Best Hair Gel for Natural Hair: Our Top Picks for Naturalistas

Found: The right hair gels for curly girls.

If I had a dollar for every hair gel I’ve tried on my natural hair, I’d be rich! Ladies, I hate to admit it, but the struggle was real. During my quest to find the best hair gel for natural hair, I’ve learned that every gel has a purpose, and that not every gel was for my natural hair type.

Since I went through this, I’m pretty sure that there’s a handful of naturalistas currently seeking the best hair gels to use on their hair. Whether you’re looking for a gel for your wash-and-gos, for your sleek hairstyles or even just to tame your edges, we’re sharing some of our favorites below.

Read on to learn how to use each of these hair gels on your natural hair:

best hair gel for natural hair curl definition on wash and go hairstyle
Get the best curl definition sans the frizz (unless it’s intentional) with a defining gel.

1. For Natural Hair for Curl Definition

When you’re styling your hair, you’re hoping your curls come out defined, smooth, soft and frizz-free. The wrong gel can leave your hair feeling stiff, dry and left with gel residue.

Enter TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel into your styling routine and it’ll change your life forever. This gel is formulated to give you bouncy and defined curls without the frizz. Apply it to damp hair from root-to-tip using your hands, then finger-comb, or use a comb, to work it through your hair.

We’ve also become obsessed with Suave Define & Shine Serum Gel for definition and extra shine! Use the shingling method to really go in and define each section of hair, scrunch with your hands, or use the plopping technique.

2. For Taming Edges and Creating Sleek Updos

Gels that tout firm hold are key for taming edges and creating sleek updos. Try using a humidity-fighting gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Control Gelwhich is perfect for locking in your style all day long.

You’ll definitely need the help of a mini-brush or toothbrush to smooth your hairline down, and a boar-bristled brush to help smooth your hair into a sleek updo.

best hair gel for natural hair: bantu knots style using sculpting gel
Create sculptural styles with a gel that allows you to sculpt and shape your hair.

3. For Natural Hair Sculpting

When it comes to hairstyles that require a lot of sculpting, like Bantu knots or very detailed buns, you’re better off with gels that allow you to mold and shape your locks.

Emerge Style Goals Gel is the best hair gel for natural hair to create these kinds of styles. For dry styling, apply a few squirts of the hair gel onto your hair to create your sculptural style.

And there you have it, curly girls! You can now embrace your coils and have a sleek look at the same time.

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