A few weeks ago I shared the top 20 best curly girl friendly styling gels for those who are following the curly girl method, or trying to start following the method. This week I’m sharing the top 20 best curly girl leave in conditioners. To follow the curly girl method in terms of conditioners there are a few things you should keep in mind when looking at the ingredients listed:
1. Avoid Silicones
2. Look for products with emollients, moisturizers or humectants instead
So here’s a list of awesome leave in conditioners I’ve compiled that fit the curly girl method requirements.
20 Best Curly Girl Friendly Leave In Conditioners
1. Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner(8.00): This product can be found in most local beauty supply stores, local drug stores, and in Walmart/ Target. I enjoy how light this product is, how cost effective and readily available. Meets all requirements in my book!
Ingredients: Aqua (Purifed) Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oil, Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Oil, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch (Butela Alba) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla (Anthemis Nobilis) Oil, Clary (Salvia Sclarea), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Fargara), Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, Mallow (Malya Sylvestris), Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) Oil, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Protein, Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (Corn), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived
2. Mielle Organics Organic White Peony Leave In Conditioner (15.99): You can get this product online from their website mostly, though they are expanding into some local beauty supply stores (You can check their site for locations that are available) You can also get a discount on purchases over 20.00 using discount code: TRESSES at checkout.
Ingredients: Distilled Water(aqua), organic white peony tea extract, certified organic jojoba oil, organic green tea extract, cetearyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, glucono delta lactone, cetyl alcohol, silk amino acids, certified organic argan oil, extra virgin coconut oil, hair extract complex (peppermint leaf extract, yucca leaf extract, horsetail leaf extract, nettle leaf extract, melissa leaf extract, leuconostoc, aloe barbadensis leaf, sorbus aucuparia fruit ferment filtrate, potassium sorbate, grapefruit seed extract, soluble guargum, citric acid, natural(phthalate-free) fragrance.
3. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner (11.00): You can get your hands on this leave in conditioner at your local beauty supply store, Target, or online at Amazon at a slightly higher price.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract
4. Hydratherma Naturals Protein Balance Leave-In Conditioner:(15.99) I rant and rave about this product frequently because it helps balance my moisture and pH levels by adding keratin and protein in the right amounts. This product is available on Amazon, their website, and in a few local beauty supply stores as well.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Coconut oil, Wheat Germ oil, Olive oil, Emulsifier, Silk Amino Acids, Fragrance, Germall Plus (Paraben Free Preservative), Jojoba Oil
This is a newly released product from TGIN as a part of their Moisture line and can be found in Target, Amazon, and on their website as well.
Ingredients: AQUA Water Infused with Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Camellia Cinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbedensis Leaf Juice Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argania Spinosa (Moroccan Argan) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Honey, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Flower, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Pro Vitamin B5, Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Rosemary Extract, Fragrance (Parfum).
6. Carma Care B’Leave In conditioner (12.00): I got a chance to use Carma Care’s leave in conditioner last year and fell in love with the simple yet effective ingredients. This product is only available through their website.
Ingredients: Distilled water, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, almond oil, cetyl alcohol, castor oil, aloe vera, pro-vitamin B5, rhodiola hair active, bamboo extract, PEG-8 dimethicone, benzylalcohol-DHA, potassium sorbate, tetrasodium EDTA, fragrance
Ingredients: WATER ,CETEARYL ALCOHOL ,HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE ,PVP ,CETEARETH-20 ,CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE ,DIMETHICONE ,FRAGRANCE ,FRAGRANCE ,DMDM HYDANTOIN ,POLYQUATERNIUM-4 ,PEG-4 LAURATE ,TETRASODIUM EDTA ,LAURETH-4 ,LAURETH-12 ,CITRIC ACID ,IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE ,AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL ,BENZYL ALCOHOL ,BENZYL SALICYLATE ,BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL ,CITRONELLOL ,COUMARIN ,EUGENOL ,HEXYL CINNAMAL
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Sugar Starch, Silk Protein, Essential Oil Blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitol Esters, Algae Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis, (Sage) Leaf and Equistum Arvense Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Hibiscus Flower Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient
Ingredients: Aqua, alcohol denat. (38b lavender*), pinus strobus bark extract, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice*, panthenol, astragalus gummifier gum, juniperus, oxycedrus (cade) wood oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil*, acacia senegal (arabic) gum*, rosa rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta*) seed oil*, myroxylon balsamum (balsam) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) oil*, glycerin, citrus grandis (grapefruit) extract, tocopheryl acetate, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, ascorbic acid.
