Curl products are designed to enhance and define the natural curl pattern of African American hair. The products can be used on wet or dry hair and can be applied to the whole head or just to specific sections.
Common curl products include hair gels, hair mousses, and hair creams.
20 Best Curl Products For African American Hair
1. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie – 12 oz jar
For thick and curly hair use Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie from SheaMoisture to reduce frizz and smooth hair for a silky, soft feel. SheaMoisture uses recipes handed down from a healer and give it a modern twist.
They use only the best ingredients gathered from around the world to provide the best products out there.
The perfect curl naturally* curly hair that is nourished, soft to the touch, shiny and has frizz-free, lasting definition. Solve your hair equation with this buttery, curl-enhancing styling butterenriched with Agave Nectar, Avocado Oil, Honey and rich oilsthat helps moisturize your curls, coils, kinks and waves, and helps keep curls defined for up to 24 hours.
It just adds up. Made with 97 percent naturally derived ingredients – with Agave Nectar, Avocado Oil and Honey. Helps to keep hair soft, control frizz, moisturize curly hair and keep curls defined for up to 24 hours.
Perfect for natural hair- curls, coils, kinks and waves. No Parabens, Silicones, or Artificial Colors.
I used this on my natural hair. And it really gave my hair life! Most times after a few uses. My hair reacts differently. I’ve used this for almost 30 days and my hair regimen has given me the same soft, lustrous results.
Not stick. Not stiff. This will be added to my favorites. I used this with.
I love Carol’s Daughter products. This Hair Milk Curl Defining Butter is one of my favorite products. It gives my hair a beautiful shine and it leaves my hair full of bouncy curls. This product smells awesome.
What I like about this product, in its formulation, its actually a hydrating styling ‘WAX’ not an actual ‘butter’ oil product. This give curls a light hold thats better than gel products. Don’t change this please.
Soft Definition Enhances Curls with Soft Definition For Thick, Curly Type 4 Hair Prime + Define. Enjoy! Our Pomegranate & Honey Collection is a Prime + Define styling system. Formulated for thick, curly Type 4 hair, however perfect for any curl pattern.
Pomegranate & Honey Curl Smoothie gives soft definition for weightless curls, adding shine and preventing frizz. Provides deeper definition for finer hair types. Can be used as a daily moisturizer to provide long-lasting, intense hydration to dry curls.
Our Story MIELLE was created by Monique Rodriguez, a registered nurse, wife and mother of two girls, who desired to share her healthy hair journey using products with organic ingredients to achieve amazing results.
She knew the importance of knowing what is in your products and wanted to create healthier options for the whole family. The result is a brand that delivers to you natural and effective products.
It is appalling how Mielle treat returns and damaged item issues. How a supposed customer-seller organization treats customers’ requests and complaints with such reckless abandon, neglect, and “carefree” attitude is a huge surprise to me.
I have never seen such before! For the first time making a purchase from Mielle Organics, one of the purchased items was received damaged. Mielle was contacted about this issue with authentic evidences provided via photographs.
Report was made since 12/6. First, it took several days before an initial vague response arrived from Mielle, (that was after several follow-up messages were sent). And then, even up till today 12/23, Mielle is not yet convinced that a damaged goods issue is credible enough to be rectified.
Mielle Organics is one of a kind. I have never seen it this way before. To say I use to think every purposeful organization truly should value customer satisfaction.
I tried this product out, one of the first products from Mielle that I’ve ever tried on my hair about 2 weeks ago. I had just taken my braids down and was getting ready for a wash n go. This product in consist with the Pomegranate & Honey Custard left my hair feeling dry.
It felt semi moisturized , my curls were nice but definitely not as defined, shiny, hydrated , soft , and bouncy as they would normally be when I use other products. I did purchase the Pomegranate and Honey Leave in to see if adding that in will help with the dry feeling because it’s definitely a large bottle but I see myself finishing it at this point in time.
