become a favorite in many curly gals hair regimen. Just ask one satisfied user, who says the product has been a "godsend" for her hair type. "I have … low porosity wavy hair and cannot hold many products with coconut oil because it gets weighed down. This stuff is one of the only coconut-based products that I have used that works perfectly. My hair stays hydrated without being weighed down and greasy feeling," says the shopper. ($7; amazon.com)

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Best Leave-in Conditioner: Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner

If your curls tend to weigh down when you apply a rich styling cream, this lightweight leave-in conditioner from Curls might be the answer. Formulated with coconut oil and mango butter, this drugstore product hydrates the strands, leaving hair softer and healthier. In addition to the coconut and mango butter, the leave-in also relies on grapeseed oil and blueberry extract to protect and repair curls, while stimulating new growth. One satisfied Target shopper says the leave-in, "Leaves my hair wonderfully hydrated, soft, and smelling so good. And my curls are more defined and healthy. I can even use the leave-in conditioner in place of a styling cream if I just scrunch to style and let air dry on my wash days."($11; target.com)

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