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11 Best Shampoos for Curly Hair

Looking to get your curls through the summer looking great, feeling bouncy and, most importantly, hydrated and moisturized? Then your best bet is to find a quality shampoo for curls that will protect and nourish them all throughout your beach-going days.

It’s hard to keep curls, which are naturally prone to dryness and always in need of extra moisture, healthy and happy throughout the summer months. During this season, extra tender loving care will make all the difference.

While there are plenty of heat-protectant and hydrating products to use after washing your tresses for additional nourishment, it’s your basic haircare product that should tend to all the major necessities – in other words, your shampoo.

Here is a list of the eleven best shampoos for curly hair, all of which act as the perfect basis for a healthy, nourishing hair care regime.

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OGX Coconut Curls Shampoo

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OGX Coconut Shampoo for Curly Hair 385 ml Sulfate Free Surfactants
  • Curl enhancing hydrating shampoo
  • Defines and enhances curls
  • Leaves hair smooth and bouncy. The shampoo is safe for color treated hair
  • With Coconut Oil, Sweet Honey and Citrus Oil
  • Sulphate free surfactant hair care system

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Drench your curls in a deliciously wholesome blend of coconut and citrus oil, and sweet honey by ways of OGX’s Coconut Curls Shampoo. It’ll allow you to get your tan on without having to worry about returning home to an absolute frizz-fest.

This sulphate free surfactant haircare system gives your tresses the hydration and moisture needed to last an entire beach-day without drying out. The citrus oil acts as a natural booster for decadent, smooth and bouncy spirals, enhancing them with a natural shine.

It is safe for colour-treated hair and comes with the tropical fragrance that rounds off the ultimate beach-going experience. OGX is on a mission to help you fall in love with your hair and we can almost guarantee this shampoo will make that click happen after the first wash.

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo

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Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo 400 ml
  • Rich lather removes heavy buildup
  • Gentle formula prevents breakage
  • Great for natural & colored hair 
  • Made with pure shea butter and formulated without harsh ingredients
  • 400ml

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Reach for the king of all curl products: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo, the 2014 Ebony Mag MVP winner.

With its unique, lather-rich formula, this shampoo maintains all your curls’ natural oils, thus preventing breakage caused by dryness, heat, and other factors. It does not weigh your hair down, unlike other shampoos, allowing your curls to maintain their natural volume.

Free of sulphates, parabens and silicones, this shampoo fits perfectly into the Curly Girl Method and offers a deeply cleansing experience with a refreshing fragrance. It works great across all curl types from wavy to coily.

Crème of Nature with Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Sulphate Free Hair Shampoo 354 ml
  • A sulphate-free formula that hydrates hair and adds Exotic Shine.
  • Gently cleanses the hair without harsh moisture stripping agents.
  • Strengthens hair while optimizing the moisture balance of the hair and scalp.
  • Helps to detangle, soften and boost Exotic Shine
  • Infused with Argan Oil from Morocco.

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Treat your hair to an exotic shine with this sulphate-free formula by Crème of Nature with Argan oil from Morocco. The Moisture and Shine Shampoo is deeply cleansing without stripping your curls of their natural oils.

Its super softening properties will make detangling your hair easier than ever whilst optimizing the moisture balance of both your curls and your scalp, hence, it is also a great choice for those prone to sensitive skin and itchiness.

Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Shampoo 500ml for Itchy, Flaky, Dry Scalp | Anti Dandruff | Care for Psoriasis & Eczema | Scalp Spots & Pimples | Pharmaceutical grade
  • ✅ Tea tree oil shampoo – Hair Clean by Australian Bodycare contains only Pharmaceutical Grade Australian Tea Tree Oil. We searched high and low to find the highest-quality ingredients we could to...
  • ✅ Dry and itchy scalp shampoo - Moisturizing is also key in keeping itchiness and dryness at bay, that is why this Tea Tree Oil Hair Clean Shampoo from Australian Bodycare is mild and Contains...
  • ✅ Treatment for Spots and pimples on scalp - Keeping your scalp clean is essential to minimizing scalp problems. Use products designes to treat spots and pimples on the scalp. We recommend that you...
  • ✅ Shampoo to get rid of dandruff - This amazing shampoo keeps your hair soft, shiny, and manageable as it helps remove dandruff, flakes, and dead skin cells. Apply this anti dandruff shampoo on your...
  • ✅ 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked, and no returns necessary. If you are not completely satisfied with the product, we will refund your entire purchase

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This shampoo may be on the pricier side of the curl-care product spectrum, but given that it has travelled all the way from Australia, and is infused with healing, moisturizing properties, we believe it’s way worth the extra pennies.

