Should I Use A Gel, Cream, Or Both?

Curl cream? Curl gel? Or both? That is the question. Both hair care products are formulated to meet the specific needs of curly hair. Many factors come into play when deciding which one to use for your curls, including the density, width, curl pattern, and porosity of your hair. Choosing between a curl cream or a curl gel will depend not only on these factors but also on your specific hair goals. 

What is the end result you are looking for? 

  • Frizz control
  • Defined curls 
  • Hydration 
  • Volume
  • Extend a style

Our curl cream, defining butta, and light crème gel have both been formulated to meet the specific needs of curly hair. They both provide moisture, definition, hold, and shine. They keep hair healthy and eliminate frizz. So, how do you decide between a gel, a cream, or both? 

Let’s first talk about what each product does…

Curl Creams 

Creams, typically, are less of a styling product and more of a hair care product. They provide moisture, definition, and shine. They also help to keep hair healthy, eliminate frizz, and moisturize from the inside out. Curl creams are soft, light, and don't feel greasy or stiff when applied to hair. 

Our clump and define cream is a multi-purpose leave-in cream that will lightly hold and soften your hair while giving it volume. It will also repair dry or damaged hair and creates curls with little clumps that are lightly defined and soft. Our curl cream will work in all-weather, including dry, humid low and high dew points. If you live in humid weather, layering a gel on top can give you more hold. Curl creams, in general, don’t provide quite as much hold as gels, so if extending your style is what you want, opt to add a gel on top for more hold.

Our defining butta is a 2 in 1 moisturizing cream used for wash and go’s or twist outs, and is specifically for type 4a-4c hair or thick hair. This product has the highest level of moisture to help define curls while minimizing frizz. As with the clump and define cream, if you want to give your curls more hold, opt to add the gel.


Gels have come a long way since the crunchy-curl days of the ’90s and 2000s and have moved from merely providing hold to also providing moisture. Whether your hair is straight or curly, gels are generally used to hold and set the hair. They provide shape and hold to a style by forming a film on the hair that creates physical bonds between hair strands, holding in place, which helps create the clumping effect. 

Our light crème gel is 80% gel and 20% cream. It contains a holding ingredient to help define curls. It will leave your hair feeling weightless, lock your curl shape in for a long time, and reduce frizz. 

Please note: Our gel does not mix with ALL hair brands. Mixing it with Bounce Curl products will get you the best results.

The best thing to keep in mind is that creams are more closely related to conditioners than gels, but they still offer styling benefits in addition to the moisturizing properties.


  • Use our curl cream or defining butta as a leave-in when your curls are thirsty. Mix it with our gel for a combination of moisture and curl definition, especially in hot and humid conditions.
  • Use more curl cream or defining butta in the fall and winter when the air is cooler and drier. 
  • If you need a product that adds definition without the hold, use the curl cream or defining butta.
  • When styling, follow your natural curl pattern instead of fighting it. 

Consider What Your Curls Need

One of the best ways to go about this large task is to consider your curls’ needs. 

Texture and Volume. Make sure you know your specific hair characteristics (porosity, density, curl pattern) so that you know how much product to use. After all, you want to add texture and volume to your hair, not weigh them down or obscure them.

Define, Extend a Style. For styles that are longer-lasting and moisturized, you will more than likely need a curl cream and gel.

Frizz. If it’s frizz that’s bothering you, then our gel or curl cream will allow you to go outside when it’s humid. Our formula will make it easy to manipulate your locks and give them that perfect, soft finishing touch.

Hydration. The natural oil produced by your scalp (sebum) is supposed to travel down hair to keep it moisturized and protected. The twists and bends in curly hair make that journey a long, difficult one. Sebum typically doesn’t make it to the ends of curls, making curly hair feel dry. If hydration is what your hair needs, go with our curl cream or defining butta. It is the perfect solution to hydrate the hair from the inside out.

Based on the information and tips that has been provided, you should now be able to decide whether you need to use the cream, gel or both.

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