Looking for a gel to hold your natural hair in place? Here are 5 of the best styling gels for 4c-3a hair!

Whether you’re traveling to a humid island, or heading to a red carpet event, finding the right gel to hold your natural hair in place can be tricky. Issues like white flakes and residue are a common problem when searching for the right styling gel. When you have type 4 hair, it can be even trickier to find a gel that will actually hold your coils in place. Thankfully, we’ve done the leg work and have come up with some of the best natural hair gels for 4c hair and beyond:

CAMILLE ROSE Curl Maker Defining Gel

The Curl Maker Defining Gel from Camille Rose Naturals has been making the rounds within the type 4 hair community because it lives up to the standards of strong hold and great ingredients. This gel is made with marshmallow root which defines and provides hold for your curls. Other key ingredients like aloe, agave, and pomegranate which is rich in essential fatty acids provide and retain hydration for tight curls. Also, this gel contains nettle root, vitamins e and b12 which will nourish the scalp and promote healthy hair growth.

Products like the Camille Rose Curl Gel are perfect for a wash-and-go

ORIBE Curl Gelee for Shine & Definition

This curl gel from Oribe is for the luxury girlies. It may cost $44, but once you try it you’ll see why. This curl gelee has an incredible consistency and is formulated with its own signature complex made to nourish and protect your curls. Its deep conditioning formula is rich in oils like Macadamia, neem and apricot that repair the hair to prevent breakage as well as soften the hair, making the detangling process easier to manage. And it smells incredible! If you’re looking for medium hold to define your curls without the crunch, this is the product for you.  

CURLS Blueberry Bliss Control

If you are looking for a gel that will define, defrizz and sculpt your 4c coils then this gel from Curls is the perfect match for you. It’s formulated with blueberry, castor oil and chamomile extract that will nourish each and every hair strand. Your coily strands will be moisturized, repaired, and strengthened, and a little of this product goes a long way. It provides medium to strong hold, so it is suitable for the girls who love to rock wash and go’s or a twist/braid out.

Edge Control gels can help hold styles like locs in place


Tracee really knew exactly what she was doing when creating this gel! If your goal is to lock a style in place, then this edge control gel will be your go-to. The consistency of the product, which is firm but not stiff, makes it great for slicking your baby hairs. The best part is this gel manages to maintain a strong hold without flaking. It is made with Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract and Mango Seed Butter to hydrate and add sheen to your hair while holding it in place. Because it doesn’t flake, you can also layer the product on as needed for a longer hold.

MAUI MOISTURE Coconut Oil Ultra Defining Gel

This gel from Maui Moisture is for the vegan 4c ladies. It is free of harsh additives that cause more harm than good to the hair such as silicone, sulfated surfactants, parabens and mineral oil. One thing that makes this product special is that it’s made with 100% aloe vera as the first ingredient to keep your curls hydrated and the frizz at bay. It’s designed for thick, curly hair and maintains an ultra-hold to prevent loose or crusty curls. Other standout ingredients include coconut oil, papaya extract and plumeria extract to soften, add sheen, and repair the hair from the inside out. 

Let us know in the comments which one you go with!

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