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Best in Show- Natural Hair Stylers

By January 27th, 202138 Comments

Best in Show- Natural Hair Stylers
Continuing our Best in Show discussion, let’s look at Leave-ins and Stylers!

Which styler, in your opinion, wins the award for:

1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer

2. Favorite Hair Butter

3. Favorite Curl Cream

4. Best in Hair Gels

5. Favorite Curl Refresher

6. Hands Down Best Styler

CN Responds:

1. CURLS Milkshake or KeraCare Natural Textures Leave-in
2. 100% Pure Shea Butter

CURLS Curl Souffle
Afroveda PUR Whipped Hair Jelly
5. Philip B Anti Frizz Serum

6. For dry sets- CURLS Curl Souffle; For wet sets- KeraCare Natural Textures Twist & Define


  • keisha billups says:

    1-Best leave in moisturizer-keracare naturals leave in conditioner
    2-Favorite Hair Butter-Elasta QP Mango Butter
    3-Favorite Curl Cream-Curls Curl Souffle(just found out about this.. LOVE!!)
    4-Best in Hair Gels-Ampro Olive Oil Gel (bomb!! Hair is so soft)
    5-Favorite Curl Refresher-Curls Quenched Curls
    6-Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

  • Anonymous says:

    Love the advice,currently using some of these products. Really experimenting now. I recently ventured into styling my own hair, was tired of paying hundreds of dollars to a stylist every month!! Thanks for the advice ladies. GOD BLESS:-)

  • Missy says:

    Best Leave-in/Moisturizer – Ouidad moisture lock (in love!)

    2. Favorite Hair Butter – Mimosa Hair Honey (does that count?)

    3. Favorite Curl Cream – Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (LOVE!)

    4. Best in Hair Gels – I don't use gels

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher – Hmmmm, I need to read through the other lists and find one. I never thought to use anything. Maybe when my hair grows, I'll need something

    6. Hands Down Best Styler – Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

  • Anonymous says:

    Best Leave-in/Moisturizer – Kimmaytube Leave-in! I like her recipe with mix of Knot Today and It's a 10 Leave-in. Knot Today alone doesn't have enough slip for me.

    2. Favorite Hair Butter – Don't really use butters, but I do love JBCO pomade! I guess Anita Grant's Creamy Latte, if that counts.

    3. Favorite Curl Cream – Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie / KomazaCare Coconut Curl

    4. Best in Hair Gels – I use KCCC as my "gel" – the greatest as smoothing edges.

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher – KomazaCare Hair Rejuvenator or Water/Lacio Lacio mixture

    6. Hands Down Best Styler – Haven't found my Holy Grail yet on this.

  • Evelyn says:

    1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer – Curls Sublime Conditioner

    2. Favorite Hair Butter – Jane Carter Nourish and Shine

    3. Favorite Curl Cream – Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

    4. Best in Hair Gels – Curls Gelsc

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher – Water and EVOO

    6. Hands Down Best Styler – Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer: Haven't found one

    2. Favorite Hair Butter: unrefined shea butter

    3. Favorite Curl Cream: Design Essentials Cream Gel…nothing has ever worked better for me…my wash-n-go curls stay soft and defined

    4. Best in Hair Gels: Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel…my hair loves this stuff

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher: Design Essentials Cream Gel

    6. Hands Down Best Styler for me: Design Essentials Cream Gel

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer – Knot Today and Darcy's Botanical Leave In

    2. Favorite Hair Butter – Qhemet's AOHC

    3. Favorite Curl Cream – Oyin's Burnt Sugar

    4. Best in Hair Gels – KCCC

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher – Water and Aloe Vera Gel

    6. Hands Down Best Styler – KCCC

  • HairPolitik says:

    1. Kinky Curly Knot Today
    2. 100% Pure Shea Butter
    3. N/A
    4. N/A
    5. N/A
    6. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

  • Shea Butter says:

    KeraCare Natural Textures Leave-in – Overall, I think this is quality stuff. Great (natural) ingredients, great description on the packaging and awesome results. it does not weigh my hair down (which was exactly what I was hoping for!), makes my hair feel soft and look healthier. I honestly can’t find anything wrong with these products. Well, maybe one thing: why is the cleansing cream (shampoo) in a jar and not in a bottle? A jar isn’t very practical in the shower…

  • SHEREE says:

    1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer – Ouidad Moisture Lock

    2. Favorite Hair Butter – Afroveda Cocalatte moisture mask

    3. Favorite Curl Cream – MOP defining cream

    4. Best in Hair Gels – KCCC & proclaim wave gel (regular days)

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher – Oyin handmade juices and berries

    6. Hands Down Best Styler – KCCC for wet, Aveda be curly for dry

  • KC says:

    1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer: Oyin Hair Dew

    2. Favorite Hair Butter: unrefined shea butter

    3. Favorite Curl Cream: Donna Marie Super Butter Creme

    4. Best in Hair Gels: EcoStyler Olive Oil

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher: tbd

    6. Hands Down Best Styler: Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade

  • Naptural_ray1 says:

    Best leave in: Giovanni direct leave in

    favorite butter: qhemets AOHC!!!!

    favorite curl cream: qhemets AOHC!!!!

