Whether you have natural curls or you’re transitioning, a twist-out is for sure one of the styles you should be rocking on a daily basis. I mean, the two-strand twist technique gives you a cute and consistent curl pattern all throughout your hair. That said, it can be a little hard to achieve that perfect, bouncy, and frizz-free style every time.
The key to creating a successful, IG-worthy twist out? Curl cream: a moisturizing, light-hold formula that hydrates your hair and gives you long-lasting definition. That's why I rounded up the very best curl creams that won’t skimp out on moisture or leave your twist-outs flaky or lank, so prepare to find your new favorite, ahead.
Best Non-Flaking Curl Cream:
1. Afro Sheen Texture Gel Cream
Listen, there's low-key nothing worse than seeing flakes in your hair only a couple days after washing your hair. Thankfully, you don't have to worry about re-visiting your wash day with this curl cream. It's filled with ingredients—like flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and shea butter—that give your curls definition without flakiness or crunchiness.
Best Curl Cream for Thick Hair:
2. Amika Curl Corps Defining Cream
Finding the right curl cream for thick hair is tough—you need something that is heavy enough to, you know, do its job, but not too heavy that it leaves your hair greasy. This curl cream strikes a perfect balance. There's tapioca starch that helps give you bouncy definition without making your curls feel heavy, while the oat peptide and sea buckthorn berry keep your hair moisturized.
Best Curl Cream without a Stiff Hold:
3. Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Gel
Want to be able to run your fingers through your curls without feeling any crunchiness? With a mix of meadowfoam seed oil and arnica flower, this lightweight gel-cream hybrid will soften and hydrate even the driest of curls without any stiffness.
Best Curl Cream for Long-Lasting Definition:
4. OGX Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream
The hero ingredient in this cream? Argan oil, which not only brings life back into your curls through shine and hydration but also keeps them defined and soft all day. Go ahead, whip your hair back and forth—your curls aren’t going anywhere.
Best Hydrating Curl Cream:
5. ORS Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Cream
This cream does the most in the best possible way. With coconut, sweet almond, and safflower oils, the pudding-like formula defines hair and gives your thirsty curls an insane amount of hydration that somehow doesn’t feel greasy or heavy.
Best Curl Cream for Frizz/Flyaways:
6. Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream
This product might be called a curl-defining cream, but it does more than just clump your twists. It also softens your hair (thank you, argan oil), smooths flyaways, adds shine, and gives you a silky feel that lasts long after you undo your twists.
Best Curl Cream for Well-Defined Curls:
7. Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
Crunchy, stiff, flaky curls are pretty much a nightmare, so I’m going to go ahead and assume you’ll want to avoid them at all costs. Enter: this ultra-hydrating curling cream. It’s loaded with shea butter, aloe vera, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, all of which work to hydrate brittle hair for soft curls.
Best Lightweight Curl Cream:
8. Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream
When I say your 4C hair has met its match with this curl cream, I mean it. Perfect for kinky-curly textures that are on the finer side, this non-greasy formula will deeply moisturize and enhance your curls without leaving behind any heavy residue.
Best Curl Cream for Dry Hair:
9. Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Curl Defining Pudding Cream
With this curl pudding, you don’t have to choose between hydration and really, really good definition. Infused with argan oil (sensing a theme here? Argan oil is just the perfect mid-weight hair oil, so it’s kind of in everything), this pudding offers up curl definition that lasts for days, without any of the dryness.
Best Curl Cream for Damaged Hair:
10. SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
This sulfate-free soufflé is an actual cult favorite, and for good reason: It’s formulated with coconut oil and hibiscus flower extract to help prevent breakage and promote hair growth. It also contains silk protein and neem seed oil to give you voluminous, frizz-free twist outs and wash and go's.
Best Curl Cream for Soft Curls:
11. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme
Thanks to major doses of coconut oil and shea butter in its formula, this crème helps keep your hair in check while still giving it all the moisture it needs. The result? Elongated curls that are soft to the touch. You won’t be able to stop playing with your hair...but try to—you’ll ruin those curls!
Best Volumizing Curl Cream:
12. As I Am Twist Defining Cream
There’s nothing worse than a curl cream that leaves your hair flat and greasy. Lucky for you, this lightweight creamy styler does the exact opposite. It also comes through on its promise to hydrate your hair—shout-out to sunflower oil—while smoothing frizz and flyaways that pop up when undoing your twists.
Best Curl Cream with a Jelly Formula:
13. Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Jelly
This control jelly (not to be confused with gel, which is usually much stiffer) is packed with blueberry extract and raw castor oil—both of which contribute to a strong-hold finish that doesn’t make your hair hard to the touch. Use this on its own (or with a dollop of oil if you need an extra boost of moisture) and watch it work wonders on your twist out.
Best Curl Cream for Type 4 Hair:
14. Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter
This rich formula is filled with pumpkin, macadamia, and olive oils combined with almond butter (yup!), all of which work to give your twist out some much-needed and well-deserved moisture. Great for anyone with super-tight textures, this oil-based butter will stretch your coils and keep them shiny. And if you’re not sold on it already, you should know that it also smells like cake mix. You’re welcome.
Best Humidity-Proof Curl Cream:
15. DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler
This coconut oil–based styler helps strengthen hair while battling the frizzing effects of humidity. Although its price is a bit steep, this curl cream lives up to its claims—plus, your hair deserves nothing but the best, right?
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