The NaturallyCurly Best of the Best awards, as voted by the NaturallyCurly community, are hotly anticipated every year. You vote on your favorite curl products in every category you can think of! The list of winners is extensive and the amount of information can be overwhelming, so here we break down the most popular styling products in each category for Type 3 curls, to make it easy for you to find your next Holy Grail!

What does Type 3 mean?

The categories "Type 2 Wavy," Type 3 Curly," and "Type 4 Coily" are ways to describe the size of the curl pattern. We know that the term "curly" is too broad to describe all of the different shapes, sizes, and varieties of curls. If you want to learn more, try our Texture Typing Quiz. Understanding your curl pattern (whether you're wavy, curly, or coily) is only one facet of your hair type. There's also your hair's porositydensity, and width, and you can learn about all of it by taking the quiz. 

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Best Mousse for Type 3 Curls

Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Curl Activating Mousse

This crazily popular mousse is number one for a reason! It’s one of the most moisturising mousses for frizz-controlled curls; curl blogger Gena Marie claims that it almost feels like a cream when you apply it. Curlies love the lightweight hold that the mousse provides, and it’s great for adding volume to fine curly or wavy hair. Users also rave about the shine that it provides which is unusual for a mousse.

Best Styling Cream for Type 3 Curls

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Can you think of more delicious scent combination than this? As well as smelling beautiful, this curl-defining smoothie reduces frizz and smooths curly hair for a soft, silky feel. It is amazing at restoring moisture, creating shine and conditioning hair without weighing it down. A coconut oil-based leave-in conditioner enriched with Silk Protein and Neem, this smoothie has a luxurious feel to it. One reviewer said: “I love how cheap and gourmet it is at the same time!”

Best Hair Gel for Type 3 Curls

Ecoco Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel

This budget friendly gel is a perennial favorite amongst curlies in the know. Formulated with Argan tree oils from Morocco, this gel tames frizzy hair, while also adding shine and UV protection. It’s loved because it is weightless while providing a strong hold, everything needed in a gel!

Best Edge Control for Type 3 Curls

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel

Formulated with biotin, coconut and babassu oil, this soft, manageable gel infuses your hair with strength and essential nutrients, while smelling amazing. It’s loved by curlies for its long-hold taming of edges without breakage and it also supports healthy edge growth.

Best Styler for Type 3 Twists & Braids

Ampro Shine'n Jam Conditioning Gel Extra Hold

This moisturizing, non-flaking gel’s special ingredient is Honey Extract which helps to strengthen hair while providing superior hold. It’s perfect for soft waves, braids, locks or twists. A reviewer said it creates “flawless parts and makes braids sleek, shiny and frizz free.”

Holy Grail Product for Type 3 Curls

The Doux Mousse Def Texture Foam

Curlies have been raving about the Doux Mousse Def Texture Foam as a one-and-done styler and anything that makes hair styling easier sounds good to us! The foam contains natural Humectants to provide moisture and Silk Protein for strength and hold, meaning it can be used without other stylers. Users love the definition the foam provides while leaving the hair light and moveable. Definitely one to try!

Best Hairspray for Type 3 Curls

Bounce Curl Hair Spray

“Wowzers! This hairspray left me speechless.” This was the response of one reviewer about this spray and it represents many curlies’ feelings about this medium-to-strong hold hairspray. It contains a magical mix of Organic Black Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Sage Extract and Boswellia Carterii Oil and works well at any time of year.

Best Volumizer for Type 3 Curls

AG Hair Natural Cloud Airlight Volumizing Mousse

This super light volumizing mousse “really is light as air” according to one reviewer. It contains Natural Corn Starch, Tilia Tomentosa Bud Extract, and Sugar Cane Extract which offer instant volume whilst also protecting against heat; a mixture of Sweet Almond Oil and Linseed oil creates shiny curls. AG’s delightful blend of natural Orange and Tangerine essential oils adds light aromatherapy fragrances. 

Best Heat Protectant for Type 3 Curls

TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer

This heat protectant spray swept the boards in all curl-type categories this year! Containing a moisture-locking vitamin complex, this heat protection spray protects against flat irons and curling irons leaving hair shiny and soft. It also has a fruity scent of pear, apple and peach coupled with a floral bouquet of rose, jasmine and lily of the valley. Users love the fact that the spray does not leave hair sticky or weight it down. A super spray!

What's your Holy Grail styling product for your curls? Let us (and other curlies) know in the comments!