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Keep your curls in tip-top shape with our experts' product picks.

By Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

WebMD Magazine - Feature

Style Strategy for Curly Hair

Cindy Augustine, a freelance writer and editor in New York, needed some ringlet rescue for her day to day hair care. Michelle Breyer, president of, and Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of, weigh in on perfecting curl maintenance and winning the war on frizz.

Q: How do I give my curls definition and hold without making them look and feel crunchy?

Michelle Breyer's Top Picks:

The key to defined curls without the crunch is product selection and application. Pick a styling cream such as Paul Mitchell Express Style Fast Form and disperse it into damp hair in sections, making sure to put a little more on the ends than at the roots. Don't forget the underside of your curls. If they're not coated in product, your risk of puffiness and frizz is greater.

After you've applied product, air-dry your tresses or use a blow dryer with a diffuser nozzle. If you still have a bit of crunch, rub a pea-size dab of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Crème between your hands and run them through your hair from roots to ends to break up the crinkly texture.

Curly and kinky hair types love natural butters and oils like shea butter, jojoba, avocado, coconut milk, aloe vera, and honey because they instantly boost moisture. In addition, mixing the right products can be a great way to reduce frizz. Combining a moisturizing leave-in conditioner like SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk with a defining mousse like Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse can foil frizz all day long.

Ron Robinson's Top Picks:

The crunchiness you have after using some hair products might be due to the polymers in the formula that provide hold and structure to curls. That means you may be treating your hair with the wrong product. The biggest mistake is not understanding there are different types of coils -- loose, tight, kinky, wavy. Applying products designed for a curl type other than your own may leave your tresses feeling crispy.

Generally, women with fine, curly hair may require a little more firmness to maintain their curls; those with thick, curly hair may not need as much hold. Across the board, however, curly hair needs a ton of moisture. Look for ingredients like argan, jojoba, and macadamia oils, all of which hydrate hair.

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