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With thousands of hair products on the market, it’s difficult to find the right ones that work for our specific styling needs, not to mention textures. We spend so much money through trial and error that sometimes we just give up and settle for products that are only “okay.”

It’s time to break that habit and start using products that work for your particular type of curls and coils, and to help you get started we came up with this guide below with puddings, gels, and butters geared toward your unique hair type.

giovanni3A

A common mistake with type 3A curls is using products that are a bit too heavy for your hair. Women with this texture want to look for products that are moisturizing yet don’t weigh the  hair down. A great option is the Giovanni Direct Leave –In. Infused with nourishing properties in a creamy, lightweight consistency, it works for those with natural or chemically dyed hair. Giovanni Direct Leave-In is available at Ulta Beauty and other beauty supply stores.

3B

Similar to 3A curls, the 3B hair type is just a bit tighter, but can still easily be weighed down by heavy products. For this hair type, use light gels such as the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Marker. Because this gel is super lightweight, it gives great curl definition without leaving a sticky film or flakiness. Another benefit of this product is the amount of hold, making it perfect for wash-n-gos. Curl Marker can be found at Target and Walmart stores.

3C

With curls tighter than 3A and 3B types, women with 3C strands should look to a product for more moisture, preferably a butter, like the Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine. An all-natural blend of essential oils that deeply nourish to fight frizz and provide shine, this styling butter applies easily throughout the hair to give the moisture you need. This butter also helps with curls that are suffering from excessive dryness in the winter months.

Curly Hair Butter Cream

4A

Girls with 4A curls and coils are in between the curlier and coily hair type so it can be difficult to find a product that helps with both textures. The curls and the coils of this hair type make it difficult for your hair’s natural conditioner, sebum, to absorb and seal in moisture. And when your hair loses its moisture, it becomes dry. A product that will work well for this hair type is Blended Beauty’s Curl Styling Butter. Though this product has a very thick consistency, it doesn’t leave behind a sticky film or build up. Purchase this product at blendedbeauty.com.

4B

Unlike the 4A hair type, this texture is more kinky than curly, but it can also make moisture balance an issue. If your hair typically doesn’t retain moisture, consider the Aunt Jackie’s Seal It Up Hydrating Sealing Butter. This hair butter is enriched with flaxseed, shea butter, avocado & castor oil, as well as honey for healthy hydration. For best results, apply to damp hair and begin your protective style for a smooth, defined look. Shop this product at Sally’s Beauty.

4C

With 4C coils, knots and tangles are the biggest hair struggle. The kinkier the texture, the more it tangles and is prone to single strand knots. It’s especially important to use a base product to keep those knots and tangles away and a great option is the Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner. This leave-in contains an important ingredient, marshmallow root, known as a natural detangler, that eases separation through tough knots and tangles and provides slip.  This product can be purchased at Target or Sally’s Beauty.

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