Although I’m not that big on hair typing, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll occasionally write an article that addresses “Type 3” hair. This is one of those articles. If I had to, I’d describe my hair as multi-textured, but for the most part, all of it falls somewhere within the 3 category. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with simplifying/condensing my wash and go product lineup. Normally, I use a leave-in conditioner, moisturizer, sealer, and definer. However, as natural hair product companies get more creative, I’ve been able to scale back on the defining products. There are a host of products that not only hydrate, but they contain butters and oils for nourishing the hair, and some light hold (alcohol free) ingredients as well. Here are 7 awesome products that will help you kill two birds with one stone in your routine:
Based in coconut oil, and infused with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B‑5, this creamy, borderline pudding/custard is lightweight, but great for moisturizing and defining curls. I had my doubts about it at first, but the proof is definitely in the pudding (no pun intended). It left my curls defined, hydrated, and ever so slightly elongated. They were super soft too! I couldn’t stop touching my hair. The fragrance is sweet and slightly floral, and in no way overbearing. Bonus: this product is shea butter and protein-free, for those that don’t care for those particular ingredients.
2. Cream and Coco Gooseberry Aloe Pudding
Formerly known as “Curls For Days”, this reinvented defining pudding is loaded with all kinds of curl-friendly goodies. Based in avocado oil, shea butter, and aloe vera juice, this pudding goes on slightly thick, but remains incredibly lightweight. The sweet berry fragrance is a nice touch, but won’t leave you walking around smelling strongly of candy. The pudding left my hair touchably soft, yummy-smelling, and gently defined. It doesn’t have as much hold as some of the other products listed, but it definitely holds its own! Additionally, the Gooseberry Aloe Pudding does not contain coconut oil, making it a great alternative for those who prefer avoid that ingredient.
3. Kurlee Belle Kurl Defining Crème
Another one that came as a shock to me was the Kurl Defining Crème. I had this product pegged as simply just a moisturizer, but Kurlee Belle wasn’t going to go out like that! Packed with coconut oil, shea butter, cupuacu butter, and argan oil, this super moisturizing product also defines curls quite well. I had initially set out to layer it with the Jelle Coconut Styling Gel (the two make an awesome pair for even more definition), but I realized that the Kurl Defining Crème was more than capable of doing the job. The Kurl Defining Crème is protein free — for those that may have protein-sensitive hair, and has a gentle, vanilla-like fragrance similar to Soultanicals Fluffalicious Curl Nutricious.
A hybrid of butters, oils, and aloe vera, the Aloe Whip Butter Gel is raved about in forums and reviews online. I can’t find it in any Target stores locally (boo), so I’ve settled for ordering it online to see what all the jazz is about. Loaded with aloe, macadamia oil, and avocado oil plus vitamins and extracts. Word on the street is, it defines without crunch, tames frizz and flyaways, and delivers consistent results. I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about! This product is free of coconut oil, shea butter, and protein.
Based in shea butter, jojoba and avocado oils, this incredibly light and relatively new product offering from Jane Carter Solution is great at defining curls and taming frizz. It is not my favorite in terms of fragrance (it has a very strong perfumed, almost cologne-like smell), but the product most certainly delivers. As with most of the products on this list, Incredible Curls works best on wet hair — providing shine, definition, and hold without crunch and dryness. It is also protein and coconut oil free, in case your hair objects to either of those ingredients.
6. Soultanicals Mango Dip Detangling Slip
Okay, so this one is not a pudding, custard, or cream. It is sold by Soultanicals as a detangler and leave-in conditioner. However, I discovered on accident that it makes quite the curl defining product — likely due to the presence of aloe vera juice and flaxseed gel inside. It is loaded with extracts, herbs, oils, and butters, but still manages to be super slippy and lightweight. It distributes easily though the hair, and has a great tropical mango scent. Yes, it works great as a detangler (click here to watch me work with it), but it makes a pretty awesome shea butter, coconut oil, and protein-free curl defining product as well.
What are some of your favorite 2‑for‑1 combo products?