The Tea Tree Oil Shampoo from the Australian Bodycare brand is a pharmaceutical grade, 100% vegan shampoo that combats most issues many of us curly ladies and gents are prone to: namely eczema, itchy, flaky and dry scalp and sensitive skin.

Made with 100% natural Australian tea tree oil, it gives your curls a healthy boost whilst dealing with any skin problems in as little as two weeks!

Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo

Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydrating Shampoo 384ml
  • Helps provide renewed hydration, manageability and shine
  • Leave hair wrapped in a light coastal Coconut Breeze.
  • Lift away impurities and re-hydrate hair

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Shea Moisture is one of the most popular brands for curl care, and for good reason: made up of quality, 100% natural ingredients, you’ll never have to question what it is you’re treating your hair with.

The brand’s Daily Hydration Shampoo with virgin coconut oil, coconut milk and acacia sourced from Senegal, cleanses and nourishes all curl types, wrapping them in a light, coastal coconut breeze. This shampoo is sulphate free, colour safe and lifts away any impurities.

Not only is this shampoo a treat to your curls, but it is also incredibly soothing for the skin, leaving your scalp feeling clean and refreshed. It is easily dispersed throughout your hair and allows you to detangle your tresses in the shower while they are still wet.

Trademark Gnarly Joe EST. MMXVII 100% Natural Shampoo

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Gnarly Joe Shampoo for Men. 100% Natural African Black Soap, with Shea Butter, Argan Oil and Coconut, 250 ml
  • CONDITIONS & MOISTURISES – Formulated to hydrate, condition and moisturise both skin and hair, Gnarly Joe 100% Natural Shampoo is kind to sensitive skin. Joe’s Shampoo doesn’t have artificial...
  • HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH – Gnarly Joe 100% Natural Shampoo for men is uniquely formulated to help you grow, nourish, style and strengthen your hair. Joe’s Shampoo helps prevent split-end damage, and...
  • 100% NATURAL – This unique, vegan-friendly blend made with African Black Soap, Argan Oil, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil helps soothe dry skin, prevent flakes and reduce irritation. Subtly fragranced...
  • UNIQUE SHAMPOO – Gnarly Joe Shampoo only contains 100% Natural ingredients such as Pod Ash, which gives it a unique brown colour. It’s light in texture and lathers beautifully into a rich, white...
  • EASY TO USE – Drench your hair with warm water. Using the handy pump-dispenser, put a couple of pumps of the natural brown liquid into your hand and massage thoroughly into your scalp, making sure...

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Here’s one for you curly lads in search of a natural shampoo that will help maintain your locks’ bounce whether you’re planning on spending a day getting your beach volleyball on or simply sizzling in the sun with frequent dips in the ocean.

Trademark Gnarly Joe’s 100% Natural Shampoo made with African Black Soap, argan oil, shea butter and coconut oil gives your curls the conditioning treatment needed to stay hydrated throughout the whole day.

This sweet-smelling liquid shampoo works up a great lather and is gentle on sensitive skin, keeping its naturally balanced pH and supporting follicle hydration for overall hair health.

Free of sulphates, SLS, parabens and synthetic ingredients, this is the elixir your curls have been craving all along.

Maui Moisture Curl Quench & Coconut Oil Shampoo

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Maui Moisture Vegan Shampoo for Curly Hair, Coconut Oil & Aloe Vera, 385 ml
  • Moisturising shampoo for curly hair
  • Helps to smooth and define hair curls
  • Leaves curls frizz-free and full of bounce
  • Shampoo with aloe vera, coconut water, coconut oil, papaya fruit extract and plumeria extract
  • Sulfate free hair mask and free from silicones, synthetic dyes and mineral oils

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For real curl power, you can’t go wrong with Maui Moisture’s Curl Quench & Coconut Oil Shampoo, specifically made for thick, curly hair and those who prefer a vegan alternative to their hair care and beauty products.

Made with 100% aloe vera as its main ingredient, its nourishing fusion of papaya fruit and plumeria extract, along with coconut water and oil, is deeply hydrating while its fragrance will evoke holiday-feelings.

Packed with curl-boosting botanicals, it will leave your hair silky smooth, soft, and shiny with a perky bounce.

Redken Curvaceous High Foam Shampoo

REDKEN | Curvaceous | No Sulfate | High Foam Curly & Wavy | Hair Shampoo 300 ml
  • Ingredients: Aqua/water/eau, sodium cocoylisethionate, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate,cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate,sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, glycol distearate,...
  • A lightweight cleanser without sulphate and Paraben formula
  • Gently removes impurities without stripping vital moisture
  • Formulated curl memory complex with sugar crystals, moringa oil and uv filter
  • Infuses curls with lightweight moisture

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We like to trick our brains into believing that, the more lather our shampoo works up, the deeper the cleansing experience and the softer it will leave our curls. This isn’t at all true, though – it’s purely psychological.

