Dear Budget Fashionista,
I have a press and curl and I’m looking for products I can use when I want to go for a more natural-curly look. I’m looking for products that will define my tightly curled hair while at the same time leave my hair looking moisturized
Answer: I find most over-the-counter curl defining products do not work very well on African-American hair. However, there are two products that work fairly well on my tightly curled hair:
Miss Jessie Curly Pudding. Pricey but works wonders and was created by two sisters with curly hair who own a VERY popular hair salon in Brooklyn. The product is very thick, so it weighs hair down, while also keeping it nice and moisturized.
Aveda’s Be Curly Curl Enhancer and Aveda’s Confixtor Gel. Run a health size amount of Be Curly through wet hair to define the curls and then add a small amount of the Confixtor gel. Again, not the cheapest products out there, but they work.
Now be aware that these products won’t change the texture of your hair, but they will help define and build shine.