There are all types of curl definers for curly girls from mousse to gels to creams, and while many, like myself, love gels, they are not everyone’s favorite. My sister and best friend wouldn’t be caught dead using gel with its heaviness and for quite a few curlies, mousse does not provide enough a lasting hold. For these we have the lovely creams that can combat frizz without weighing down or flattening your curls, waves, and coils. It puts your hair in a happy place by being light enough to give your hair to have movement but not so light that you lose curl definition.

We have 12 of the top styling creams for all curl patterns and while money is no object for some, many on the list are quite inexpensive so your wallet will be happy too.

Wavy Type 2 Hair

Garnier Fructis Style Soft Curl Cream

You want carefree waves and you can do that with this soft curl cream. It has water, a humectant, fatty alcohols, and slip for easy application. A great formula to smooth those hairs in place without weighing it down. Get soft, shapely curls and waves and lots of moisture.

Desert Essence Soft Curls Hair Cream 

Add a soft weightless bounce to your waves and curls with Desert Essence Soft curls hair cream.  The first few ingredients in this hair ream are water, cetearyl alcohol (mixture of fatty alcohols”>, behentrimonium methosulfate (mild hair detangler”>, coconut oil, and safflower seed oil. Gain softness and defined waves and curls with a shiny bounce to your tresses.

Oyin Handmade Boing! 

Water, unrefined shea butter, behentremonium methosulfate, and cetearyl alcohol, and vegetable glycerin give life to this frizz fighting styler. Great for your delicate wavy hair.

Ouidad Wave Create Texture Taffy

A taffy styler that creates those beachy waves we love with water, glycerin, propylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate (surfactant and emulsifying agent”>, and PEG-100 stearate (emulsifier”>. Excellent for delicate hair as it glides easily through your strands and creates long-lasting touchable waves and curls.

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Curly Type 3 Hair

DevaCurl Styling Cream 

Water, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, behentrimonium chloride, tapioca starch (thickener and viscosity enhancer”>, cetrimonium chloride (emulsifier”> come together to create a deeply nourishing and shaping styling cream.

CURLS Curl Soufflè 

Define those curls while staving off the frizz and locking in the much-needed moisture. Water, aloe leaf juice, glycerin, sunflower seed oil make up the first six ingredients in this soufflé-textured defrizzing hair cream. Great for thick curls too.

Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls

Get weightless curls with this fast-acting styling cream with the fresh scent and conditioning formula. Water, mineral oil, polyquaternium-11 (style holder”>, cyclopentasiloxane (increases slip”>, glycerin, and PPG-5 Ceteth-20 (emollient”> make up the first six ingredients in this lightweight cream that is great for holding a style.

Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream 

Get extra conditioning and light hold with Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream. Block frizz and humidity while conditioning your strands and achieving touchable soft curls.

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Coily Type 4 Hair

Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream 

Define, condition and add manageability to your curls and coils with this sweet smelling curl cream. With water, canola oil, glycerin, and cetearyl alcohol help to restore your curls and shine without mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, or silicones.

Curls Unleashed Take Command Curl Defining Crème 

Water, coconut oil, shea butter, safflower seed oil, and soybean oil are the nourishing ingredients in this hard working curl cream. Define, elongate, and soften your curls without flaking or shrinkage.

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Styling Cream 

Your coils and curls get amazing hold without the frizz in this pH balancing curl cream. Made ingredients like water, propylene glycol, and glycerin to reactivate your curls and fight frizz in humid weather.

Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème 

Water, coconut oil, vegetable oil, aloe vera leaf juice, cetyl alcohol, and stearyl alcohol are the first six ingredients in this medium holding curl defining cream. This curl definer fights humidity without compromising on moisture and style.

What’s your favorite styling cream?


Sabrina Perkins


Sabrina, founder of and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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