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Conditioner for Dry Curly Hair: The Key Ingredients 

May 30, 2023


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Last Updated on May 30, 2023 by Verna Meachum

Oh, the tangled web we weave when our curly locks are left to grieve! Dry curly hair can often feel like a never-ending battle against a formidable foe.

But fear not, fellow curl enthusiasts, for we have ventured deep into the labyrinth of hair care to bring you the ultimate weapon against dehydrated curls: Conditioner for Dry Curly Hair and The Key Ingredients!

As someone who has experience dealing with curly hair on various people including myself, my kids, friends, etc., I recognize the importance of selecting a conditioner that contains the appropriate ingredients for maintaining healthy beautiful curls, especially for those who have dry hair.

My friend is a hair scientist and cosmetic formulator. Together, we have created a detailed guide on the crucial ingredients to seek in a conditioner that’s best suited for dry, curly hair.

Join us on this epic quest as we uncover the powerful concoctions that will breathe life back into your parched spirals, transforming them into hydrated, bouncy, and envy-inducing tresses that even Rapunzel would be proud of.

Conditioner for Dry Curly Hair: Why it’s Important

Maintaining well-hydrated hair is essential for keeping your curls healthy. It’s a common concern for hair care product users that their hair may become dry and lacking in moisture.

Hair that has been chemically treated and damaged tends to become dry because of the lack of protein content and higher porosity. Dry weather conditions with low humidity or frosty temperatures can also cause dryness in both hair and skin.

Hair that feels dry tends to be rough and brittle and may appear flat. Because of their distinct morphological characteristics, curly hair tends to be more porous and coarse in texture.

Studies have shown that curly hair tends to be drier and lack lipids. Hair with tighter curls, coils, and kinks can be even drier and may benefit from specially formulated hydration products to help enhance scalp and hair moisture content.1-2

Managing and styling curly hair can be a challenge when it is dry. Dry hair can appear messy and lack its natural curl pattern and bounce, making it difficult to groom.

To solve the problem of dryness, using a conditioner that moisturizes and hydrates is an excellent solution. The conditioner’s goal is to add water molecules to the scalp and hair fiber to restore its natural moisture level.

Typically, a hydrating conditioner comprises a blend of hydrating agents (moisturizing, humectants), emollients, and fiber-detangling ingredients.3

Key Ingredients to Look For in a Conditioner for Dry Curly Hair

Now onto the main event: the key ingredients you should be on the lookout for when selecting a conditioner that’s best suited for dry, curly hair. The right combination of ingredients can provide just the right amount of moisture to prevent dehydration and restore softness and shine.

Hydrating Ingredients – Adding Water

Moisture is essential for life. These ingredients are the MVPs when it comes to delivering moisture to dry, curly hair. As a protein fiber, hair can absorb and desorb water molecules from the environment. This means that changes in humidity and temperature can have a significant effect on hair.

Hydrating ingredients bind water molecules from the air, hold them and deliver them to hair fibers. By this mechanism, they boost the scalp or hair moisture level which in turn helps to address the issue of dryness.

Different chemical ingredients can hold water molecules, and their water binding and holding capacities vary.

Here are some key ingredients and their brief descriptions that are used in a hydrating conditioner formula.

● Glycerin & Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol

Glycerin and propylene glycol are traditional humectants often used in hair and skin care products due to their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. All three are polyhydric alcohols and have an inherent ability to bind water molecules

However, glycerin may weigh hair down and make it sticky when used in high concentrations. Sorbitol and propylene glycol have a smaller water binding capacity, but they are lightly textured and do not cause a sticky and heavy feel.

● Lactic Acid & Sodium Lactate

Lactic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy carboxylic acid that provides excellent hydrating benefits. In addition, its sodium salt is part of the buffer system to maintain the pH of the product. Both of these ingredients are included in the Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) which works to enhance the water content in the hair and on the scalp’s surface. Often, lactic acid is also used in a conditioner to adjust the formulation pH to acidic conditions. 

