Curls Definition: 12 Best Defining Gels for all hair types.

If you have natural hair, then you know it’s all about the product when it comes to defining your curls. Naturals with varying patterns and textures found these products to really enhance their definition.

I know that Ecostyler is still the king of hold when it comes to gel, but there are additional options that work awesome for natural hair.

With these 10 curl definers, you’ll be able to get great definition. Be warned: you could develop serious hand-in-hair syndrome.

1. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker

This gel is kind of similar to gel number 2, but it has a little less hold, which makes it awesome if you’re the type of person who does not like first day crunchy hair or gel that weighs your hair down.

It also works fabulously on twists and braids and this brand is a Black-owned business.

Click here to buy Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker on Amazon.

2. Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic

This is a great gel, now admittedly, it is a bit sticky and it annoys when the hair is wet on your shoulders, but its performance is top notch. It’s a great hybrid of moisture, hold, and definition, and I can get at least four days of loose hair with it. This is a Black-owned brand.

Click here to buy Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic on Amazon. 

3. Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Hair Gel

Aussie Freeze is one of the cheapy-but-goodie gels that girls don’t get too much because each tube is only 7oz (I will eat that product up pretty fast, lol) but is a great option, especially if you find yourself on vacation without a gel. It’s available pretty much everywhere.

It reminds me a bit of Kinky Curly Curling Custard but not as sticky. However, this one is not as moisturizing as the previous two, so make sure you use a good leave-in and moisturize every other day or so. However, the hold is nice and it doesn’t give you a helmet head.

Click here to buy Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Hair Gel on Amazon. 

4. Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier

Tigi’s Curls Rock Amplifier has the texture of a creamy hair lotion. Curlies with different curl patterns love it and agree on one thing: you only need about a pea-sized amount to get defined hair.

If you apply too much to each section, expect crunchy curls! Make sure to use your favorite leave-in conditioner underneath so the styler doesn’t dry out your hair.

Click here to buy Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier on Amazon. 

5. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Most naturals tell us that Kinky-Curly Curling Custard is a tough product to master. It’s full of nourishing botanicals like agave nectar extract, aloe vera juice, and marshmallow, and has a very slippery and goopy texture.

A little goes a long way, as it instantly clumps and smoothes your coils.

Expect extremely shiny and springy coils. Although it works best on very tight, coarse coils in the “4” category, it might pack too much of a punch for loose curls. Be sure to pair it with a leave-in conditioner like Kinky-Curly Knot Today.

Click here to buy Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and here to buy Kinky Curly Knot Today on Amazon.

6. Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme

Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme combines the moisturizing benefits of a leave-in conditioner with the smoothing and holding properties of a gel.

It’s lighter than dense creams or stiff gels, and can act as your leave-in and styler in one! Those with 3c-4a hair seem to love this product. Give it a try if you want a light, bouncy wash and go.

Click here to buy Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme on Amazon.

7. Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue

The Curly Meringue is meant for dense, thick heads of highly textured hair! The Miss Jessie’s website says this medium hold styling cream is perfect for “pogo stick oingy boingy curls”. Rake and smooth it onto your hair section by section and watch the curls bounce back!

Click here to buy Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue on Amazon. 

8. As I Am Curling Jelly

For a soft hold that won’t weigh down finer textures of hair (regardless of type), As I Am Curling Jelly is definitely the way to go. Moisture, definition, and touchably soft hair are definitely on the menu, thanks to aloe vera, beetroot, and glycerin. This jelly definitely works best for those who are in low-humidity areas.

Click here to buy As I Am Curling Jelly on Amazon. 

9. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème

This water and coconut oil based products are guaranteed to give you moisture and light definition. It is a great moisturizing base for a wash n’ go or another style, but also stands alone as a soft curl definer in its own right.

It is a little bit heavy but it won’t make your hair feel like it is full of buildup. It has a soft hold. You can be heavy-handed or go light with this product, and still get good definition.

Click here to buy Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème on Amazon. 

10. As I Am Smoothing Gel

As I Am Smoothing Gel is water and aloe based, providing a firm hold without hardness and flaking. Although As I Am Smoothing Gel is typically used to sleek edges, I’ve found that it is a legitimate contender in the wash n’ go world. It is pretty thick, so it works best and spreads the easiest on wet and damp hair.

It has strong hold. You will achieve great definition and hold on your curls and coils!

Click here to buy As I Am Smoothing Gel on Amazon. 

11. Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly

Get Set Hair Jelly is an aloe based gel that works at fighting frizz and humidity while giving curls super definition. Of all the gels out there, Get Set Hair Jelly easily provides the longest lasting results.

I got 4 day hair without even trying. If you find yourself having difficulty getting curls and coils to clump and define, give this product a try. A word of caution: don’t be super heavy-handed. Too much product can lead to somewhat crunchy hair. A little bit goes a long way!

Click here to buy Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly on Amazon. 

12. Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly

Define, defrizz and hold your curls in one snap. Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly could be your new go to styler. Formulated with organic blueberry extract and raw castor oil. What else you need to know. Prevents hair breakage, too little Vitamin C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.

The Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly product is a curl defining styler that is formulated with certified organic Blueberry extract and Hydrogenated Castor Oil that is “used to defrizz, define, hold and create curls in place with impeccable sheen”.

Click here to buy Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly on Amazon.

Having one these gels in your arsenal certainly makes it easier for you to wear my hair out. Wash and gos are my main style and it gets frustrating when your natural hair isn’t cooperating with the weather.

Even if you don’t do many wash and gos, gels help hold other styles so you can maintain them for longer as well.

Do you switch up your products during different seasons? What are your defining product staples? Let us know in the comment section!

 

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