Looking for a leave-in conditioner for curly hair? Yeah, I was doing the same.
My hair isn’t necessarily curly, but when not given a good leave-in, it’s frizzy and super untamed. Add that leave-in, and I have defined curls and cute waves.
Siri, on the other hand, has curly hair, and she’s tried out five billion different leave-in conditioners. I paired up with her for her top suggestions, and together, we’ve come up with a list of the best 11 leave-in conditioners for curly hair!
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Odele is women-owned, and their products are completely genderless. Their leave-in conditioner helps detangle, soften, fight frizz, and style, giving you curls that are clean, tame, and perfectly-tousled. The fragrance is natural, so there’s no synthetic rose gardens emanating from your coils when you turn your head and flip your hair (a la Pantene commercial, of course).
Some worries of leave-in conditioner are excess grease that weighs down curls, plus leftover residue that builds up in between washes. Be Kekoa’s leave-in conditioner hydrates, offering brilliant bounce without stressing your curls. Avocado oil provides shine and hydration, while the Kukui nut oil seals strands, making it easy to detangle without frizz.
A conditioner bar had to be included here, did it not? Come on now, who do you think we are? This bar can be used as a standard conditioner, but it’s also super useful as a leave-in conditioner for curly hair, too. The star ingredient in Curliosity is castor oil, which helps rid strands and scalps of build up during the wash, then adds hydration when used as a leave-in.
So! Many! Vitamins! Yay! And at an affordable price. In this formula, you’ll find vitamin A (to moisturize the scalp – remember happy scalp, healthy scalp), B1 and B6 (to strengthen and add shine), and C (to protect from environmental stressors). It’s not just for slightly-curly hair – even those with coils can rub this in and go about their day.
Bounce Curl makes sure you know that their leave in conditioner is made from “pure love” – and obviously, because your hair has never been loved up like this. Color-safe, cruelty-free, vegan, and clean – no parabens, sulfates, silicones, nada – five Ancient Eastern Mediterranean oils come together for a kiss of nourishment: Egyptian Neroli oil, Jojoba, Olive, Fenugreek, Argan oil.
Have tight, 4C coils? Don’t worry – there’s a leave-in conditioner for you that won’t frizz or weigh down those gorgeous curls. 4C ONLY has specifically made a leave-in conditioner for you, meant to hydrate for multiple days. Squalane helps keep moisture locked in, while slippery elm extract seeps into strands to soften like no other (there’s a reason it has “Too Soft” in its name).
Hairstory has created a mixture of balm, frizz control, conditioner, and curl cream all in one bottle. “Like skincare,” they say, and it makes sense – you’re basically giving your hair that extra treatment past makeup remover and face wash. Fall in love with yummy ingredients like strengthening and repairing vitamin E, conditioning glycerin, scalp-soothing rosehip oil, circulation-increasing lavender extract, and scents like clove and ylang ylang.
That’s one word we should use more often when treating individual types of hair: respecting their composition. Imbue Curls respects your curls with their leave-in conditioner through softening olive oil; moisturizing coconut; and its Cupuaçu butter, which quenches the thirstiest of strands. Shine, define, and feel refined.
Two “mixed chicks” founded Mixed Chicks, meant for those who are multi-cultural – and therefore have hair with unique needs. Their leave-in conditioner treats more “complex” hair by locking moisture into weaves, waves, and coils, taming frizz and defining each curl. You can also use it if you’re not ethnically-mixed, but for those who often feel in-between, you’ll love this brand.
Dry, hot environments can do wonders to your curly hair… in a less-than-ideal way. That’s why Royal Locks created their Curl Rescue Leave-In Conditioner, meant for parched tresses desperate for extra hydration. With proteins to strengthen strands and vitamins to protect from UV, even those with perms can sit in the sun and feel safe letting their hair out.
I personally love VERB, and they take care of every head out there, from scalp to splits. Your curls will soak this up post-wash, and it will feel weightless… while doing everything, like detangling and preventing breakage. The key ingredient is sunflower seed extract, well-known for calming frizz and giving your curls definition.
Which leave-in conditioner do you use for your curly hair? Share your secrets below!