A curl-defining styling product will give you the perfect results for twists, bantu knots and coiling.

Whatever style you choose to rock, applying a defining pudding will hydrate and define your natural curl pattern. Most curl-defining products are also enriched with rich beneficial ingredients like shea butter, meaning that your hair will benefit from the nutrients along with the style.

I usually apply my curl-defining cream as I section the hair for each two- or three-strand twist. That way, I’m able to ensure that the product is evenly distributed and also I get the perfect curl throughout.

If the hair gets dry, spritz it with a water-based product before applying the curl-defining product.

READ MORE: How to get the perfect twist out

  • Earthy Healthy Hair Butter, R150 

This is by far my favourite natural hair product. It not only guarantees defined curls, but it also moisturises the hair leaving it soft and healthy. Enriched with 100% raw and certified organic shea butter, organic coconut oil and rosemary oil, this butter works for both natural and relaxed hair.

  • ORS Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Crème, R199

Made with shea butter and honey, this product will help shine, define and moisturise your curls without shrinkage.


  • As I Am Twist Defining Cream, R300

This curl-defining product is for highly textured hair. It contains nurturing natural oils, plus an organic extract that provides the ultimate in moisturisation and the perfect hold.

  • Cantu Define & Shine Custard, R165

This curl-enhancing product defines, conditions and adds manageability, revealing soft, elongated curls. It’s enriched with pure shea butter and doesn’t contain harmful sulphates, mineral oils or parabens.