● Panthenol

Panthenol is a type of Pro-vitamin B5 known to impart moisture to scalp cells and hair fiber. It also adds strength to your hair and can help repair any damage it may have sustained. Panthenol is skin friendly and a very gentle molecule with low toxicity. 

● Betaine

Betaine is a sugarbeet-derived molecule that has a high capacity for binding and holding water molecules. It is one of the top-rated moisturizing ingredients highly sought after for its green, sustainable origin and high performance. 

● PCA Salts

Pyrrolidone carboxylic acid Sodium and Zinc salts are excellent hydrating ingredients. hey are also a component of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor and are responsible for maintaining scalp moisture levels. 

● Sucrose

Sugar molecules (glucose and sucrose) naturally attract water molecules. Among the two, sucrose is preferred as it is not sticky on hair fibers. Its use increases moisture levels on both hair and scalp surfaces.

Emollients – Preserving Moisture

Curly hair that is dry often lacks natural lipids responsible for its sheen and lubrication. These fatty materials are vital because they form a water-repellent coating on the hair that helps prevent the loss of moisture and reduces friction between the hair fibers.45

Both synthetic and natural ingredients can be used for moisturizing. However, plant-based oils and butter are preferred due to their sustainable and environmentally-friendly source.

We suggest using natural emollients for dry curly hair. Here are our preferred recommendations:

● Castor Oil

● Olive Oil

● Avocado Oil

● Argan Oil

● Baobab Oil

● Sunflower Oil

● Meadowfoam Seed Oil

● Shea Butter

● Mango Butter

● Babassu Butter

● Cacao Butter

Fiber Softening Ingredients

When hair is dry, it can become tangled and form knots and twists along the hair shaft. To make it easier to comb, groom, and style, dry hair requires detangling.

Cationic surfactants are known for their softening benefits. They work by binding to protein sites along the hair shaft, smoothing the surface, and aligning the cuticles to detangle the knots. Also, because they have a positive charge, they can help prevent static and control flyaways.6

For extremely dry curly hair, our recommended cationic hair-softening ingredients are:

● Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine

● Behenamidopropyl dimethylamine

● Behentrimonium Chloride

● Benetrimonium Methosulfate

● Distearyldimonium Chloride

Hair Conditioning Polymers

Dry hairs need a super conditioning system to improve their surface properties, align their cuticles, and provide a long-lasting conditioning effect.

To improve the surface properties of dry hair and make it easier to comb and brush, a super conditioning system is necessary. This involves adding cationic polymers to the formula, which are high molecular weight materials with positively charged groups.

These polymers have a strong affinity with protein sites in the hair fiber and create a fine coating over the hair surface, resulting in smoother hair and easier detangling.7

Here are our best-recommended polymers for individuals with dry curly hair:

Polyquaternium-6 is a polymer that is highly charged and has a great affinity for hair. It can help condition hair and improve its mechanical strength. It is highly recommended for individuals with extremely damaged and dry curly hair.

Polyquaternium – 10 is a cellulose-modified cationic polymer that is commonly used in both shampoos and conditioners. It is known for its ability to create a good film and to condition hair effectively.

Polyquaternium-7 improves the slip of hair fibers, making it easier to comb and brush both wet and dry hair.

Polyquaternium-28 is a gentle conditioning polymer that makes combing and grooming easier and helps to achieve evenly conditioned hair.

Hair Strengthening Ingredients: Natural Extracts and Proteins

Natural extracts derived from fruits, herbs, and flowers are excellent sources of minerals, vitamins, sugar molecules, and antioxidants. The aqueous extracts of these plants’ polyphenols protect hair and scalp from damage caused by free radicals. These extracts also moisturize the scalp and hair fibers with their bioorganic molecules.

The following extracts are shortlisted for dry curly hair fibers:

● Sugarcane Extract

● Apple Fruit Extract

● Amla Extract

● Green Tea Extract

● Chamomile Flower Extract

Hydrolyzed proteins are effective in treating dry hair as they enhance smoothness and repair the damaged areas of hair by filling in cracks and holes. These biomaterials also help recover protein loss. This leads to improved shine, gloss, and texture that you can feel. Additionally, the proteins strengthen hair fibers and help with moisture in both hair and scalp.

