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To Tame Your Normal-To-Coarse Curls

Total Results Curl Please Contouring Lotion and Super Defrizzer

This powerful duo is a must for curly haired girls everywhere. They apply the Contouring Lotion to damp hair to add the light moisture that curls crave. Then, once curls are dry, they work the Super Defrizzer—a weightless gel—between their hands and gently scrunch it into their hair. This amazing formula adds definition and gentle hold while repelling frizz like a boss!

To Tame Your Unruly Curls

Biolage Advanced Oil Renew

Porosity is the enemy of many curly textures—the condition causes hair to feel dry and look dull and full of flyaway hairs. This new haircare system—Advanced Oil Renew Shampoo, Conditioner and Multi-Tasking Oil-in-Cream Leave-In—quenches thirsty curls and leaves hair softer and more manageable. “These products,” comments Matrix Artistic Director Robert Santana, “really control unmanageable hair. My clients especially love the leave-in—it makes a huge difference on the texture of the hair after it’s styled.”

To Nourish Your Curls

Biolage 3Butter Control System

Butter may not be the best ingredient for your hips, but when it comes to your curly hair, it’s a great choice. This highly effective hair treatment system—Shampoo, Conditioner, Day Cream and Overnight Mask—nourish curls with shea, cupuacu and murumuru butters, day and night. Matrix Artistic Director Michelle O’Connor advises clients to use the Overnight Mask when twisting and setting their curls before bed. In the morning, their hair unfurls into soft, touchable, shiny coils.

To Style Your Curls Naturally

Biolage R.A.W. Curl Defining Butter

There it is again—butter. Clearly a favorite ingredient for fabulous curl-ocity! This natural-origin styler is infused with cacao, a nourishing butter that defines tamed and naturally finished curls. What it doesn’t contain? Silicones, artificial fragrance or color and parabens. Plus the package is biodegradable!

To Define Your Curls

Biolage Curl Defining Elixir

When it comes to curl control, alcohol is the enemy—it leads to dryness and frizz. This alcohol-free hair gel for curly hair delivers lasting curl control and frizz-free definition for beautiful, shiny curls, without crunch.

To Air Dry Your Curls

Style Link Air Dry Twisted Boho Curl-Defining Cream

Curly girls know that sometimes the less you do to your curls, the better they look. This supple, curl-enhancing cream lets you skip the heat and go, go, go! Apply to damp hair and scrunch or twist the cream into your curls. As they dry, they’ll become soft and defined, without developing frizz.

To Blow Out Your Curls

Style Link Blowout Skinny Queen

Sometimes even the curliest girl is in the mood to rock some straight hair. If you occasionally love to play it straight, start with this heat-protecting, smoothing, blowout cream. It will support the smooth-out, keeping your hair soft and frizz-free. “Start your blowout with a boar bristle brush,” suggests Robert. “It will give you lots of volume. Then go back through each section with a cushioned styling brush, which will lock down the cuticle and amp up the shine.”

To Repair Your Curls

Total Results So Long Damage Break Fix Leave-In Elixir

When it comes to damage, curly hair gets hit hard. It’s generally fragile to begin with, due to the coiled structure of each strand, and then it’s frequently insulted even further by heat tools, mechanical manipulation with combs and brushes and over-exposure to the elements. If your curls require a serious fix, Robert recommends this leave-in, which reconstructs the hair fiber and reduces breakage. “I find curly hair tends to get especially weak at the ends,” he says, “and this product gets right to work repairing the hair.”

To Take A Curl Break

Matrix Opti.Smooth

This is the answer if you want a longer-term solution for managing or controlling curl that is too tight or voluminous, and for eliminating frizz once and for all. Opti.Smooth is formaldehyde-free and thio-based. There is a cold smoothing option that maintains curl, and a heat straightening option that smooths hair completely. There is also a 3-D Curl option for extremely curly hair that reduces curl size and banishes frizz. Many clients, according to Robert, get “Opti.Smoothed” with the cold option at the beginning of each summer to enjoy carefree hairstyling in hot, humid weather.

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