Real Women Share Their Curly-Hair Love Stories (and Holy-Grail Products)

If you have curly hair, you are likely cautious of hot tools, are prepared for the all-too-real frizz, and try to avoid humidity at all costs. While we find natural curls to be absolutely stunning, we know that general curl care can be a bit daunting. Hence we created a series called Girls With Curls in which we ask top models and influencers for their best-kept curly-hair secrets.

I've spent my entire life as a curly-headed woman, and I've become familiar with the oft discouraging jargon associated with the texture. Words like banishtame, and fight were written on every product I picked up at the pharmacy, desperate to figure out how to handle my hair. For years, I straightened it, gelled it, pulled it back—the works. I went through every possible phase of denying my natural texture. Now, as a beauty writer with several curly-hair success stories under my belt and a newfound respect for my hair, I have an outlet to try and change the conversation.

I reached out to nine real women whom I've admired both up close and from afar (meaning I've stalked them on Instagram, naturally). They each have their own personal relationships with their curls and hero haircare products, and they laid it all out below. The one thing they all have in common, though, is that special empowering feeling that comes with learning to love your natural texture. Keep scrolling to find your new curly-haired heroes.

Joe Newman