This Defining Curl Cream Cuts Out the Crunch Factor

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It’s a 10’s Miracle Defrizzing Curl Cream ($24) delivers soft and shiny definition for curly, coily and chemically treated hair.

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Finding a styling product that fulfills curly hair needs takes a lot of trial and error. I’ve tried everything from sprays and gels to mousses and milks in an effort to tame my frizzy tresses and enhance my natural texture—all with mixed results. Though I have a lot of hair, it’s on the finer side, so I usually have to use lighter formulas to prevent my strands from getting weighed down.

I thought I’d always have to avoid any styling products thicker than a hair milk to get the lightweight yet frizz-free definition I’m always aiming for. That is, until I got to test drive It’s a 10’s Miracle Defrizzing Curl Cream and discovered I didn’t have to fear thicker creams.

Infused with macadamia nut oil to nourish and add shine, humectants to lock in hydration and proteins to strengthen, the cream checks off 10 hair benefits (as per the brand’s name) to leave curls looking glossy, bouncy and healthy. The thick product melts a bit once you rub it in your hands, and the more manageable consistency was what had me instantly hooked. But one thing to note: It’s easy to go a bit overboard, so start with a small dollop and add more throughout the application.

The instructions recommended working the cream into damp hair from roots to ends before either diffusing it with a blowdryer or letting it air-dry, which fit in perfectly with my usual no-frills approach. I found that leaving my hair a little wetter than damp allowed for easier distribution and concentrated the product on the ends first and slathered however much of the cream was leftover on my roots. That way my roots remained smooth without looking greasy or weighed down, and the ends were polished into spirals instead of flying frizzy and free.

After applying the cream, I tried both air-drying it and tossing it up into a topknot, and regardless of the method, I saw that the cream gave my curls the kind of definition I’d get from a gel or a mousse without the crunchy finish of either of them. Plus, I found I could easily eke out second-day hair by throwing into a bun overnight, shaking out the curls in the morning and using a little bit of water to slick down any remaining frizzy bits. While it worked well on my fine curls, I think the formula would also be a great fit for thicker, more textured hair types. Just be sure to leave your locks a little wet before application and you’ll be amazed by the results!

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