The protein ingredients that we recommend for dry curly hair are:

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

● Hydrolyzed Wheat Amino Acids

● Hydrolyzed Keratin

● Hydrolyzed Milk Protein

● Hydrolyzed Soy Protein


When looking at the ingredients in a hair product, it’s important to pay attention to perfume and preservatives. Instead of synthetic fragrances, natural essential oils should be used since they have multiple benefits for the scalp and hair and won’t dry out hair fibers which may be possible with lab-made perfumes.

It’s also recommended to use natural preservatives instead of synthetic ones. Ingredients like parabens, isothiazolinones, and DMDM hydantoin can cause skin sensitivity and should be avoided in conditioners for dry curly hair.

Natural, skin-friendly, and readily biodegradable preservatives such as Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, and Hexylene Glycol are good alternatives to synthetic preservatives. 

18 Best Conditioners for Dry Curly Hair

The conditioners listed below contain the key ingredients mentioned earlier. They can help moisturize and strengthen your dry, curly hair. Keep in mind that a hair product that works well for someone else may not yield the same results for you. Always let your hair be your guide!

Although it’s helpful to read the ingredient listing as it can reveal if the product includes ingredients that may cause allergies or sensitivities, it doesn’t indicate if the product will work effectively for your hair or skin. The ingredient list doesn’t provide any information about a product’s effectiveness or suitability for your hair or skin.

It is important to note that the presence of certain ingredients (such as alcohol or sulfates) in a product does not necessarily mean that the product will be harsh or drying.

Similarly, just because a product is marketed as being free from certain ingredients does not mean that it will be better or more suitable for your skin or hair. Ultimately, the effectiveness and suitability of a cosmetic product depend on its formulation, rather than its ingredient list.

#1 Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

The Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner by Briogeo helps to lock in moisture, reduce frizz, and improve the shape of curly hair.

This product has several benefits. It moisturizes dry hair and reduces frizz while defining curl patterns. It is made with natural ingredients. Some of those key ingredients include rice amino acids, which seal the hair cuticle to prevent frizz caused by moisture, as well as mollis leaf extract and tomato fruit ferment, which seal the cuticle for consistent curls. Shea butter softens and hydrates curls with its antioxidant-rich moisturizing properties, while almond oil enhances shine, softness, and texture.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol,* Stearyl Alcohol,* Brassica Alcohol,* Glycerin,* Cetyl Esters,* Fragrance (Parfum), Behentrimonium Methosulfate,* Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,* Isopropyl Palmitate,* Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract,* Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter,* Keratin Amino Acids,* Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil,* Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,* Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract,* Acanthus Mollis Leaf Extract,* Bambusa Vulgaris Extract,* Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract,* Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil,* Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil,* Rosa Canina Fruit Oil,* Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,* Saccharina Longicruris Extract,* Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase,* Ocimum Basilicum Leaf Extract,* Cetrimonium Chloride, Isododecane, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,* Butylene Glycol,* Citric Acid,* Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate,* Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol. *Coconut, vegetable, or plant-derived.

#2 SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner

This conditioner is designed for people with wavy to kinky curls, ideal for those with thick hair. After shampooing, the creamy formula softens and detangles dry, frizzy hair while providing curls and coils with intense moisture and nutrients that improve shine.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Sodium Lauroyl Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopherol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethyl Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzoic Acid.*Certified Organic Ingredient.

#3 Righteous Roots 2-n-1 Conditioner

This conditioner contains cationic hair softeners and natural emollients. Its purpose is to detangle hair fibers and provides long-lasting emollience. It can be used as a detangler, regular conditioner, or leave-in conditioner, and is suitable for all types of curls. Additionally, it does not leave any build-up.

