Sneak preview: Boing! by @oyinhandmade. Drops on August 10th, I'm editing my video review to give ya'll a sneak peek tomorrow!!! #naturalhair #transitioner #naturalhairproducts #oyinhandmade #supportsmallbusiness
In this pho­to, I’m using Boing! by Oyin Hand­made


Before I delve too far into this arti­cle, I’m going to let you know 2 things about me:


1. I am a long-term tran­si­tion­er. More specif­i­cal­ly, I am tran­si­tion­ing from sev­ere heat dam­age.

2. I am a pro­duct junkie.


I felt it was impor­tant to lay those things out as a caveat of sorts, just to make it abun­dant­ly clear where I and this arti­cle are com­ing from. 17 months into my own nat­u­ral hair jour­ney, I have suc­cess­ful­ly grown tons of new curls with­out seri­ous break­age or oth­er dam­age. I still have some straightened/loose heat dam­aged ends, so it is impor­tant that the prod­ucts I use are able to treat my curls right with­out dry­ing, dam­ag­ing, split­ting, or oth­er­wise harm­ing my del­i­cate ends. Or mak­ing them look like a pack of wet Ramen.

Also I am a pro­duct junkie. I don’t pre­tend to slap that “recov­er­ing” label in front of it any­more, because it just is what it is. I love explor­ing prod­ucts, ingre­di­ents, tri­al and error, mix­es and match­es, and most of all, suc­cess­es. My pro­duct junkie-ism is even more­so fueled by my Small Busi­ness Pledge. So for any­one look­ing for a DIY arti­cle, the isn’t the one.


Now that we’ve got those dis­claimers out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff!


Strong Hold


1. Won­der Curl Get Set Hair Jel­ly

The 411: Get Set Hair Jel­ly is an aloe based gel that works at fight­ing frizz and humid­i­ty while giv­ing curls super def­i­n­i­tion. Of all the gels out there, Get Set Hair Jel­ly eas­i­ly pro­vides the longest last­ing results. I got 4 day hair with­out even try­ing. If you find your­self hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ty get­ting curls and coils to clump and define, give this pro­duct a try. A word of cau­tion: don’t be super heavy-hand­ed. Too much pro­duct can lead to some­what crunchy hair. A lit­tle bit goes a long way!

Price: $15/8oz, $25/16oz

Where to Buy:,


2. As I Am Smooth­ing Gel

The 411: As I Am Smooth­ing Gel is water and aloe based, pro­vid­ing a firm hold with­out hard­ness and flak­ing. Although As I Am Smooth­ing Gel is typ­i­cal­ly used to sleek edges, I’ve found that it is a legit­i­mate con­tender in the wash n’ go world. It is pret­ty thick, so it works best and spreads the eas­i­est on wet and damp hair. You will achieve great def­i­n­i­tion and hold on your curls and coils!

Price: $8/8oz

Where to Buy:, Sal­ly Beau­ty Sup­ply


3. Curls God­dess Curls

The 411: God­dess Curls came as a shock to me. I was nev­er real­ly inter­est­ed in their pro­duct line, until Sally’s ran a buy 2, get one free pro­mo­tion in July. But now I’m hooked. This liq­uid gel is fra­grance free (great for those with sen­si­tive snif­fers), water based, and glides eas­i­ly through wet or dry hair. Curls are super defined and sculpt­ed, every time. Just go easy and make sure you don’t get too-too heavy-hand­ed. There is a great poten­tial for the crunchies, so show some restraint!

Price: $8/8oz

Where to Buy:, Sally’s, Tar­get


Medi­um Hold


4. Obia Nat­u­ral Hair Care Curl Enhanc­ing Cus­tard

The 411: Of all the prod­ucts on the list, this Curl Enhanc­ing Cus­tard is one of my hands down favorites. Every­thing in the Obia Nat­u­ral Hair Care line is for­mu­lat­ed by Obia her­self, a trained chemist. This Cus­tard is water and olive oil based, pro­vid­ing soft­ness, shine, curl clump­ing, and def­i­n­i­tion with­out an ounce of stiff­ness or crunch. This is a feat, because I am heavy-hand­ed with prod­ucts. I can’t say enough about how much I love the Curl Enhanc­ing Cus­tard. The con­sis­ten­cy is sim­i­lar to As I Am Smooth­ing Gel, but doesn’t con­tain as many fix­a­tives, mak­ing the hold a lit­tle soft­er.

