Nothing quite feels as good as wearing your hair au naturel. However, for those of us with curly strands, keeping it defined, healthy, and fizz-free is easier said than done. Finding the right technique, product, and tool can take a lot of trial and error. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are just starting to look after your locks but fret not, we got you covered.
To help you navigate your choices, we asked six gorgeous curly-haired Filipinas to share their go-to hair products and practices in maintaining bouncy, hydrated, and luscious strands. Scroll down to know their best picks and who knows, you might find your newest addition to your everyday routine!
The Best Products for Curly Hair, According to Filipinas
1. Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector
"This was my holy grail when I was transitioning from rebonded hair to my naturally curly hair. This treatment helps with repairing, protecting, and strengthening damaged hair bonds. It's protein-free and a must-have for anyone with damaged hair." - Tiffany Kang (@creatiff.curls)
No. 3 Hair Perfector Treatment (100ml), P2330, OLAPLEX, Sephora.ph
2. Curls by Zenutrients Leave-in Conditioner
"[I love this because] It is locally made and so affordable. It helps my curls pop, moisturizes, and makes my hair smell so good. It's also easy to use because it applies smoothly. I can go on without restyling my hair for three days." - Angel Cariño (@angelcarinx)
Curls Leave-in Conditioner, P345, ZENUTRIENTS, Lazada
3. As I Am Classic Leave-In Conditioner and Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Conditioner
"It hydrates and nourishes my hair outside of the shower. Another plus is its nice scent. I follow [it] with a gel to hold and define the curls then finish it off with almond oil to seal in moisture. If you're looking for local products I use the Zenutrients Gugo conditioner as a leave-in too!" - Chucel Njigha (@chucelnjh)
Gugo Strengthening Conditioner, P260, ZENUTRIENTS, Watsons; Classic Leave-in Conditioner, price unavailable, AS I AM, asiamnaturally.com
4. Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Shampoo
"Not only is it affordable but I love how lightweight this is once applied on the scalp! When it’s my wash day, I [dampen my] hair with water before applying the product and use a massager to cleanse and massage my scalp. I make sure that the shampoo is directly applied to my scalp area to take away excess products and massage the product into my hair. I only wash my hair two to three times a week so one liter of this bad boy can last about a month or two." - Jedidah Korinihona (@itsjedikaaay)
Gugo Strengthening Shampoo, P249 for 250ml, ZENUTRIENTS, Lazada
5. Bench Fix Professional Argan Oil Age-Defying Treatment and Curls by Zen Nutrients Leave-in Conditioner
"After I shower, I make sure that I place both of these products before my hair dries. It's a must in my routine! I also love how it provides vitamins, moisture, and fragrance to my hair. It’s also produced locally which is a plus for me." - Chelsea Manalo (@manalochelsea)
Argan Oil Age-Defying Treatment, P499, BENCH, Shopee
6. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Bench Fix Hair Gel Xtreme Hold
"Because shampooing too often strips the oil from my hair, I wash every fifth day with Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Shampoo and Curls by Zenutrients Conditioner. Afterward, I pat dry the excess water gently with a T-shirt. I usually use a Denman brush to detangle my curls while my hair is damp. It’s a necessary step for me otherwise my hair gets tangled or matted or the curls lock together and cause frizz.
"I've used a bunch of hair moisturizers lately, but Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie works really well for my hair. I also alternate using it with Curls by Zenutrients Leave-in Conditioner. The last product I use is the Bench Fix gel to seal all the products I used and prevent frizz from forming and lock in curl definition!" - Erika Hernaez (@erikendall_)
Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, $13.99 (approximately P705.02), SHEA MOISTURE, sheamoisture.com; Fix Hair Gel Extreme Hold, P55, BENCH, Watsons