The Best New Natural Hair Products And Tools To Keep Waves, Curls, And Coils On Point
Confession time: I'm a little tired of my natural hair. Don't get me wrong — I fully embrace my thick head of type 4C curls (meaning, my shape is more coily than wavy). I love how my copper color catches in the light, and am never not mesmerized by the magic of shrinkage: When in its normal state, my Afro is on the shorter side. But when pulled out or straightened, my hair is nearly shoulder-length. I do love my hair. I just hate washing and styling it, especially in the winter — which is why I'm opting for braids and weaves until spring.
Natural hair is on the drier side, which makes it delicate. Meaning, it requires a lot of daily maintenance that I'm personally way too impatient for. But when my curls are out in between appointments, I'll have plenty of new natural hair products to try.
Summer is usually all about wash-and-go styling, because humid air makes drying a breeze. Most of the new launches from Ouidad, Mizani, and more are ultra-hydrating, and help maintain the same type of definition you get with a fresh shampoo or a co-wash. And the tools, like Dyson's new Airwrap and Drybar's straightening brush, provide a sleek texture switch up, sans the flat iron damage. I might be tired of my hair, but the 11 products are poised to make me fall again.
Nothing gets a room full of beauty editors to shut up faster than a Dyson innovation. And when Jen Atkin took the stage at the Airwrap launch event, the room fell silent as she transformed a model's headful of waves into a sleek, salon-worthy blowout — without heat. The jury's still out on whether this tool works for truly coily hair, but curly girls are in for a treat with this one.
Q-Restore Smoothing Masque
With winter basically rapping at everyone's doorsteps, wind happens — and flyaways are inevitable. Lubricity Labs' masque helps reign in out-of-control frizz with the help of quinoa proteins. Plus, it leaves curls so soft and shiny.
Moisture Fusion Gentle Clarifying Shampoo
Shampoos are meant to strip your hair of all the bad stuff while washing, but Mizani's formula (made with charcoal and coconut) cleans without sacrificing all of your hair's natural moisture.
Define & Shine Styling Gel-Cream
You know that icky, crunchy feeling you get after using too much gel post-shampoo? The curling cream infused in Ouidad's newest innovation combats that — and is thick enough to add natural-looking hold to curls all day long.
Discipline Mousse for Curly Hair
If gels aren't your thing, this lightweight mousse also adds definition without drying the hair out.
Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm
While this balm isn't a recent innovation (it was recently restocked on Sephora's site), fans always find new reasons to love it: The olive oil, grapeseed oil, and honey blend works as a pre-poo detangler, a sealant for twist-outs, and a moisture booster when used with other products.
The Ultimate Detangler
The Tangle Teezer, with 325 unbreakable teeth, *was* basically the perfect brush — except for its lack of an actual handle. But with its brand new grip, all other detanglers can sit this season out. And maybe the next, too.
Royal Oils Moisturizing Co-Wash
Head & Shoulders
America's dandruff shampoo is expanding its scope: A group of Black scientists banded together to create the Royal Oils collection, chockfull of coconut, menthol, and peppermint to hydrate and define a wider range of textures.
Curl Charisma Chia + Flax Seed Coil Custard
You'll scream and shout at how good your protective styles look after using Briogeo's cream, specifically made for type 4 curls.
Masque Fondamental Riche Hair Mask
Nothing sounds more appealing than a cozy weekend by the fireplace — or, uh, electric heater — snuggled up in a warm sweater and doing some serious multi-masking. Kérastase's Brazil nut oil and Thai rice bran oil blend can be left on for five minutes, or applied all throughout as a deep conditioner.
The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush
Natural-haired women ranted and raved about the Revlon One-Step Styler for months on end, as it simultaneously dries and straightens even the coarsest of curls. Drybar's tool is similar — and hotter, as it heats up to at least 450 degrees.