Best 6 Hair Conditioners for Curly Hair 2022

If you ask me which kind of hair conditioners is best for curly hair, my answer is Deep Conditioners.

A deep conditioner is defined as any hair treatment that works to put moisture and nourishment into the hair cuticle, and is washed out after 30-45 minutes. And before you ask: Yes, there is such a thing as leaving hair masks and creams in for too long. The weight of the product can flood the hair and cause curls to fall flat from over-moisture. Depending on your hair type, porosity, and damage level, leaving on a deep conditioner for longer than an hour or designated on the product isn’t recommended. Sometimes hair oils and leave-in conditioners will be used for deep conditioning, but it’s always a smart practice to wash out any excess product to avoid limp curls. Ahead, deep conditioners for curly hair that curly-haired editors swear by.

Best 6 Hair Conditioners for Curly Hair

Davines Love Curl Mask

Most Softening Conditioner

$36.00 at

“This is one of the most softening products I’ve ever used, and to be honest the whole Love range is softening,” says Chicago-based hairstylist Ryan Babbitt, who notes it’s gentle enough for finer curls. For thick, dense or wavy hair, try the OI Butter, also from Davines.

MATRIX Unbreak My Blonde Reviving Leave-In Treatment

For All Hair Types

$23.00 at

Even if you’ve never even looked at a bleach mixture, your hair might need some reviving. Thankfully, this treatment works for all hair types. Weekly treatments over time will tame frizz and reshape curls—even after one use, you’ll notice a change. Citric acid is the key ingredient to add shine and help bond weakened strands.

Carol’s Daughter Coco Creme Deep Moisture Mask

Best for Dry Curls

$9.99 at

There are a lot of great conditioners for curly hair in the Carol’s Daughter universe. But when it comes to to fuzzy, desiccated curls—IYKYK—this blend of coconut, mango, and murumuru calms everything from 4c ringlets to 1c waves.

Shea Moisture High Porosity Finishing Elixir

Best on All Curls

$19.98 at

“Curly hair tends to have higher porosity and less shine than other textures, and this product really deal with that,” says Babbitt. “Also I’m always into Shea Moisture. The company is so responsible, the ingredients are so clean, the products are easy to find and they really work.” NB: Can be used on dry or damp coils.

MIZANI 24 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner

This Lightweight Lotion

$23.00 at

“This is so rich and nourishing, but somehow still light,” says Babbitt, who uses it as a detangler, a cutting lotion, and a daily leave-in on curly hair. Also? It smells “fresh and honest.”

Kinky Curly Stellar Strands

Best Rinse-Out

$18.12 at

Housed in a fitting gold-trimmed jar, this rinse-out combo of argan oil and macadamia oil works over time to quench brittle curls and discourage breakage and snapping, while improving the long-term springiness of your curls. For particularly coarse or parched strands, try it under a hair cap for up to 30 minutes.

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