16 Trusted Shampoos People With Curly Hair Swear By

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  • Choosing the best shampoo for curly hair can be tricky.
  • The key is to find a hydrating, yet lightweight formula that won't weigh down curls.
  • We've rounded up our favorite, expert-approved shampoo picks for every curl type, no matter your budget.

Not all hair types are created equal, and finding a shampoo for your curly hair can often prove especially challenging. After all, they need to be thick enough to moisturize but light enough to not weigh or flatten your curls down, and strong enough to cleanse through to the root but gentle enough not to damage the shaft. And when you factor in the frizz component when picking out your curly hair products? Forget about it.

The good news is more and more brands are catering to naturally curly-haired consumers, and more of those consumers are being vocal about what truly works. From hydrating to "life-changing," read on for the best shampoos that your curls have been waiting for (for as low as $6), and discover more expert-approved products for curly hair here.

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Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
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Aveda Be Curly Shampoo

Achieve a gentle cleanse with this highly-rated Aveda Be Curly Shampoo ($28), which contains wheat protein and organic aloe for helping to define and expand curls. The brand's "pure-fume" — a blend of bergamot, citrus, and plant essence — also leaves strands smelling amazing.


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Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl Shampoo
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Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl Shampoo

The exotic blend of Brazilian oils in this Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl Shampoo ($31) works to moisturize, while a special curve-defining polymer targets frizz for smooth, bouncy curls. According to fans (it has five stars on Ulta.com), a little goes a long way, so you should be able to get your money's worth.

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Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Avocado Hydrating Shampoo
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Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Avocado Hydrating Shampoo

Hydrate hair (without weighing it down) with this Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Avocado Hydrating Shampoo ($26), which contains shea butter and avocado oil for added softness (and no heavy silicones). Also safe for colored, relaxed, and chemically or keratin-treated hair, among reviewers' praises is that they can't stop touching their strands after use.


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Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo
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Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo

Definition meets hydration in this Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo ($18), made with a blend of chamomile, vitamins, corn oil, and wheat proteins. The brand's website is chock-full of positive comments (it has a 4.7 star rating) from enthusiasts — which says a lot, considering it's been a go-to for curly folks everywhere for years.


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SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
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SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo

Recommended for thick, curly hair, the sulfate-free SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo ($12) contains coconut oil, silk protein, hibiscus flower extracts, and neem oil for not only hydrating hair, but boosting shine. The price is as affordable as the scent is intoxicating.

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Ouai Thick Hair Shampoo
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Ouai Thick Hair Shampoo

This vegan Ouai Thick Hair Shampoo ($28) is formulated with a Smart Technology Complex designed to target damaged spots, restoring and protecting the hair cuticle. Fans also love the subtle clean scent it leaves behind.


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Miss Jessie's Honey Harmless Gentle Wash
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Miss Jessie's Honey Harmless Gentle Wash

You don't have to worry that your hair will end up a tangled mess once you're done massaging the product in, so long as you use the Miss Jessie's Honey Harmless Gentle Wash ($14). It's made to gently cleanse the hair — hence the word "harmless" in the name — using honey and humectants, while not tangling or knotting up the hair in the process.

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Carol's Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Gentle Cream Cleanser
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Carol's Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Gentle Cream Cleanser

This beloved Carol's Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Gentle Cream Cleanser ($11) is formulated with nourishing oils (such as marula, olive, and sweet almond), as well as jojoba, honey, and rice extract for moisturizing and expanding curls. The brand also boasts six times more manageability and two times more definition.

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Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Sulfate-Free Shampoo
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Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Yeah, you can't beat the price of the Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($3), but it will also lather your curly hair with a blend oils (including coconut, macadamia, and jojoba) that will leave your curls feeling silky-soft and defined.

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The Doux No Scrubs Exfoliating Shampoo
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The Doux No Scrubs Exfoliating Shampoo

Need to get rid of product buildup? The The Doux No Scrubs Exfoliating Shampoo ($13) will help you do that. Not only does the nondrying formula cleanse the hair without stripping it, but you'll also feel the post-braid residue being lifted from your scalp, thanks to the slight tingle from the tea tree oil it's made with.

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4C Only Too Clean Shampoo
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4C Only Too Clean Shampoo

The 4C Only Too Clean Shampoo ($23) is one of four products initially launched by the brand specifically made for people with 4C hair. The shampoo itself is packaged in a 12-ounce jar — yes, a jar — and is made with aloe-vera leaf and argan oil to make your hair feel extra moisturized and nourished.

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Not Your Mother's Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower and Mango Butter Curl Defining Shampoo
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Not Your Mother's Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower and Mango Butter Curl Defining Shampoo

This Not Your Mother's Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower and Mango Butter Curl Defining Shampoo ($9) is made with Tahitian gardenia flower and mango butter for smooth, shapely, and shiny curls. It's among the top rated on Target.com and Amazon.com (and smells like a tropical vacation).

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OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo
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OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo

Quench as you cleanse with this OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo ($6), infused with coconut, honey, and citrus oil for added hydration and softness. Reviewers have also cited less frizz and breakage after use.


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Txtr by Cantu ACV + Tea Tree Soothing Shampoo
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Txtr by Cantu ACV + Tea Tree Soothing Shampoo

The nozzle on Txtr by Cantu ACV + Tea Tree Soothing Shampoo ($10) allows you to apply its thoroughly cleansing formula from your scalp all the way down to your ends. It contains apple cider vinegar, which sloughs off any debris sitting on hair to enhance its shine and a slew of oils to help moisturize and soothe.

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Verb Hydrating Shampoo
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Verb Hydrating Shampoo

Verb Hydrating Shampoo ($18) gently cleanses your curls — never stripping of its color. It also makes sure your hair stays touchably soft with its shot of moisturizing vitamin B5.



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Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Shampoo
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Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Shampoo

It doesn't just smell freaking delicious — like a tropical drink you'd order at a beach resort — but the Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Shampoo ($9) is infused with aloe vera and coconut oil for an extra moisture punch.