Under-$20 Styling Products for Natural Hair That Make In-Between Wash Days Easier


There’s much to celebrate and much to complain about when you’re on a natural hair journey. Thankfully, the pros always outweigh the cons. For one, you’ve got hair that can be effortlessly manipulated into a myriad of styles. Plus the natural hair community is so saturated with bloggers and vloggers that you’re never short on advice. And when it comes to styling products for natural hair, well, there is no end.

However, as someone who literally can’t go more than a few weeks without trying something new, I’ll say this: deciding on just one routine is just plain old overwhelming. Yes, I’m grateful for the lotions, oils, creams, gels, and sprays (I could keep going but I won’t) at my disposal. But when you’re trying to cocktail without drying out your strands or leave them completely parched, it often feels like the search will never end as you test and test and test different combos.

If you’re in the same boat as me and need a little (correction: a lot) of relief, here are 20 top-rated and best-selling stylers that will at least make the time in between wash days less daunting. Not only do they cost less than an expensive lunch; they’re also chock-full of healthy ingredients that suit all different curl patterns.


Miss Jessie’s.

Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls

A lightweight, quick-drying, medium hold cream that suits all curl patterns.

$17 at Target


Taliah Waajid.

Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream

Another lightweight cream whose claim to fame is taming frizz and flyaways without the sticky residue.

$7 at Target


Mixed Chicks.

Mixed Chicks Morning After Redefining Foam

For second-day hair that’s fallen flat after wash day, this volumizer reshapes and adds definition to lack-luster curls.

$15 at Target


Aunt Jackie’s.

Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Don’t Shrink Curling Gel

Flaxseed is a natural source of Vitamin E, which can strengthen hair follicles and promote growth. So don’t sleep on this lightweight, non-crunchy option.

$7 at Target


EDEN Bodyworks.

Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Cream

If you need a cream that works like a gel and keeps your curls from falling flat in humid temps, this formula is for you.

$8 at Target



Curls Twist N Shout Cream

Use this fragrant cream for your next twist-out and as your styling, the organic blueberry extract, coconut oil and safflower oil in it will work on strengthening your strands.

$10 at Target



Kinky-Curly Curling Custard Styling Gel

An all-natural, botanical-infused formula that provides hold and shine to curls, especially when they’re wet.

$14 at Target



Verb Curl Cream

Sunflower seed extract, olive oil, glycerin and moringa seed oil are the star ingredients in this lightweight, highly moisturizing cream.

$16 at Sephora

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SOURCE: Style Caster – Nikki Brown