To look and feel your very best as you're walking down that aisle, prepping your hair, skin, and nails is something that should happen way before your wedding date. This is especially true if you're a bride with curly hair. Similar to your new and improved skincare routine, you'll want to start a pre-wedding hair regimen to get your natural texture in tip-top shape. (Follow this natural haircare routine here!) And it all starts with choosing the right curly-hair products.
No matter your texture—wavy, curly, or tightly coiled—there are a variety of hair products available to condition your strands and get you well on your way to your chosen wedding hairstyle. After researching, testing, and tapping a few experts to find out their favorites, Brides has put together a helpful list of recommendations that you should definitely consider adding to your cabinet of curly hair products.
Scroll ahead to see some of the best new offerings broken down by curl type.
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Pacifica Salty Waves Texture Spray
For beach waves long after summer is over, try this texturizing sulfate-free spray that’s formulated with vitamin-rich sea algae as well as chamomile to help soothe your scalp in between washes.
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $14
Deva Curl Wavy Transformation Kit
We love an all-in-one, and this kit from Deva Curl is just that. This bundle is packed with the brand’s Low-Poo Delight shampoo, One Condition conditioner, Wave Maker texture mousse, and Ultra Defining Gel, all formulated for wavy hair.
SHOP NOW: DevaCurl, $42
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
“When hair is wavy or has a loose curl pattern, frizz is a major issue, especially when dealing with humid climates,” celebrity hairstylist Monae Everett tells Brides. This gel is her go-to when working with clients such as WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith and actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner of Queen Sugar.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $26
Virtue Moisture Defining Whip
For soft, voluminous waves, the last thing you want is a product that’s going to weigh your hair down. Formerly known as Virtue’s Uplifted Volumizing Whip, the brand rereleased this popular moisturizing mousse. It's virtually weightless and uses naturally derived ingredients such as Indian gotu kola, which is an herb that helps strengthen hair, African baobab seed oil to hydrate dry hair, and lemon essential oil to stimulate your scalp.
SHOP NOW: Virtue, $36
DP Hue Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Curl expert and celebrity hairstylist Tippi Shorter tells Brides, “as a curly girl who only cleanses weekly, my scalp gets really dry, and this soft scrub fully exfoliates it without being too drying. It dissolves while rinsing and leaves my hair feeling fresh.”
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $38
Aussie Miracle 3 Minute Miracle Curls Deep Conditioner
Just when you get your curls to look exactly the way you want, frizz comes to steal your thunder. Prevent any frizzy buzzkill with this hydrating conditioner that's formulated with coconut and jojoba oils to keep your ringlets smooth and shiny all day long.
SHOP NOW: Target, $4.99
Taliah Waajid Bamboo, Biotin & Basil Curl Activator & Defining Cream
Keep your curls from falling flat by applying this lightweight curl definer. Whether your texture is fine or coarse, just take a small amount and evenly distribute it through the sections of your hair that need a boost. This styler is infused with bamboo to strengthen, biotin to boost the shine and health of your hair, and basil oil which improves circulation.
SHOP NOW: Taliah Waajid, $9.99
For Tight Coils
Shea Moisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding
Super tight coiled hair is prone to shrinkage. But if you want a more stretched look, this pudding can help. As celebrity hairstylist Jamika Wilson tells Brides, “it loosens tight coils and elongates curls, while also defining with a light hold. I used this product on Viola Davis at the Golden Globe Awards, and it created a great shape for her big beautiful curly 'fro.”
SHOP NOW: Sally Beauty, was $12, now $8.47
For Tight Coils
Curl Dynasty Twisted Definition Twisting Cream
One of the best ways to define tighter coils is to first set your hair with a two-strand twist style. First, apply this moisturizing castor seed oil and manuka honey infused styler to damp hair. Then, twist sections all over your head, allowing them to completely air dry before unraveling. Once you take your twists out, you will be amazed at the level of definition your hair has.
SHOP NOW: Curl Dynasty, $15
For Tight Coils
Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter
With a nearly five-star rating on the brand’s website, this moisture butter is packed with apparent magic. One happy reviewer wrote, “I love this product. It keeps my 4a/4b/4c [tighter curl pattern] hair so moisturized! I only sprayed water to my already stretched hair, and used this amazing creme! Definition and moisture were crazy!!! Highly recommend.”
SHOP NOW: Carol’s Daughter, $14
For Tight Coils
Lucid Bliss Aaah Hair Refresher
Bacteria can get trapped within your coils or on your scalp, which in turn can cause an unwanted odor. In between washes, you can freshen up your tresses by spritzing on this mist that boasts a mix of plant extracts and light oils to neutralize the scent of your hair.
SHOP NOW: Lucid Bliss, $15