Beginner Friendly Products – Curly Hair Starter Kit

I know it can be very frustrating when there are tons of products mentioned on the blog and on my Instagram page. As we advance in our curly hair journey, we are better able to judge what our hair likes or needs, and hence decide what kind of products we should use; because I truly believe that learning requires a progression from simple to complex. But for people who’ve just started, this kit will help you pick up some basic products so that you can start your curly hair journey right away.

Remember that routine is perhaps more important than product. So do check this out – My curly hair routine. Also remember that no routine or product will show results on hair that is chemically straightened or has severe heat damage from straightening irons.

Apart from the below products, I would suggest a common thing for all curl types – A silk pillow. It is optional, but I cannot do without one :). You can even buy it later once you realize it is good to use one 🙂

If you don’t know if your curl pattern is 2a or 2b or 3b, check this out – Types of curly hair

  • If you have more than 1 curl pattern, you can try the products for the pattern that is more pronounced. For eg: if you have 2c and 3a but majority of your hair is 2c, go for products suitable for 2c hair.
  • If you are confused about your curl pattern, you can try the products for the lower value of the 2 patterns confusing you. For eg: if you are not sure if your hair is 3a or 3b, go for products suitable for 3a hair.

How to check if you have fine or coarse hair – Take a fallen hair strand and hold it in front of a light source. If the hair is very wide and easily visible, then you have coarse hair. If it’s so thin that you can hardly see it, you have fine hair. If your hair appears neither thin nor coarse, you have medium width hair. If you have medium width hair, you can either use the fine hair products or coarse hair products.

Let’s begin!

P.S – You can use any shampoo you like – for me, a shampoo is meant for cleaning only. I don’t find any difference in my hair irrespective of which shampoo I use. Make sure to use a sulphate shampoo if you are using products that have silicones (to prevent buildup).

Fine 2a/2b/2c hair

If you don’t know if your curl pattern is 2a or 2b or 3b, check this out – Types of curly hair

Less than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner – Enliven Natural Fruit Extracts Conditioner (Review/ Buy here or here) or Oriflame Refreshing Conditioner (Buy here or here)
  • Cream – Use conditioner itself as a leave in. You can also include Aloe vera gel.
  • Gel – Schwarzkopf Taft Marathon Looks 48H Long Lasting Hold 6 Power Gel (Review/ Buy here or here)

More than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner – Enliven Natural Fruit Extracts Conditioner (Review/ Buy here or here) or Oriflame Refreshing Conditioner (Buy here or here)
  • Cream – Use conditioner itself as a leave in.You can also include Aloe vera gel. Devacurl B′Leave-In (Review/ Buy here or here) is also amazing.
  • Gel – DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel (Review/ Buy here)

Coarse 2a/2b/2c hair

If you don’t know if your curl pattern is 2a or 2b or 3b, check this out – Types of curly hair

Less than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner – L’Oréal Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner (Review/ Buy here)
  • Cream – Garnier Hair Care Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream (Buy here) or Garnier fructis sleek and shine intensely smooth leave in conditioning cream (Buy here)
  • Gel – Schwarzkopf Taft Marathon Looks 48H Long Lasting Hold 6 Power Gel (Review/ Buy here or here)

More than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner – John Freida Frizz Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner for Extra Dry Hair (Buy here or here) or TRESemme Botanique Conditioner, Nourish and Replenish (Buy here)
  • Cream – Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream (Buy here) or Garnier Hair Care Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream (Buy here)
  • Gel – Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Curling Custard (Review/ Buy here) or Schwarzkopf Taft Marathon Looks 48H Long Lasting Hold 6 Power Gel (Review/ Buy here or here)

Fine 3a/3b hair

If you don’t know if your curl pattern is 2a or 2b or 3b, check this out – Types of curly hair

Less than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner – Oriflame Dry & Damaged hair Conditioner (Buy here)
  • Cream – BBLUNT High Definition Curl, Curl Defining Leave-in Cream (Buy here or here). You can also include Aloe vera gel in addition to the cream
  • Gel – Schwarzkopf Taft Marathon Looks 48H Long Lasting Hold 6 Power Gel (Review/ Buy here or here)

More than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner – TRESemme Conditioner, Flawless Curls (Buy here or here)
  • Cream – As I Am Leave In Conditioner (Review/ Buy here or here) or Cantu Shea Butter Conditioning Creamy Hair Lotion (Review/ Buy here or here)
  • Gel – DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel (Review/ Buy here)

Coarse 3a/3b hair | 3c/4a hair

If you don’t know if your curl pattern is 2a or 2b or 3b, check this out – Types of curly hair

Less than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner –  L’Oréal Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner (Review/ Buy here)
  • Cream – Garnier Hair Care Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream (Buy here) or Garnier fructis sleek and shine intensely smooth leave in conditioning cream (Buy here)
  • Gel – Schwarzkopf Taft Marathon Looks 48H Long Lasting Hold 6 Power Gel (Review/ Buy here or here)

More than 1500 INR

  • Conditioner – Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner (Review/ Buy here) or TRESemme Botanique Conditioner, Nourish and Replenish (Buy here)
  • Cream – Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream (Buy here) or Garnier Hair Care Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream (Buy here)
  • Gel – Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Curling Custard (Review/ Buy here) or Schwarzkopf Taft Marathon Looks 48H Long Lasting Hold 6 Power Gel (Review/ Buy here or here)

I do not know anybody personally with 4b and 4c hair and so I am unable to suggest products for the hair type. You can always look up some gorgeous ladies with 4b 4c hair on Instagram!