The formula includes several natural emollients, and Propanediol is a crucial part of it. Propanediol serves multiple functions; it is a skin-friendly and natural moisturizing agent. Additionally, it works as a preservative-boosting substitute for glycols based on petroleum. The ingredient also lowers the potential irritation in formulations, particularly surfactants, and improves moisture levels of the skin and hair while providing excellent aesthetics.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii ( Shea) Butter, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Citrus Paradisi ( Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Simmondsia Chinensis ( Jojoba ) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil ( Baobab Oil), Panthenol, Melaleuca Alternifolia ( Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract, Menthol, Mentha Piperita ( Peppermint) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol.

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#4 Bounce Curl Super Smooth Cream Conditioner

This conditioner is light in weight and has a creamy texture. It contains organic aloe as its primary ingredient and is blended with oils and extracts that help to lightly moisturize hair without making it heavy.

Ingredients: *Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, **Cetearyl Alcohol, **Hybrid Safflower Oil, **Glycerin, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, **Propanediol, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Polyquternium-10, *Nigella Sativa (Virgin Black Cumin) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), **Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, **Vanillin, Lactic Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, **Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, **Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, **Geranium Maculatum Oil, **Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, **Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, **Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, **Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, **Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, **Pogostemon Cablin Oil, **Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, **Caryocar Brasiliense (Pequi) Oil, **Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, **Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, **Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Seed Oil, **Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, **Boswellia Carterii Oil, Caprylyl Glycol. *Certified Organic **Plant Derived 100% Oil Scent (no synthetic fragrance).

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#5 Pattern Beauty Intensive Conditioner

This conditioner that provides intense hydration and works well for tighter textures. It is particularly beneficial for low-porosity hair that has difficulty absorbing moisture. The formula contains nourishing ingredients, including Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Safflower Oil, and Acacia Decurrens Flower, which help prevent breakage and dryness.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-8 Beeswax, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Acacia Decurrens Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyquaternium-37, Polyquaternium-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglycerin-3, Vegetable Oil/Olus/Huile végétale, Tetrasodium EDTA, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate.

#6 Ceremonia Cupuaçu & Castor Deep Hydrating Conditioner

This conditioner is a deeply hydrating product that strengthens all hair types. It contains Cupuaçu Butter to smooth hair and prevent frizz, and Castor Oil to condition hair for an unbeatable shine. It’s best suited for those with thick or dry hair.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl, Dimethylamine Lactate, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Shea Butter, Squalane, Polyisobutene, Polyquaternium-37, Ethylhexylglycerin, Babassu Oil, Cupuaçu Butter, Aloe Vera Juice, Castor Oil, Patauá Oil, Propanediol, Blue Agave Extract, Chia Seed Extract, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Lauryl glucoside Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Quartz, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Safflower Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid.

#7 Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner 

This conditioner uses moisturizing extracts to hydrate, soften, and strengthen each strand. It also helps define curls and improve softness by reducing tangles.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Wheat Amino Acids, Amodimethicone, Octoxynol-40, Isolaureth-6, Keratin Amino Acids, Linoleamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Dimethyl Lauramine Isostearate, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

#8 Mielle’s Pomegranate & Honey Moisturizing and Detangling Conditioner 

Imagine a product that can provide intense hydration and silkiness to Type 4 hair. This conditioner can do just that and more. It can help lock in moisture, strengthen thick curly hair, prevent breakage and split ends, and leave your hair with a smooth, silky texture.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Honey, Glycerin, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Copaiferi Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba), Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Disodium Edta, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Glycereth-2 Cocoate.

#9 Davines Love Curl Conditioner

This conditioner is designed to improve wavy or curly hair by making it soft, light, and more elastic. It provides volume without weighing the hair down and also moisturizes and nourishes. The formula contains proteins and vitamin B for added elasticity and volume, and the ingredients are all-natural.

Glycerin is a natural moisturizer that works well for dry hair. In addition, Panthenol is a good humectant that can also moisturize the hair. Furthermore, Dimethicone (aka occlusive) can give the hair a silky smooth feel, produce a slight shine, and offer a protective barrier.

Behentrimonium Methosulfate is a common ingredient found in haircare products that work as an antistatic agent to prevent hair from flying around due to static electricity. It also acts as a conditioning and softening agent for the hair.

