What Can You Put on Curly Hair So it Doesn't Get Puffy?

by Pamela Simmons ; Updated July 18, 2017

Take your curls from puffy to smooth with the right products.

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Sometimes curly hair needs a little extra TLC. If your ringlets turn from curls to poofs, you may just be using the wrong products. Curly hair has the potential to be just as de-frizzed as any other hair type. It's as simple as finding products that add nourishment to your tresses.


Curly hair is more prone to dryness. The dryer the hair, the more the poof, so condition regularly after every shampoo. Massage conditioner onto your hair thoroughly from root to tip, and allow it to sit for at least two minutes before rinsing out. Once per week, quench your locks with a deep conditioning treatment to keep your strands frizz-free.

Frizz-Fighting Hair Tools

Invest in a good blow-dryer if you must blow dry your hair. Ionic dryers work by compressing the hair cuticles and locking out moisture. Try microfiber towels instead of terrycloth ones. Using a terrycloth towel can rough up the hair cuticles so that they won't lay flat. A microfiber towel gently presses water out and generally helps your hair dry quicker -- possibly eliminating the need of damaging heat when you blow your hair dry.


Pomades are ideal for keeping puffiness at bay. To apply, scoop out a dime-sized bit, rubbing it between your hands. Then, gently skim the surface of the hair with your pomade-coated hands, applying from root to tip.


Sunscreen isn't just for your skin. Try shampoos with built-in SPF, which will protect your strands from UV rays, which cause damage. A shampoo with SPF keeps your hair from drying in the sun, helping it to retain moisture, which leaves your curls better intact. Consider not shampooing your hair daily and instead using a dry shampoo if necessary in between washes. Your natural oils are your hairs best conditioner.


Hair oils are another way to infuse curls with moisture and keep them sleek. Oils come as simple topical serums to apply to dry hair, and also in hot oil treatments which penetrate your tresses. Just a little oil will do. Too much will leave your hair greasy, so just apply a dab, incorporate it thoroughly and you're good to go.

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About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.