Although I'm typically unbothered by the gel cast left behind by some of the stronger gels we naturalistas love (like EcoStyler), there is something to be said for achieving touchably soft curls on day 1. With these 10 curl definers, you'll be able to get great definition without stiffness and that "ramen noodle look" everyone despises. Be warned: you'll develop serious hand-in-hair syndrome!
I have yet to meet a naturalista who doesn't love Obia's Curl Enhancing Custard. It's thick and multi-purpose, yet dries without leaving hair crisp and crunchy. Enriched with olive, grapeseed, and argan oils, this custard nourishes, moisturizes, and protects while enhancing curls, kinks, and coils.
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, beet root, and glycerin. This jelly definitely works best for those who are in low-humidity areas.
In case you haven't read my full-on rave here, Wonder Curl's Curl Control Styling Lotion is amazingness in a bottle. It delivers consistent, touchable, frizz-free, crunchless results across the board for all hair types thanks to aloe vera and witch hazel.
This botanically enriched liquid gel delivers soft, touchable curls with high shine and definition. In addition to nourishing aloe vera, it contains tomato fruit ferment extract, which is a relatively un-discussed ingredient that deserves to take center stage! Tomato fruit ferment extract helps tighten hair cuticles and encourage curls. Talk about keeping porosity, shine, hydration, and definition in check!
Another botanical liquid gel loved by many, Goddess Curl takes dull, frizzy, lifeless coils and curls, and whips them into shape. This glycerin and protein-free formula promises hydrated and defined curls without the crunch. My personal selling point? Fragrance free, for ladies with sensitive sniffers.
I've said it before and I'll say it agian -- I LOVE the new Curl Maker formula! No more flakes, more shine, and way better definition are on the menu! Packed with coconut oil, aloe vera, and pro-vitamin B5, this reformulated wonder dries frizz and crunch free. Still not convinced? Check out my review here.
If you love the benefits of DIY Flaxseed Gel but hate the crunch it leaves behind, then this gel is for you. Blended with flaxseed, hibiscus, wild cherry bark, this super slippy gel enhances curls, kinks, and coils, promotes, shine, and nourishes the hair from within. $14, www.purgasmshop.com
Admittedly, it took me a while to come around to the Herbal Soothing Gel -- but that's because I was expecting it to be something it's not. I expected mega hold, and it is definitely a lighter gel packed with macadamia, shea, and jamaican black castor oils that provides voluminous, bouncy, touchable hair on day 1. The peppermint essential oil adds a cooling tingly touch -- perfect for hot summer days.
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This super slippy curling jelly works wonders for all hair types. It glides easily through the hair, smoothing frizz and taming tangles while moisturizing and softening tresses thanks to coconut oil, brown rice extract, and castor oil.
I know, I know, this is not a curl definer. It's a deep conditioner. But when Mahogany Curls got her fab cut and style by Diane C. Bailey using the Superfruit Complex Hair Masque, I had to give it a try. The result? Soft, touchable, bouncy, and defined curls that smelled AMAZING! Not to mention, my hair was hydrated and nourished with coconut oil and shea butter. Read more about my Shea Moisture Superfruit adventure here.