The 8 Best Serums and Creams for Curly Hair 2021

Control and hydrate your do with serums and creams designed to manage curly locks.

Curly locks, the envy of many, usually present as gorgeous volume and effortless style. However, curls can be unruly and hard to manage, and overworking the can lead to frizz and dryness. If you want a stunning and enviable curly do, adapt your haircare routine to include nourishing serums and creams formulated with curly hair in mind.

Working to boost bounce, improve definition, and moisturise curls, our selection of serums and creams ensure easy styling and a salon-perfect finish every day. It’s time to revamp your haircare routine with our professional-standard products.

Watch how hair and makeup artist Monica Gingold used the Curly Girl Method to transform her natural curls in this YouTube video below!

A smoothing treatment to repair damaged bonds, suitable for all hair types and textures.

Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother is a reparative treatment designed to strengthen, hydrate, protect, and smooth unruly and damaged locks. This intensive formula repairs damaged bonds for a sleeker and healthier feel. Suitable for all hair types and textures, including curly and chemically treated hair, this nourishing leave-in cream will completely transform dull, damaged, and frizzy hair into the mane of your dreams.

The highly concentrated formula contains Olaplex’s signature Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, which works to rebuild the hair and restore damaged bonds to strengthen locks and fight frizz. No.6 Bond Smoother is also infused with Vitamin E to condition and protect strands from the environment. Coconut Oil locks in hydration throughout the day for replenished shine.

Despite its deeply hydrating texture, this smoothing cream remains weightless and won’t fade hair colour. It’s perfect for improving the manageability of curly hair for well-defined, healthy curls.

Fight frizz while restoring natural lustre and vitality to dull and unruly locks.

ELEVEN Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum actively tackles the causes of frizz and flyaways while imparting a natural shine to lacklustre locks. Infused with nourishing Argan Oil, this daily serum will reduce frizz and flyaways for a smooth and sleek finish, making even the unruliest hair easy to manage.

This smoothing serum contains high concentrations of Argan Oil, which is known to hydrate and smooth hair for a healthier finish. Argan Oil contains nourishing fatty acids, which help lock in hydration and create a natural sheen. This wondrous oil is also rich in antioxidants, which protect the hair from environmental aggressors that can worsen frizz and flyaways.

ELEVEN Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum is suitable for all hair textures, especially curly hair. The gorgeous watermelon scent is sure to stimulate your senses for a full pampering experience! Simply apply to damp or towel-dried hair before drying.

Enhances the vitality and definition of curls without leaving a sticky or crunchy residue.

Almost everyone with curly locks is familiar with the frustration of trying a new hair serum or cream and gaining nothing but that dreaded crunchy finish. ELEVEN Keep My Curl Defining Cream has been specifically developed to enhance and define every single curl without ever leaving the unwanted sticky, crunchy, or heavy residue. Instead, curls are full of vitality and shine, with ample bounce and definition.

Working to activate curls, control flyaways, and eliminate frizz, this multipurpose hair cream is bursting with nourishing hydrators to moisturise dry, dehydrated, and damaged hair. The cream enhances natural shine while making unruly curls easier to manage and style.

To use ELEVEN Keep My Curl Defining Cream, simply apply a small amount to damp hair. Either leave to air-dry or use a diffuser dryer to promote healthy curls that are full of life.

Add softness, shine, and definition to unruly curls.

evo liquid rollers curl balm 200ml is perfect for improving the manageability of unruly and frizz-prone curly locks while enhancing and defining curls and waves with every wash.

This smoothing hair balm works in many ways to help you achieve gorgeous, healthy locks. First, it helps detangle hair and improve manageability for easier styling. The balm then holds curls together for ultimate definition, leaving you with curls full of bounce and vitality. Evo Liquid Roller Curl Balm adds softness and shine for a lustrous look. Finally, it ensures hair resists humidity from morning to night to prevent frizz and flyaways. You’re left with curls that are enhanced with natural definition and shine, just like you’ve always wanted.

To use, simply apply Liquid Roller Curl Balm evenly to damp hair. Either air-dry or diffuse with a hairdryer for extra volume.

A lightweight hydrating cream to calm and smooth frizz for defined curls.

