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Curl Transforming Smoothies Your Hair Will Love

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If you're anything like me, you've probably tried a ton of curling smoothies promising bomb results. Or perhaps you haven't tried any because you have no clue where to start. Either way, the struggle to find good hair products is real.


That's why I'm sharing all the details on the ones that have delivered. Check out the list below and tell us about your personal faves in the comments section below. We love hearing from you.

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Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil:

You'll love the rich consistency of this curl smoothie as it defines your curls. This creamy formula is made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, papaya butter, and plumeria extract. Use it to minimize frizz and bring thick hair to life.

As I Am Coil Defining Jelly

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As I Am Coil Defining Jelly is perfect for adding hold without stiffness. Apply it to individual strands of your hair for an ultra-defined look that will help maintain your curls for days. This jelly is especially designed for tightly coiled hair textures but works wells on most other curl patterns.

Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

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Made with 100% pure shea butter, this curling cream deeply moisturizes hair while leaving curls soft. Cantu does a great job of conditioning hair without weighing it down. You'll be impressed with the fact that a little goes a long way.

Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Curling Custard

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Get ready to shine with this curling custard. It's perfect for popping curls that are shiny and held in place with a heavy hold that won't crunch or flake. Pomegranate, honey, coconut and babassu oil all come together in an organic formula that smells heavenly.

Writer Kandice Guice/xoNecole

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As I Am Coil Defining Jelly

As I Am Coil Defining Jelly is perfect for adding hold without stiffness. Apply it to individual strands of your hair for an ultra-defined look that will help maintain your curls for days. This jelly is especially designed for tightly coiled hair textures but works wells on most other curl patterns.

Writer Kandice Guice/xoNecole

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Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

Made with 100% pure shea butter, this curling cream deeply moisturizes hair while leaving curls soft. Cantu does a great job of conditioning hair without weighing it down. You'll be impressed with the fact that a little goes a long way.

Writer Kandice Guice/xoNecole

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Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Curling Custard

Get ready for your hair to shine with this curling custard. It's perfect to create popping curls that are shiny and held in place with a heavy hold that won't crunch or flake. Pomegranate, honey, coconut and babassu oil all come together in an organic formula that smells heavenly.

Writer Kandice Guice/xoNecole

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