Conquer Your Curls: 5 Products to Beat Frizz



By Lauren Clohessy

Curly hair is a blessing and a curse. I’ve had curly hair my entire life, and I’m not talking wavy strands, I mean thick curls, like the ones on an Irish Dancer’s wig. Fun fact, I was a dancer for 12 years and never wore the wig, so that paints a good picture.

While curls are beautiful when tamed, it’s almost impossible to get them under control (for a reasonable price). Here’s five drugstore products I’ve discovered over my years of trying to conquer my curls, because on a college budget it’s hard to afford the salon brands, especially when you have to use more than a dime size amount.

1. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

I’ve found this product works best on wet hair as a leave-in conditioner, or sprayed on dry hair with water to dampen. While the formula is a bit heavy, the enhancer reduces frizz and smells like coconut. A 12 oz. tub of the product averages around $11.99.

2. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

While the label suggests using it as a conditioner in the shower, leaving on for three minutes before rinsing, I also used it after the shower as a leave in. Also, the smell of this one is incredible; my high school friends always got upset when my hair didn’t smell like Aussie. An 8 oz. container of the conditioner is usually no more than $3.

3. OGX Extra Strength Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil

I’ve use both the shampoo and conditioner from the line together, and it works wonders. I prefer the combo over the salon duo I previously used because they’re cheap, around $8 a 13 oz. container each at Target, and the deal lasts me a long time.

4. OGX Quenching Coconut Curls

Another from the OGX brand, but can you blame me – the coconut smell is intoxicating! I find myself always testing new formulas that claim they can tame my curls, and so far this serum has passed the test. A 6 oz. bottle is $5.79 at Target.

5. Suave Pro Captivating Curls Mousse Cream

I use this after a night shower after towel-drying my hair.  Hair should be damp, not sopping wet, before applying. tuck my curls into a ballerina bun. The process limits frizz for the following day. For this product, a little goes a long way. I’m glad I splurged $2.99 for the 7 oz. bottle.