There was a time when you had to trek across the border to find hair products curated for kinky curly hair, but happily, that time is now in the past. We are now in the golden age of hair care for those with coily curls. Mainstream, Canadian and even celebrity-backed brands have embraced luscious curly locks. Here are our favourites. —Amanda Nunes
The Body Shop’s curly hair line was a team effort. Co-created with curlies from around the world from South Africa to Brazil, the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Curl Activator ($25) is made with Jamaican black castor oil and community fair trade shea butter. Just a small amount creates defined curls and keeps them nourished and hydrated.
Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength 7 Oil Blend Scalp & Hair Oil ($15) works extra hard for your hair so you don’t have to. This nourishing blend of castor oil, black seed oil, and olive oil work together to strengthen and protect your hair from damage, promotes healthy hair growth and scalp health.
Imagine a product line designed specifically for your type of curls, waves and coils. That’s exactly what Function of Beauty does. First, you pick a base (Like their moisturizing and sulfate-free coily hair shampoo ($16) made with Flaxseed oil) and then add up to three #HairGoal booster shots, like anti-frizz, shine, deep condition and more. It’s an easy way to get customized hair care.
This made-in-Canada brand uses an evidence-based approach to hair care and product development. Earthtones Naturals products are more than 80% natural. The Curl Quench Coconut Moisture Milk ($25) softens and adds moisture to your hair.
Pattern Beauty is the brainchild of Blackish actress Tracee Ellis Ross. This expansive collection features products for all types of curls, but we’re partial to their light-as-air Curl Mousse ($33). One spray serves up volume, shine and beautiful curl definition.