10 Curl Creams for Natural Hair That Really Work, Really!
by Jacqueline Samaroo
It’s no lie – curl creams have to work harder than most other natural hair products. We depend on them to do so much: add shine, limit frizz, stop flyaways, hydrate, moisturize, AND nourish hair. And, we haven’t even mentioned their biggest job – enhance curly hair’s natural curl pattern and give it plenty of bounce.
Here are 10 curl creams that are sure to get the job done!
Best for Dry, Damaged Hair
1. SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
If you’re transitioning your curly hair to its natural state, then this is the curl cream you’ll want to be using. Its rich, nourishing oils give your hair the shine and bounce you’re looking for and the healthy, nutrients it needs to repair damage caused by relaxers and perms.
What’s in it? Shea butter, coconut oil, neem oil, and silk protein
2. Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Cream
This leave-in defining cream packs in lots of the moisture textured hair needs for shape and definition. Its lightweight formula provides maximum hold and is made up of ingredients that help to strengthen hair, too..
What’s in it? Rice amino acids, avocado oil, quinoa extract, and tomato fruit ferment extract
Best for Type 4 Hair
3. Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter
This heavy, butter-like curl cream gives type 4 hair the moisture it thrives on. Its heavy consistency helps it stretch the tightest of coils and coat them in rich botanical oils. Use it for twist outs and enjoy the way it softens, smooths, and adds curl definition.
What’s in it? Almond milk, almond oil, honey, and pumpkin oil
4. African Pride Moisture Miracle Shea Butter & Flaxseed Oil Curling Cream
Finding the right natural haircare products for type 4 hair can be like finding the Holy Grail. That’s because type 4 is often dry and can be quite fragile. It needs the kind of moisture, hydration, and strength this curl cream gives as it styles hair into a curly, kinky miracle.
What’s in it? Grapeseed oil, Shea butter, coconut oil, and flaxseed oil
Best for Controlling Frizz
5. DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler
Curls plus frizz and are far from the ideal combination but it’s what most of the natural hair community is faced with. This is the curl cream to reach for when you need a super curly style without all of the distracting frizz. It softens strands, adds volume, and defines curls then throws in just the right amount of bounce.
What’s in it? Coconut oil, jojoba protein, and starch
6. Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream
Formulated for wavy to curly hair, this curl cream won’t change your natural curl pattern – just enhance it. Its essential fatty acids and antioxidants also work nourishing your strands. Possible frizzes are held in place, leaving you with well-defined curls that last for hours.
What’s in it? Argan oil and hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Best for Thick Hair
7. TGIN Twist and Define Cream
This curl cream is a popular twist out choice that keeps flyaways in their place so hair looks smoother. It gives enviable curl definition, leaving hair soft and shiny in the process. It works very well with thick, natural hair that’s in need of hydration.
What’s in it? Coconut oil and vitamin E
8. Amika Curl Corps Defining Cream
A crown of thick, curly hair can be difficult to manage but it’s a thing of true beauty when those curls are well-defined, shiny, and bouncy. This curl cream helps take thick and curly hair to the top of its game. Its frizz-stopping formula also includes plenty of protective antioxidants.
What’s in it? Tapioca starch, oat peptide, and sea buckthorn berry
Best Budget Buys
9. Afro Sheen Texture Gel Cream
For some brands, curl definition and flaking hair go hand-in-hand – that is NOT what we want! This choice may be priced lower than most but it delivers what a really great curl cream should – curl definition and lasting hold without unsightly flakes.
What’s in it? Flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and Shea butter
10. Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activating Cream
This curl cream will make both your budget and your hair happy. It’s a lightweight formula that gives hair plenty of moisture without weighing it down. It smooths, softens, and nourishes your strands as it defines curls with a lasting hold.
What’s in it? Shea butter and essential oils
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