Choose Your Favorite Styling Products

Styling is the finishing touch after what may have been a very grueling process of pre-pooing, deep conditioning, shampooing, and oiling. But, it's the part that can make you, at best, grin from ear to ear at the results or, at worst, throw a hat or scarf on for fear that the guy of your dreams will spot you on the street in your nightmare of a hairdo.

Every naturalista wants that glamazon look when they leave the house. And to achieve it, we're looking for sheen, curl definition, moisture and hold in our styling products. Finding products that give you those desired results may prove difficult when you first start your natural hair journey because you just don't know what works for your hair. But have no fear! We are here to navigate you through that drugstore hair aisle by hipping you to 8 of our most highly recommended styling products for natural hair. They are broken down into three major categories: curl creams and activators, styling mousse and gels and heat protectants.

Products can be found at Walgreens, Walmart and Amazon. Here is a simple search tool to find and buy all other natural hair products. Even obscure ones!!!

Curl Creams and Activators


Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

This smoothie is a thick, creamy, moisturizing product that provides instant softness to natural hair. This product's main ingredient is Coconut oil, which hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage.

Tip: For all hair types. You can use this product as a leave-in conditioner because it moistens your hair without weighing it down.  This makes bouncy, healthy curls for a wash and go or a twist out.

Retail: US $10-$12


Design Essentials Natural Curl Stretching Cream

This cream defines curls in extremely textured hair, providing excellent moisture and intense shine. It also smooths and conditions hair while controlling frizz.

Tip: Perfect for curly to tightly coiled hair types.Try using this to roller set natural hair or when installing Curl Formers.

Retail: US $17-$19


Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream

This cream is perfect for any wash-n-go style. Unlike other products, it leaves hair extremely soft for multiple hours. No hard feel, hair will be cottony and soft to the touch.

Tip: Perfect for curly to tightly coiled hair types. Gives hair great volume

Retail: US $10-$12


CURLS Hair Gel Curls Creme Brule

Curls Curl Creme Brule is a really creamy styler used to define and moisturize curls without hold. It is formulated with certified organic ingredients, no sulfates, silicones, parabens, mineral or petrolatum oils. It’s excellent at defining, defrizzing and moisturizing strands so you are left  with soft curls.

Tip: Day 1 - Apply Curl Creme Brule to freshly cleansed and conditioned hair, while it is still wet.  Scrunch into hair, section by section.  Allow hair to air dry.  On day 2, you can refresh your curls with a leave-in and reapply Curl Creme Brule to curls as needed.

Retail: $11-$13

Styling Mousse and Gels


EcoStyler Gel

Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel contains 100% Pure Olive Oil, which is excellent for deep conditioning while maintaining maximum hold for various Black natural hairstyles. While there are several other gels within the EcoStyler line, this particular one helps your scalp regulate its natural moisture system so there is no flaking or itching.

Tip: For all hair types. This is an excellent product for preventing fly-aways and securing easy updo hairstyles. This gel is also a perfect product for holding straw sets and rod sets.

Retail: $5-$8


Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

This styling gel both defines and stretches  your natural curls. With the moisture-rich properties of the Agave Nectar, this product will offer your hair a great shine without drying it out or making it feel too stiff. It also provides a long-lasting hold.

Tip: Apply this product on dripping wet, freshly washed hair. If you have very thick, 4c natural hair, try using Kinky-Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner first to soften the hair, then apply Curling Custard in small sections from root tip to achieve long-lasting hold.



Shea Moisture Curling Souffle

This souffle is a sticky, gel-like product that blends Silk Protein and both Coconut and Neem Oils. This product does not contain silicones, polymers or PVP which generally cause buildup. It also contains Flax Seed Oil rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, so it promotes strength while imparting shine. It has a fantastic aroma, so be prepared for people to tell you how good your hair smells.

Tip: Excellent for thick, curly hair. For two-strand twists or braids, use in combination with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie by saturating each freshly washed section with the Smoothie first then dabbing a bit of the Souffle on your fingertips to twist into each section.

Retail: $9-$12


Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse

This mousse is Infused with Olive Oil and Vitamin B Complex which provides added moisture and shine. It is a very lightweight formula that dries quickly, defines curls and reduces frizz to the finished hairstyle.

Tip: Perfect for loose, wavy to tightly curled natural textures. You may use for wash and go styles as well as for installing Curl Formers.

Retail: $15-$17

Heat Protectants


Fantasia IC Heat Protector Straightening Serum

This serum is enriched with silicone, aloe, vitamin E and sunscreen so it protects hair from heat damage caused by hot tools. These ingredients seal in moisture and leave hair silky, free of frizz with great shine, even in humid climates.

TIP: A dime-sized amount should be squirted into the palm of your hand then rubbed together with both hands. Coat your towel dried hair before you use a ceramic flat iron, InStyler rotating iron or blow dryer.

Retail: US $7-8


 Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment

Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment contains pure Moroccan Argan Oil which is produced from the kernels of the argan tree found in Morocco.  Moroccan Argan Oil is extraordinarily rich in things like natural tocopherols and vitamin E. It also has UV protection and other ingredients like avocado oil to help keep hair healthier.This product provides both heat and pollutant protection.

TIP: Start with a dime-sized amount of the serum and apply throughout damp or dry hair, using more or less depending on hair length.

Retail: US $16-18


Carol's Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum

Carol's Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum blends Macadamia Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk and Biotin to both protect hair from heated tools as well as smooth the hair’s texture. This is a concentrated product, so a little goes a long way.

Use 1-2 pumps on towel-dried hair and be sure to work through evenly. For added sheen, apply another pump all over or onto ends after styling.

Retail US $20-22

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