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As a lady with naturally curly Irish hair, I’ve suffered through meticulously styling it only to have it got to hell as soon as I walk out the door. Leave-in conditioner creates a blanket of protection that lasts a lot longer than other ways. Curls can be extremely delicate and finicky, so finding the right product is a process and a challenge but not one too treacherous for yours truly. To help you get started, I’ve found the best leave-in conditioners for curly hair you can buy, along with where to find them, below.
Best for Natural Hair: PATTERN (9.8 oz)
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Are you a major Tracee Ellis Ross stan? Me too! The PATTERN Leave-In Conditioner is the holy grail for redefining curly hair’s texture. Its lightweight formula seals in hydration and adds definition, so you walk out of your bathroom with the curls of your dreams. As a bonus, this product is packed with Neroli, Rose, and Patchouli to guarantee you smell like a floral dream.
Best Drugstore Brand: Not Your Mother’s Naturals
I’m a fan of Not Your Mother’s because you can get it at CVS, it’s affordable, and it’s helping my very damaged and over-dyed bangs currently. This does the same things as the masque, it’s just a lot easy to apply and leave on letting the plant-based ingredient work their magic all day. It smells amazing and goes on beautifully. My own tresses are starting to bounce back and are getting healthier and stronger with each application. Put the spring back in with this honey and melon blend as your curls regain their natural resiliency.
Best for Dry Hair: Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore
Shea Moisture offers great all-natural products that are available at drugstore prices, and this leave-in conditioner is no different. Formulated with a combination of raw shea butter, black castor oil, and apple cider vinegar, this product smooths hair and restores its shine without leaving grease behind. It repairs dry and damaged hair with its omegas and increases hair’s hydration with its keratin. Honestly, what’s not to love?
Best for Fine Hair: Sachajuan
Sachajuan’s light, oil-free conditioner was specifically formulated for those with thinner hair types. It’s designed to introduce body and moisture without being overly heavy. Not only is this product an excellent foundation for styling, but it can also be used to detangle hair and keep your scalp healthy. Note that experts suggest spraying this product on once the hair has been towel-dried, but before styling.
Best for Bleached Hair: It’s A 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk (4 oz)
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It’s A 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk (4 oz) is the perfect product for those who are trying to replicate the salon treatment at home. It’s designed to strengthen and repair dry, damaged, and color-treated hair. With a couple of sprays, your hair will detangle effortlessly and add way more nourishment than you’ll find in any shampoo. Formulated with eri silk, mulberry leaf, and virgin palm oil, this product will reduce breakage and erase environmental and styling damage.
Best for All-Around Cream: Briogeo Curl Charisma™
Looking for a clean beauty product to lock in your curls? This Briogeo Curl Charisma™ Leave–In Defining Cream is made from rice amino acids and avocado that will seal in your hair cuticle, delivering lightweight moisture and providing overall nourishment. This product can work for a wide variety of hair textures, including fine, medium, and thick. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.
This story was originally published by Sheilah Villari on 01/19/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 05/06/2021.