Talk to three people with curly hair, and you’ll likely hear three completely different yet equally impassioned takes on the best way to care for and style it. Curls—they’re complicated! While finding your perfect curl routine proves, for most, a matter of trial of error, we can certainly help point you in the right direction. Today, we’re breaking down the three styling products in our Curl Collection to help you determine which one will give you the results you’re looking for. As always, all three are infused with nourishing argan oil and fragranced with our iconic signature scent, a blend of spicy amber and sweet floral notes.

Curl Defining Cream

A white hair product bottle with a blue label rests on a background that looks like white icing. the bottle's cap is off, revealing a pump dispenser. The turquoise label has an orange M logo and says Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream.

This all-in-one styling solution is a longtime best seller for a reason. Created to simplify your curl care routine by eliminating the need for multiple products, Curl Defining Cream enhances curls, fights frizz, hydrates hair, and adds bounce. It’s also easy to use and suitable for various styling methods. Just apply throughout towel-dried hair, then diffuse for extra bounce (thanks to advanced heat-activated technology) or allow to air-dry for a more relaxed look.

A dollop of white hair product is spread across a white background. It is approximately the conistency of icing and has a somewhat shiny finish.

Benefits: Defines, smooths, adds bounce

Ideal for: All curl types

Hold: Soft

The Bottom Line: Because it replaces the need for multiple products, Curl Defining Cream is a great product for anyone who likes wearing their hair curly but doesn’t want to commit to a complicated styling routine. And if you’re just learning to embrace your natural curls, this is a foolproof entry point.

Intense Curl Cream

A hand appearing to belong to a woman, with lightly tanned skin and a pale pink manicure, holds what appears to be a hair product bottle. The bottle is made from amber-colored plastic with a silver and white pump dispenser. It has a blue label with an orange M on it. The label reads Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream.

This rich leave-in conditioner leaves naturally wavy and curly hair shiny, frizz-free, and touchably soft all day. It’s also infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and vitamins to help hydrate and nourish hair. While Intense Curl Cream does define curls and waves, it has no hold and will not activate and amplify them in the way Curl Defining Cream does; instead, it helps bring out the best in your natural texture. It’s also ideal for low-maintenance styling: simply apply throughout damp or dry strands before styling or air-drying. (You can also use it throughout the day to refresh curls and control frizz).

A creamy-looking product that is beige or pale pink in color is spread across a surface. It looks like icing spread on a cake and appears to have the consistency of body lotion.

Benefits: Hydrates, detangles, smooths

Ideal for: Wavy to curly hair

Hold: Natural

The Bottom Line: Try Intense Curl Cream if you’re devoted to air-drying and prefer a softer look. It’s also an excellent choice for anyone attempting to restore their natural curls to their optimal condition, thanks to the vitamin-rich formula and air-dry-friendly formula.

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