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Close your eyes and try to remember a time when your freshly washed curls dried into frizz-free perfection. Drawing a blank? Yup, us too, and after resisting way too many urges to rip every strand of hair out of our heads, we’re ready for some real solutions, and that begins with finding the best shampoos for curly hair.
If we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard that curly hair needs moisture, we could buy a small yacht and sail to a land where frizz doesn’t exist (though, the ocean mist will probably make our hair frizzy). With summer’s intense humidity and harsh, moisture-stripping products, our heads have slowly become a magnet for unruly flyaways.
And with an insane number of shampoos (all claiming to combat frizz) on the market right now, it’s difficult to find the formulas that leave you with touchable, bouncy curls — instead of a poofy nightmare. And lest we leave you to test and try every formula yourself, we combed through every single curly-hair-friendly shampoo to find the seven best products that truly keep frizz at bay.
These shampoos contain ingredients like smoothing coconut oil and protective argan oil among others for insanely moisturized curls. Shop them all below, and prepare for the feather-soft curls you’ve only dreamed of.
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Miss Jessie’s Honey Harmless Sulfate Free Shampoo
Curls thrive on moisture, and this humectant-rich shampoo harnesses honey to gently cleanse and detangle coils while leaving them supremely hydrated. Miss Jessie’s is one of many beloved brands catering to curly hair needs that you can shop at CVS. You can also check out all the Black-owned or founded brands they’ve got in store here for more picks for textured hair. In celebration of these Black-owned beauty brands, CVS is hosting an Instagram Live series called CVS Beauty’s Proud to Partner Series, where influencer Barbara Simi Muhumuza, known by Simi, will be interviewing a few standout founders in the industry. Head to their Instagram for more info.
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
This curl-enhancing shampoo is infused with a slew of hydrating and frizz-controlling ingredients, including a blend of silk proteins and moisture-balancing coconut and neem oils. The gentle formula cleanses without stripping away natural oils or over-drying split ends, restoring volume and shine for the optimum bounce factor. This affordable shampoo is free of sulfates and parabens (so it’s safe for color-treated hair) and is cruelty-free.
OGX Coconut Fine Curls Shampoo
This coconut-water-infused shampoo is formulated specifically for girls with curly locks, and works to help retain bounce, shine, and proper moisture levels while also preventing damage, breakage, and split ends. The gentle formula cleanses without stripping hydration or causing frizz.
Davines Love Curl Shampoo
This premium curl and wave-enhancing shampoo helps to add definition and volume to texture hair, while gently washing away dirt, excess oil, and product buildup. This foaming shampoo contains nourishing almond oil extract to retain moisture and vitamin E to help promote healthy hair structure and shine.
DevaCurl Original No-Poo Shampoo
This curl enhancing (and taming) shampoo is formulated specifically for curly, wavy, and texture hair. The bounce-defining and softening formula is infused with hair-healthy ingredients to help maintain proper moisture levels, shine, and structure without stripping the strands from natural oils. As a bonus, this paraben and sulfate-free shampoo also has an invigorating peppermint and Turkish rose scent.
Maui Moisture Curl Quench Shampoo
This ultra-hydrating and hair-strengthening shampoo helps to lock in hydration for all-day, frizz-free locks while also gently cleansing the scalp. It’s enriched with moisturizing coconut oil, which also helps to tame unruly strands, aloe vera to soften tight curls and maintain body, and papaya extract to help promote balanced protein levels. This formula is also sulfate and paraben-free, so it’s safe to use on chemically and color-treated hair.
L’Oreal Ever Curl Shampoo & Conditioner Set
This two-in-one curl-defining and hydrating shampoo and conditioner kit contains frizz-eliminating and shine-enhancing coconut oils and is free of color-stripping ingredients like sulfate and harsh dyes to help protect hair from dryness, damage, and breakage. Best of all, this complete hair care system helps your strands stay moisturized for up to forty-eight hours without compromising volume and body.
Carol’s Daughter Coco Creme Curl Quenching Shampoo
Free of parabens, harsh artificial colors, and sulfates, this curl quenching shampoo serves parched curls a serious serving of moisture without weighing down your hair. It contains a slew of hydrating and frizz-reducing ingredients including coconut oil, Murumuru Butter, and mango oil to help smooth and soften without leaving behind a greasy residue.