There are many products out there that claim to “perfect your curls”. But the truth is, only you can perfect your hair and improve its texture, you can’t change your texture, it’s in your genetics, but you can improve it. No product can change your hair texture; it can though help to make things easier when it comes to styling your hair, depending on how you want it to look. I scoped out the natural hair community to find the best natural curly hair products based on popularity, quality of ingredients, and overall effectiveness.Whether you need frizz-fighting, hydration, long lasting gel hold without the crunch or anti- shrinkage I got you covered. All the products I am introducing you too are SULFATES, PARABENS and SILICONES free.
Three Things to consider before buying your hair products:
#1 Product Purpose: Not all hair products are the same, so make sure you know what you want the product for before you look into buying it. You wouldn’t buy a cleansing shampoo to moisturize your hair would you?
#2 Know your ingredients: You know what type of product you want but before you rush off to buy look into the ingredients to make sure the product’s claim co relates to the ingredients and to make sure your not allergic to the product.
#3 Get what your paying for: This co-relates to tip #2 and tip# 1 if you know what you want and the ingredients your looking for, then you won’t wast your money on bad products and waste your time as well testing it out before realizing it isn’t what you wanted.
Jane Carter Solutions Shine On Curl Elixir
This product was awarded NaturallyCurly Editor’s Choice 2018 Winner and it is easy to see why. This elixir is for all hair types from wavy to super curly to kinky coils and smoothens and conditions to seal in moisture. This serum leaves hair super shiny and smooth. It can also be used as a shampoo prep for dry, damaged hair.
I’ve personally used this and I’ve never seen a product make my hair so shiny before and it’s not just coating my hair with a layer of shine, its adding shine to my hair, I don’t even need to use it that much anymore to get my hair shiny.
An added bonus of the Jane Carter Curl Elixir is its packaging in a 6 oz. spray bottle, which is convenient forI’ve had a love-hate relationship with Aunt Jackie’s when I just started curling my hair, way back in high school, I didn’t know how to curl my hair properly and I blamed Aunt Jackie’s products for my hair not curling, so I gave it up for a long, very long while. But now it is 2018, I’ve gained knowledge and I welcomed Aunt Jackie’s back into my hair products family. Specifically, Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongation Curling Gel. This is one of the best gels out there for giving definition and reducing frizz and shrinkage to your curls. (This is the gel I am currently using.) you; you won’t have to pour the products in your hand, eliminating the mess.
Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lecithin.
- For all hair types.
- Convenient Spray Bottle.
- Adds Shine and seals in moisture.
- Can be used as a shampoo prep.
- It doesn’t put a dent in your pockets.
- Has a greasy feel to it, if you use too much.
Ors Olive Oil for Naturals Butter Creme Styling Smoothie
This styling smoothie, replenishes and moisturizes your natural hair, while protecting it from daily styling. Persons, who love thick cremes REJOICE!, this styling smoothie is thick and creamy so be careful with the amount you use, you don’t need much. Your hair will love the benefit it gets from this product as it helps with dry, frizzy hair. It comes in a 12 oz. jar, so it’s a decent size for your money.
Ingredients: Aqua(Water/Eau), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Clarified (Ghee) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyquaternium-11, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-10, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Benzoic Acid, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool.
- It has a thick consistency.
- It has panthenol (provitamin of B5).
- Has an excellent hold.
- Don’t need to use a lot because it is thick.
- Because of its thick consistency, it may be too heavy on some types of hair and may weigh down the curls.
- May be too oily for some types of hair.
Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel
If you’re looking for a curling gel that will give you beautiful curls lasting throughout the day without the shrinkage, then this is the curling gel for you. This curling gel is on one of the only gets out there that won’t add flakiness to your hair it actually adds bounce and moisturizes the hair.
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Aunt Jackie’s when I just started curling my hair, way back in high school, I didn’t know how to curl my hair properly and I blamed Aunt Jackie’s products for my hair not curling, so I gave it up for a long, very long while. But now it’s 2018, I’ve gained knowledge and I welcomed Aunt Jackie’s back into my hair products family.
Specifically, Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongation Curling Gel. This is one of the best gels out there for giving definition and reducing frizz and shrinkage to your curls. (This is the gel I am currently using.)
It is also known for preventing split ends, aiding in hair growth, strengthening the hair follicles and preventing hair loss. It comes in a 15 oz. jar which I think makes it a steal at its price.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol,Polyvinylpyprrolidone, Polysorbate-20,Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Parfum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Glycolate, Potassium Sorbate, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Tocopherl, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.
- The wheat protein this product contains helps to retain your hair’s normal porosity.