If you have type 4c curls, you probably can relate to having tried sooooo many curl creams! I have been natural for over ten years and I can honestly say this is the best curl smoothie I have ever tried that my hair loves! Mielle you nailed it! Thank you for formulating hair products specifically for different curl types that are effective! I have wore my hair mostly in protective styles because of not having the right products.
Now I wear my hair confidently without being self conscious about terrible shrinkage. Thanks Mielle I’m a customer for life!!!!!💕.
A lushiocus creamy styler infused with natural ingredients. Adds curl definition without weighing down your hair. Provides moisture ad controls frizz and leaves hair feeling soft and manageable. Best on medium to thick natural hair textures.
Split Ends & Frizz On wet or dry hair apply a small amount to the ends of the hair or on frizzy hair to mend split ends and tame the frizzies. Styling Aid Add a small amount based on your hair texture to dry hair and massage into hair and scalp.
Shea-Coco Monoi Oil will add shine make hair more manageable and prevent breakage. Style as usual.
This is truly an amazing product. I use it along with Oyinhandmade burnt sugar pomade (for added hold). In combination they both add moisture keeping my hair coily and fresh for up to 8 days. It can even be rejuvenated by re-twisting with just a tad bit of water on my fingertips.
So glad I found this product. My only complaint is that the jars don’t come full of product. So I did feel like I was shorted. I sent an email regarding that, no one responded 😏. All in all, I will continue to purchase.
I just hope they address how much product is shorted when packaging.
I love this product. This is my curly hair staple!!!!. I have a really hard time finding products that work for my hair. It is really soft and curly, AND I’m allergic to a lot of good stuff that is in natural hair products.
Trying to keep it clean and safe, this product checks all of my boxes. I love this, and have recommended it to all my friends and family. This brand is hands down my favorite natural/curly hair line.
Paul Mitchell has developed the Curls range for styling and caring for wavy hair. Use Twirl Around for perfect styling. The special formula locks in moisture and tames stubborn hair with its Anti-Frizz effect.
Defines hair, leaving you with perfect ringlets. And natural enzymes create more bounce and volume. Matching Basics from the Curl range The American Paul Mitchell label has been known for years for its professional hair cosmetics.
Countless stylists in over 70 countries prefer this brand’s high quality products. Curl-defining Twirl Around is part of the comprehensive Curls range. Best results occur when your basic care regime matches your hair type.
And the range offers other special products for a varied curly look.
This is simply the best. Does it leave white chunkies? Occasionally. Is it still the best curl cream I’ve ever tried? Also yes. I tried other products for a while, became frustrated, and came back to this recently and almost cried because my hair looked so GOOD again!!! I will take the chunkies for the sake of the curls.
So sad it seems to be out of stock everywhere and hope it comes back!!!.
Keep your curls looking their best with Living Proof’s styling gel, designed to give you some much-needed control over your look. Lightweight, the formula never makes your strands feel heavy, helping strands stay in place without compromising on volume or taking away your natural, authentic texture.
The gel offers 12 times longer protection against humidity*, maintaining a soft, touchable feel that’s doesn’t feel crunchy or sticky. No matter your curl pattern, the gel respects and works with your strands to keep your hair looking like itself.
The gel is finished off with slip-enhancing properties for effortless detangling. Free from silicones. Suitable for coloured and chemically treated hair. Cruelty-free. *Compared to untreated.
I can’t remember the last time I used hair gel (maybe the early 2000’s?) Gel was always so sticky and flaky. Fast forward to now. Depending on how my hair is cut, it can get pretty curly at times. So I tried this gel and was pleasantly surprised that there was no sticky feeling, no ‘crackle’, no residue.
It is very lightweight and smooth. Your hands don’t get all ‘sticky’ from using the gel! So happy with the hold and the curl definition. I also use the curl shampoo, conditioner and definer from this line and very happy with those as well.
I REALLY wanted to love this line, especially after purchasing almost the entire line after reading some reviews. My initial response was good, I feels as if all the products in the line worked great for my curly but fine hair…for about 3 weeks.
