The best conditioners to use if you’re blessed with curly hair

The best conditioners to use if you’re blessed with curly hair

Curls are glorious, there’s no doubt; but caring for them can certainly be a tall order.

It all starts with what you stock your shower shelf with. A quality conditioner is absolutely one of the main players in the care department; but not all conditioners are created equal, especially when it comes to curls.

Anything lacking in the moisture department will let frizz take over, but select something packed with moisture and you run the risk of weighing curls down. It’s all about finding a formula that strikes the perfect balance – hydrating, but not heavy.

Luckily, there are a few curl connoisseurs in the form of beauty brands who do the legwork for you; here are the best curl conditioners on the market.


OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Conditioner

Consider spirals boosted and flyaways nixed. Seeing as it’s infused with coconut oil, honey and citrus, it’s safe to say it also smells ridiculously good.

John Frieda

John Frieda Frizz-Ease® Dream Curls® Conditioner

Packed with the brand’s specially developed curl-enhancing complex, this natural curl nourisher fights frizz and defines ringlets.

Kérastase Paris

Kérastase Paris Discipline Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal

Add spring to your spirals with this curl-defining formula. It even contains a pro-keratin and elastin complex to enhance shape and boost moisture.

Maui Moisture

Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Conditioner

De-frizz, define and detangle curls in a single step with this shine-boosting formula, rich in hydrating coconut oil and smoothing papaya butter.


SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

Dealing with particularly thick, textured and unruly curls? This is the tangle-banishing, frizz-taming formula for you.


Hask Curl Care Conditioner – Coconut Milk & Organic Honey

Enriched with organic honey and coconut milk, this conditioner works like a hydrating hug for hair, breathing new life into dehydrated curls.

Main image credit: @jaymejo Have you tried any of these curl-nourishing formulas? What ingredients do you look for in a curl care product?

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  1. My hair is losing its curl as I get older, I only have a slight wave in it now, so unfortunately these conditioners wouldn't suit me. Great article for the curly haired beauties

  2. I don't really have full curls but very wavy, Moroccanoil is fantastic for defining the ringlets (I think they have left BH). Keen to try the Kerastase discipline range, their products are excellent

  3. I can say from my personal experience that curls are a mixed blessing. They take a lot of maintenance. I've tried OGX and Kerastase and they make good products. Would like to try Maui and SheaMoisture.

  4. Shea Moisture for me. The ingredients I like are oils and shea butter. The ingredient I look for so I can avoid it is silicones in conditioner. I'm more of the wavy type though.

  5. Gorgeous products and they sound delicious too with coconut and hibiscus – I have a natural wave but would love a tighter curl its just so easy when you can scrunch and go.

  6. My hair has the challenging combination of dry ends and oily scalp. I'm yet to find a conditioner that doesn't give me the greasies (even when I only put on the ends – which is harder on short hair)

  7. My hair is definitely more wavy but I can't believe how much more curly it is these days. I went for a few years not using conditioner because I didn't "need" conditioner boy was I wrong.

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