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10 Best Curl Defining Products For Natural Hair

Written by Millennial In debt on January 4, 2016

In 2016 I'm focusing more on hair health than growing my hair as fast as possible. With that being said I wouldn't mind having a few more really defined looks and styles especially now with my tapered cut. This brings me to my top 10 list (of course you can tell I'm an admitted product junkie) of favorite curl defining products for natural hair. I've personally tried all of these products and enjoy them in no particular order. The ingredients go well with my hair and often provide me with fleeky outcomes in the hair styling department. Take a look to see if your favorite hair styler made it onto the list. And if it didn't share with us in the comments below which brand you think should be added!

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10 Best Curl Defining Products For Natural Hair

A1Oc5x3N-LL._SX522_1. TGIN Twist & Define Cream: You know that product that you get because it is getting rave reviews and you are not really fond of it. That was my initial reaction to TGIN's Twist & Define Cream. I was super smitten with their Daily Butter moisturizing lotion that I didn't pay much attention to the twist & define cream. Fast forward to over 7 months later and this cream is now apart of my can't do with out holy grail.  The twist outs are bomb and so are the ingredients!

81osU7w-iGL._SX522_2. Kinky Curly Curling Custard: Between this and the Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie (see # 8) you probably have heard nothing but rave reviews about the Kinky Curly Coiling Custard. I also had bad experiences with this product and didn't quite enjoy its amazingness until I recently big chopped again. This is definitely not a product for the transition, but instead a perfect match for a wash and go or sleeked back look.

81UFttNKxoL._SX522_3. Design Essentials Cream Gel: This was the fist gel I used when I had my tapered hair cut back in September. This is the gel they used on my hair at the salon (you know you are always trying to match that fly from the salon) so I went out and bout it for my twist outs at home. This gel is  thick so a little goes a long way and I recommend pairing it with another butter to maximum on definition. This also pairs well with aloe vera gel too.

71+O7fz7qGL._SX522_4. Curls Berry Bliss CurlI always wanted to try a Curls product but always shied away when ever I saw the price. Luckily I was able to receive this Berry Bliss Curl at an event back in September and instantly fell in love. This is marketed more as an edge control but it definitely has the power t work along side another styler to help define your curls. I use for both my edge control and as an added layer/shield in my twist outs.

61P1CeS2VhL._SX522_5. As I Am Coil Defining Jelly: I have a long time love with As I Am from the moment I used their Coconut Co Wash. When I started dabbling into their other products I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were not a one trick pony. The Coil Defining Jelly is thick and will have your twists looking juice and plump all day. Plus this can be found in all local drug stores so that is an automatic plus for me when looking for hair products on the go.

91Bz4l5tfAL._SX522_6. Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream: This was my first product as a transitioning natural and it helped me stick through some real failure moments in my natural hair journey. This cream smells delicious and because it is so decadently rich and thick a little goes an extremely long way. I've had this product for up to almost 6 months at a time (and its also inexpensive ) even when  I use it 1-2 times a week.

41bPWvgRgdL7. Camille Rose Naturals Curl MakerI ran out to get the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker when it first came out last year because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I am rarely impressed by a product that gets a ton of positive reviews because I always feel like its not possible. Well in this case... it is. The Curl Maker is very similar to the Shea Moisture curl souffle in texture but with a stronger hold for my type four naturalistas. You will get a light application with a great amount of definition. Also great for my ladies who like to dabble in wash and gos every now and then.

A1v7A2084SL._SX522_8. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie: After I used the Cantu cream I saw tis curl enhancing smoothie all over  Youtube and had to see it for myself. Also readily available just about everywhere you go (drug stores, Walgreens, Ulta...etc) this product is great for type four hair as well. If you use too much you will get an icky residue after so I suggest you start off light handed first to see how much of it your hair really needs. You also want to use a light oil or gel in accompaniment to this product as well.

71bPvOeGU6L._SY606_9. Beautiful Textures Curl Defining MousseI only use the Beautiful Textures Curl Defining Mouuse for roller sets or perm rod sets so I can get that smooth bouncy curl. You can also use it for wash and gos (which I have yet to fully master or understand). The pump lets off a frothy foam liquid that goes on to your hair light and clear so adding too much won't weigh down your hair (though I don't recommend doing so, so you don't waste the product).

41LKFmbS5+L10. Hydratherma Aloe Curl Enhancing Twisting Cream: Last but certainly not least is the Hydratherma Aloe Curl enhancing Twisting Cream. This is one of the newer products released from the Hydratherma brand and I've yet to be disappointed by anything that Saleemah releases. Aloe and my hair are in love so a curl defining cream based with aloe is an absolute plus in making my curls springy and full. This is in my top five arsenal product line up for sure!