Then, it just wasn’t the same. I don’t know if I wasn’t using them correctly, or? I just became less impressed with the whole line over-time, and more so annoyed! The best products in the line are the moisture oil and curl defining cream.
This gel did nothing to enhance curl and felt drying.
Review for full curl line with gel review at end. I have very fine hair that is like wavy where it’s long and 3A curly where it’s short. My hair isn’t thin just fine. My best routine involves leave in and a whipped rich creamy mousse with good hold, wanted to try this tho.
I did their silicone detox shampoo first to start fresh. I combed the cream into pretty wet hair as it instructs, not totally dripping but not damp. Then I glazed and scrunched with the gel packet which is not nearly enough to actually get a feel for this line.
My hair looked good at that point and I diffused it as per usual and it’s clean, soft and shiny and healthy looking but I give 3 stars for definition and hold. It’s been like 2 hrs and it’s frizzy already.
I think I need to try again and really rake the gel in and use more, but the packet doesn’t have enough left. The gel is very slick and smooth I might like it if I can get it to give hold. No crunch with the approx 5ml I used.
Put an end to layering multiple products on your hair in an endless attempt to achieve “perfect” curls! This effective All-in-One will drench your curls in hydration, giving you soft gorgeous curls for days.
Knock-Out Curls Made Simple. It doesn’t take hours and hours, dozens of different tools or multiple products to make curls look as beautiful as possible. All it really takes is It’s a 10 Miracle Coily Curl Cream.
This non-greasy, non-hardening styling solution gives definition, shine, and frizz-free control to each and every curl for a tamed-yet-touchable effect. Whether it’s tightly would spirals, loose barrel curls, or bouncy ringlets, It’s a 10 Miracle Coily Curl Cream is your secret weapon for perfected texture, moisturizing hold, and easy, out-the-door styling literally right at your fingertips.
For intensifying curls, taming frizz and heightening shine. Wheat protein blend expands when hair is wet-then retracts when hair is dry-to lock in curls or waves. Part of our 4-step curl perfecting system that dramatically reduces frizz and defines curl up to 57%*.
For curly or wavy hair. Intensifies curl. Tames frizz. Boosts shine. *Use of the 4-step Be Curly System vs. untreated hair.
Organic lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Pure flower, Plant essences
Reviews From Real Customers
This product has some huge pros and huge cons. My hair is fine but dense, long, and is becoming wavy. It’s been straight my entire life, but I’ve just realized that little bends that I’ve been brushing out of wet hair were actually new waves.
I tried this product and it was magical. The little bends in my hair air dried into loose spirals. I was super excited. Then I did more research and realized that this product contains non water soluble silicones, which are pretty bad for hair long term.
For that reason, I won’t use the product again even though it made my hair look great. I think continued use would have a damaging effect. I really hope that Aveda reformulates this product without silicones.
I became obsessed liquid gold after receiving the small size via Beauty Loop. I didn’t think it work work for me bc I only have a slight wave on my hair and besides I wasn’t seeking to define curls as such.
But what I have desperately wanted for years is an affordable leave in conditioner with added keratin for my long blonde hair with highlights. Who knew I’d hit the jackpot by trying this curl enhancer.
The ends, sides and fringe are the areas I target before I blow dry and straighten, I get even better results if I have time for my hair to partly dry naturally before stylings The large tube will last ages because you only need a small amount.
Well worth the price. Hairs feels so soft and smells beautiful. So happy!.
Easily shape and activate your curls while moisturizing your hair. The Moroccanoil Curl Shaping Cream is one of our most popular products for curly hair. This molder and shape finder impregnated with argan oil, contains advanced technology, activated by heat, which provides a memory factor to combat frizz and create well-defined curls, durable, with natural appearance and movement.
Press the Moroccanoil Curl Shaping Cream applicator 1-2 times and apply to the towel-dried hair. Distribute the product along the hair and use the diffuser to activate and define the curls. For more relaxed curls, let dry naturally.
Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream is Non-greasy herbal hair cream that revitalizes curls and eliminates frizz. Conditions and nourishes hair while adding shine and moisture. Holds hair and styles in place.
Beautiful coils and curls naturally. This superb frizz-minimizing, stretch-enhancing wonderful curling jelly is formulated with nature’s best moisturizers and curl boosts. Lock in precious moisture as you harmonize your coils.
Whatever your hair length, your style will be distinctively beautiful and will hold its definition for days. Perfect for wash and go styling. Achieve coils and curls in hi-definition, with buoyancy and vibrance.
With aloe vera, vitamin e, pectin, and sugar beet root.
Curl Envy Perfect Curl Cream Smoothes and defines course or frizzy hair while locking in soft, shiny curls. Formulated with natural Soya Bean, and Avocado Oil, the innovative Perfect Curl Cream helps highlight curls while keeping it all under control.
Its lightweight, non-sticky formula defines your curls as it creates ultimate frizz control. This curly hair product for extra frizzy hair is perfect for coarse curls that need a guiding hand. It adds moisture leaving curls soft and natural with a frizz-free finish that shines all day.
Pro Styling Tips Apply from root to end scrunching hair as you go. Do not comb through, use youre your fingers to enhance the natural movement in your hair. Allow to dry naturally or lightly diffuse.
The mega-moisture humectants in Curl La La give long-lasting bounce to curls, and shine and definition to spirals and coils. Define your signature look by adding a little or a lot. Use it as often as needed on wet or dry hair, for Scrunchy, Tight Curls, apply generously to wet or dry hair and use a diffuser while scrunching style into place, or allowing to air dry.
For Elongated, Bouncy Curls or Spirals, apply to wet or dry hair, gently stretching curls with your fingers as you style, using a diffuser, hooded dryer or allowing to air dry. For Coils, Braid-Outs and Twists, apply a small amount to sections of wet or dry hair, roller/rod set, braid or twist each section.
Sit under a hooded dryer or allow to completely air dry, then release each section, finger styling into place.
I found a jar of this at Marshall’s for a discounted price and decided to try it. I have wavy, waist length hair and found this has minimal curling capabilities for me. It’s better than using nothing, but not as good as other products I’ve tried.
It also doesn’t hold a curl as long as I would like. It smells great, though! I also rated it slightly higher because my son’s been using it for a couple months now on his shoulder length hair and it helps give his pretty straight hair a decent amount of curl, so I added an extra star for that, as I would’ve rated it 3/5 for myself.
Not sure I’d recommend paying full price but if you can find a jar at Marshall’s like I did, I say pick one up!.
A curl defining créme to style, shape and hold, delivering volume, bounce and curl definition. Infused with coconut, avocado and almonds oils to prevent frizz, provide extreme moisture and shine. Salon hair care from London.
This oil infused moisture curl definer features an advanced heat-activated technology that provides a curl memory factor to fight frizz and create well-defined curls that will hold curls style in place up to 24hrs.
Curl Re:Coil Curl Activator – Some curls need a little encouragement and nothing defines, maintains and moisturizes curls like AG Hair’s Curl Re:Coil Curl Activator. Rich in AG’s exclusive Curl Creating Complex (C3), Recoil separates and holds without stiffness or stickiness, even in high humidity.
No salt. No PABA. No parabens. No gluten. No animal testing.
I’m extremely new to CGM as I had straight hair for the first 23 years of my life and in the past 2 years it’s gotten wavier and wavier. I have fine but dense 2B hair that is a little past shoulder length with medium-high porosity from coloring.
I still color my hair every month and a half and use shampoo and conditioner with all the bad stuff. I got this product on a whim because of the sale and I’m so glad I did! I used it for the first time last night after washing and micro plopping to remove excess water.
I then scrunched in about a quarter sized amount of recoil and then microplopped again for about 10-15 minutes. After that I air dried and went to bed with it down but on a silk pillowcase. This morning I brushed it out (I’m not ready to give up brushing and my hair holds a curl pretty well).
