Which curl product is right for me?

Navigating the world of curl care products can be complex.

With heaps of options on the market, choosing the right one can be tricky. But ultimately, it comes down to understanding your hair's unique characteristics.

Let's break down the key factors that determine which products will help your curls look their best: porosity, density, hair thickness, and climate. 

Think about climate
The environment plays a crucial role in how your hair behaves.

Humid climates: Look for anti-humectant products that prevent hair from frizzing and expanding by too much moisture absorption such as the Clever Curl Humid Weather Gel.
Dry climates: Choose products that focus on moisture retention, such as leave-in conditioners and heavier oils that lock in hydration. The Clever Curl Dry Weather Gel should be your go-to.

Considering density
Density refers to the amount of hair you have on your head. Got lots of hair close together? You're high density. Strands spaced apart? Low density! 

Low density: Avoid heavy products that can flatten your hair. 
Medium density: You have more flexibility in product choice but maintaining balance is key to avoiding weighed-down or overly puffy hair.
High density: Your hair can handle heavier creams and butters that provide control and definition without the risk of looking sparse.

Hair thickness
Thickness refers to the diameter of each individual hair strand, not to be confused with density.

Fine hair: Lightweight products are perfect as they won’t weigh down your curls. 
Medium hair: You have the versatility to experiment with a range of products. Half your luck!
Thick hair: Thicker strands usually require heavier products like creams and butters that can tame and define without being absorbed too quickly.

Understanding porosity
Porosity refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Knowing your porosity can significantly influence your product choices.

Low porosity: This means your cuticles are tightly packed and closed, making it hard for moisture to penetrate. Heavy products can just sit on top of the hair rather than penetrating it. This can lead to build-up that weighs down the curls and makes them look greasy or limp.

Medium porosity: Cuticles are looser, allowing for easier moisture absorption. Most hair products are formulated for you! Continue with regular conditioning treatments to maintain your hair’s healthy balance.

High porosity: Cuticles are open or even damaged, leading to quick absorption but also rapid moisture loss. Use leave-in conditioners and creams to keep moisture locked in. 

By getting to know the unique characteristics of your hair, you can make more informed decisions about the products you choose.

Remember, the right product is only one part of the equation. How you use it matters just as much!

Looking for more curly hair tips and tricks? 

Check out more of our advice here.

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