Although the warm weather humidity always effortlessly adds in nice definition to my curly-wavy hair, when I really want my hair to be the curliest it can be, a curl definer is essential.
Curl definers come in various forms, from a spray to a gel to a cream. Sometimes they are built into gels or other styling products, in which case layering a curl definer isn't necessary. However, there are also standalone definers that may be an extra step, but the definition and added benefits they provide make it worth it. Below are some of my personal curly-wavy favorites.
Even though this product has no hold, the thin, lightweight serum layered underneath a gel helps define limp waves for maximum definition. Free of alcohols and silicones, it defines curly or wavy hair without drying it out.This is Ouidad's strongest hold gel, infused with hydrolyzed collagen, pro-vitamin B5, and clove oil to seal in moisture to leave curl patterns consistent and defined. This has been one of my favorite holy grail gels for years. Whenever I use it, I never need to layer with extra defining product -- it prevents frizz, and my hair doesn't feel stiff or crunchy at all!
Another one of my very favorite gels, not only does this one have strong hold without crunch or stiffness, it makes my frizz vanish while my waves get bouncier. For maximum frizz reduction, I like to layer over Raw Curls Anti-Frizz Spray.Aside from the addictive fruit candy fragrance, I have defined, separated textured curls that feel lightweight and frizz-free every time I layer this cream with gel. A little goes a long way; the moringa seed and passion flower extracts inside help keep hair healthy, too.