I wish I could add a picture because my hair looks so good. Even the front pieces that never waved look amazing! I still have a very straight layer of hair underneath but I think that’s just my curl pattern.
I have naturally curly hair, but had it japanese straightened for 5 years. I used to use this product back in the days and remember loving it. Decided to go curly about 3 years ago. Was watching videos of youtubers about new and recommend products that had newly come.
Tried them all and was not pleased. Decided to go back to Recoil and let me tell you it’s good as it was back all those years ago. I add some of the AG Mousse gel after I apply this and then I diffuse.
My suggestion is use a small dime sized amount on each section of your hair on wet hair. Do not use too much of this product, it’s concentrated and a little goes a long way. For reference my curls are 3A-3B.
I have been hearing amazing things about this product and I’m not here to say that they were wrong. I’m always on the look out for light weigh products that have decent hold for fine, curly hair. The texture almost feels like a cream gel.
It’s white in colour, the scent is light and the hold is light. It emulsifies well too. It hasn’t given me any crazy hold when I use it on it’s own but my hair is soft and it’s smoother than if I had not used any styling products in my hair at all.
I’m starting to pair it with AG Cloud Mousse but I haven’t gotten the right amount for each product down yet.
Curl without crunch. This lightweight glossing gel shapes and shines for ultra-hydrating control. A blend of Brazilian extracts, including passion flower, jicama and cupuacu fight humidity and deeply condition for soft yet defined curls that hold all day.
Direction of use Apply to damp hair. Define curls. Diffuse or air-dry. Result Lightweight formula provides natural hold. Hydrates and conditions for soft curls. Fights humidity to control frizz. All-day memory and shine.
I have fine, thinning type 3a/3b color treated curls that tend to be dry. This gel is good. It’s lightweight with medium hold that doesn’t disrupt the curl pattern as my hair dries like some of the stronger hold gels do.
I get more natural looking, bouncier curls with this. It also gives my hair a nice shine and it smells nice, not to ‘perfumey’ or overpowering. However, it doesn’t offer enough hold for humidity and needs to be cocktailed with a stronger hold gel for those days.
I also find that it is overpriced for the amount of product you get. 5. 9 ounces for $42. Really? If you have curly hair like mine, you need a good amount of product to keep the frizz down. This bottle with daily use wouldn’t last me a month.
There are other alternatives that offer similar results with a better price tag. I’m not sure I would purchase again, unless I hit the lottery, but for now, I’ll keep and use it. #oribecurlglosshydration #oribe.
I was at the salon and the stylist used the anti humidity spray and I loved it – I ordered the cur gloss hydration along with it. I have 3a/b hair and picked this product based on the description. I feel like I have a system down for curly hair after a lot of trial and error but given Oribe’s brand, belief that perhaps one product that is more expensive could substitute for many, went with the styling approach that was written – apply to damp hair and style.
It left my curls undefined, frizzy, dull and dry and thats with quite a bit more product than I am used to using. I was really shocked and disappointed.
Makes beautiful curls and smells great. A little goes a long way. It’s a really nice styling product. The only downside is that I feel like it dries my hair out and if I want to brush my hair out it’s super tangled.
I have very long thick hair that I would say is naturally wavy. You do get a lot of product but I will not be repurchasing.
CurlyChic Your Curls Defined Curling Creme (11. 5 oz) is a must-have styling cream for mixed texture, natural, and curly hair: kinks, coils, waves, and frizz. Formulated without sulfates, parabens, petrolatum or mineral oil; this lightweight styling cream defines curls, adds moisture and minimizes frizz.
Evenly apply to dry or damp hair for more manageable styling without flaking or shrinkage. See amazing results when used for coiling, twists and freestyles.
Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Curl Activator Moisturizer 8 oz Bottle Overview: Size/Count 8. 0 oz. Conditions & softens curly or wavy hair Eliminates breakage & gives hair sheen Never leaves hair with a greasy feel This product should be used daily to eliminate frizz, condition, soften, and strengthen your natural, curly, or wavy hair style.