Polyquaternium-10 is a type of polymer that is derived from cellulose and contains many parts. It is commonly used to thicken products and create a smooth film on the skin or hair. It is also known to be an effective hair conditioner. Tocopherol is an ingredient that can act as an emollient.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Oryza Sativa Cera, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Panthenol, Parfum/​Fragrance, Lauryl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-10, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract/​Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Disiloxane, Trideceth-12, Limonene.

#10 Aveda Be Curly Conditioner

Aveda offers a natural hair conditioner that uses only plant and flower extracts, including aloe vera leaf, to nourish and condition dry, curly hair. The blend of wheat protein and organic aloe helps to define curls by expanding when hair is wet and retracting when dry. The product has a refreshing citrus aroma that comes from pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lemon, bergamot, and orange.

Ingredients: Aqueous (Water\Aqua\Eau) Extract\Extrait Aqueux: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Palmamidopropyl Trimonium Methosulfate, Behenamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate, Biosaccharide Gum – 1, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Babassuamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate, Tapioca Starch, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopherol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Gluconate, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral, Eugenol, Citronellol, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.

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#11 Oribe Signature Conditioner

This is a conditioner that you can use every day to moisturize, revitalize, and nourish your hair. It also helps to detangle your hair and add shine. It contains Macadamia Nut Seed Oil, which helps to smoothen your hair and provides antioxidant protection. Additionally, it has Ginger Root Extract, which makes your hair soft and strong from the roots to the tips.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, C15-19 Alkane, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Isododecane, Parfum/Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, C11-13 Isoparaffin, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Cetrimonium Chloride, Chlorphenesin, Dimethiconol, Isohexadecane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dimethicone, Sorbic Acid, Benzophenone-4, Panthenol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Trisiloxane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Phospholipids, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Benzoate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Potassium Benzoate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phosphate, Citrulline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool.

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#12 Oribe Conditioner for Moisture & Control

This conditioner targets wavy, curly, and coily hair types. It helps to lock in moisture and repair damage from heat and chemical processing. It addresses various hair concerns, including dryness, frizz, damage, split ends, and breakage.

Key benefits of this product include deeply conditioning and restoring moisture, detangling, fortifying, and strengthening hair, as well as fighting frizz. The product features a blend of shea butter, illipe butter, and olive oil to intensely moisturize hair, as well as hydrolyzed vegetable protein to smooth the cuticle and prevent frizz.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Cetyl Esters, Isododecane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Insititia Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Protein, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Amber Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Keratin, Calcium Gluconate, Citrulline, Gluconolactone, Propanediol, Stearamine Oxide, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, C11-15 Pareth-7, Caprylyl Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Laureth-9, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-15, Trideceth-12, Trideceth-3, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glycerin, Polysilicone-15, Quaternium-95, Octocrylene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Butylene Glycol, Phytic Acid, Acetic Acid, Isopropyl Alcohol, Alcohol, BHT, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum/Fragrance, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.

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#13 Design Essentials Rosemary & Mint Stimulating Super Moisturizing Conditioner

This conditioner is specially formulated to deeply penetrate and revitalize very dry hair while also soothing the scalp. Its benefits include quickly softening, detangling, and smoothing hair, as well as deeply moisturizing and nourishing it. Additionally, this conditioner can calm inflammation and promote hair follicle health. It is ideal for people with particularly dry hair.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minérale, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium-80, Polyquaternium-32, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Fragrance (Parfum), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Menthol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Maltodextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool.

#14 Innersense Organic Beauty – Natural Hydrating Cream Conditioner

For those with thick, coarse, and damaged hair, use this conditioner to increase moisture levels. It contains certified organic rice, quinoa, and flax seed to strengthen hair follicles, while shea butter and coconut add nourishment and moisture to tame frizz. This conditioner is silicone-free, so it helps to enhance the natural beauty of your hair.

