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Four curling custards to achieve your best twist-out, braid-out or Bantu knot-out


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If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to find the right curling custard, fear not. Though there are tons of hair care products out there for naturally kinky and curly heads, we’ve all had our setbacks on our twist-out days.

Oftentimes, you may try a curling custard that other naturals rave about. However, when you try it yourself you end up with issues like residue, frizz, a short-term hold on your style and more.

Thankfully, there are products out there that are designed for tighter textures. The gems below will not only reduce frizz, but they’ll also create the perfect residue-free braid-outs and twist-outs.

1. TGIN Sweet Honey Hair Milk And Moisturizer For Natural Hair, $13.99

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Why it’s curl-friendly: Honey is one of those key ingredients that offers both hold and moisture. TGIN’s Sweet Honey Hair Milk And Moisturizer is actually made to soften the hair and you can apply it daily. Thanks to the combination of honey and agave nectar, this super lightweight and fragrant hair milk leaves you with light, but juicy and frizz-free curls.

2. Dove Beauty Twist in Moisture Shaping Butter Cream, $6.99

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Why it’s curl-friendly: Dove created an affordable line of texture-friendly products, and this Shaping Butter Cream is one of the standouts. Perfect for defined twist-outs, this cream is specifically designed for coily and curly textures. It’s formulated without dyes and parabens, plus it’s color-safe,

3. Pattern Beauty Curl Gel, $25

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Why it’s curl-friendly: Great for a medium hold, the Curl Gel from Pattern features hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut oil and cacay oil. When you want bouncy curls, this is the product to snag. With over 300 reviews and a 4.4-star rating, one shopper said it offers a “lasting hold.”

“Out of all of her stylers, this one is my favorite,” the customer wrote. “I have 3c/4a hair and this product gives me beautiful definition and lasting hold. And the results are amplified when you put this on top of a leave-in. Extra moisture. I highly recommend this.”

4. Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Coil Sculpting Custard, $12.99

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Why it’s curl-friendly: This Coil Sculpting Custard from Mielle was specially designed for type 4 hair without any parabens, sulfates or dyes. Ideal for deep definition, the gel-like product is somewhat heavy right out of the jar, but once it dries it leaves your hair weightless and defined. Target shoppers have given the product a 4.4-star rating. One customer noted that your hair needs to be wet, so the curling custard doesn’t flake on you.

“Holds my wash and go (4a and 4c), and it doesn’t look dried out,” they wrote. “Just be careful because it can flake if you don’t use it on wet hair. So if you have a lot of hair, keep a spray bottle handy to add water to your sections.”

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