    Best gel: Koils by nature lavender gel

    Favorite refresher: KCKT

    Hands down best styler: QHEMETS AOHC!!!!!! never steers me wrong LOVE IT!!!

  • IcyLillies says:

    1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer
    Kimmaytube's Leave in recipe or Knot Today or if I want to save $$ John Masters Organic Leave in

    2. Favorite Hair Butter
    Pretty's Dimples Shea butter

    3. Favorite Curl Cream
    That's what gel it for, lol

    4. Best in Hair Gels
    Eco Olive Oil Gel hands down

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher
    Water is quickly becoming my best friend

    6. Hands Down Best Styler
    Once again, that's what gel is for


  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    OMG! I was just stopped by a lady while in Target who wanted information and recommendations on moisturizers. I mentioned some of the ones you all have listed here, such as KCKT, but thought I was wrong. I was thinking "is a leave in also a moisurizer". Anyway, this topic is right on time.

    1. KCKT/Darcy's Coconut & Aloe Moisture Pudding
    2. N/A
    3. Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    4. Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    5. Oyin Frank Juice or Juices-n-Berries/H20 w/LI condish & oil
    6. Kinky Curly Curling Custard

  • Doc says:

    thank you ms. keke curly :) you really broke it down to basics :)

  • Tara Shenéa says:

    1.Best Leave-in/Moisturizer
    Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

    2. Favorite Hair Butter
    Unrefined Shea Butter

    3. Favorite Curl Cream
    Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

    4. Best in Hair Gels
    Worlds of Curls Curl Activator Gel for Extra Dry Hair and IC Fantasia Olive Gel with Sparkle Lites

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher
    Care Free Curl Instant Moisturizer

    6. Hands Down Best Styler
    Whipped Shea Butter mix: Includes – Shea Butter, Mango Butter, curl activator gel, Aloe Vera gel, carrier oils, raw honey & cornstarch

  • Shakirah says:

    1. Best Leave-in/ moisturizer: kinky curly knot today
    2. Best Hair butter: oyin handmade burnt sugar pomade
    3. Fav Hair Cream: shea moisture deep treatment masque
    4. Best in Hair Gels: n/a yet
    5. Best refresher: afro detangler diluted with water
    6. Hands down best styler: shea moisture deep treatment masque

  • Shakirah says:

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  • Pronounced China says:

    1.Knot Today
    2.Coconut Oil
    3.Aveda Be Curly
    5.Water and Aloe Vera Gel(Is it just me or does Aloe Vera Gel make you hair feel weird…sort of squeaky)
    6.Aveda Be Curly

  • nappy headed black girl says:

    My vote for best leave-in is Neutrogena's Triple Silk Touch Leave-In

  • mimismom says:

    @ Doc, your question is not stupid. I've asked myself the same thing many times in my 5 mos. of being natural and experimenting with several products. I'm still doing wash n go's and I'm trying to narrow my products down as much as possible. So far, I'm liking for

    1. Leave In/Moisturizer: Qhemet Biologics Alma & Olive Hydrating Cream (it does double duty as a leave-in and moisturizer)
    2. Hair Butter: None yet, I realize I don't like Shea, may try others
    3. Curl Cream: None yet, but would like to have one to alternate with my gel
    4. Gel: Flax seed gel
    5. Curl Refresher: Water
    6. Best Styler: so far flax seed gel

  • Anonymous says:

    -Anonymous 2:44

  • Anonymous says:

    @Doc: Your welcome! :)
    -Anonymous 2:44

  • KekeCurly says:

    @ Doc I know others have answered but i wanted to put my 2cents in as well
    1. Moisturizes adds water to the hair[if u purchase a water base]
    2.Hair Butter= hold/sealant
    3. Curl Cream= Defines
    4. Hair Gels= holds/slicks down
    5. Refresher= next day hair… ahhh lol
    6. Your best bet when u need to style any/ most styles

  • Doc says:

    thank you anonymous 2:44 (that link was AWESOME- thank you!) and 3:08! i sho'nuff appreciate it :)

  • Anonymous says:

