7 Best Curl Cremes for Loose Curls to Ringlets

Curly hair is tough to understand and accommodate and with the amount of information out there it can be confusing

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Photo: Unsplash/@cortneywhite

Curly hair is tough to understand and accommodate and with the amount of information out there it can be confusing. The natural hair movement also tends to focus on 4A-4C hair, so I decided to do my own research to see what kinds of products work well for hair like mine – my hair is long, on the thinner side and a combination of coarse and fine strands. I’ve narrowed it down to seven of the best curl creams that can work for 3A-3C hair (loose curls to ringlets) since I have all three curl patterns. And yes ladies, you can have more than one curl pattern! I’ve tested all of these products on my hair and here is my assessment in order of my favorite to least favorite.

Living Proof-Defining Styling Cream


This stuff is like music to my hairs! It defines without being overly greasy or heavy. It smells great, keeps frizz away, and leaves very little build up. Unfortunately Living Proof dedicates zero marketing to us brown curly girls. If it wasn’t for the girl at Sephora who recommended it I wouldn’t have even known they have a curl line. Living Proof-Defining Styling Cream $28.00

wp_*postsMadam CJ Walker-Curl Whip Styling Souffle, $26.00


This is my second favorite curl creme and is comparable with Living Proof – they are both awesome! It’s great for thirsty hair like mine that can be weighed down easily. It also gives me great coverage and a little goes a long way. Madam CJ Walker-Curl Whip Styling Souffle, $26.00


Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer


 This stuff is really moisturizing and smells amazing! It’s an oil cream that also doubles as a body lotion. This would be great for shorter curls and must be used sparingly because too much can make your hair oily and wet looking. Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer,  $26.00


KMS California Curl Up

I used Curl Up when I had short hair. It’s an awesome creme that’s mid-range in it’s coverage, meaning that it’s light with a decent amount of moisture. It keeps the frizz away and gives nice curl definition. KMS California Curl Up, $18.00


Deva Curl-Super Coconut Cream Curl Styler $28


For me this curl cream was extremely light for my hair type and length. It didn’t give me enough coverage and even when I used a lot of product my hair still felt dry and frizzy. BUT, this would probably be great for someone with short to mid-length 3A hair. If you don’t need a ton of moisture like I do, this would be a great option. Most people swear by it! Deva Curl-Super Coconut Cream Curl Styler, $28.00 


Bumble & Bumble Anti-Humidity Gel Oil

I heard rave reviews for this product. Unfortunately for me it was way too heavy for me to use on my whole head. However, it was great for rubbing into the ends and using a little was great for taming frizzies. If your hair is more coarse and dry this could be a great one to try, especially if you’re 3C bordering 4A or a combo of the two. Bumble & Bumble Anti-Humidity Gel Oil, $34.00


Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream $13

This one was on the same level as the Deva Curl. It was too light for me and left me with frizz and not enough coverage. Again, this would be great for hair that is less dry and shorter. Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream, $13

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