What products do you have in your arsenal that you just cant live without? Share your thoughts with us below so we can update our lists !


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FTC: This post is not sponsored however does contain affiliate links that provide me with a small commission. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Hey there! I'm Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I'm busy teaching the future of society.
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  1. Very helpful information. I'm transitioning and it's only been since November but I've been doing a lot of research and I've just started using the Shea Moisture line. So far, I love it. I look forward to websites like this to help me with my journey. Thanks

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope we can be helpful on the rest of your journey! Shea Moisture was one of our faves in the beginning of our journey too!

  2. Thanks for this information!!! I've been trying to find a product that can help define my curls.

  3. Thank you, Thank you soo Much on the heads up on these products Girls, good advice, suggestions on what to use on your natural hair, l have 4c ,and it hard for me to decide what products work for me,and not to mention Expensive, girl l have Tub full I don't use, or don't work, so l guess lll be buying some more products,

  4. I've been natural about 3 years now and it's been a lot of trial and error with products and regimens trying to find things that work. I have type 4 hair in general, but definately not consistent in all areas. On the crown of my head my hair is courser, thicker and get major shrinkage when wet, probably more a 4c. But the back, sides and front of my head has hair that is looser, almost straight. I have tried some of the products on this list with varying results. None really wowed me to be honest and some were just epic fails, despite how other naturals raved about them. I have found that my hair doesn't respond well to styling products containing coconut, avacado or almond oils, aloe Vera or Shea butter. I actually like the Qhemet Biologics line, particularly their heavy cream and hydrate butter. This line is olive oil base and my hair responses really well to it.

    1. Been meaning to try some Qhemet Biologics glad your hair responds well. I also have type four hair so I def should look into it! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  5. I'm 7 months post big chop, and I'm also a self proclaimed product junkie. I've tried 2 impressive products that I feel deserve a mention and 1 great new line. The Ors Curls Unleashed curl boosting jelly for those who like aloe vera for a nice light wash and go. Also, Taliah Wajid Curly Curl Cream for braid and twist outs. Both keep my 4 b/c hair moisturized and well defined. The new line is called The Mane Choice....Look into it. Ciao

    1. How do you tell which type of hair type you have?? I’ve tried Cantu, TQin, Shea Butter, Essentials Products and still have not gotten my definition in trying to get my hair to curl. It’s curly at the roots & thicker. I’ve even tried rods and it did curl. But, I’m not sure which type of curl/hair type Zi have???

  6. How do I know what type of hair I have, whether it is, 1, 2, 3 or 4. Its natural but fine and soft but not curly. suggestion is needed to make it look thick and curly

    1. Hi, I've had natural hair for at least 10 years, but always braided. Now I'm tired of it and about to cut it, have been looking at short styles with tapered sides with hair on top, not to much. Anyway my hair is what I call nappy. How do I know what is my hair type? Any suggestions for leaving curl gel for a first as myself, to make it easier for me to handle? Suggestions please. Thanks.

  7. You forgot about Ouidad. Their stuff is to die for. Really nice cream for type 4 hair. Light, but still has moisture. Also, luv Carol's Daughter stuff again. It was too oily before. But, it's perfect now, just can't find it.

  8. I am loving the Cantu Curling Cream on my daughters hair. However, what really helped me was using pure melted coconut oil to lock the curls in place. I melted the coconut oil and added some vitamin E oil and a few drops of lavender oil. There is a noticeable different in texture and quality curl longevity. This is certainly a journey of love and patience.

  9. Thanks for the head line I didn't know what to use for my beautiful curly hair I would wash & condition thEn wet my beautiful curls with cold water let drip dry and it leave your hair it's natural curly hair :.. Shalom Shalom

  10. Thank you for sharing. Surprisingly, I use curl defining products on my wigs. Personal summer moments prohibits me from wearing my shoulder length hair. I treat my wigs as my own hair, and one of the products you mentioned I use.??. Guess I'm doing it right!!

  11. Good morning, how do you tell what type hair do you have? I have been natural for about 5-6 years and I'm still trying to find what works for my hair. I started using the "As I Am" this month and so far so good. The Co-wash is working for me and defining my curl pattern. I just purchased the "Coil Defining Jelly" but have not used it yet. My hair is to thin for twist outs, so I just wash and go with a pull back band to hold my hair back off my face. Could you post some style methods on how to use some of the products that works for you?

  12. Hi Melissa. I have been trying for quite some time to find the right product for my natural hair. My hair is 3c in some parts and 4a in others. It is also very fine. When its wet, my hair has beautiful coils and curls. After the product dries it is kinky and dry looking; never mind the crunch which I had. Any ideas?

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