- For all hair types.
- Moisture Retentive.
- 15 oz. jar.
- Prevents split ends.
- Prevent shrinkage.
- Has no drying alcohols that are bad for your hair.
- The hold it provides is not as strong as you may want it.
- Add too much gel and your hair may get crunchy.
- Has a weird smell..
Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha
If you like your gels to be thick or slippery or maybe both, then this gel is meant for you (not to sound like a commercial or anything lol), but this curling is both medium thick and slippery, which makes it virtually perfect for all hair types. Slippery and light enough for fine hair, but also thick enough to use in kinky coily hair. It has a fruity- floral scent and is available in a 16 oz. pump bottle.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Acacia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Hibiscus Extract, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Tetrasodium Edta.
- It is both thick and slippery.
- Has a fruity-floral scent.
- can be used on all hair types.
- It is a little costly for a 16 oz. pump bottle.
- Works better on fine and loose curls.
- Does not work well on high porosity hair.
- The scent becomes stronger when applied to your hair and in some cases becomes overpowering.
Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Knot today is NaturallyCurly’s Best of the Best 2016 product, fast forward to two years later, it is still considered the best of the best. Knot today is a detangler and leave in conditioner with great slippage designed to smooth the hair, remove tangles and moisturize the hair from wavy, kinky or curly- textured hair. It can also be used as a regular rinse out conditioner. It is a great product use after removing braids and extensions. The product is packaged in an 8 oz. bottle
Ingredients: Organic mango extract, organic slipper elm, organic marshmallow root, organic lemongrass, cetyl alcohol, *behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol and natural fragrance.
Note: “Behentrimonium Methosulfate is NOT a sulfate”. It is made from non-genetically modified rapeseed oil. It is a scientifically advanced ingredient, considered the mildest hair de-tangling and thickening ingredient available.
- Great slippage.
- Has multiple uses.
- Has Organic mango extract.
- Doesn’t have an overpowering smell.
- If you’re not careful with how you use the product if can finish quickly.
- Not effective on type 4 hair, in some cases, it is said to make it drier.
- For low porosity hair.
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk
The Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk is a leave-in conditioner that stimulates hair growth, strengthens with anti-oxidant rich oils to boost and encourage curls. It is lightweight and moisturizing with a cake batter scent to it. It doesn’t have to be used as a leave-in alone, it can replace your hair cream or be used as a refresher for second and third-day curls. The moisture milk is best used on damp hair but can be used on dry hair with stylers.
Ingredients: Deoinized water, behentromonium methosulfate (BTMS) cetearyl alcohol, persea gratissima (avocado) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, aloe barbadenis leaf, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, ternifolia (macadamia nut) seed oil, sorbitol, camellia (green tea) sinensis leaf, oryza sativa (rice milk), rosa canina (rose hip) seed oil, ceteareth 20, ulmus (slippery elm) fulva bark, phenoxyethanol/caprylyl glycol (optiphen), sorbic acid, scent.
- It’s very moisturizing.
- Has a cake batter scent (how doesn’t like cake batter).
- Can be used as a hair cream, leave-in conditioner and refresher.
- Reasonably priced.
- Contains natural ingredients and oils to stimulate hair growth.
- Scent can be overpowering and may give you a headache.
- Has an estrogenic impact on kids, because of the ingredients bran oil used in the product.
- Can be heavy when used with other oils.
- Doesn’t work as well with dry hair as for wet or damp hair.
EDEN Bodyworks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme
This 16 oz jar is HEAVEN ON EARTH for me right now. The thickness is beautiful, It’s just the right texture, It’s not too thick so it weighs down my hair but you know its not water-based either. As stated in its name there is coconut in it and you can smell it as soon as you open the jar. It isn’t a sweet smell that overpowers you, its just right.
Not all cremes are moisturizing but this creme, the moisture it provides to your hair, makes you feel fabulous, you don’t wanna stop touching your hair.
Usually, moisturizing cremes don’t give as much definition as gels, but Eden Coconut Curl Defining Creme breaks that barrier. It’s great to use on its own or with a gel, the choice is up to you and its one of the cheaper options out there, you get value for your money.
Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil , Vegetable Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Steareth-20, Polyquaternium-7, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids, Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydrolyzed Silk, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.
- Very moisturizing.
- You get a lot of product.
- Has a thick consistency.
- Don’t need to use a lot of product for it to work.
- Has a very weird scent, may be uncomfortable for some to smell.
DevaCurl Set it Free
Voted Best of the Best NaturallyCurly The Curl Leaders 2016 winner, this products not only sets curls for up to 48 hours and refreshes it also moisturizes curls without leaving a sticky feel and gives your hair a fresh scent to it.
