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Gifts for Curly Hair Friends

Gifts for Curly Hair

About once a week I get a DM or tweet asking me about my hair. There was a time I used to fight with my curly hair all the time, and wish I had straight smooth hair, which I thought was much prettier (not to mention how jealous I was of friends who could climb out of a pool or a shower and just… go. Without endless products and procedures to ensure it behaved.

Over time, I have really learned to LOVE my hair. It’s my signature look— and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, though I do still get jealous of the wash-and-go set.

That said, it’s a slog to manage curls, as any curly girl will tell you, and it requires the right tools and materials. Here are a few of my favorite products and things for the curly hair friends in your life.

Aquis Hair Towel

Aquis: Curly Hair Gifts

This is my hair towel. I go nowhere without it and cannot live without it. Curly girls need to GENTLY scrunch water out of their hair— this does it without frizzing the place up. Buy the towel. 

DevaCurl DevaDryer

This is my hair dryer. I go nowhere without it and cannot live without it. My hair towel and my dryer are desert island must-haves, people. No matter that I won’t have electricity— I WILL FIGURE IT OUT, PEOPLE! “The Claw”, as it has been affectionately nicknamed, gets at the root (the last place to dry) with air that doesn’t frizz you out. It’s genius— and it makes people giggle. Win-win. Buy the dryer. 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

For the curly girl who has everything… but an incredibly expensive, astonishing hairdryer. Smoothing, keeps in moisture, good for both your curls and those blow-out days. Not to mention how good it will look on your bathroom counter. Get the Dryer.

Slip Silk Pillowcase

Slip Silk Pillowcase: Gifts for Curly Hair

I recently learned that a silk pillowcase can make a world of difference in how long your curl lasts. I don’t sleep on one every night, but I can attest that my hair looks better the next day when I do. Oh, and it’s also supposed to be good at preventing wrinkles. Sign me up. Buy the silk pillowcase. 

Wide Tooth Comb

Wide tooth comb: Gifts for Curly Hair

If you’re going to comb your hair (I actually just pull my fingers through in the shower while I’m conditioning!) you need a wide tooth to keep things breakage-free. This comb fits the bill, and it’s Unicorn-esque color scheme would make me smile in the AM. Get the comb.

Tangle Teezer Detangling Hairbrush

Tangle TEezer: Gifts for Curly Hair

Got coarse hair? Or a small child with coarse hair who HATES having her hair brushed? Do BOTH of you cry when you brush your hair?! This detangling hair brush might be just the thing to avoid tears and get hair worked through. Buy the brush.

Ouai Curl Jelly

This lightweight jelly is made with luxe nutrient-rich oils and it smooths things out like nobody’s business. Outsized curls are under control, and shiny too, without being weighed down or oily. Get the jelly. 

Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Creme

I just recently tried this, and it’s luxuriously thick. If you have dry curls, this is like a nourishing treatment and a style creme combined. Heals split ends, stops frizz… just put it in while hair is damp and you’ll dig it. It’s also great to use on blow out or flat iron days to keep damage at a minimum. Buy the creme.

Devacurl Supercream Coconut Styling Cream

Deva Supercream: Gifts for Curly Hair

This is what I use every day. Yes, I am in the DevaCult. I scrunch this stuff in before I step out of the shower, and I have volume. I have soft bouncy hair, and I have definition. It’s almost impossible to put in too little or too much— it just works… and it smells like a holiday.  Buy the Supercream.


3 comments on “Gifts for Curly Hair Friends”

  1. Hi Carly,

    This is a great post. Thanks! I’m a fellow curly haired girl with a love hate relationship with my hair. Do you brush your hair after showering and before putting product in? Also wondering if you have any shampoo/conditioner that you regularly use you would recommend?

    Fellow curly haired, Canadian who loves tech!

    1. Hi Tia! 🇨🇦
      I have been using Devacurl No-Poo and OneCondition for years, followed by a number of their products in rotation (sometimes a gel, sometimes the coconut cream above!). I put them all in while I shower, and I don’t really brush my hair anymore… I pull the conditioner through w my fingers and I don’t seem to get tangled that way (realize that might not work for all!). All that said, I’ve been experimenting with some of the Ouai products for curls and I like them too!

  2. Wow! You’re my “in my head” tech bestie and you can relate to curly girl life too! We should be friends. 🙂

    You are so right about the Dyson dryer. Hair is a big deal for us curly heads, and while I don’t think the Dyson is any quieter, it definitely dries my hair faster. My tips…
    1. Squeeze the water out of your hair with your hands, right after the shower.
    2. Add your gel and scrunch it into your wet hair.
    3. Use your diffuser immediately, with your hair still prettty wet. It takes longer to dry but the curls are much better.
    4. To get rid of crunchy curls (that happen when you go from wet gelled hair to dried) use some Moroccan oil. It gets rid of frizz and softens your hair.

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