Price: $15/16oz

Where to Buy:,


5. Pur­gasm Shop Wild Cher­ry Curl Pop­pin’ Gel

The 411: Pur­gasm Shop’s Wild Cher­ry Curl Pop­pin’ Gel is an amaz­ing gel for those seek­ing medi­um hold, no crunchies, and love botan­i­cals. The Gel is based in water (infused with marsh­mal­low root, wild cher­ry bark, flaxseed, and more) and aloe vera. The con­sis­ten­cy reminds me of DIY Flaxseed Gel, but it smells a whole heck­u­va lot bet­ter. It spreads eas­i­ly on wet or dry hair, mak­ing it an ide­al pro­duct to rake through curls and coils.

Price: $12/8oz

Where to Buy:


6. Miss Jessie’s Jel­ly Soft Curls

The 411: First of all, I can’t believe I’m even putting Miss Jessie on any list for any­thing. Her price point kept me away long enough to explore oth­er options. But when the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get free sam­ples of the new Jel­ly Soft Curls arose, I fig­ured I would be a fool not to. To my sur­prise, I rather liked the gel. It’s devoid of arti­fi­cial col­ors (which devi­ates from Miss Jessie’s oth­er prod­ucts), and the fra­grance is rather mild. It pro­vides a mod­er­ate lev­el of hold while impart­ing shine, with a sim­i­lar con­sis­ten­cy to EcoStyler. No crunchies here, but also no real frizz pro­tec­tion.

Price: $14/8.5oz or free (sam­ples)

Where to Buy:, Tar­get,


Soft Hold


7. Boing! by Oyin Hand­made

The 411: Boing! is the lat­est cre­ation to come out of the Oyin Hand­made kitchen. Lit­er­al­ly. As in, it just came out on August 10th. With a thick icing-like tex­ture, it is designed to mois­tur­ize and define curls all in one step. It smells great, has a creamy feel, and it almost seems like no mat­ter how much you use, your curls will nev­er get hard. It is based in water and shea but­ter, and guar­an­teed to give you soft, touch­able light def­i­n­i­tion.

Price: $14.99/4oz, $23.99/8oz

Where to Buy:


8. Eden Body­Works Coconut Shea Curl Defin­ing Cre­me

The 411: This water and coconut oil based pro­duct is guar­an­teed to give you mois­ture and light def­i­n­i­tion. It is a great mois­tur­iz­ing base for a wash n’ go or oth­er style, but also stands alone as a soft curl defin­er in it’s own right. It is a lit­tle heav­ier than the Coconut Shea Pud­ding Souf­fle, but won’t make your hair feel like it is full of buildup. You can be heavy-hand­ed or go light with this pro­duct, and still get good def­i­n­i­tion.

Price: $9/16oz

Where to Buy: Sal­ly Beau­ty Sup­ply, Wal-Mart

This list is by no means defin­i­tive! If you have a favorite curl defin­ing pro­duct, shout it out! I’m always on the prowl for great prod­ucts!

For more from Christi­na check out her blog, The Mane Objec­tive. You can also find her on Insta­gram and Face­book.

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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32 Comments on "8 of the Best Curl Defining Products for Natural Hair"

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This arti­cle is so help­ful. there are a fews prod­ucts that a real­ly defin­ing my nat­u­ral curls. my fav is shea mois­ture. you can check out more of them here


My son has very long thick coarse hair, with high shrink­age and tan­gles eas­i­ly, espe­cial­ly when wet. I’ve tried a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, but haven’t found one that I think is per­fect for his hair. It’s stress­ing for the both of us try­ing to detan­gle it. I try to find prod­ucts that I can use on his hair sec­tion by sec­tion, which makes his curls pop more. Do you have any sug­ges­tions of a good detan­gler and styling pro­duct? Thanks


The­se are prod­ucts that you use on a twist or braid out or as a wash n go?


Alikay Nat­u­rals Cre­me Brulee Curling Cus­tard is my fave! I got a sam­ple in the Alikay Nat­u­rals Curlk­it Takeover box and my hair loved it! Now I’m nev­er with­out


As I Am Smooth­ing Gel does not smooth any­thing on my 4a hair. It was a joke to my edges so I use a thick pomade for that.
It does indeed define curls and the nat­u­ral ingre­di­ents mois­tur­izes my hair excel­lent­ly… it smells great too.


