The 10 Hydrating Products Your Natural Hair Needs Right Now

Don't let the cooler temperatures dry out your strands.

If you have naturally textured hair, you know that styling and caring for it can be a challenge. That’s why we created The Curl Corner, a monthly column that celebrates the versatility of textured hair. Here, we cover everything from how to properly style your coils to how to protect them—and include expert tips for curl patterns of all types.

The cold weather can be a curly girl’s worst enemy. Balancing the moisture levels of our hair and mastering the perfect cocktail of products for healthy and hydrated curls can be hard in the summer, but as the air dries out and temperatures plummet, the task of decoding our curls begins all over again. Our hair dries out, curls break, ends split, and the frizz can become downright unbearable. However, there are ways to prevent that from happening.

“I always encourage my clients to incorporate higher levels of emollients into their routines,” says Aja Marian Smith, a New York City-based hairstylist. This will give your hair an extra dose of hydration, which is really important to maintain healthy curly hair during the fall and winter. Apart from switching out your haircare stash, she also recommends washing your hair less, just once every two weeks if possible, since washing it often can strip it of its natural oils.

Whether you’re using a hydrating shampoo and leave-in or a gel and scalp tonic, all of your curly hair products should be extra emollient as we head into cooler weather. Check out 10 of the greatest haircare products that you should nab and incorporate into your routine ASAP.  

Bumble and bumble Curl Reactivator

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Bumble and bumble Curl Reactivator

$$28
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When prolonging wash days, it’s important to reactivate curls without using a lot of water. Enter Bumble & bumble. This super-moisturizing mist is made of a mix of hydrating oils and moisturizing butters that revive your coils and make them look fresh.

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask

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Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask

$$62
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Regular masking is imperative during the colder months, and this hydrating mask may be the key to healthy hair. It’s blended with honey and increases shine, elasticity, and overall hair strength. 

Bread Beauty Supply Hair Oil Everyday Gloss

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Bread Beauty Supply Hair Oil Everyday Gloss

$$26
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This new, Black-owned haircare brand has been making serious waves with its chic packaging and emollient formulas. One of their launches is this silicone-free oil enriched with Kakadu plum that helps create glossy, bouncy, and smooth curls. 

Adwoa Baomint Moisturizing Shampoo

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Adwoa Baomint Moisturizing Shampoo

$$22
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Packed with organic oils, this clarifying shampoo cleanses the scalp without stripping it of its natural oils. Yes, please.

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner

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Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner

$$34
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It can be hard to find a leave-in conditioner that penetrates deep into the hair shaft without leaving the hair looking oily. However, this lightweight conditioner does just that—and it detangles, has heat protection properties, repairs damage, treats dryness, and controls frizz.

Flawless By Gabrielle Union Scalp Soothing Tonic

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Flawless By Gabrielle Union Scalp Soothing Tonic

$$9.99
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We’ll try anything that Gabrielle Union puts out into the world, including her new haircare line. The actress and entrepreneur formulated this penetrative scalp tonic with Brazilian bacuri butter, aloe, açai berry, peppermint oil, and vitamin E to moisturize even the driest of scalps. 

The Mane Choice Me & The Curls! Liquid Gel

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The Mane Choice Me & The Curls! Liquid Gel

$$12.99
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Curly girls search high and low for holding gels that don’t flake or dry out the hair. This Mane Choice formula does just that by eliminating frizz and smoothing the cuticle layer. Trust us, you’ll love it.

The Doux Swag Goo Edge Control Gel

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The Doux Swag Goo Edge Control Gel

$$12.99
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This non-greasy and non-flaky edge control from The Doux contains aloe, vitamin E, coconut oil, and castor oil. Basically, it’s a dream come true.

Dove Amplified Textures Moisture-Locking Leave-In Conditioner

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Dove Amplified Textures Moisture-Locking Leave-In Conditioner

$$6.99
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Infused with jojoba seed oil, this potent leave-in locks in moisture and works well with all curl types, from loose waves to tight coils. For best results, apply a generous amount onto damp hair.  

Mielle Organics RX Hawaiian Ginger Moisturizing Overnight Conditioner

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Mielle Organics RX Hawaiian Ginger Moisturizing Overnight Conditioner

$$9.99
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This overnight conditioner helps to zip up the appearance of split ends and revive dry curls. Apply it to the hair before going to bed, protect it with a shower cap, and rinse in the morning for glistening and strong strands.

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