Let’s take a look at our picks for everything from gorgeous ringlets to stunning curls, handpicked by real-life, curly-haired babes.
If you’ve been checking out some gorgeous girls with curly hair on Instagram and wondering how to snag their style, don’t worry! We have been too! Curly hair has its own challenges, and taking care of it is an art form all on its own.
Many people don’t know that curly hair is particularly prone to dryness and, and that the follicle itself even has a different shape than straight hair. These unique conditions mean that curly hair needs a little extra TLC when it comes to your regular routine. Harsh soaps and cleansers can strip the hair of moisture, which can lead to breakage and a poor curl pattern. That’s where these shampoos come into play!
If you’ve ever wondered how to go from a frizzy mop to shiny, bouncy and lively curls, keep reading for all of our favorite shampoo recommendations from some of the biggest names in curly hair maintenance.
Devacurl No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser
You may think that you need big suds for clean hair, but this classic curly hair cleanser proves that that just isn’t the case! With grapeseed oil for big hydration and peppermint for a squeaky clean scent, this product is a big winner. It’s perfect for enhancing your curls and reducing frizz, and it’s also SLS free, which is so important for curly hair. It’s not hard to tell why Devacurl is the master of the curly hair world! Devacurl is known for offering a complete line of curly hair products, in conjunction with their Devachan salons and stylist training, designed to help curly hair thrive.
If you want to give your curls a dose of essential moisture, then you’ve come to the right cleanser. The Original No-Poo is a must-have for soft, hydrated, frizz-free curls. The shampoo will leave you with bouncy curls that are just plain gorgeous.
Verb Hydrating Shampoo
This mild hydrating shampoo is a total rock star, suitable for color treated hair so you can keep that dye job looking fresh. This sulfate-free shampoo has a boost of Vitamin B5 for added moisture, and the added quinoa protein proves that quinoa isn’t just for bowls from Whole Foods, but is perfect for your hair too! It also has heat protecting properties, so if you do decide to blow dry or flat iron, you’re all set.
A hydrating shampoo designed to gently cleanse hair, replenish moisture and provide natural UV protection. Formulated to leave hair soft, smooth and tangle-free.
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo
Ouidad is another leader in the curly hair space, offering a number of products designed to keep curls and waves in tip-top shape. This Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing shampoo is an excellent solution for when your hair is feeling, especially at one with nature.
A unique sulfate-free shampoo that gently cleanses and helps curls look more defined, creating the perfect frizz-free foundation.
Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo
Bumble and Bumble have been around since the 70s, and it makes complete sense that they’re still a front runner in the hair care world even today. This coconut and murumuru shampoo gives beautiful hydration and moisture to your locks and has provided great shine and frizz control, so even if you’ve gone a little wild with the heat styling, you’re covered. Bumble and Bumble are also a cruelty-free brand so you can feel even better about purchasing their products!
An extra-mild, luxurious cleanser with a blend of moisture-rich Coconut and Murumuru Butters to help restore sheen and softness, improve flexibility and minimize frizz.
Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Avocado Hydrating Shampoo
Removing dirt and producing buildup are this shampoo’s main goals, and it’s really good at these. This three-in-one formula fights stray strands, boosts your curls’ natural texture, and provides fantastic hydration to your thirsty curls. Made with tomato fruit ferment to help seal the cuticle and maintain your perfect curl pattern, this is a favorite among our curly-haired Cherie staff. Honestly, this might be the best shampoo for curly hair out there!
This shampoo is formulated with naturally derived cleansers that remove dirt and buildup without stripping curls of needed moisture. Curl Charisma hydrates and locks out frizz-causing environmental moisture, allowing for defined, uniform curl formation.
Amika The Kure Repair Shampoo
If you’ve spent a little too much time with the hot tools or bleaching to get that perfect Mother of Dragons blonde, your hair is probably damaged, dry and more than a little unhappy. This keratin-rich shampoo is specially formulated to bring dead hair back to life with a wide array of vitamins and avocado oil added in for an extra special boost. Sea buckthorn berry is used in all of Amika’s products, and it’s a great source of Omega 7 vitamins that help fight free radicals, so that’s always a bonus!
Correct as you cleanse with this reparative shampoo, formulated with keratin and wheat protein to mend and strengthen damaged hair.
Morrocanoil Curl Enhancing Shampoo
This color-safe formula is perfect for your curls and even helps to define their texture and shape so you can channel early Taylor Swift, pre-pop music, vibes. With added argan oil for a beautiful shine, this OG product is a winner in our books, and even though it may be overlooked for newer and shinier products, it still keeps up in terms of performance.
A gentle shampoo that restores elasticity, shine and manageability to curly hair. Rich, highly concentrated formula promotes softer, smoother curls with more definition and less frizz.
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado and Quinoa Co-Wash
Now, we’ve already got one Briogeo product on this list, but honestly, this one is pretty great too. With avocado making a comeback in this shampoo, it’s got plenty of fats and oils to keep your hair as glossy as Zendaya somehow manages to keep hers. This shampoo for curly hair is great at keeping hair a little slippery for easy detangling (because knotted hair is not a cute look!), and this creamy, suds free wash is extra luxurious.
Briogeo’s Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash for straight, curly or natural hair features a 4-in-1 formula that effectively cleanses, conditions, detangles, and nourishes hair. This ultra-hydrating cleanser gently yet effectively removes dirt, buildup and impurities without stripping hair of natural oils. It aids in the detangling process and leaves the hair feeling hydrated, soft, & silky.
Davines Love Curl Enhancing Shampoo
This hydrating shampoo is the perfect pick for dehydrated strands, and its rich texture is perfect for getting product and grime out of your hair without stripping your natural oils. It’s an incredibly gentle cleanser and provides much-needed nutrients to your hair. On top of that, the almond extract gives your hair deep hydration. LOVE Curl enhances the texture and volume of waves or curls. This creamy, lightly foamy, and sustainably sourced shampoo lets curls pop.
A daily curl-conditioning shampoo for textured hair.
This is the year to put down the flat iron and straightening sprays and fall in love with your beautiful curls all over again. With these handpicked options for curly hair shampoo, you’re sure to find one that works with your own unique hair to help you live your best, curly-haired life. There are a lot of curly hair products out there, but we think these are the best of the best! Straight hair is cute, but being the curly cutie you were born to be?