Get Yara Shahidi-Worthy Curls With These 8 Life-Changing Products
Anyone with natural hair knows Yara Shahidi's curls are something to celebrate. Every time the Grown-ish star posts her voluminous, luscious locks on Instagram, she further proves just how gorgeous natural hair is, sans heat and chemicals. With so many women of color ditching flat irons and relaxers, beauty icons like Shahidi continue to lead the charge in opting for healthy, hydrated curls.
Aside from being wise beyond her years and fierce in her convictions, Shahidi has been up front about the struggles that come along with personal choices around hair as a WOC in the public eye. She told The Cut her journey towards embracing her natural texture is something she continues to pursue, but the actor also isn't against picking up a straightener from time to time.
Aside from the rare occasions she does opt for a straight style, Shahidi can usually be found rocking a bouncy, moisturized bob or a high bun. The actor told Essence she saves heat and styling for special events, and is otherwise huge on protective styles like no-fuss updos, braids, and twist-outs that preserve curls from breakage caused by too much fuss and manipulation.
“I love my hair when it’s curly and huge. I tend to have a natural moptop when I do my hair, and I fully embrace it," Shahidi shared with Yahoo Style. "I’ve done a year of no heat. It’s just helped so much. After all that effort, you have no choice but to take care of your hair."
Clearly, the Harvard student is 100 percent here for volume, and credits dedicated protective styling for combatting stubborn heat damage (aka the bane of curly existence).
Now that the natural hair movement has become so commonplace in the black community, more and more brands are offering products with naturally curly textures in mind (about time!). But with so many options on the market, carefully crafting a well-rounded routine can be overwhelming.
No head of curls are the same, so the details of any natural hair routine depend on your specific needs, curl pattern, and thickness. Kinky curls can benefit from elongating products, while volumizing spray might be a better match for looser curls. Regardless of your desired areas of improvement, moisture is crucial.
Whether you're looking to totally revamp your routine or just want to add a new power product into your rotation, read on for The Zoe Report's top picks for a Yara-inspired head of curls, below.
Wash Day Wonder Pre-Cleanse Slip Detangler
Tangles can be relentless on day 4 or 5 post-wash, resulting in stubborn knots and more hair loss in the shower. This pre-cleanse product will make your curls slippery, minimizing breakage.
All combs are not created equal, and natural folks know a "regular" comb's teeth don't stand a chance against kinks and coils. Store a thick-tooth version in your shower and get through knots while it's wet. This one has a handy curve for convenient storage.
Curl Quenching Conditioning Wash
It's no secret that shampoo can be extremely drying, and many curly-headed folks skip the process altogether. With so many cleansing conditioners on the market, it's pretty easy to do. This top-rated, naturally derived option with avocado and shea butter will cleanse, condition, and hydrate.
Soulfood Nourishing Mask
Give your curls an extra dose of moisture by using a conditioning mask once weekly. To amp up the results, put on a shower cap and blow dry to lock in the hydration with a little heat.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner
Celebrity hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson told Refinery29 that moisture is the number one priority for Shahidi's curls. After cleansing and conditioning, she always applies any curly girl's hero product — leave-in conditioner — before styling. Try this option from Shea Moisture, one of the actor's go-to brands.
VitalCurl + Define & Shine Curl Styling Gel-Cream
You can check frizz at the door and help curls maintain their definition with the help of a reliable product with a little hold. This gel-in-one styling cream with chia seed, Japanese camellia and sunflower oils, will add shine and lock your style in all day long.
Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Refresher Spray
When it comes to natural hair, wash day can be an hours-long event, so putting it off for as long as humanly possible is the goal. Update limp, frizzy curls with this agave and lemongrass conditioning milk to restore bounce and shine.
There's nothing worse than going to sleep with freshly diffused curls and waking up to frizzy bedhead. Invest in a silk pillowcase to avoid breakage and keep curls smooth through the night.