I would like to repeat again that these products are just suggestions from what I’ve seen through my readers and fellow curly haired bloggers. You would need to try it to judge if or not they are best suited for you. You can always contact me if you are stuck at any stage 🙂

 

42 comments

  1. Thank you so much Anjana sis for these beautiful tips…. your blogs r just great and awesome…. 😇😇😇😘😘😘 IT’S a great help to us(YOUR BELOVED READERS) .I love you so much😘😘😘😍😍😍

  2. Helo sis im jus going to start using some products for my hair and can u pls say me what is the difference between cream and gel and when to use them both.

  3. Hi Anjana,

    Since March, after I came across Curly Penny and then this wonderful blog especially for CG’s, I have started following the CG routine by first ditching Sulphates and Silicones, then the comb. Currently I am using Enliven conditioner, Cantu cream and occasionally the Enliven gel (not suitable for my hair). I also apply coconut oil on my hair 2 times a week before shower.
    The problem is 90% of the time my hair gets too dry. It will be fine the morning after shower. By evening, when I return from work it’s dry. The second day, it’s the same but I spray some water, apply aloevera gel and somehow tie them up… but it is horrifying in the evening. I can’t wait to shower and reset it as it will be dry, frizzy with an added bonus of an irritating crown of baby hairs.
    Do you have any solution to prevent this dryness? Like should I apply any oil once my hair is dry after shower? Coz, even while showering, there are several strands of hair, that doesn’t stick to any curl coils.
    BTW, my curl type is coarse 2c bordering 3a. A single strand looks like 2c but together it’s 3a.

    I know this is long… Sorry and feel free to take your time 😛

    Thanks,
    Shruthi.

  4. Hey Anjana
    I am also a recent ” enjoy your curls the right way” beginner! So I tried Ouidad in New York. I am also trying curl creams and definers- ogx argon oil curl cream( blue bottle) and now the cocunut curls hair butter.. I use the cream and water in my palms and set my curls -the curls set real fine.. but what I’ve observed is that all of these make my hair quite coarse towards end of the day plus hair ends up knotting ( I wear a croc clip ).. have you observed such coarseness? Wondering if I am doing something wrong – If so any tips?

    1. Hey Swati, hair gets coarse if there are protein ingredients in the products..also if it is not hydrated enough or if there are too many polymers

  5. Hi Anjana,
    Your blog is really really helpful. I wish to start with this beginner kit.
    I have straight hair from my crown area till almost where my face ends, and the length of my hair is curly. I’m not able to figure my hair type, could you please suggest what would be the type and accordingly what products I should use?

  6. Your blog has helped so much with my curly hair thank you so much ❤ I’ve coarse thick hair with 2b curls. It’s really really dry could you tell me How to do a diy deep condition treatment with olive oil ?

  7. Hai, just now I went through all your posts. I feel too excited to follow suggested things. I have fine medium length long S wavy seen at the mid length of hair and fizzy dry hair with oily scalp. At crown part the hair volume is very less and scalp is seen. I even have mild dandruff. I want to know what type of shampoo conditioner and gel will be useful.

    1. Hey Sravani, use any medicated anti dandruff shampoo if you please. Then follow it up with the other products suggested for your hair type.

  8. Awesome work you are doing…
    Dear I have severe dandruff . Will the procedure b same for me ??
    Also, will these conditioners work well with colored hair??

    1. Hey Shikha, do you use anti dandruff shampoos? Other than that routine will be the same. Yes the conditioners work well with coloured hair.

  9. No dear, I don’t use anti dandruff. I am currently relying on acv with water n rinse hair with the solution post hair wash…
    Anti dandruff made my hair dry 😶

  10. Wonderful article for people who hate curly hairs and this includes me as well. But this routine and article is giving some confidence to start and flaunt the hair. Thank you anjana. I have a doubt my hair is a mix when I take bath it’s fine and more curvy at the bottom so which one should I start can send you a pic so that you can let me know which products to use..

  11. Hi Anjana,

    I’ve naturally straight hair. I want curly hair. Is it possible to get curls by using the above products mentioned ?
    I want permanent curly hair. Can you please help me in this.

    thanks,
    Sujita

  12. Hi
    A lot of the products here are neither sulfate free or silicone free. I read another blog which said as part of curly girl routine it’s important to stop such products. Can you please elaborate?

    1. Hey Sumita, I have a lot of readers who use silicones and sulphates without any issue. You can read about them here – Readers’ Diary. I also use sulphates regularly. I stopped silicones because they weigh my hair down. Like mentioned in the post, this is for beginner’s who have no idea what to buy. If you do want to go the strict CG method way, you can check this – CG Method and CG Friendly Products in India (Intermediate and Advanced Curly Hair Care)

  13. God I now love your blog. It’s so helpful and you are as well. It takes alot of effort to seriously replyto each n every query. Thank you ❤

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