Which is the best conditioner for curly hair

Looking for the best conditioner for curly hair? Who isn’t?!

This list has you covered.

conditioner for curly hair in the bathroom

There’s a lot of choice out there! We broadly know what to avoid, but wouldn’t it be great if there was a list that would just tell us..😉


I’ve compiled a list of 10 CGM approved conditioners which are available in the UK across the whole budget range.

I’ve checked all the ingredients so you don’t have to!

Even if you are not following the Curly Girl Method, the rules that it applies to conditioners are still very helpful when making a decision about which conditioner will be best for your curly hair. 

Read my full post on the Curly Girl Method

The list below is based on the idea that you are using conditioner as a follow-up to a shampoo or low-poo cleanser. 

best conditioner for curly hair to use in the shower

There is co-washing as well, of course, but that it a one-step process and will not require additional conditioner.

You might find this post helpful:

Co-wash, Low-poo or Shampoo? A Revealing Guide to the Best Cleanser

It will help you decide which product to use to cleanse your curls.

For now, let’s work on finding you the best conditioner for curly hair. There is a balancing act here. We want to retain and add additional moisture to our hair without making our roots greasy or weighing down our curls.

If you are already following CGM (Curly Girl Method) you will know what the big rules are. Just to run through them again..

Curly Girl Method Rules For Conditioner

  • No silicones

Silicones are often added to conditioners to fight frizz, provide slip, colour protection and add shine. The problem is that they sit on the surface of your hair and can build up, making it seem greasy. This leads to the temptation to wash more frequently. An excess of silicone on the scalp can also lead to build-up that can be mistaken for dandruff.

  • No drying alcohols

These alcohols draw moisture away from your hair, causing the cuticle to roughen. This in turn dries hair out and can make it brittle and prone to breakage. 

Read my post on the different types of alcohol in your hair products

  • No mineral oils or waxes 

These are commonly found in conditioners and can build up on your hair. They are difficult to remove and can weigh curls down.

  • Parabens

There isn’t a definitive CGM stance on parabens. They are used widely as a preservative across the hair/cosmetics industry. Parabens have been called hormone-disrupters and are often considered possible carcinogens but many still consider them to be safe. 

Not all the conditioners in this list are paraben-free. I will include ‘paraben-free’ in the description if they are.

Sometimes I will recommend one conditioner from a range when in fact the whole range is CGM approved and worth looking into further!

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With this in mind, here come the Curly Girl Method approved conditioners, all of which fit the criteria listed above

The Conditioners

Budget Friendly

Faith in Nature Natural Aloe Vera Conditioner

  • nourishes hair and calms an itchy scalp
  • 100% natural fragrance
  • paraben free
  • vegan society-approved and cruelty-free

Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Conditioner

  • paraben free
  • vegan and cruelty free
  • 97% natural ingredients
  • sea kelp and avocado oil nourish and tame curls

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner

  • calms an irritated scalp
  • rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus revives and replenishes

A Little Treat

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana 3-in-1 Dry Hair Mask Treatment

  • 3 in 1 can be used as a conditioner, leave-in or mask
  • 98% natural ingredients
  • vegan formula
  • lightweight

Bouclème Curl Conditioner

  • highly hydrating
  • protects hair from environmental stresses
  • lightweight
  • paraben free
  • cruelty free

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Conditioner

  • nourishes and strengthens
  • provides colour protection
  • antioxidant rich
  • paraben free

Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Conditioner

  • deep conditions and softens
  • provides slip
  • 98% naturally derived ingredients
  • vegan and cruelty free

Push The Boat Out

Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner (UK only)

  • lightweight
  • blocks humidity to fight frizz
  • paraben free
  • cruelty free

Aesop Nurturing Conditioner

  • formulated for dry, stressed or chemically treated hair
  • contains shea butter
  • enhanced with vitamin E

Bonus Tip!

Once you find a great conditioner that you and your curls love, you can also use it as a leave-in! Read my post on Squish to Condish to find out more

I hope this list is helpful and takes a bit of the stress out of finding the best conditioner for curly hair.

A great conditioner will make a huge difference and Curly Girl Method approved products are a great place to start!

You might want to check out my post on shampoo!

Interestingly, many of the conditioners which match the CGM-approved shampoos are not CGM-approved themselves.. One reason why it’s always a good idea to check the ingredients, even from a brand you are familiar with.

Have you got a conditioner in mind that isn’t on this list? You can copy the ingredients into Curlsbot to find out if it is Curly Girl Method approved.

Lauren xx

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