The Best Products To Transform Your Unruly Curls Into Silky Magic Hair

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Only curly girls know the pain of trying a new product that promises to transform frizzy, kinky hair into a manageable mass of silky curls, only to be let down by yet another cream, shampoo, or conditioner. It can seem like taming your curly hair will be a life-long pursuit, full of discarded products and a dwindling bank account.

But there's good news. After scouring the internet and bathroom cabinets to find the best products for curly hair, a verified collection has emerged. The following coily hair musts have been tested and proven effective by real girls with real curls, so you can feel confident when you click “Add to Cart.” After you've mastered the basics of curly hair care, you can even try a nature-inspired dye job to amp up your look.

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  • Curl Defining Cream By Moroccanoil
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    Moroccanoil's always-sold-out Curl Defining Cream is the perfect mixture of gel and pomade, leaving curls defined but still soft and touchable. 

    This Amazon reviewer says: 

    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I have been using this for years. It lasts a really long time; a little goes a very long way. I absolutely love the way it smells and my out of control curls are now more defined and last so much longer."

    Available on Amazon.

  • Silk Therapy Serum By Biosilk
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    This Biosilk serum has been a cult-favorite since the '90s for good reason. The formula is an instant de-frizzer and can be used on wet or dry hair. 

    This Amazon reviewer says: 

    "This stuff is just stupid good. Meaning it works too good! Not greasy or heavy and it makes fried hair look shiny and healthy. Smells great too! Leaves me speechless and I wish I had known about it decades ago. I am just wow'ed by it."

    Available on Amazon.

  • Shea Moisture Products
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    Natural, organic, and sustainably-produced, Shea Moisture bases their formulas on the founders' grandmother's homemade hair products, which she sold in Sierra Leone in the early 1900s. This stuff has been tried and true for over 100 years.

    One Amazon buyer notes: 

    "I love this line! The coconut and hibiscus scents [are] so nice and with an added oil this is perfect for [the liquid, oil, and cream moisture routine]. The shampoo isn't drying, and cleans well. The conditioner softens well but it doesn't have a lot of slip. The curl enhancing smoothie is the best one! It softens and locks in moisture, without feeling greasy!

    Available on Amazon.

  • Curl Keeper Original by Curly Hair Solutions
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    Curly Hair Solutions' Curl Keeper Original is specially formulated to combat humidity-related frizz. It even reactivates with water for easy touch-ups.

    One Amazon reviewer says: 

    "This is what I have always needed. I have thick, wavy hair that goes in all directions- this refines it into more uniform waves and controls the frizz. I am so excited that I can let me hair be natural now with minimal effort. You really do need to let it dry fully before touching/moving your hair in order to get the full effect."

    It's available on Amazon.

  • Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask By Ouidad
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    Anyone with textured hair knows that frequent deep-conditioning is a must for frizz-free curls. Oudiad's secret? Their proprietary CR-4 Repair Complex, which includes Mafura Butter and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil to treat hair with a cushion-like coating of concentrated fatty acids vital to rebuilding, nourishing and protecting hair.

    This Amazon reviewer raves: 

    "This product saved my hair. My hair was [tangled] and matting (strands sticking to each other like Velcro) and using this product seemed to snap my hair out of a bad spiral and give it moisture and protein that was desperately needed. It also smoothed the cuticle down and provided shine. The price kept me from getting it for awhile. But then I got desperate to find something to help my hair. For me, this was definitely worth the money."

    Available on Amazon.

  • Curls Rock Amplifier By TIGI Catwalk
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    TIGI's curling cream is a must-have for girls with unmanageable curls. Plus, the bottle lasts forever since you only need a small amount of product to do the trick.

    One Amazon customer says: 

    "I have been using this product for a couple of years, and it works great with my hair. I have thick, color-treated waves that are dry, fly-away, and shapeless without product. I need a thick product to tame my waves, and this product does the trick. I use this with sweet almond oil on my ends and a curl cream before I apply the amplifier."

    Available on Amazon.