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If you have naturally curly hair, you already know how hard it is to find a product that your curls like. My hairstylist and beauty editor friends have all given me the same advice when it comes to taking care of my hair: invest in quality products. For years, I've been on the quest to find great products for my curls, and because of that, I consider myself to be somewhat of a curly hair product expert.
Oribe just launched its new collection, Highly Textured Hair, for people with type three and four curl patterns, and the brand sent it over so I could test it out. I'm always skeptical about brands launching collections to be more "inclusive," but I was also excited because the few times I've used Oribe products, I was impressed with the results.
The first step of any wash-and-go routine is washing the hair with shampoo and conditioner. I don't always use shampoo because I want to retain as much moisture as possible, but I did this time to remove the other products in my hair. After that, I put the Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque ($63) on my hair for about 15 minutes, then rinsed it out. I really liked this deep conditioner because it felt less watery than others I've used, and I feel like my hair absorbed more of it.
After that, I separated my hair into four sections and applied the Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler ($38). I liked the detangler because it was lightweight but moisturizing, which my hair needs. It also wasn't super oily, which tends to weigh down my curls. I probably could've stopped there, but I decided to layer the Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Crème ($46) on top of the detangler.
I typically don't use gel because I don't want stiff curls, but I decided to give the Curl Gelée ($44) a shot. It's thicker than the leave-in, but it definitely won't weigh down your curls, either. I also put some on my roots because I always end up with a frizz halo, then I lightly applied it throughout the rest of my hair.
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Because my routine is super simple and I don't have patience, I like to let my hair air-dry for a few hours. Once my hair was completely dry, I noticed I had more curl definition than normal. I'm talking perfect ringlets and less frizz, and my hair wasn't crunchy from the gel. Because I'm overdue for a haircut, I've noticed that some of my curls are beginning to look dull. I definitely think the Oribe products made it less noticeable because of the moisture and volume the products provided.
To really put the product to the test, I took a yoga class in the evening. Afterward I did a curl check, and my curls still had volume, shine, and minimal frizz. I usually can't get away with second-day hair — it either ends up tangled or super dry — but I was able to get a second day out of this particular wash-and-go.
Overall, I'm really into this new collection. I'm going to continue to play around with the products and try to perfect my curly hair routine. Final verdict: the Highly Textured Hair collection has my curly hair stamp of approval.