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defining styling cream

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A styling cream that has extra conditioning and light hold to define and control curls with a stronger curl pattern. When the complete Curl line is used together, curls are beautiful, defined and frizz free - and they stay that way 2x longer. Powered by our Extended Curl Memory technology, Curl Defining Styling Cream:

  • provides extra conditioning and light hold
  • blocks humidity that causes frizz
  • creates smooth, long lasting touchable curls

For extra hold, use with our Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse.

Curl Defining Styling Cream is ideal for naturally curly or coily hair. It is silicone-free. Safe and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair.


Apply a small amount to WET hair, evenly distributing from roots to ends and add more as needed. The amount you use will vary based on your hair’s density, length, and porosity. For best results, let hair air dry or heat style using a diffuser. 


  • To shape curls, wrap them around your finger or pen to create more definition. Our stylists love to do this to the curls that frame your face
  • If your hair is frizz prone, don’t touch or disrupt your curls until they’ve dried completely and/or add a dab more to tame frizz & flyaways
  • Use Curl Leave-In Conditioner first if your hair is dry and parched
  • For more volume at the roots, cocktail Curl Cream and Curl Mousse together; use the Mousse at your roots for volume and Curl Cream midlength to ends for conditioning and hold
  • Touch & break up your waves/curls after air drying to release body & volume
  • To reactivate your curls, apply either Curl Leave-In Conditioner or No Frizz Weightless Styling Spray to dry hair. This will reactivate the Cream’s hold and conditioning levels. Or, mix more Curl Styling Cream with water in your hand, then apply to dry hair to reactive your curl pattern
  • When cocktailing Curl Cream and Curl Leave-In Conditioner, use more Leave-In for a more conditioning end look and feel; use more Cream for more hold in your end style. 

Recommend regimen by curl type:

  • Wavy hair: Curl Conditioning Wash, Curl Detangling Rinse and Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse
  • Curly hair: Curl Conditioning Wash, Curl Detangling Rinse and Curl Defining Styling Cream
  • Coily hair: Curl Conditioning Wash, Curl Detangling Rinse and Curl Defining Styling Cream
  • For all curl types: If you need more conditioning, use No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner

See the individual products for specific application tips. 


Who is Curl Defining Cream for?

Curl Defining Cream is ideal for anyone with naturally curly, coily hair.

Will Curl Defining Styling Cream dry out my hair?

No, Curl Defining Styling Cream is formulated with Extended Curl Memory technology featuring time-released conditioners that keep curls conditioned for long-lasting, smooth, defined curls. For extra hydration use Curl Leave-In Conditioner after cleansing.

Will Curl Defining Styling Cream weigh my hair down?

Curl Defining Styling Cream will hydrate and smooth curls. It is silicone-free and oil-free.

Does Curl Defining Styling Cream build up on hair?

No, unlike silicone-based products, Curl Defining Styling Cream does not build up on your hair. Further, it washes out with our Curl Conditioning Wash or any shampoo.

How does the Curl definition and frizz protection get stronger if it doesn’t build up?

The coating that OFPMA forms becomes more uniform with multiple applications and therefore is more effective at blocking humidity from entering the hair shaft.

Are the humidity protection and frizz-free results immediate?

Yes, you will see results after one use of Curl Defining Styling Cream. However, the OFPMA shield becomes stronger the longer you use it and can be maintained with consistent use of Curl products.

Do I need to use the entire Curl line to see results?

No, however, each Curl product offers a unique benefit and when used as a system, will create beautiful, frizz free, defined curls that last 2x longer.

Can Curl be used with other Living Proof products?

Yes, Curl can be used with all other Living Proof products.

We recommend No Frizz Leave In Conditioner for additional conditioning and frizz protection.

No Frizz Weightless Styling Spray or Prime Style Extender (cream or spray) to reactivate curls between days were you shampoo.

Can Curl be used with non-Living Proof products?

Yes, Curl can be used with non-Living Proof products, however, we recommend pairing with Curl Conditioning Wash and Curl Detangling Rinse to see the best results.

Is Curl compatible with perms, color and other chemical treatments?

Yes, Curl is compatible with these types of treatments. These treatments make your hair slightly dry and very porous, so the added conditioning in Curl Conditioning Wash and Curl Defining Styling Cream is ideal.

Is it safe for color and chemically treated hair?

Yes, like all Living Proof products Curl is safe and formulated for color or chemically processed hair.


  • Naturally Curly Editor's Choice Award
    2015 Naturally Curly Editor's Choice Award, Best Styling Cream
  • Allure
    2015 Allure, Best of Beauty - Best Curl Definer

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Curl Defining System
Posted by Angie08721 on May 31, 2017

I am so happy that I decided to try the curl defining products. I have curly hair that is very fine in texture and curls that are uneven throughout my head. Having used a product that was made by a salon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for many years, I was devestated when they decided to discontinue their curling product. I use the styling cream when I blow out my hair to great success so I decided to try the curling cream and the curling moose. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am. My hair now has an abundance of even curls that are bouncy and shinny as well as a head of hair that is full of body. Now that I have found your wonderful products, I thank you for making products for those of us with unruly curls.

I can't stop touching my hair...
Posted by Sarah on May 04, 2017

I know you are supposed to keep your hands out of it, but seriously, it's so dang silky. SILKY. My course, thick, naturally curly 2C/3A hair is curlier, softer,shinier (is that a word?) and silky. I'm a low maintanence, scrunch and air-dry kinda girl but my hair had been getting drier and more damaged with each partial highlight. My old products were drugstore, and weren't cutting it anymore, so in a desperate leap of faith I tried this and after the first day I knew I had found my holy grail. Sadly, this was NOT the first product I tried in my quest for curl redemption,but it was the last. I can't thank Living Proof and the MIT scientists for this stuff.

Most Amazing Curling Product EVER
Posted by Bea on January 26, 2017

I have super fine, curly hair, and I have straightened it for years. After hearing about Living Proof, I tried the Curl Defining Cream as well as the Perfect Hair Day conditioner. Life Changing!! I know that sounds dramatic, but Living Proof is a miracle for curly/frizzy hair. I wear my hair curly now, and I have never had more compliments. LOVE LOVE LOVE Living Proof!!!

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