    @ Doc, I find that a leave in is much better than pure water to refresh a wash in go, braid out or styling. Also, a leave in will protect your hair from damage from tugging, pulling, and braiding and/or twisting. A butter is heaven to the hair and I find that the more natural the butter (raw shea) the more shine.
    My list:
    1. Jane Carter's Leave in Condish (love it)
    2. Mango & Shea Butter (don't know the brand but I buy it from whole foods small jar but last long)
    3. Curl Soufle
    4. Eco Styler & Fantasia (love them both and they are running head to head)
    5. Curl Refresher (umm if its a rod set I don't use any spray the curls will flop. wash n go I use Jane Carter leave in and maybe a little water.
    6. Still researching

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Best Leave-in/moisturizer: CURLS- quenched curls Moisturizer
    2. Best Hair butter: N/A
    3. Fav Hair Cream: N/A
    4. Best in Hair Gels: CURLS -curl gel-les'c
    5. Best refresher: CURLS -quenched curls moisturizer
    6. Hands down best styler: CURLS -curl gel-les'c

  • Anonymous says:

    1) Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
    2) Shea Butter/Aloe Vera Gel/Honey Mix
    3) N/A
    4) Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel
    5) Water/Aloe Vera Gel/Honey mix
    6) Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque


    @Doc: I know it's confusing. Do not get overwhelmed. Here is an article that may help: ( I hope that helps! :)

  • TheBlessedWestbeauty says:

    1) Kimmaytube leave in :)
    2) Unrefined Shea Butter
    3) Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing smoothie
    4) Eco Styler Olive Oil gel
    5) Mixture spray water & evoo
    6) Curls curls whipped cream

  • Anonymous says:

    1) Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
    2) A mix of 100% Shea Butter and Olive Oil
    3) Aveda Be Curly
    4) Aloe Vera Gel
    5) Olive Oil
    6) Aveda Be Curly and Aloe Vera Gel

  • Anonymous says:

    1.)Giovanni Direct Leave-in & EVCO
    2.)AfroVeda CocoLatte Moisture Mask
    3.)AfroVeda Curl Define
    4.)AfroVeda Pur Whipped Hair Jelly or Ecostyler Gel
    5.)Qhemet's Replishing Mist (new formula)
    6.)AfroVeda's Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter and/or Hemp Seed Lock, Twist & Roll Butter

    Nikki…your daughter is so blessed to have not only grandparents, but great-grandparents. Grandparents ar sooo special, and I really miss mine!! Wishing you and your family a safe and blessed New Year!


  • Doc says:

    perhaps a stupid question coming:

    what is the purpose of each of these products and how do these purposes differ from each other?

    i have been so overwhelmed by products in 2010 that i'm on my way to resolving to give them up all together for 2011. not to mention how much money i've spent trying to find the "right one" for my hair (i'm starting to believe such product doesn't exist). i'm curious about how you all use these different products.

    What is the difference between a leave-in/moisturizer, a hair butter, curl cream and a styler.

    How do you all know you hair requires such diversity in products (i.e. when do i know when to use what)?

    please help

  • Anonymous says:

    1.) Knot Today
    2.) Unrefined Organic Shea Butter
    3.) Shea Moisture Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
    3.) Aloe Vera Gel
    5.) 100% Cococut Oil (Mist spray=water and coconut oil)
    6.) Shea Moisture Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

  • sarah says:

    1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer
    Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

    2. Favorite Hair Butter
    Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey

    3. Favorite Curl Cream
    Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme

    4. Best in Hair Gels
    Kinky Curly Curling Custard

    5. Favorite Curl Refresher
    other than water and AVJ, idk

    6. Hands Down Best Styler
    Kinky Curly Curling Custard

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Best leave in/ KCKT and Garnier curl and shine
    2. Favorite Hair Butter/ Shea Butter unrefined
    3. Favorite Hair Cream/ Haven't found one yet :)
    4. Best in hair gels/ Eco styler with Olive oil
    5. Favorite curl refresher/ mix of water, castor oil, jojobo oil, Aloe Vera Juice and rose water.
    6. Hands down best styler/ my water mix and gel or shea butter.

    I've tried buying products such as Miss Jessie's and even Qhemet biologics and they work great but are too heavy for my hair and then my scalp gets itchy. I probley need to go with lighter products but using shea butter, gel and my water mix works well for me so why fix something that isn't broke. Also I just discovered macadamian oil and love, love how soft and shiny it makes my hair feel. It also smells heavenly. Love your website Nikki.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    thanks CurlyBean! This trip home has been amazing!

  • WMH says:

    1. Kinky Curly Knot Today
    2. Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
    3. Curls Souffle
    4. Curls Gel-les'c (my hair doesn't respond well to gels in general but this brand works when I need hold)
    5. Curls Quenched Curls or Curls Souffle
    6. Curls Souffle

  • curlybean says:

    I love these posts….consolidated and in one place! Thank you & Happy New Year. PS: Love the pics of the family generations. It meant so much for me too to share my son with my grandparents. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity for my daughter. My grandparents would've eaten her up! :)

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