The truth is that even a low lather, as is the case with Redken’s Curvaceous High Foam Shampoo, can thoroughly cleanse your scalp and your curls, without stripping them off their natural oils. It’ll also leave you with just as much bounce as a lather-rich shampoo, if not more.

It is not the cheapest option and even curly-heads desperate for a new and effective shampoo alternative might find themselves feeling put off. However, you’ll be surprised at just how little is needed for excellent results.

Just a little pea-sized dollop of this shampoo will leave your hair squeaky clean and ready to show off its best curl game – bouncy, well-defined, healthy and with a wonderful glow.

DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence

DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence, 32 oz
  • 32 oz Chufa Milk: rich in vitamins and minerals to nourish, moisturize and revitalize hair Quinoa Protein to strengthen, protect, condition, define, and add shine to hair Grapeseed Oil adds shine and...

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By now, the DevaCurl brand is deserving of its own fan club; in fact, it’s surprising that the many Vloggers on YouTube haven’t teamed up yet to collectively sing this brand its praise, because they all swear by it.

Many newcomers to the Curly Girl Method turn to the DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence Cleanser as their first venture into sulphate, paraben and silicone-free shampoos, and few go on to switch it for another shampoo alternative. Stick with what’s good, right?

Formulated specifically for super curly hair, this shampoo works wonders on kinky curls and coils that are extremely thirsty and in constant need of moisturizing and hydration.

Work this lather-free shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips and observe just how quickly your curls will feel drenched, refreshed and ultra-clean.

Made with Chufa milk and quinoa protein, the No-Poo Decadence shampoo strengthens your hair and reduces breakage, keeping your hair conditioned and your curls popping!

Davines Essential Haircare OI Shampoo

Davines Essential Haircare OI Shampoo - Absolute Beautifying Shampoo 280ml
  • Frangance for the designer house of Davines
  • An oil shampoo for men and woman
  • Davines - 881-35552
  • 280 ml bottle
  • Oil Shampoo - Unisex

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Davines’ super gentle and volumizing Essential Haircare OI Shampoo, is the go-to for prepping your curls prior to hitting the beach. Featuring ellagic acid, this shampoo neutralises free radicals and shields your curls from UV damage.

Made with Amazonian roucou oil, it acts as a great antioxidant and promotes luscious volume and hair growth, while keeping grey hairs at bay by stimulating your curls’ production of melanin.

Thanks to its protective properties, it has been dubbed the “hair whisperer” in the naturally curly world. It also features emollients that will keep your hair hydrated and lend a beautiful shine to your locks.

Designed for both men and women in mind, this oil-based shampoo comes with a natural, neutral fragrance – refreshing but not at all overpowering, so it’s a great choice for anyone sensitive to smell.

Garnier True Treasures Nourishing & Regenerative Shampoo

Garnier True Treasures Shampoo, Mythical Olive, Nourishes and Regenerates very dry, stressed hair, paraben-free, 250 ml
  • This shampoo brings new life to very dry, stressed hair.
  • Based on the beauty rituals of women from the Mediterranean.
  • Virgin olive oil nourishes and regenerates hair deeply - from root to tip.
  • Gives hair more shine and suppleness and it is significantly easier to comb.
  • The weightless care formula with natural extracts contains no parabens.

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Born under the L’Óreal umbrella, the Garnier brand has established itself as one of the most popular among haircare and skincare products. It offers a wide range of sister brands including Fructis – especially popular amongst younger curly-heads – and Whole Blends.

Whole Blends offers a variety of shampoos and hair care products for all hair and curl types, all of which are paraben-free, solidary-sourced and extremely gentle and nourishing. Another great plus is the fact that their packaging is made of 30% recycled materials.

A favourite Whole Blends product among the curly community, is its True Treasures Shampoo – a regenerative and vitalizing shampoo that acts as a gentle and effective therapy on very dry and stressed hair. In other words, symptoms curls are prone to.

Made with virgin olive oil, this weightless care formula contains natural extracts and gives your curls the lightness needed to get that bounce you’ve been missing.

With a wonderful fragrance reminiscent of Mediterranean holidays, this shampoo is not only effective but promotes feel-good vibes too.

Hati

I come from a land far, far away... and my hair is very curly, obviously! I have started this blog to share curly hair stories and what I use to manage my own hair. My other main passions are food, art and literature.

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