I’ve been working on this theme of Black Owned brands before this extra love came through. I am extremely happy that black brand are getting all the love they deserve, as they should, and this is just the beginning as far as I’m concerned! I haven’t finished sharing and it’s time to discuss the many stylers that our natural tresses love. Hair gel is a staple for a lot of naturals, although not all. Whether you are needing it for perfecting your wash and go or just want to hold your curls or define them well, the right hair gel will make all the difference in the world and your curls.
The right styler will have your hair soft and well defined. Gels are not new to women, but for newbies, finding the right one takes a lot of trial and error. We wanted to make it easier for you by listing some of our faves and some of the best ones are created by black women and men. Here’s some of our favorite black owned gel stylers that take your coils, kinks and curls to the next level!
What is a hair gel?
A gel is a colloidal dispersion of particles (ranging from nanometers to micrometers in size) in a liquid medium…In a hair gel, the product has a thick consistency in the bottle, but should come out of the container easily and spread evenly on the hair. As product is applied, the polymers deposit onto the surface of the hair and cause adjacent strands to be attracted to one another through capillary forces, creating clumps of curls. Naturallycurly.com
I love hair gels and actually, my hair NEEDS a gel. My coils will frizz and shrink to high heaven if I don’t apply a reliable hair gel during washday and on refresher days. I embrace them as every natural should embrace what their hair needs to stay moisturized, defined and healthy. Check out our list of hair gels from black owned brands worth getting excited over.
ADWOA BEAUTY Baomint™ Moisturizing Curl Defining Gel
A concentrated, cream-based, healthy hair gel that elongates, moisturizes, and defines without dryness, crunch, or tackiness. Adwoa Beauty Baomint Moisturizing Curl Defining Gel creates Definition and Hold Without Flakes, adds Shine and Nourishes Hair Strands while promoting Hair Health.
Jane Carter Curls To Go Coiling Elongating Gel
Jane Carter Solutions elongating gel will help define curls and reduce shrinkage for super coily & super curly hair.
Enriched with Nettle Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil. Enriched with nettle leave extract, aloe vera gel, and coconut oil, it dries clean and shiny leaving hair soft and frizz free. Great to apply to wet or damp hair to elongate coils and curls and your hair will have amazing definition, bounce and moisture. Perfect for wash and go styling.
BRIOGEO Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel
A lightweight, curl-defining gel that hydrates, texturizes, and combats frizz. Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel provides long-lasting hold and natural-looking definition with superior movement, shine, and softness. Rice amino acids and tomato fruit ferment smooth and seal the cuticle to lock out frizz-causing environmental moisture and promote consistent curl formation, while quinoa extract and keratin amino acids strengthen strands and increase elasticity to protect against damage.
Twisted Sista Amazing Dream Curls Cream Gel
Twisted Sista Amazing Dream Curls Gel is a fortifying and defining cream gel that provides curl and wave definition without leaving hair crunchy or hardened. This special formula was made to stimulate the natural definition of curls or waves and add moisture and shine. Condition your curls and get rid of frizz for a natural, defined look.
Curls Goddess Curl Gel
Infused with Plumeria Alba Flower Extract and Aloe leaf juice, this botanical gel imparts sheen, fights frizz, and creates popping curls. The perfect product for curlies in humid climates to provide all day curl definition and to protect against a curly girls worst nightmare, FRIZZ. Great product to use before traveling…to set and keep your curls in place.
Kinky-Curly Original Curling Custard Styling Gel
My favorite styling product, this gel will keep your natural waves beautiful and shiny. This styling gel will moisturize your hair, leaving each curl perfectly defined. The all-natural botanical formula is designed to reduce bulk while adding shine and lasting hold, so you can say goodbye to frizzy, untamed curls and enjoy your strengthened and nourished curls.
Utilizing the humectant properties of the agave nectar, Curling Custard will give weight to your hair, define your curls, remove frizz, provide long-lasting hold and shine without ever being greasy, crunchy or drying.
Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry Style Gel
Freedom to style your hair, without fear of drying from a “traditional” styling gel.This tropical scented gel, is made with Natural Aloe Vera Gel, infused with berries, botanicals and essential oils to hydrate your hair. Aloe Berry Styling gel, is a Alcohol-free blend that offers a medium hold, which keeps hair in place, so your hair gets the benefits of hold and moisture all in one.
Design Essentials Natural Curl Defining Gelee
Ultra moisturizing, lightweight curl defining formula with medium hold for natural styling hair. Formulated with Sunflower, Marshmallow Root and Aloe botanicals for supreme moisture and nourishment. Great for providing definition to wash and go, twist outs, braid outs, and other natural styling without sticky residue. Improves hair elasticity and shine allowing hair to be more manageable and soft. Enhances natural curls and coils for frizz-free definition, moisture retention, and shine.
Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Natural Curling Jelly
The perfect compliment to wash-and-go and textured styles, offering a lightweight, frizz-free hold that lasts without flaky residue. Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Natural Curling Jelly defines and holds curls in place, controls frizz and provides a soft, shiny finish.
Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Gelo
Taliah Waajid’s Curly Curl “Gello” is sure to smooth, condition and define those curls. Curly Curl “Gello” is a light alcohol-free, conditioning hydrating gel. The Curly Curl “Gello” stops frizz, adds moisture, defines, shapes and seals in any size, textures or curls. No more crunchy, Flaky hair! This Gello dries soft and adds shine with no flaking.
This list is not the only stylers that are black owned. There are scores more that may be just the right one for you and your tresses. We’ve just listed some of the popular ones that have been tried and true for most naturals. These brands are awesome and can bring beautiful life to your strands. Share with us below which ones you are thinking about trying and let us know if you have some that didn’t make our list.