Trust Me—This Is the One Product I Always Recommend for Textured Hair

Since I started styling my textured hair more frequently and straightening it less often last year, there was something that I noticed about the curly advice out there: Curl gels kind of get a bad rap. Whenever I’d reach out to people for styling advice, they would recommend a curl cream to coax definition into my hair rather than a gel. Yes, using curl gels in the wrong way can lead to crispy, crunchy or stringy curls, but—trust me—adding a curl gel has been the best thing for my styling routine.

For me, I like to use gels when I'm doing my braid- and twist-outs for any hope of getting definition into my thick, coily hair. And if you like to wash and go, then you can actually apply most curl gels to wet hair and work them through with a Denman brush or while you finger-coil. Personally, creams have never given me enough hold thanks to their high moisture content, but if you're worried about gels leaving your strands feeling parched, then press in a light oil before your hair dries to seal moisture in.


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But which are the best gels to try for your bounciest, most defined curls ever? Ahead, keep scrolling for 16 of the very best gels for curly hair. 

1. Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly Scrunching Jelly

2. Imbue Curl Empowering Crème Gel

3. Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel

4. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker Curling Jelly

5. Eco Style Olive Oil Styling Gel

6. Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel

7. Bumble and Bumble Curl Anti-Humidity Gel Oil

8. Bouclème Super Hold Styler

9. Living Proof Curl Defining Gel

10. DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel

11. Twisted Sista Amazing Dream Curls

12. Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel 

13. KeraCare Defining Custard

14. Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Defining Gel Crème

15. Oribe Curl Gelée

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear UK. Up Next: Using a Hair Steamer Will Take Curls and Coils From a 5 to a 10—Six Experts Love.