EC best stylers

Let's be honest, finding the right hair products that provide moisture, hold and definition can be a challenge, but once you find what works best for your curls, coils or waves you're golden. Some women thrive off voluminous curls, while others prefer defined frizz-free curls. Whether you prefer to rock a wash n' go or twist out the toughest part is determining what products to use depending on your hair type and your desired hairstyle. We understand the struggle and want to help take the guesswork out of finding amazing products because believe it or not, there are products that exit that actually works and allow you to rock your curls with confidence.

The NaturallyCurly Editors have diligently tested hundreds of products, deliberated and the votes are in for the 2018 Editors' Choice Best Styling Products! Scroll down to see who won and what products you need to add to your curly girl collection.

What we look for:

Here are a few (but not all) of the criteria we used to make our decision:

  • Does the product provide the hold, definition, and moisture needed for your hair type?

  • Does the product do what it claims it will do?

  • Does the product have added benefits not listed? What are they?

  • Ease of use and product distribution

  • Packaging and product functionality

  • Innovation

  • Scent

  • Ingredients

If you're on the search for a styler that will work for your curl pattern, check out our 2018 Editors' Choice award winners - and what we loved about them.

Styling Creams

Type 2

Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion

"Amazing definition after using this product, probably the best I've seen in a very long time! I was really impressed. Used in soaking wet hair, scrunched til it was towel dried and scrunched in a bit more, then diffused until halfway dry and air dried the rest of the way." - Grace, 2a

Type 3

Aunt Jackie's Coconut Creme Recipes Butter Creme Intensive Moisture Sealant

This is a hydration sensation! This butter creme is the cure for dry hair and will leave your curls moisturized and softer than ever. It's packed with natural ingredients such as Honey, Shea Butter, and Avocado to keeps your curls hydrated.

Type 3 c

Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Twisting Soufflé

Here's the secret to the most magical twist out of your dreams! This twisting souffle will leave your curls soft, moisturized and defined for days. Not to mention the refreshing smell is amazing and makes you feel like you're on a tropical island.

Type 4

Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie

Are your curls quenched? This creamy formula is blended to perfection with coconut oil, papaya butter, and plumeria extract to nourish and moisturize your hair. This thick and creamy smoothie will enhance softness for shiny, bouncy, and defined coils.

Styling Gels

Type 2

Salon Pro Exclusives Twin Olive Maximum Hold Gel

This $2 gel provides superior hold and definition for wavies and curlies with fine hair. This affordable and effective gel can be found at your local drugstores and is a new staple in the NaturallyCurly office. 

Type 3

Treluxe Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer Styling Gel

Provides long-lasting curl definition, brilliant shine, and moisture balance. A little goes a long way, plus it gives an excellent amount of slip to detangle and define curls. 

Type 3c

Aunt Jackies Curls & Coils Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel

"This gel is a game changer! For the longest, I steered clear of gels because I didn't want to deal with the flaky or crunchy side effects. That's certainly not the case with this gel. It gave me so much curl definition, shine and bounce!" - Alexandra, Type 3c

Type 4

Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry Style Gel

Aloe Berry Styling Gel contains a unique blend of all-natural ingredients to offer both styling versatility and moisture in a single styling product. With the Aloe Berry Styling Gel, you now have the freedom to style your hair without it drying, flaking, or feeling sticky!


Type 2

Deva DevaCurl Frizz-free Volumizing Foam

If you want fullness, plus frizz protection, make this airy, boosting foam your new go-to! This alcohol-free, lightweight foam contains a blend of lemongrass and sunflower to give waves and curls va va volume, touchable definition and incredible shine. And frizz? Kiss it goodbye!

Type 3

Smooth 'n Shine Curl Defining Mousse

This curl defining and detangling mousse is a new favorite for curlies. Formulated with shea butter and camellia oil it will bring out the best of your curls and radiate shine and add volume to your curls instantly.

Type 3c

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse 

Whether you swear by your wash n go's or your bomb twist outs, this mousse will be sure to deliver greatness. This new formula dries quickly, reduces frizz and adds gorgeous shine. 

Type 4

The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade & Coconut Mousse

It adds the perfect blended balance of clarification, hydration, and moisture to give your hair the ability to showcase its most optimal texture. This collection is a must have to the ultimate kinky hair regimen. Infused with biotin, vitamins, and nutrients to aid in hair growth and retention.

What's your favorite styling product? Let us know in the comments below if yours was chosen and what you love most about it!

Check out the rest of our Editors' Choice winners here.