Ingredients: Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Glycine Soja OilSoybean , Propylene Glycol , Polyquaternium 37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate , PPG 1 Trideceth 6 , Cetearyl Alcohol , Glycerin , Stearalkonium Chloride , Trimethylsilylamodimethicone , Panthenol , PPG 1 PEG 9 Lauryl Glycol Ether , Lanolin Oil , Cinnamidopropyl Trimonium Chloride , Hydrolyzed Collagen , Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer , Hydrolyzed Soy Protein , Benzophenone 3 , BHA , BHT , Zea Mays (Corn) OilCorn , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate , DMDM Hydantoin , Phenoxyethanol , Fragrance (Parfum)
Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, STEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, CETYL ESTERS, INULIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS OIL / JOJOBA SEED OIL, HYDROXYPROPYL GUAR, SODIUM BENZOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, OLEA EUROPAEA OIL / OLIVE FRUIT OIL, CITRIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ARGANIA SPINOSA OIL / ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, TOCOPHEROL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LIMONENE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CITRONELLOL, COUMARIN, GERANIOL
Ingredients: Water, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (dill extract), Capsicum Annuum (green pepper extract), Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Magnesium Chloride, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extact, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica Seed Oil (broccoli extract), Benzyl Alcohol, Spinacia Oleracea Leaf Extract (spinach), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Oil, Maris Limus Silt Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, Triticum Vulgare Wheat Germ Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Peel Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Dehydroacetate Acid
Ingredients: Organic mango extract, organic slipper elm, organic marshmallow root, organic lemongrass, cetyl alcohol, *behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol and natural fragrance.
14. Curl Junkie BeautiCurls Leave in Hair Conditioner (18.00)
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehip Seed) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.
Ingredients: Water, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycerin, ceteth-2, cetrimonium bromide, bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 aminoethyl PG-propyl dimethicon/hedychium coronarium (white ginger) extract/ PEG-12 dimethicone/algae extract/ aloe barbadensis leaf extract/anthemis nobilis extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) extract/ rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract/ PEG-12 dimethicone, wheatgermamidopropyl ethyldimonium ethosulfate, citric acid, blue 1 (CI 42090), DMDM hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate,
16. Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave-In Conditioner (18.00)
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Aloe Leave Juice, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Panthenol, Vegetable Gylcerin, Vitamin E, Honey, Lemon Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Fragrance, Natural Preservatives.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Jojoba, Avocado and Coconut Oils, Vegetable Wax, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Essential and/or Fragrance Oil, Ascorbic Acid & Vitamin E.
18. Alikay Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner(13.00)
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera Juice), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Natural Detangling Agent), Silk Amino Acids (Natural Protein), Vegetable Glycerin, Purnus Amygdales Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cymbopogon Flexosus (Lemongrass), Oil Extract, Fragrance (parfum), Color Additives, Botanical Blend
19. Camille Rose Coconut Water Leave-in Treatment (14.00)
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Linum Usitatissmum (Flax Seed) Oil, Shea Butter Glycerides, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Cannabis Sativa (Hemp Seed) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed) Oil, Ceteareth 20, Phenoxyethanol and Carylyl Glycol (Optphen ND), Aloe Ferox Powder, Marshmallow Root, Yucca Root, Blue Cohosh, Scent and Love.
20.Cashmere Curls Leave in Conditioner (20.00)
Ingredients: Botanically Infused H2o, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Keratin – Cashmere Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Certified Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Flower) Extract, Certified Organic Coconut Extract, Bean Tree, Lactamide MEA, Acetamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 80,Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Lactic Acid, Diisopropyl Adipate, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance
Have you used any of these leave ins before? If so which were your faves? What leave in conditioner do you think is missing from this list?
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.