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Best Curl-Defining Gels, According to a Beauty Editor

4 Curl-Defining Creams and Gels That Made Me Say "What Frizz?"

Best Curl-Defining Gels, According to a Beauty Editor
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Welcome to In My Head, a monthly column where we break down the latest and greatest natural hair products to hit our doorsteps that actually live up to the hype. Up this month: curl-defining gels.

When I first went natural nearly 10 years ago, I had a love-hate relationship with twist-outs. Whether you're a seasoned natural or someone who's just transitioning, twist-outs are among the most popular ways to style your curls, but for some reason in those early days, it was difficult for me to achieve the perfect bouncy and stretched, post-twist curls that I saw all over YouTube and Instagram. Because of the time I spent wearing my hair in protective styles over the past decade, it wasn't until recently while social distancing that I discovered the piece of the puzzle that had been missing from my earlier twist-out attempts: curl gels and creams.

Before trying many of these, I would end my wash day routine with a leave-in conditioner and sealing oil and hope for the best, unraveling my twists the next day to lackluster curls and even a bit of frizz. These days, I've been marrying my hair to curl creams and gels that give me some of the best, most defined, and stretched curls of my life without drying my hair out.

Allow me to take you through a few favorites (new and old) that have landed on my doorstep in the past few months.

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