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Gel creams come are true two-for-one stylers that serve multiple purposes for your waves. They give you the hold and definition of a gel, but the moisturizing softness of a curl cream. They allow you to get the look of defined waves without piling the product on and risking losing the little volume you have.

Thirsty, frizzy curls can be a year round challenge and curl gel creams are a great solution for dry or damaged curl care as they help to nourish hair, condition curls, define and will not weigh your fine, loose curls down.

If you have naturally wavy hair and have yet to find a Holy Grail styling product, try one of these five gel creams in your styling regimen.

Ouidad Vitacurl Define & Shine Styling Gel Cream, $24

This styler feeds your hair the necessary vitamins and proteins it may be lacking in order to keep bounce and a more uniformed texture and pattern. You can also achieve beachy waves and tousled textures with this product, too.

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpt, $4.29

This cream-gel will help your curls to go from unruly to under control. It has a light but pleasant fragrance, as well. This won't leave your waves crunchy, either.

L’Oreal Paris EverCurl Sculpt and Hold Cream Gel, $6.99

Notice this product appears with "stripes” of gel and cream layered one onto another. The perfect blend of cream and gel will ensure you evenly distributed, smoothly defined waves that will not weigh them down.

Mizani True Textures Curl Recharge Moisturizing Refresher, $18

This cream gel is made specifically for loose curlies and wavies. The lightweight texture brings shine back to dull day-old hair. It enhances your texture's natural spiral while offering a boost of manageability.

Matrix Biolage Leave-In Defining Gel Cream, $17

This color-safe styling gel cream enhances your natural wavy texture. It provides a soft look and feel to hair and allows waves to remain bouncy and defined.

Or, make your own cream gel!

It isn't hard to do. Simply combine equal parts of your favorite lightweight leave-in conditioner and gel. You could also combine your daily conditioner with gel but be aware that this method could potentially cause build-up on your scalp depending on which products you cocktail. Once you have found a mix that agrees with your waves, apply the mixture gently to your wet hair and scrunch. Use a light defining cream on top to seal and smooth out your wave. If you are refreshing second or third day waves, use a spray bottle to spritz your waves with water and scrunch your DIY cream gel through the hair using your fingers.

What's your styling product of choice? Creams, gels, mousse, salt spray, or cream gels? 

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