The Best Natural Hair Products to Activate Your Curls

Here are 10 great products that can help define your curls! Don’t be afraid to give a few of these products a try (even if they don’t work). Luckily, you can do a bit of research and read these product descriptions to find out what works best for your hair.

Miss Jessie Quick Curls

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“With a lemony smell…like a cleaning product almost, [Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls]…has the best curl definition I have ever had in my life.” – Holy Curls in ‘Battle of the Creams: Miss Jessie’s vs Shea Moisture Demo!!!’

Cantu Sea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activating Cream

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Cantu is such a great curly cream product – whether it’s for a touch up on your natural hair, to add shine and bounce to your curls, or make your hair feel and look great as well as moisturized.

Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream

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This Curly Curl Cream defines and moisturizes your hair with perfection. After combing out your hair with Taliah Waajid’s Great Detangler, use the Curly Curl Cream on dry or wet hair to activate your curls.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie


The classic natural go-to hair product can never go wrong. Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie is a thick cream that gives you shiny and bouncy curls to show off!

Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream

Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream (16 oz.)

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This curl activator has a light lemon scent, and it’s also thick – it should be used accordingly. Usually, the procedure is to wash hair (or co-wash) and have it wet. The Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream definitely leaves your hair moisturized and feeling nice and soft.

Kinky Curly Curling Custard

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A custard, if you’re not familiar with, has among the same consistency with gel but thicker. The great thing about Kinky Curly’s Curling Custard is that it gives you a shiny and beautiful curl pattern. In addition, it should only be used when your hair is wet. This prevents dry hair from getting sticky (for best results). Check out this tutorial on a beautiful wash-and-go style with Kinky Curl Curling Custard. 

Shea Moisture Superfruit Multivitamin Soft Curl Gel CreamB01EPBMRQ4

Unlike its other gels, Shea Moisture’s Multivitamin Gel Cream is best for styling and defining your curls. Along with the Fruit Complex line, the Gel Cream is packed with Red Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava Extracts. What’s so great about this curl activator, even as a gel product, is that it works great with damp or wet hair.

As I am Naturally Curling Jelly

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This curling jelly from As I am Naturally’s Styling Line works great with reducing frizz yet defining curls. It makes your hair feel soft as it moisturizes.

Camille Rose Curl Maker

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A great product that establishes a beautiful curl pattern (and smells great, too!). The Camille Rose company website refers to the Curl Maker as a “sweet defining jelly.” Yum.

Twisted Sista Curl Activator

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A salon inspired brand from London, UK – this curly hair product line is getting lots of great reviews for its curl defining. The Curl Activator does it exactly what it says it does – it gives you a stylish bounce to your curls! It smells nice and it also leaves hair feeling soft.

Can’t get enough about natural hair products? Check out some of our other reviews and tips about being naturally beautiful. 🙂

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  1. Great post, I have been looking for a variety of products that define curls and are texture based


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