My Curly Hair Product Essentials

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If you’ve been following Loop Looks since the beginning you know that my hair went from long and straight to long and curly and is now short and curly! In that time I have slowly been creating my arsenal of curly hair product essentials.


My hair is naturally curly but not like the tight ringlet curls that many people picture. Instead, it has a wave to it that I can coax into being curlier with help from a few products I’ve discovered. And my trusty diffuser. Seriously, if my hair dryer ever dies I’m going to have a heck of a time finding another diffuser I love.

Anyway, I’m sure what many of you are interested in (and what at least one person has asked about) is what I use to get my hair curly.



Step 1 and 2: Wash and condition

I recently switched to L’Oreal EverCurl Shampoo and Conditioner. However, I only use the shampoo every other day. I get my hair wet and condition it every day but don’t shampoo it every time. I have what one hairdresser described as a lot of very fine hair so I’m a bit terrified of dry shampoo. So this method currently works for me.

Step 3: Add moisturizing oil

To add some shine and help keep the frizzies at bay I started using this Soy Renewal Argan Oil from Sexy Hair. I got some as a free sample at Ulta and fell in love with it. I put about a dime sized amount in my palm and run it through the ends of my wet hair after I comb it.

Step 4: Volume!

I have approximately zero volume at the roots but mousse tends to leave me hair feeling crunchy. My friend Kelsey recommended this  Aveda Volumizing Tonic and my hairdresser concurred. I hold up my hair and spritz it on my roots.

Step 5: Define the curls

I was originally using mousse for volume and to help define my curls but it was leaving my hair crunchy and dry. My hairdresser recommended curl cream and I just picked one at random off the shelf at Ulta. Turns out this Got 2b Kinkier curl cream works great! It helps define my curls without leaving them crunchy. My hairs actually curly AND soft which are two things I didn’t even realize it could be.

Step 6: Blow dry

As I mentioned earlier, my blow dryer and my diffuser are essential. I’m so glad I didn’t throw the diffuser out! I had no idea that years later I’d come to depend on it so much.

Step 7: Keep it in place

Since I don’t want to shellac my hair in place I spray some of this Dove hairspray on the roots and on my bangs to give my hair a bit more lift and keep it out of my face.  Nothing too extreme.


And there you go! The curly hair product essentials I keep on my bathroom counter. Believe it or not, it doesn’t take me that long to do my hair in the morning, either. Probably less time than when I wore it straight!

Have questions about my hair routine or anything else? You can always email me at looplooks at gmail dot com and I’ll answer them on a future You Pick Wednesday post!

8 replies on “My Curly Hair Product Essentials

  1. Kandi

    I prefer to wear my hair curly (because if I work out or it’s humid or whatever I sweat and it curls back up anyway). I used to use sunsilk products and loved their curl cream but they quit selling them in the U.S. I bought that curl cream when you tweeted about it and it’s been a decent replacement. I have a hair dryer with a diffuser but I hardly ever use it. I usually just let my hair air dry. I also don’t entirely know how to get the best results from the diffuser as I’ve only owned a hair dryer for a few months.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I actually had my hairdresser show me the best way to use my diffuser because otherwise I would have had no clue! Strangely, my hair is less curly when I let it air dry so I prefer to only do that on weekends.

  2. kelsey

    I wish my hair still curled! Stupid straightener!

    Interesting about your shampoo habits…did your hairdresser suggest this or did you come up with it on your own?

  3. Emily

    It’s great to hear about all of these curly-hair products that you use! I wish I had curlier hair. My hair isn’t straight but it isn’t curly either. It’s kind of this in-between wavy-thing. But I may still give some of these products a try, just to see what happens. I bet you are loving the new Ulta over near Mariano’s, eh? =D

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I think you’d like the Soy Renewal Argan oil!

      Strangely, I’ve only been in that Ulta once. I tend to go to the one on State Street since it’s so close to my office.

  4. Carrie

    Thank you for the curl cream recommendation! I have been going curly more often lately (because I’m lazy and can’t seem to get myself out of bed earlier) and can’t stand the sticky and crunchy feeling mousse leaves. It feels so…late 80’s or early 90’s. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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