The Best Conditioners For Every Type Of Curl

Like most dynamic duos (Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Chloe and Halle, Will and Jada), curly hair is great on its own, but it's even better when paired with the right conditioner. No matter the pattern, length, or texture of your hair, the right formula will bring out the ultimate trifecta: shine, definition, and moisture.

But, before you go purchasing just any old bottle, it's important to know that different curl types need different ingredients. For example, tight coils can benefit from a buttery mask, while fine hair would be better served by an airy foam. To make your next hair haul easier, we broke down the best conditioners for every type of curl — from Afros to waves — so you can find your perfect match, you know, the Stedman to your Oprah.


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Carol's Daughter Coco Crème Curl Quenching Conditioner

Best For: Tight Coils

Tightly coiled hair is drier by nature — it's harder for the natural oils at the scalp to travel down the spiraling hair shaft — so an extra-hydrating conditioner is a key part of an effective routine. Look for nourishing ingredients (like coconut milk and mango butter) when shopping for a conditioner to quench dry curls. This Carol's Daughter formula will give your hair both shine and slip.
Carol's Daughter Carol's Daughter Coco Crème Curl Quenching Conditioner, $10.99 Buy

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave–In Defining Cream

Best For: Waves

People with wavy hair should scope out formulas that will define waves without weighing them down. This Briogeo bottle has rice amino acids and almond oil to keep your hair soft and smooth. Once you rinse, you'll be left with pillow-soft waves without that greasy feeling.
Briogeo Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Avocado Leave–In Defining Cream, $20.00 Buy

Mizani True Textures Moroccan Clay Steam Hair Mask

Best For: Dry Scalp

For scalp that's dry and curls that need moisture, reach for this steam-activated Mizani mask. It's packed with coconut and marula oils, which deliver lightweight moisture to dull hair and scalp. Use it under a dryer or hot towel to soothe itchy, irritated follicles.
Mizani True Textures Moroccan Clay Steam Hair Mask, $34.00 Buy

Kérastase Reflection Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

Best For: Color-Treated Curls

Color can suck the life out of your curls, but this treatment puts it right back. It's formulated with rice bran oil to give hair a hydrating slip. Vitamin E also adds shine, and UV filters make sure your highlights don't change color in the sun.
Kérastase Reflection Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair, $34.00 Buy

Nexxus Keraphix for Damaged Hair Conditioner

Best For: Heat-Damaged Curls

Whether you're trying to resuscitate your curls after years of flatironing or you don't plan on ditching your blowout anytime soon, you can benefit from this formula. It has keratin protein and black rice to strengthen damaged hair from the inside out. With every use, you'll see a noticeable change in the strength and bounce of your curls.
Nexxus Nexxus Nexxus Keraphix for Damaged Hair Conditioner, $29.99 Buy

Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

Best For: Brittle Curls

Olaplex is widely known as a magical treatment for color-treated hair, but it's a miracle worker for all types of damage. For curls that are brittle by nature or have taken a hit from chemical treatments, heat, and color, add this conditioner to your routine. It has the same benefits of the salon-only treatment, rebuilding damaged bonds with every use.
Olaplex Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, $28.00 Buy

Ouidad Ultra-Nourishing Intense Hydrating Mask

Best For: Dry Curls

For super-dry curls, sometimes water isn't enough to provide lasting hydration. Add this conditioner to the mix to breathe life back into curls that have been dried by the climate and excessive styling. It has a blend of macadamia, sunflower, and olive oils to deeply quench, detangle, and define curly hair. Leave it on for five minutes to notice an immediate difference in the shine and texture of your hair.

Ouidad Ultra-Nourishing Intense Hydrating Mask, $32.00 Buy
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