beauty mark: curl stylers

tame your mane with the right lotions and potions.

by katie dickens

To all you ladies with kinks, ringlets, and waves, I say take advantage of the next couple of low humidity months by going au naturale, as in put down the blowdryer and flatiron. Summer is not kind to the hair type (I speak from experience) and will probably involve an endless parade of knots, braids, and other updos. But until then, embrace what your mama (or papa) gave you and let your hair down. These curl-specific styling products will keep your locks looking their best.

Pantene Pro-V Curly Hair Style Curl Enhancing Spray Hair Gel, $6

The hi-tech formula includes a polymer that reduces frizz-inducing friction.

Andre Walker Beautiful Kinks Styling Creme Gelee, $22

When your hair needs all the moisture it can get, treat it to this cream-gel hybrid that also conditions with mongogo oil.

Alterna Bamboo Style Super Natural Curl Shaping & Defining Cream, $22

Yucca makes for delicious fries and also works wonders at keeping curls in line.

Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist, $26

Ringlets need reviving? Spritz them with this refreshing spray to bring back the bounce.

Curly Sexy Hair Full On Curls Volumizing and Texturizing Styler, $17.95

If you’re in the “big hair, don’t care” state of mind, this volumizing lightweight cream will give you the abundance you desire.

Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls Gel, $14

Crunchy is a fine descriptor for potato chips and celery, not so much for your hair. Keep tresses touchable with this lightweight gel.

L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Curve It Elastic Curl Mousse, $7

Keep a spring in that strand with this strong hold, yet lightweight mousse.

DevaCurls No-Poo Quick Cleanser, $19.95

Curly-haired girls know that there’s nothing wrong with skipping a shampoo, or two, or, let’s be honest, seven, but you still want it to smell pleasant. A once over with cleansing conditioner will wash the stink right out of your hair sans water.

O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum, $26.95

Textured tresses aren’t known for their luster but you can force them to reflect light with shine serum.

Ouidad Climate Control Frizz & Flyaway Fighter, $22

April showers can also make hair go haywire so hit them with a healthy dose of what amounts to weatherproofing spray.