My dead straight ends are final­ly gone and when I wash my hair idk what to use to define my curls. I’ve just used a leave in con­di­tion­er just to see and when I run mt fin­gers through my hair my curls get straight­en out as of I picked it into a from. I will def­i­nite­ly try the­se list­ed under strong hold, I’m also a pro­duct junkie and I now wan­na try to wash n go. I always do ban­tu knows and they take so much tome every day


I have been using the pro nat­u­rals argan oil hair treat­ment on my curls and they look awe­some!


I have very fine (thin­ning hair) due to thy­roid dis­ease, I recent­ly cut it all off with only about 2 to 2 1/2 inch­es in length. My hair has always been straight at the root but nev­er had prob­lems curling on their own. How­ev­er since there is no pro­duct in my hair I am won­der­ing what pro­duct would be good for my hair to hold CURLS.


I’m just curi­ous Christi­na, but what is your curl pat­tern?


God­dess curls is amaz­ing. i love this stuff. I bought mine from wal­mart.

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Thank you! I’ve been want­i­ng to try at least two of the prod­ucts men­tioned. #pjstill­willitev­erend


Eco Styler gel, clear.


RISING HAIR BUSINESS ALERT! I am absolute­ly in love with Lady Key Knot­ty Curl curl defin­ing cus­tard! I have 4c hair, and it is the ONLY pro­duct that gives my hair the­se cute tiny lit­tle spi­rals. Note it’s not trans­form­ing your hair into 3b, just com­pli­ment­ing the curls we nat­u­ral­ly have. Find her prod­ucts on Love her and her cus­tomer ser­vice.…


I am a fan of shea mois­ture curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie. I use it for Ban­tu knot outs


I like the Tal­li­ah Waa­jid Curly Curl cream at the moment. It defines well for me but I do mix it with some water, it’s good for me in this humid weath­er. I have the Eden cream and may re-vis­it it at a lat­er date, I nev­er waste a pro­duct!!


I also use the curly curl cream and also add water. If it were a lit­tle less sticky and had a touch more hold I would­nt use any­thing else!


$15 for 4 oz???! Oyin can go back to the kitchen with that.


so pissed and dis­ap­point­ed with Oyin for that mess. What is their jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for those prices?!!


I agree, I refuse to pay ridicu­lous price tags for some gel. And the­se com­pa­nies can keep the­se lit­tle 4oz jars smh. I’m find­ing twist­ing Curl milks into my hair is googd enough, even using curl milks for wash and goes, just smooth­ing it down and I’m good to go

Nicole Bailey

Does it mat­ter what type of hair you have? I have 4B or 4C, not so sure.

Christina Patrice

Hi Nicole! It real­ly all depends. Do you have dif­fi­cul­ty defin­ing curls? If so, then one of the strong prod­ucts may work best. If not, the whole list is fair game :)


hi Nicole nice to see you on here yes if your curls are tighter you need a thick­er pro­duct I think eden body­works curl defin­ing cream will work as well as shea mois­ture curl gel souf­fle ‚a lit­tle goes a long way and is a whole lot cheap­er than the ones rec­om­mend­ed except for eden body­works of course.


Umm, is the $15 for 4oz of Oyin Handmade’s Boing! a typo?



I like how you own your pro­duct junkie-ism. :) I’ve been nat­u­ral for a long time but only learned how to define my longer 4b coils in the last cou­ple of years. When I did, I found myself delv­ing right back into pro­duct junkie-ism as I exper­i­ment­ed with dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and ingre­di­ents. I know peo­ple keep say­ing it’s too expen­sive but seri­ous­ly I have yet to find any­thing that works as well for me as the Kinky-Curly com­bo (KCKT/KCCC). It helps that I don’t use a whole lot of either, which means that for me, the cost-per-use makes it very… Read more »

I couldn’t agree more! Hands down, KC gives great shine, super def­i­n­i­tion, and mois­ture! I wouldn’t even try any­thing else!

Christina Patrice
Hi LBell, Thanks! I real­ly had to come to terms with it. At first I tried to get into DIY mix­ing, but I just real­ized that I found the “pro­duct hunt” more appeal­ing than mak­ing stuff myself. I decid­ed to leave the mix­ing to the experts, lol. You’re wel­come for the recs. I would real­ly say give the God­dess Curls a go. It’s $8 and spreads eas­i­ly, which means you can use as lit­tle or as much as you want. I used to be a “bar­gain base­ment” tran­si­tion­er (and I still very much love a great sale), but I find… Read more »

What’s the 3rd thing about you?

Christina Patrice

Hey T,

There were some edits to this arti­cle, but the orig­i­nal can be found here:


Jane Carter’s-Curl Defin­ing Cream


It DOES work well, but I can’t get past the smell.