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A great curly hair routine can look completely different from one hair to another. Maybe you stick to the classics with one amazing gel and some leave-in conditioneror you might be a big believer in mousses or hair oils. Regardless of your curl type, chances are you can benefit from using a great curl cream. When looking for a curl cream, a few key components are essential. It should hydrate and add bounce to limp, dry hair. The product must also release enough to figure out and define as you style and it should hold your curls in place without a ton of extra weight or excess greasiness.
While this may sound like a lot to ask, it is not an unreasonable expectation. We’ve put a lot to the test and know firsthand that there are options available that offer just the right level of definition, hold and moisture to suit every type of curl. And we’ve also consulted some curly geniuses Julissa Pradothe founder of Rizo’s curlsand celebrity hairdresser Mitchell Cantrell to answer some of our burning questions. Here you will find the 16 best curl creams that meet our standards.
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Best for a budget
Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream
Best for curl definition
Curl Power Nourishing Curl Cream
Best for hair growth
Pomegranate & Honey Curl Smoothie
Best for hydration and definition
Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Cream
Best for soft curls
Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Best for frizz control
Be Curly Curl Enhancer
Best for damaged hair
Coconut curl cream
Best fragrance free choice
Best for flake-free hold
Texture Setting Cream Gel
Best for brittle hair
Coco Creme Curl Shaping Cream Gel
Best for lightweight teams
Best for stretching curls
Twist Elongating Style Cream
Best for the LOC method
Almond Jai Twisting Butter
Best for very dry hair
Curl Quench+Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie
Best for curls without frizz
Curl Defining Cream
Best for moisture
Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream
What do curl creams do?
“A curl cream helps create definition and hold without leaving hair brittle, creating defined, bouncy, shiny curls,” says Prado. “Curls tend to get dry, so each step of your regimen is a chance to add some much-needed moisture from the shower to your styling routine,” adds Cantrell. “That’s why an extra boost of intense hydration in the form of a curling cream is so important. Curling creams envelop each strand with moisture and create a soft, naturally defined curl. Plus, a great curling cream works to restore the inner weight of curls, encouraging optimal formation and a more uniform curl pattern.”
Can all curly textures benefit from using a curl cream?
“100%,” Cantrell says. “For example, thicker curls can benefit from using it to lengthen and moisturize the curls. For finer curls, curl creams can add definition and volume.” Prado adds, “All textures can benefit from a curling cream, as curling creams tend to be very moisturizing and hydrating.”
What ingredients do you recommend in a curl cream?
“Look for nourishing ingredients that hydrate hair like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and extracts like sunflower seeds and chia seeds,” says Cantrell. For Prado, she recommends aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter in curl creams.
Is curl cream the same as conditioner?
Curling creams and conditioners work in a similar way, as both moisturize, filter and nourish curly hair. However, conditioners are rinse-off products, which means you use them in the shower before rinsing your hair. A curl cream is a leave-in product, which means you apply it to washed hair out of the shower and don’t need to rinse it out.
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