Achieving defined and moisturized curls doesn’t take rocket science. All it takes is a ride-or-die curl enhancing cream that has enough power to morph your frizzy, unruly crown into a shiny, hydrated mane.
Ask any curly-haired girl you know with a beauty arsenal brimming with as many hair products as your local beauty supply store, and she’ll tell you: A good curl defining cream provides enough slip to detangle the hair for effortless styling, has the hold of a gel to keep your curls in tight in place, and adds moisture and bounce to limp, dry strands.
Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave–In Defining Crème
With Briogeo’s Curl Charisma, you don’t have to choose between hydration and definition—you get the best of both worlds. This cream is packed with avocado oil for extra moisture and Mollis leaf extract to fight off frizz.
Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Curl Smoothie
Mielle Organics’ Curl Smoothie smells almost too good to use. This sweet cocktail blends babassu oil, honey, a humectant that helps to retain moisture and shine, and pomegranate extract to strengthen the hair follicles and promote hair growth.
SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shea Moisture’s cult-favorite Curl Enhancing Smoothie is the dry hair cure-all. Perfect for those with thick hair, the smoothie is built around its main ingredient, shea butter, to give hair a pillow-soft touch and manageable curls.
Bumble and bumble Curl Defining Creme
If you want a curl cream that packs a big punch without weighing down your hair, this curl cream is your next go-to. Formulated with cupuacu butter, babassu oil and pracaxi oil, it defines curls without leaving your hair stiff and crunchy.
DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler
It’s not called “SuperCream” for no reason. This coconut-infused gem does it all: Soften and moisturizes your strands, controls frizz, adds extra volume, defines curls, adds silky shine..shall I go on?
As I Am Twist Defining Cream for Hair
The worst thing a curl cream can do to your hair is leave it looking lifeless and greasy. Thankfully, As I Am’s Twist Defining Cream does the complete opposite. The thick, rich creamy formula combines sunflower and castor oil for intense hydration. You can trust this mixture to keep your curls tight and defined ALL DAY.
Curls Créme Brule Whipped Curl Cream
Did we just say créme brule? Yes, it feels just as luxurious as the famous dessert tastes. Sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and other natural ingredients are whipped together to make it look like you’ve hit refresh on three-day-old curls.
Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream
Wanna see a magic trick? If you’ve fallen victim to limp, shapeless curls, lather your hair with Moroccanoil’s Curl Defining Cream and give it a good scrunch and watch your hair come back to life.
Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
Dry, brittle hair doesn’t stand a chance against Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream. You’re likely already a fan of the brand’s cult-favorite Leave-In Conditioner—up the ante and coat your hair in this cream for deeply moisturized strands and defined coils.
Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream
If there’s anyone who knows what our hair needs to stay rich and healthy, it’s Taliah Waajid. The silky cream is formulated with shea butter, which provides hair with shine and moisture, and tames frizz.
Ouidad Curl Quencher
A wash and go isn’t the easiest hairstyle to master. That’s where Quidad’s Curl Quencher comes in. Quench dehydrated curls with a cocktail of hair conditioners—milk thistle and sweet almond extract—that soften and hydrate even the dullest of curls.
TGIN Twist & Define Cream
Enriched with coconut oil and vitamin E, TGIN’s curl cream can be used as a standalone product or combined with other oils and moisturizing products to really give your hair some much-needed TLC.