Between my curly head and two biracial boys with curls of their own, our house is a perfect test-bed for curly hair products. And while I enjoy trying new hair products, I love finding ones I can stick with.
Since my kindergartener recently convinced us to cut his hair like the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. and is now trying to grow his mohawk long “like Odell’s, ” making sure his growing curls are healthy and styled is going to be especially important. Fortunately, over the past couple of months I’ve found some products I love and they work great on the boys’ hair as well as my own!
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Cleansing Conditioner – I often let Bee choose which shampoo or conditioner to use during his bath, and ever since I explained that Hair Milk is like a drink for his thirsty hair, this is the one he chooses. What I love about this is it cleanses and conditions. It’s the perfect co-wash.
Shea Moisture Kids Curling Butter Cream – This hair cream may be marketed for kids, but I love love love it for my own curls. I noticed a visible improvement in curl definition and frizz as soon as I started using it. No joke. It worked so well for me that it is now my go-to styling cream for the boys too. It contains both shea butter and coconut oil, which are great emollients for medium-to-coarse thick hair, helping to moisturize and smooth our curls. I apply it to wet hair just after bathing.
John Frieda Dream Curls Styling Spray – I’m going old-school with this one. I’ve been using this spray for years and finally figured out why it works so well – glycerin and olive oil are two of the key ingredients. Glycerin is a humectant, which helps curls retain moisture in certain weather conditions, while olive oil acts to smooth and seal. Lately I’ve started spritzing this on my hair after applying the Butter Cream, while my hair is still damp, and it really helps with frizz.
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray – This nourishing and conditioning spray is perfect for refreshing curls in the morning. I love how light and non-greasy it is. I started using it on the boys when we were on vacation over Thanksgiving – I didn’t want to pack two sets of hair products so I just used my stuff on their curls. It worked so well that I bought a bottle for their bathroom and now they insist on “doing their hair” themselves in the morning!
Bee’s new ‘do has provided the opportunity to teach the boys an important lesson: Not all curly, Black, or biracial hair is the same. Although my boys may have curls like OBJ, their new mohawks may not (and probably won’t) grow quite like his. Their curls are looser, like mine, and only tightly coiled in a few spots, like along their hairlines.
The more I learn about curly hair, the more I am also understanding the impact weather has on what my hair needs, which is why the products that work for our hair right now, with the dew point hovering just above 40 degrees, may not work so well as the seasons change. For now, though, these awesome products are in our go-to arsenal and have become valuable parts of our haircare routine.