KEVIN.MURPHY KILLER.CURLS is a nourishing definition cream for curly and wavy hair. This multipurpose cream is infused with natural botanicals to smooth, hydrate, and strengthen unruly locks. KILLER.CURLS remains lightweight on the hair, making sticky and crunchy curls a thing of the past. Instead, hair looks healthy and bouncy, showing off a natural sheen, free of frizz and flyaways.

To provide instant hydration, KILLER.CURLS is enriched with Australian Fruit Extracts, which moisturise and condition hair for a healthier do. The cream also contains Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, which soothes and balances the scalp. Baobab Seed Oil improves elasticity and bounce for improved curl definition. To rebuild damage and strengthen weakened hair, the cream is infused with Watermelon Extract, which is rich in essential amino acids.

KEVIN.MURPHY KILLER.CURLS can be applied directly to dry or damp hair. Simply scrunch into curls for maximum hydration and definition.

A leave-in cream perfect for conditioning and defining thick and unruly curls.

Enhance your haircare routine with Kérastase Discipline Oleo-Curl Creme, a leave-in conditioning treatment designed to smooth, soften, and control thick and unruly curls. With a rich and emollient yet lightweight formulation, this conditioning cream enhances the natural shape and structure of curls for a more defined finish. Working to strengthen weakened and damaged locks, improve hair texture, and fight against frizz, this nourishing treatment ensures even the most unmanageable locks are easy to style.

Kérastase Discipline Oleo-Curl Creme uses an advanced blend of Pro-Keratin and Elastin to deliver both instant and long-lasting benefits to curly hair. The Pro-Keratin solution strengthens locks while imparting new lustre. Elastin helps improve manageability and add definition to each curl.

To use, simply apply to damp hair and spread downwards through the lengths. Use your fingers to loosen and define curls.

An all-in-one styling product to condition, volumise, and control curly hair.

MOROCCANOIL Curl Defining Cream has been carefully formulated to replace your leave-in conditioner, gel, mousse, and anti-frizz serum. This ‘does-all’ product controls naturally curly and wavy hair to produce head-turning results. Multipurpose Curl Defining Cream offers intense hydration and conditioning benefits to detangle hair, eliminate frizz, and offer volume, shine, and hold that last all day.

A bestseller for curly hair, this nourishing cream has been infused with MOROCCANOIL’s signature Argan Oil to help manage and smooth curly hair while adding vitality and lustre. The cream also uses advanced heat-activated technology to enhance curl memory for a well-defined and natural-looking finish that lasts.

MOROCCANOIL Curl Defining Cream not only enhances and defines curl and eliminates frizz. It also keeps hair protected from humidity to ensure your locks stay looking healthy and fresh all day long. To use, apply to towel-dried hair and let hair dry air-dry for a relaxed look. Alternatively, use a diffuser to further define curls and build volume.

A nourishing hair lotion to intensify curls, tame frizz, and boost shine.

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Lotion 200ml is part of a 4-step curl perfecting system from Aveda. The Be Curly system is designed to reduce frizz and enhance the natural shape and bounce of defined, healthy curls. Working to intensify curls for ultimate vitality and volume, lightweight Curl Enhancing Lotion also controls frizz and flyaways on unruly locks and boosts natural shine for a healthy do.

For wow-worthy results, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Lotion 200ml is infused with Wheat Protein. Wheat Protein works by expanding on wet hair to strengthen and nourish locks. Once hair has dried, the protein locks in definition for curls and waves with all-day hold.

For best results, apply to towel-dried hair and follow with a diffuser, adding more product while drying. Once the hair is completely dry, finish with a small amount of product to add further definition and style.

Brand and product inclusions are at the sole discretion of Adore Beauty’s highly trained Customer Service team. We do not seek or accept payment from brands or individuals listed in our guides.

This article has been updated on 12/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Hannah from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.

So, let's recap the 8 Best Serums and Creams for Curly Hair 2019

  1. Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother

  2. ELEVEN Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum

  3. ELEVEN Keep My Curl Defining Cream

  4. evo liquid rollers curl balm 200ml


  6. Kérastase Discipline Oleo-Curl Creme

  7. MOROCCANOIL Curl Defining Cream

  8. Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Lotion 200ml

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