18 Clean Curly-Hair Products That’ll Keep Your Coils in Shape — Minus All the Bad Stuff
Amping up your beauty routine with clean products can be a bit of a difficult undertaking, especially when it comes to hair care. But that doesn't have to be the case, at least not for everyone. Believe it or not, the popularity of clean curly-hair products — not to be confused with organic curly-hair products — is on the rise, and there are tons of products on the market that are free of controversial ingredients deemed potentially harmful.
The actual definition of clean beauty depends on who you ask, but for the most part, a product is considered "clean" when it's free of chemicals like phthalates, parabens, silicones, triclosan, and oxybenzone. Usually the absence of these ingredients will be called out on a product's label, and some of our favorite retailers (like Sephora, for example) even have dedicated sections online that promote clean products that have been given their seals of approval.
In case you're in need of a few suggestions on which clean curly-hair products to add to your washing and styling routine, read ahead to check out a few of our favorites.
NaturAll Club Fresh Avocado Deep Conditioner
NaturAll Club Fresh Avocado Deep Conditioner ($13) is made with ingredients so fresh (like avocados, coconut oil, and shea butter) it has to be refrigerated. The mask moisturizes and detangles hair while leaving your curls looking soft, shiny, and healthy.
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
With ingredients like vitamin B and almond oil, the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($36) is a weekly conditioning treatment that can hydrate and strengthen hair in as little as five minutes.
Form Multitask Leave-In Lotion
Think of Form Multitask Leave-In Lotion ($32) as a product that'll give you three treatments for the price of one. The lightweight product uses coconut oil, argan oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil to moisturize the hair, prep it for styling, and strengthen it against potential breakage.
Earth's Nectar Green Olive and Lavender Scalp Oil
This Earth's Nectar Green Olive and Lavender Scalp Oil ($19) combats hair loss, supports growth, controls scalp itchiness, and simply calms the senses with lavender, too. It also helps remove excess product buildup and dandruff while moisturizing all hair types at the same time.
SheaMoisture 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil
SheaMoisture 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil ($9) is a classic haircare ingredient that strengthens the hair while also adding shine and promoting healthy hair growth. Just keep in mind that because of its thickness, JBCO is better off when it's used as a sealing oil.
Pattern Beauty Jojoba Oil Hair Serum
Pattern Beauty Jojoba Oil Hair Serum ($25) is strong enough to lock moisture into your curls but also light enough that it won't make your hair feel weighed down. As a bonus, it's also rich in vitamins and nutrients and can help promote curl elasticity and scalp health.
Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Milk
Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Milk ($3) uses a blend of rich coconut oil and papaya butter to nourish and detangle your hair while also leaving your curls with just the right amount of shine and body.
The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream
The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream ($8) is about as good as its name suggests. It's packed with all the "good stuff" — like coconut oil — that keeps your hair looking shiny, healthy, and moisturized, and the best part is that you don't even have to rinse it out after applying.
Prose Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask
You probably don't pretreat your hair before shampooing too often, but Prose Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask ($38) is here to make you reconsider that. You can even customize the products with ingredients like jojoba oil, silk proteins, and mango extract for your personal hair needs.
Christophe Robin Luscious Curl Cream With Flaxseed Oil
Christophe Robin Luscious Curl Cream With Flaxseed Oil ($32) uses a nongreasy, lightweight formula — with aloe vera and flaxseed oil — to add some definition to even the thickest of curls sans the build-up.
Form Polish. Pomade
Form Polish. Pomade ($26) is one of this brand's bestsellers at Sephora. The finishing pomade prevents flyaways and limits frizz in humid climates and dry places, too. It also can help moisturize all hair textures and add shine and softness thanks to things like almond oil, shea butter, and beeswax inside.
Earth's Nectar Nourish
Earth's Nectar Nourish ($24) — a detangling, leave-in spray — features aloe juice to smooth and strengthen hair and vitamin B to fight humidity-induced frizz by coating each strand with conditioner. Hair is left hydrated and more manageable, whether it's applied to wet or dry hair, and is not weighed down either.
TPH by Taraji Never Salty Sugar Scalp Scrub
Taraji P. Henson's haircare brand TPH by Taraji is loaded with all kinds of products that promise to deliver tons of nourishment to textured and curly hair. The brand's Never Salty Sugar Scalp Scrub ($14) is infused with apple cider vinegar, peppermint oil, and coconut oil to stimulate the scalp and remove dead skin, promoting hair growth.