The Best Curly Hair Gels for Every Coil and Wave

Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel

After raking and scrunching a quarter-size squeeze through my flipped-over, clean, sopping-wet hair, I flop for 20 minutes and air-dry.

Adwoa Baomint Moisturizing Curl Defining Gel

The myriad oils in the mix make it thick and rich, so a little goes a long way, but your coils won't crunch or flake if you overdo it. 

Curls Ultimate B Smooth Curl Butter Gel

But this castor oil-based gel has enough glide and moisture to keep braids, knots, and twists moist and retained without drying or stiffening. 

Kinky-Curly Original Curling Custard

This hair gel is great for curly and coily hair since it mildly clumps, hydrates, and defines without flakes. 

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel

It defines wavy hair without weighing it down because it's lightweight, non-sticky, and silicone-free. 

Aussie Instant Freeze 20-Hour Hold Hair Gel

It clumps curls to prevent frizz and humidity while diffusing or air-drying. Before breaking the cast or "scrunching out the crunch.

Giovanni L.A. Natural Styling Gel Strong Hold

However, aloe and mallow extract define drier, drier curl and create a strong gel cast without weighting them down. 

MopTop Salon Anti-Frizz Medium Hold Gel

Try this medium-hold hair gel for fluffy waves or loose curls that need curling and clumping aid.