Curls are sensitive, temperamental – anyone who has this type of hair can attest to this notion. It’s fascinating, to me, how quickly curls can change its shape and volume with just a few adjustments. One minute they can look like silky ringlets, and the next day you can wake up looking somewhat feral (speaking from experience, here).
It makes sense then that the products you use for your mane will ultimately make or break your look. And let’s be honest: when it comes to curls, you should only be using a selective number of products designed with curls in mind, like combatting common frizz and dryness issues.
“You have to handle curls with care,” says Vancouver-based hair stylist and curly hair expert, Leah Bosa. “Most drugstore shampoos contain harsh sulfates, which can strip the hair of its natural oils, causing breakage”- this is a huge red flag for curls, as the effects can be pretty damaging. Avoid this scenario by choosing high-quality, effective products recommended by stylists who know and have studied the ins and outs of how to manage and treat curls, like Leah.
Her all-time favorite products to use on clients come from Kerastase – a luxe French hair care line that addresses nearly every imaginable hair concern. Switch up your current shampoo with one of her recommendations, and you just may never look back.
Here are the top 3 Kerastase shampoos for curly hair:
“This shampoo is sulfate-free, meaning it won’t aggravate your curls. It is formulated to fight stubborn frizz by making hair more manageable to style. Keratin works to strengthen and smooth the hair fibers while anti-humectants maintain definition and prevent your hair from expanding- even in the most humid of climates.”
Who is this ideal for? Wavy, highly sensitive, or color-treated hair.
“What I love about this product is that it’s technically a “shampoo” but works as a conditioner. It’s low poo – which means it’s a gentle formula. There’s nothing harsh found in the ingredients, including sulfates, but still leaves hair cleansed.
A common complaint I get from my clients is that their hair feels so dry after they shampoo – this product prevents that from occurring. It will give you soft, bouncy curls and boosted shine, no matter how often you wash your hair. After rinsing, apply a bit more product to your ends for increased smoothness.”
Who is this ideal for? All curl types, including anyone trying to increase hair length.
“Now, this product is a heavy hitter, the mother of all curl shampoos. It is part of a trio of products designed for long-lasting control without weighing your hair down. This moisturizing shampoo won’t make your hair frizz up; in fact, Kerastase has clinical results proving its effectiveness. Frizz is controlled up to 80% humidity for 24 hours – so you know this product (and company) means business.
Some of the key ingredients include shorea butter, which deeply moisturizes the hair and prevents further breakage. Coconut oil is added for extra hydration and works to mend split ends. For best results, I always recommend incorporating their masque and oil into your routine. Use the mask once or twice a week on clean, damp hair, leave on for up to 5 minutes, and rinse.
The oil is versatile and heat-protectant. It can be used on wet hair and left to air dry, protects hair from the use of hot tools like a blow dryer, and acts to boost luster to your strands as a finishing touch to any look.”
Who is this ideal for? Medium to extremely thick curl types and unruly hair.
One final tip: Avoid washing your hair every day- curls don’t need it! Give some time for your natural oils to develop, like 2-3 days in between shampooing. But if you’re someone who can’t live without washing your locks, stick to the Cleansing Conditioner to maintain healthy-looking hair, free of frizz.