Products to Get Natural Curls in African American Hair

African-American curls have special needs.

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Not all African-American hair is created equal. There are coarse and tight curls. There are soft and flowing curls. Then there are curls that fall somewhere in between. One thing that all African-American hair has in common is the need for products that address its unique concerns. It especially needs the right products to help it achieve natural curls that are defined and not frizzy.

On a Quest for Moisture

Even in its natural state, African-American hair can be dry. It doesn't contain as much oil as other types of hair. The lack of moisture causes hair to look extremely dry and frazzled. When looking for products that define natural curls, look for products that moisturize. Ingredients like anti-oxidants, pro-vitamins and fatty acids help hair retain moisture and shine.

Release Your Inner Diva

"Allure" voted this gel the best styling product for African-American hair for 2010. DevaCurl Angel Light Hold Defining Gel is a lightweight gel that helps define curls. The gel conditions as it holds, using wheat and soy proteins to condition. It also uses chamomile to smooth out frizz and shine. Apply this gel to damp hair and define curls with your fingers.

Miss Jessie Will Feed Your Hair

Marie France is the owner of Madusalon in San Francisco. Madusalon is a salon that specializes in naturally curly hair. France recommends Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding for naturally curly hair that needs definition and shine. Miss Jessie's uses amino acids, avocado oil, shea butter and jojoba to nourish and condition hair. Its aloe helps protect hair and create smooth, shiny curls. Apply liberally to damp hair and comb through.

Your Curls Can Be Kinky

Kinky Curly has created Kinky Curly Curling Custard, which conditions and defines curls. The key ingredient is horsetail, a plant that is similar to asparagus. However, its benefits to hair make it a unique blessing from nature. Horsetail is an anti-oxidant that repairs and strengthens hair. It conditions hair and helps it retain moisture. It also coats hair and helps protect it from humidity. It is alcohol and paraben free.

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