There’s much to celebrate and much to complain about when you’re on a natural hair journey. Thankfully, the pros always outweigh the cons. For one, you’ve got hair that can be effortlessly manipulated into a myriad of styles. Plus the natural hair community is so saturated with bloggers and vloggers that you’re never short on advice. And when it comes to styling products for natural hair, well, there is no end.
However, as someone who literally can’t go more than a few weeks without trying something new, I’ll say this: deciding on just one routine is just plain old overwhelming. Yes, I’m grateful for the lotions, oils, creams, gels, and sprays (I could keep going but I won’t) at my disposal. But when you’re trying to cocktail without drying out your strands or leave them completely parched, it often feels like the search will never end as you test and test and test different combos.
If you’re in the same boat as me and need a little (correction: a lot) of relief, here are 20 top-rated and best-selling stylers that will at least make the time in between wash days less daunting. Not only do they cost less than an expensive lunch; they’re also chock-full of healthy ingredients that suit all different curl patterns.
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1. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard Styling Gel
An all-natural, botanical-infused formula that provides hold and shine to curls, especially when they’re wet.
2. As I Am Doublebutter Cream
Extra thick and made with multiple oils/butters, this daily treatment is best for thick hair that’s low on moisture.
3. DevaCurl Beautiful Mess Curl Sculpting Pomade
The Cupuaçu butter in this gel-pomade is the secret to that effortlessly undone look that DevaCurl fans rave about.
4. Design Essentials CurlForming Custard
This luxurious, creamy custard–infused with honey, chamomile, almond oil, and avocado oil–provides just enough hold and plenty of moisture for twist-outs and bantu knots.
5. Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion
This leave-in conditioner, formulated with coconut oil, olive oil, and marula oil, is light enough to layer with other products, but still heavy-duty enough for ample moisture.
6. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Edge Control Smoother
This standout edge control is made with soothing aloe and reparative honey so your fragile hairline hairs don’t have to suffer under hold.
7. It’s 10 Miracle Defrizzing Gel
This gel-oil formula is a must-try for finer curl types that want definition and moisture at the same time.
Buy: It’s a 10 Miracle Defrizzing Gel $11.09