There is a method to the madness required to get perfectly hydrated and defined curls. The journey to finding your ideal combination of products can be long and expensive, but luckily, it doesn't have to be. 

We got Latina bloggers who've already mastered their curly hair cocktails to share their holy grails and how they apply them. They proved that achieving flawless results doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Rocio Mora aka RisasRizos

"My hair is pretty fine with curls that are about type 3b and 3c," Rocio Mora, co-founder of the Rizos on the Road natural hair tour, told Vivala. "For those who don't know about curl typing, my hair can curl in ringlets that are anywhere from the width of a thick marker to the width of a pencil! I always have a pretty dry patch of curls right on the crown of my head. I also have pintura highlights on my ends, so my ends tend to be extra thirsty sometimes, too!"

Mora's combo places extra emphasis on moisture by starting off with two leave-in conditioners. "On wet hair, I'll add a few pumps of the As I Am So Much Moisture! Hydrating Lotion ($11, and rake that through my curls," she said. "Next, I'll take about a quarter-sized amount of the DevaCurl B'Leave-In ($20, Ulta). It's got a lot of slip to it so I just rake that in my hair, too! Then I take a generous scoop of the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($12, Target) and rake that evenly throughout my hair. After even application of all of these products, I scrunch my hair to encourage a curl pattern."

"I usually let my hair air dry for about 20 minutes (or until I'm done applying makeup), then I take a microfiber towel or a cotton T-shirt and gently scrunch my curls to help with drying and continue to let it air dry fully," she added. "Once my hair is fully dry, I'll scrunch again to release any cast that the products have created and my curls are left soft, bouncy, and defined!"

Ada Rojas aka All Things Ada

"My hair is a mixture of 3b and 3c curls," Ada Rojas, co-founder of Rizos on the Road natural hair tour, told Vivala. "As far as density, I have fine hair but I have a lot of it, which makes my hair look thick."

"When I want super defined curls I use the As I Am Leave-In Conditioner ($11,, followed by the Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly ($18, Target) and let it air dry," Rojas added. "When I want fluffy curls with lots of volume I use the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($12, Target) with a little bit of Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel ($18, on top and diffuse my hair."

Lynn Kate Molina

Instagram star Lynn Kate Molina describes her hair as "voluminous" with "a lot of body" that can absorb a generous amount of moisture. She considers her curl pattern as not being tight "but not big, either."

"I get in the shower, wet my hair fully, and once it's detangled I step aside and apply DevaCurl One Condition Original Daily Cream Conditioner ($22, Ulta) first," Molina shared. "I just rake a generous amount in my hair and scrunch. I leave it in, I don't rinse it off. Right after, I proceed to DevaCurl Arc Angel Gel ($22, Ulta) and rake it through my hair avoiding the roots because too much product on the roots can weigh your hair down. 

"In the colder months I diffuse, but in the summer I tend to air dry a lot and I love it because my curls are more defined and I achieve more volume. Once my hair is 100% dry, I take two to three spritzes on my hands of [Ouidad's] Mongongo Oil ($38, Sephora), rub my hands together, and scrunch on the ends of my hair," she explained.

Edyeliz Ibarra aka Curly Edgy

"My hair? I would [describe it as] sassy. It has a mind of its own and that's OK because on its really good hair days it can be a showstopper and on other days it's just stubborn!" Edyeliz Ibarra told Vivala. "It's full and voluminous and bold."

Ibarra has a number of "curly cocktail product concoctions" that she loves. The blogger listed Curls™ Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner ($12, Target) and Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly ($18, Target); Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Hair Milk Smoothie ($5, Target) and Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Curl Styler Cream Pudding ($6, Target); Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray ($24, Ulta) and Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($26, Ulta); Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner ($9, Target) and Jane Carter Solution Incredible Curls ($20, Target).

"I first detangle my hair in the shower, followed by spritzing the leave-in spray in my hair while it is still semi-wet (not drenched)," Ibarra said. "I part my hair into sections and apply the cream to my hair from root to ends. This allows me to make sure I apply the product evenly all around my hair. I allow my hair to air dry for 20-30 minutes followed by diffusing for 15-20 minutes with the settings on cool and high. Once that is done, I take a hair pick and fluff out the roots only all around my head to create more volume."

Leyla Aguilar aka Beyond Her Curls

"I'd say my curly hair type is between 3a and 3b," Leyla Aguilar told Vivala.

"My favorite hair products at the moment are By Made Beautiful True Leave-In Conditioner ($10, Walgreens) and Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly ($18, Target)," the blogger shared. "While my hair is still damp, I first apply the leave-in and then the control jelly. Using a microfiber towel, I then scrunch the excess product out of my hair. I allow the products to sit in my hair for about 10 minutes before diffusing. If it's a hot day and I have time for my hair to air dry, I'll opt for that instead. Lastly, when my hair is completely dry, I apply a tiny bit of oil to my ends and anywhere the gel left a cast."

Sarah Serrano

"My curls are my crown," Sarah Serrano said of her ringlets. "They celebrate my wild carefree spirit. And yes, I got it from my momma."

Serrano starts with a "microfiber towel to absorb excess moisture." Next, "gently finger comb delicious Curls Blueberry Bliss through sectioned hair. Use wide tooth comb to distribute evenly. Fluff! Apply Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel through sectioned hair($18, and fluff again. Let your curls air dry overnight. Use a pick or wide tooth comb to give it some extra fluff."

Victoria S. Gonzalez

"My hair is a full mane of curls and swirls, with some strands forming soft banana curls while others are wavy with a mind of their own," Victoria S. Gonzalez of Travel Latina told Vivala. "The more humidity there is, the larger it gets, and I'm not one to shy away from having big hair. "

Gonzalez shared that her routine changes depending on the weather but "I always start with John Frieda's Frizz Ease Serum as a base ($10, Ulta). I then use Ouidad's Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($26, Ulta) and scrunch it through, being very careful to avoid it looking crisp. I then lightly spritz it with John Frieda's Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl-Perfecting Spray ($7, Ulta). (I've been using it since I was 14. I even wrote them a letter saying to never discontinue it.) The gel has great movement and the spray helps with hold.

"When it's less humid, I sub the gel for Living Proof's Curl Defining Styling Cream ($28, Ulta). Once every two weeks or so, I use Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment (discontinued) or straight shea butter on my curls and sleep with the treatment in. 

"For day-two hair, I give it life with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray ($29, Sephora). 

"When I travel, I bring the serum, gel, and thickening spray. I love being on the road and having my curls out in full force...they give me so much confidence!

"Air dry and go!," she added.

Stephanie Ferreira

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photo: Stephanie Ferreira

"I would describe my hair as coily with a mind of its own," Stephanie Ferreira told Vivala. She added that her 3c hair "needs A LOT of moisture so that's what I really focus on in terms of my curly hair routine."

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photo: Stephanie Ferreira

"The hair products that make up my curly cocktail are the Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream with shea butter ($6, Target) and the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream ($6, Target)," Ferreira shared. "I also sometimes include Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner Detangler ($12, Target) so my hair doesn't get as tangled, also extra moisture! 

"After I apply a hair masque — the one I'm using currently is Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner ($14, Target) — I apply the Cantu repair cream and then the coconut curling cream. I separate my hair into sections when I'm applying products and rake it in with my fingers.

"I am all about diffusing because I think my curls look more defined. Also I love volume and when I air dry my hair does not get as big. I also use a pick comb and pick my hair at the root for more volume," she added.