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Top 10 best shampoos and conditioners for curly hair

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Looking after your stunning curls is super important, so what better way to do it than with the best shampoo and conditioner for curly hair? In this article, we introduce you to 10 of the best shampoos and conditioners for various curly hair types, to help you choose a product that will help to moisturize, hydrate, and accentuate your curls this year.

1. Curlsmith Shine Shampoo

Best shampoo and conditioner for wavy curly hair

Curlsmith is an industry-leading name with a brilliant range of products. We love their fragrance-free shine shampoo, which is a great option for people with curly hair. This shampoo is vegan-certified and uses deep-cleansing ingredients to remove dirt and debris from your waves, ranking it as one of the best shampoos for curly hair on the market today.


  • Vegan friendly

  • Widely available


  • Can appear greasy on some hair types

2. Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo

Best hydrating shampoo and conditioner for curly hair

Laifen stylists and experts swear by Moroccan Oil products thanks to the exceptional qualities that argan oil possesses. This is a nourishing and replenishing product that works wonders for any type of curly or wavy hair. It moisturizes your roots and prevents breakage, which is why it's so popular with the Laifen team.


  • Argan oil for expert hydration

  • Results in smooth and soft hair


  • Can feel a little heavy compared to other products

3. Amika Normcare Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Best natural shampoo and conditioner for curly hair

Sulfates are super bad for the long-term health of your hair, so we love this sulfate-free shampoo from Amika. It is rich in fatty acids that are great for rejuvinating your hair, but be mindful that it might make fine hair feel a little heavy, so it's better for people with thick and wavy hair.


  • Works well on frizzy hair

  • Free from sulfates


  • Not ideal for fine hair due to fatty acids

4. JVN Embody Daily Volumizing Shampoo

Best shampoo for greasy hair

This volumizing shampoo is a great option for anyone with thin hair. Free from sulfates and silicones, JVN has used natural ingredients to produce a shampoo that adds texture and body to hair, which is a great product for anyone with thin or lightweight curls.


  • Free from sulfates

  • Adds strength and volume to thin hair


  • Not ideal for color-treated hair

5. IGK Legendary Shampoo

Best drugstore shampoo and conditioner for curly hair

IGK is a popular brand with Laifen experts, as it's widely available and easy to buy. We love this "Legendary" shampoo mainly due to its prebiotic qualities. Just like your gut, your hair has a microbiome, and the prebiotic ingredients in IGK shampoo help to maintain a healthy balance up on your scalp.


  • Widely available and easy to buy

  • Prebiotic qualities


  • Not the cheapest

6. Hairburst Shampoo & Conditioner

Best shampoo and conditioner for wavy curly hair

This deeply hydrating shampoo and conditioner combo from Hairburst is a great option for anyone who is worried about dry and itchy scalp. It's bursting with amino acids, which soften and improve the feel of your hair, while hydrating your hair without weighing down your curls. The biggest downside is the cost, but you can signup for a subscription for a slight reduction of the RRP.


  • Deeply hydrating

  • Subscription available


  • $30 is expensive

7. Shea Moisture Frizz Control Shampoo

Best shampoo and conditioner for curly hair and frizzy hair

Frizz is a nightmare for anyone with curly hair, which is why this frizz-control shampoo from Shea Moisture is a brilliant option. It is also free from harmful ingredients like parabens and petrolatum. As well as washing your hair with anti-frizz shampoo, make sure you have an ionic hairdryer, like the Laifen Swift Special, which helps to reduce frizz when you dry your locks.


  • Great price

  • Specifically designed to combat frizz


  • A little on the watery side

8. Rossano Ferretti Parma Intenso Smoothing Shampoo

Best dry shampoo and conditioner for thick curly hair

This rich, Italian-made shampoo is rich in avocado, macadamia, and camelia, which combine to detangle and tame your thick, wavy locks. Though it's quite expensive for the size of bottle, it's one of the best shampoos for anyone with thick, curly hair.


  • Moisturizing properties

  • Works wonders on thick hair


  • Small bottle size

9. Gisou Honey Infused Hair Wash Shampoo

Best premium shampoo for curly hair

If budget isn't an issue for you, this honey-infused shampoo from Gisou is the obvious choice. It's a premium product that nourishes and hydrates your hair. The secret ingredient is humectant honey, which assists with hydrating and restoring the natural moisture levels in your hair. Though more than $30 a bottle, it's worth it if you can afford it.


  • Uses natural ingredients

  • Great for moisture and hydration


  • Expensive - more than $30 per bottle

10. Dove Amplified Textures Shampoo

Best budget shampoo and conditioner for curly hair

A widely available brand, Dove has a range of excellent hydrating hair products that won't break the bank. We love their Amplified Textures Shampoo and rate it as one of the best budget-friendly options for people with curly hair. It's free from sulfates and other harmful ingredients, making it a great budget friendly option to round off our list.


  • Sulfate free

  • Good quality for the price


  • Strong scent might be offputting to some


Before choosing the right products for your hair, you need to consider your hair type. This is particularly true when buying shampoo and conditioner. So, you can use our top ten list above to find the best shampoo and conditioner for curly hair, whether you have thin curls or thick waves to look after.

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