I love this product, this was the very first refresher I bought for my hair, it added shine and it got rid of my frizz better than almost anything except the Jane Carter Solutions Quench Curl Hydrator.
It comes in a 6 oz spray bottle.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire d’abeille), Melissa Officinalis Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Ceteareth-20, PVP, Aminomethyl Propanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (Parfum).
- It has a lemon scent that isn’t overpowering.
- It moisturizes your hair.
- Reduces frizz and adds shine.
- Not a lot is needed to use in your hair.
- Very costly for a 6 0z spray bottle.
Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
Awarded 2013 Best of the Best by NaturallyCurly, this coconut curling cream is a great product for defining curls and taming your frizz without weighing down your hair, it is also known to hydrate your hair and strengthen your hair. It has a think consistency and a strong coconut scent. The best way to use this product is to use it on damp or wet hair but not too much or your curls will become too hard.
It comes in a 12 oz. jar, which I think it is a steal for its price.
Personally I am not a fan of Cantu when I was younger I tried the original line with shampoo and conditioner and it seemed to do nothing for my hair (I have 3c-4a hair), but friends of mine rave about this product and my cousin uses it on her daughter so I do think it is worth checking out.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Canola Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Fragrance (Parfum), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceteth-20, Glycol Stearate, Petrolatum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Mangifera Indica (Seed) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Laminara Cloustoni (Sea Kelp) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, PEG-75, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
- The price makes this product a steal.
- It defines and moisturizes your curls.
- It has natural ingredients.
- It tames frizz.
- Doesn’t weigh your hair down with its thick consistency.
- If you use too much it will harden your hair.
- It may not work for all hair types.
- Coconut scent may be overpowering.
- May not leave your hair moisturized for long.
DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
Voted 2016 Best of the Best from NaturallyCurly Curl Leaders, this ultra defining gel is exactly that; and ULTRA defining gel. It holds and moisturizes your curls while taming frizz. It is said to form a moisture-protective cast to moisturize and protect curls.
This was the very first gel I used when I decided to go all out with my curls and give up heat and even with its expensive pricing, i never regretted it for one second, it was my Holy Grail of Gels. This is the gel I compare all my gels to when I’m looking for a new gel to try. It worked perfectly for my hair and collaborated well with my hair cream and my refresher spray. Once in a while though I would use too much and my hair would crunch. But the definition and moisture my curls got makes this 12 oz bottle of gel worth buying.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), VP/VA Copolymer, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 20, Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Peptide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Peptide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Peptide, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance (Parfum).
- It gives great definition.
- Moisturizes and tames frizz.
- Gives you 24 hour hold.
- It is costly for a 12 oz jar.
- If you use too much, your curls with get crunchy.
- May not work on all hair types.
- It might be heavy on some hair types.
Dippity-Do Girls with Curls Curl Defining Cream
This curl defining cream has nourishing coconut oil, shea butter and silk amino acids to hep shape and and define your curls, giving them their best shape. It is a moisture rich styling leave-in styling cream that tackles, dullness, dryness, frizziness and breakage, giving you lasting hold and can hold your curls for second day maybe even third day hair.
Dippidy Do has a great scent and really softens your curls, that’s the highlight of this product the softness and volume it can bring, sometimes it might bring a slight crunch to it but you can just work it out with your hands by by plopping it a few times as it’s drying. The curl defining cream is another thick product with water consistency and it comes in a 4.2 fl oz. tube.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Polyimide-1, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Peg/PPG-25/25 Dimethicone, Silk Amino Acids, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
- Great hold.
- Great definition.
- Has a thick but watery consistency.
- Leaves your curls soft and voluminous.
- It is not for all hair types.
- for low porosity hair the product may give your hair a greasy feel to it.
Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
The 2016 winner of “The Best of The Best award” and ” Editor’s Choice” from naturally Curly, this product is almost the holy grail of leave in conditioners.This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day and is great to use on ‘naked’ hair after a rinse or as a refresher, to wake up your second day curls. It has a light sugary vanilla scent and a very nice slip to it.
Can also be a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.
This product is one of the Holy Grail in leave-in conditioners, it is a staple product for many and I have nothing but good to report about the product except maybe the price. It moisturizes, tames frizziness and has an excellent slip to it. It comes in a 16.9 fl oz bottle.
Ingredients: Water, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentremonium Methosulfate (emulsifier derived from Colza Oil), Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Phynoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance.
- It moisturizes your hair and tames frizziness.
- It can be used as a refresher.
- Light enough to be used throughout your hair cycle.
- The price is a bit steep for this product.