Top Product: Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore | $13 | Amazon
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 Frizzy Curly Hair Overall: Briogeo Farewell Frizz
Frizz is the bane of every curly girl’s existence, and Briogeo is here to save the day. Pristine curls that are soft, supple, and most importantly, frizz-free is the dream. Protecting against humidity is challenging, no matter where you live. Trying to find a product with the right balance of ingredients to not leave your mane greasy seems impossible, but here we are. Rosehip, argan, and coconut oils help to diminish fretful follicles and lock the moisture in. This can be used wet or dry as heat will not dry out your hair, thanks to those magical elements.
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 Bleached 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 Dry Hair: Virtue Refresh Purifying
Delivered in recyclable packaging, the Virtue Refresh Purifying Leave-In Conditioner will protect and detoxify your hair. This product is made with healthy ingredients, including an amino acid blend, benzophenone-4, and white horehound extract. Together, these three elements will minimize the impact of UV light, neutralize pollutants, and even reduce flyaways. What could be better?
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, deliver lightweight moisture, and provide 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 02/19/2021.