It contains botanical conditioning agents including argan oil and olive oil, as well as vitamins that strengthen, eliminate breakage, and gives your hair a natural healthy sheen. The special No Drip formula is absorbed into the hair shaft to condition and strengthen your hair from the inside out and it is soothing to the scalp.
Never leaves the hair with a greasy feel. Great for the entire family. It is also excellent for use on curly, wavy or straight human hair extensions. Paraben and mineral oil free.
This is the best spray in conditioner I have found to polish damaged hair and reactivate soft curls after blow drying. It still leaves hair prone to getting a bit tangled and sticky but not nearly as bad as some other products.
This product is usually used by African-Americans but I am Caucasian and find it very helpful with my long hair. I spray and scrunch on dry hair and it does the trick! I get shine, curl, and taming of split ends from it and would definitely recommend over many pricier and stickier or less effective products.
Luster used to have a mousse I loved as well but I guess they don’t make it anymore.
This product can be found at your local beauty supply store and your dollar stores. This is a go to product if your natural and on a budget. I use this on my natural hair to make my curls pop when my puff is frizzy.
I do receive some shrinkage. It’s not a problem for me because I only use this with a puff or a rush fro morning. This product leaves my hair soft and moisturized. I used this when I first started my natural journey both times and it help your hair grow like wild fire.
Even if your not natural try using it as a deep conditioner for relaxed hair!.
If I had to choose between this and my husband, well, it might be close. I have very, very thick hair (not textured), very voluminous, with a mixture of ringlets, serious waves, and relaxed waves. Fun.
My whole life has just been me relenting to my hair’s demands to be wild and free and do whatever it wants – no gel, mousse, treatment, styler, whatever has ever been enough to control and define my hair in any consistent way.
Enter Curl Power! Life changing (well, as life changing as a hair product can be). My hair LOVES it. Helps control the poof, defines the various types of waves and ringlets, and isn’t crunchy or greasy.
My friends have commented on how great my curls look (they know my never-ending struggle), and it smells delicious. Be aware: I would not recommend this to anyone whose hair gets weighed down or oily easily from products.
I think it could very quickly overwhelm hair that can’t really soak up the moisturizers. As stated above, this helps decrease the volume of my hair, so if that’s not your end goal, I’d recommend Super Milk as a lighter option.
But, if your thick free-spirited hair needs to be sternly whipped into shape, this is your answer.
I don’t usually bother with hairstyling products, to be honest. I use the Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar with the American Cream condition bar, I blow dry, and I call it a day. But lately I’ve been trying to encourage my natural wave instead of drying it with a round brush, so I thought I’d give Curl Power a try.
I did a comparison by using it for a couple of washes and then skipping it for a couple of washes. I “plop” for a few minutes, scrunch it, and let my hair air dry instead of using the dryer. Curl Power really does a nice job of defining and maintain my waves/curls! Without it, my hair stays wavy for a little while but eventually the waves straighten out a bit.
With Curl Power the waves stick around for a couple of days. And it smells SO good on my hair! The scent lingers until my next wash. If you like the Avocado Co-wash scent, you’ll love this.
Finally, a curly hair product that conditions and gives enough hold for my shoulder-length 3A curls. Historically products I’ve found that give enough hold would make my hair feel crispy and wear off after a couple of days leaving my hair limp and flat and needing washed to revive.
With Curl Power, my curls are soft, bouncy and defined up to 5 days after washing which is unheard of for my hair. I feel my hair is much happier and healthier now I’m able to wash it less often. I’m sure my hair looks and feels thicker now too.
So happy with the ease of styling, hold, condition and fresh lemon/vanilla smell of this cream. I couldn’t be happier and highly recommend. It was recommended to me by fellow curly haired friend whose hair is curlier than mine.
The best curl products for african american hair are those that are designed to hydrate and nourish the hair, while also providing definition and hold. The best products will contain natural ingredients that are beneficial for the hair, such as shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil.
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