17 Curl Enhancers For Natural Hair
by Summer Arlexis
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As much as I love a good twist out, finger coil, or flexi rod set, there's nothing quite like rocking my own corkscrew curls. Equipped with my go-to curl enhancers for defining natural hair, I can transform frizzy bedhead into a shiny, coily spectacle.

I take it as a compliment when my hair is mistaken for a wig. It lets me know that I'm using natural hair products that actually work well for my mane. There's certainly a definer that can amplify your texture, too, whether you have loose S-shaped curls or tightly coiled Z-shaped kinks. Above all, the key to healthy looking curls is keeping your strands as hydrated as possible. So, the best curl creams will have hold and moisturizing ingredients. Complimented with a nourishing cleansing and conditioning regimen, the right curl maker can add pizazz to your mane with no rollers, rods, or extra styling necessary.

It can take a bit of trial and error to discover that holy grail product that hydrates and shapes your curls to perfection. To help narrow your search, check out 17 of the best curly hair products that give curl type 3 and 4 spirals beautiful hold.


Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker

Curl Maker, $22, Camille Rose Naturals

A staple in my wash and go regimen, the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker is a smooth jelly that gives maximum hold to curls. Enriched with vitamin E and B-12, nettle root, and aloe juices, it promotes healthy hair growth as it defines.


Miss Jessie's Coily Custard

Coily Custard, $14, Miss Jessies

Use this anti-frizz custard on even the kinkiest type 4 hair for loose, moisturized curls. Scrunch it through your mane to stimulate your curl pattern or use it with a diffuser for big hair.


Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Curl Enhancing Smoothie, $13, Ulta

Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie is a cult favorite for a reason. It moisturizes, tames frizzies, and gives soft hold to misbehaving curls like no other.


Andre Walker Hair Beautiful Kinks Styling Creme Gelee

Beautiful Kinks Styling Creme Gelee, $16, Target

My corkscrew texture is no match for Andre Walker Hair's Beautiful Kinks Creme. It transforms my normally tight coils into a stretched and curly masterpiece with no flaky residue left behind.


Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

Coconut Curling Cream, $6, Sally Beauty

At such an affordable price point, Cantu's Coconut Curling Cream is heavenly. Formulated without harsh ingredients, this thick definer leaves hair soft, manageable, and noticeably shinier. Plus, it smells great!


Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly

Get Set Hair Jelly, $15, Wonder Curl

Expect to see miraculous results with this aloe vera rich hair jelly. It fights humidity and slicks even the unruliest strands with a strong hold that'll last all day.


Jessi Curl Rockin' Ringlets Styling Potion

Rockin' Ringlets Styling Potion, $17, Jessi Curl

Turn waves into full blown curls with the Rockin' Ringlets Styling Potion. It's seriously witchcraft the way it defines textured hair.


Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme

Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme, $9, Sally Beauty

There's not a moisturizing agent you won't find within this curl cream. It's formulated with aloe juices, coconut milk, avocado oil, and more for the ultimate hydration.


Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Jelly

Blueberry Bliss CURL Control Jelly, $18, Curls Biz

A little goes a long way with Curls' Control Jelly. I can never get enough of its blueberry scent and the way it makes my coils shine. For strong hold, make this curl enhancer and growth stimulant your go-to.


Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Curling Custard, $13, Target

Enhance your natural texture like never before with a product like the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard. Yet another strong-hold gel, it's sure to make your styling efforts withstand the elements.


Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Gel

Curl Quencher Moisturizing Styling Gel, $26, Ulta

Great for type 3 hair, the Curl Quencher Gel features moisturizing emollients that hydrates the thirstiest strands. It's practically a conditioner and styler in one.


Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme

Coffee-Coco Curl Creme, $28, Amazon

Formulated to take the place of a leave-in, this curl cream is a styler that moisturizes using exotic oils and natural ingredients. Try it after cleansing or co-washing and watch it perform hair miracles.


Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel

Olive Oil Styling Gel, $6, Amazon

Eco Styler Gel seriously does it all. Popularly used as a edge control gel for laying baby hairs and slaying sleek styles, it also works for defining your texture. It contains pure olive oil for conditioning so feel free to run it through wash and go hair to make your curls last much longer.


Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer

Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer, $16, Alikay Naturals

Moisture, moisture, moisture is what the Shea Yogurt is all about. Banish dryness, breakage, and tangles with this creamy dream that gives moisture therapy to your texture without build-up.


DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler, $21, Amazon

Just think of the three S's when it comes to Deva Curl's SuperCream. A coconut oil infused styler that softens, shapes, and smooths curly textures, it's a must-have with a dreamy scent.


ORS Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Creme

Curl Defining Creme, $10, Sally Beauty

Coconut, sweet almond, and safflower oils make this cream just as nourishing as it is great for elongating tight coils. Free of mineral oils, you can count on it to truly smooth your texture.


Creme Of Nature Argan Buttermilk Leave-In Hair Milk

Buttermilk Leave-In Hair Milk, $8, Sally Beauty

If there's one thing I use daily, it's the Creme of Nature Argan Buttermilk. It's the one product I can count on to hydrate my strands and keep them super soft. There's not one person I haven't shocked when I said all I did was dampen my hair and distribute this leave-in throughout my mane for a big, super curly fro. It's seriously magic!


It's going to take some experimentation, but trust that your elixir for frizz-free, curls is out there. Your natural hair journey continues!