Ingredients: water aqua-eau, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, behentrimonium methosulfate, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf gel*, stearalkonium chloride, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin, cocos nucifera*, cananga odorata flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil*, salvia sclarea (clary) oil, vanillin, pogostemon cablin oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, sodium benzoate, oryza sativa (rice) extract*, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter*, potassium sorbate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, citric acid, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed oil, calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil*, hydrolyzed rice protein, plumeria actufolia flower extract, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, hydrolyzed quinoa, benzyl alcohol, taraxacum officinale (dandelion) leaf extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, linalool**, limonene**. *Certified Organic.

#15 Curlsmith Multi-Tasking Conditioner

This product provides lightweight moisture and hydration to your hair. It contains a low dose of protein, which means you can use it frequently without worrying about protein overload. Balancing your use of protein-rich and moisturizing hair products is important to protect and strengthen your hair, especially if it’s damaged and porous. The more damaged your hair is, the more you should use protein-rich products. By using this product, you can make your hair look soft, smooth, shiny, nourished, stronger and more elastic.

This is a hair treatment product that contains Babassu, Jojoba, and Castor Oil to keep your hair hydrated and smooth. It also contains Murumuru and Shea Butter for added moisture. There is a patented ingredient that helps strengthen your hair bonds from within. The product uses a plant-based alternative to animal keratin that is made from Hemp Seed and Rice Protein. Additionally, the product contains a variety of nutrient-rich superfoods such as Prickly Pear, Kale, Guava, Shiitake Mushroom, Blackcurrant and Pumpkin Seeds.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Orbignya Speciosa (Babassu) Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract*, Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear) Fruit Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Brassica Oleracea Acephala (Kale) Leaf Extract, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract*, Hydroxypropylgluconamide, Hydroxypropylammonium Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Hemp Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Fragrance (Parfum). *Organic Ingredients.

#16 Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Calming Conditioner

This product is vegan-friendly and has deep moisturizing properties that can help soothe and repair dry hair. It contains a mixture of organic oils and botanical extracts that can revive lifeless hair while also making it easier to manage. Additionally, the hydrating botanical extracts can also reduce frizziness. It leaves your hair conditioned and perfectly pH balanced. This product is great for hair that has been damaged by processing treatments or environmental factors.

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Natural Fragrance, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, *Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, *Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, *Achillea Millefolium Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, *Equisetum Arvense Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, *Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, *Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, *Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract. *USDA Certified Organic.

#17 Bouclème Curl Conditioner

This conditioner is a lightweight and ultra-hydrating formula that is designed to strengthen and protect dull, curly hair. It includes Argan Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf, and Virgin Coconut Oil which deliver intense moisture deep into the hair cuticle. Also, Vitamin E is added to shield hair from the damaging effects of environmental stresses. The formula has recently been upgraded to increase its detangling powers while still maintaining its lightweight and hydrating properties.

Ingredients: aqua/Water/Eau, ***Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, ***Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, *Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, *Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, *Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Flower Oil, *Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Leaf Oil, *Origanum Majorana (Marjoram Sweet) Leaf Oil, Pentylene Glycol, *Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, ***Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, *Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin Extract, *Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Sweet) Peel Oil, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, *Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Red) Peel Oil, *Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Leaf Oil, ***Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, **Citral, **Geraniol, **Linalool, **Benzyl Benzoate, **Limonene, **Citronellol.*Essential Oil. **Potential Allergen. ***Certified Organic.

#18 Blu Atlas Conditioner

This is a skincare brand located in New York that produces top-notch grooming products for men, although they are suitable for both men and women. Their Blu Atlas conditioner works well for individuals with any type of hair.

This conditioner is designed to moisturize hair without making it feel heavy. It targets common hair problems such as dullness, dryness, breakage, and frizz using ingredients like Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, and Barley Protein. Additionally, it helps soothe dry scalp, repair damage, add depth, and restore shine.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Propanediol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Barley Protein, Sodium Phytate, Natural Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.


The natural texture of curly hair tends to lack moisture and can become dry and brittle due to chemical treatments and daily grooming. To restore their appearance, it’s important to use hydrating conditioners that can infuse water molecules into the hair. When choosing a conditioner, consumers should be mindful of the ingredients since a good selection can help improve the hair’s quality, bounce, and body.


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