These products are worth spending the extra bucks.
A lot of products marketed toward curly hair really suck, for lack of a better word. They cost more than their straight hair cousins down the aisle, presumably for the brand's hassle to label it for the curly hair "niche" market, and then do nothing more for your hair than dry it out and crunch it up. And women would curly hair would know. They are 3x more likely than those with straight hair to purchase products and on average, the curly community spend $1 billion annually on their products.
That's a lot of money and it's coming from your wallets and often, for products that don't work merely because they were never truly designed for what curly hair really needs.
Of course, there are products out there that do work. And no, not all of them are cheap. If you are struggling to come up with your perfect DIY recipe or just have some extra cash that you want to spend on potentially finding a new holy grail product, these 5 products are community-approved and worth the splurge.
When it comes to definition, few products will get you the shine and curl that this defining gel does. Created to harden around your curls as they naturally dry, the gel creates a barrier between outside elements and your hair, allowing it to fully dry before it is exposed. Once your hair is dry, simply tip your head over and scrunch the crunch out. A light oil or leave-in conditioner helps sped up the process as well. As a bonus, the gel's scent gets compliments all around.
What the community says:
"LOVE this gel. I used to use drugstore bought gel, which worked fine, but left my hair kinda flat and sometimes looked crunchy. After I use conditioner and a bit of mousse, i scrunch this into my hair and let it completely air dry. After I scrunch out my curls, they're super soft with lots of volume, and they stay moisturized and defined. It's the best I've found for my hair." - Fernandezma, 3b
"I love this gel! I get great curl definition whenever I use this product and its also more moisturizing than most of the gels that I have tried. I'm also in love the the gummy bear type of smell that the Deva products have, its amazing!! At first, I was a little put off by the hardness of the gel when its drying but as soon as I scrunch my hair, the cast it broken, and my hair always looks great! I would definitely recommend this product to others." - jcostantino, 2c
"I like that this gel really does dissolve instantly like it says. I may have used a bit too much, but the result was a really well defined bantu knot-out. There was absolutely no flaking and my hair did feel a little wiry and dry but that was most likely due to the fact that I failed to use a better moisturizer underneath the gel." - Prispicacity, 4c