Whether you have wavy hair, loose curls or kinky coils, consistently following a personalised haircare routine can keep your tresses looking and feeling at their best. And now that summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to re-think your regime to protect it from UV damage AND define your natural texture – all while adding moisture for plenty of shine.

To help you take your haircare routine to the next level, we’ve scoured the internet for the top-rated, cult favourite buys for curly and textured hair, including curl conditioners and shampoos.

1. Cantu Avocado Hydrating Shampoo, £7.99 here

Cantu Avocado Hydrating Shampoo

A good curl care routine should always include a soothing, sulphate-free shampoo that gently cleanses the tresses while nourishing the scalp and minimising the risk of breakage or chemical damage. Cantu’s Avocado Hydrating Shampoo is infused with natural ingredients to strengthen your hair bonds including pure shea butter and avocado oil. The result? Super soft, hydrated hair that has been thoroughly cleansed and boasts a beautiful shine.

What one Superdrug reviewer says: “Loved it! It definitely does what it says! Extremely hydrating. Left my hair feeling soft, smooth and silky for a shampoo. There wasn't much lather but it was just enough. I especially loved the scent. Long-lasting with a pleasant scent. I would DEFINITELY purchase again!! Awesome!”

2. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner, £7.33 here

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

For curls that are dry, damaged and in need of some extra TLC, Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner is the perfect solution. Made with super nourishing natural ingredients – including Shea Butter, Argan Oil and Sea Kelp – this must-have curl conditioner repairs broken hair bonds, while moisturising your mane to restore its natural shine. For best results, apply a generous amount of this miracle-working conditioner onto clean hair and use a comb to evenly distribute the product before rinsing.

What one Boots reviewer says: “The best conditioner I have ever used. The conditioner feels very thin so I was worried it won’t do the job but it is perfect! Not too heavy on the hair and it smells amazing too. Leaves your hair soft and defined.”

3. Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk, £7.99 here

Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk

When it comes to caring for curly or textured hair, it’s essential that you add moisture to hair on a regular basis for it to look and feel at its best. That’s why having a good leave-in conditioner on standby is a must for healthy hair all year round. We recommend Camille Rose’s Curl Love Moisture Milk – a softening leave-in conditioning cream that has been made with organic avocado, castor and macadamia oils to lock in moisture and shine. Apply this moisture-rich leave-in conditioner to wet hair before styling your tresses as desired.

What one Boots reviewer says: “It is very moisturising and leaves the hair soft and amazing. I have tried a lot of products but nothing worked well on my hair except this one. I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for a real effective moisturiser.”

4. Wakati Oil-Infused Cream, £10.99 here

Wakati Oil-Infused Cream

If you are looking for a product to define your curls without leaving behind unwanted product residue and a crunchy texture, then look no further than Wakati’s Oil Infused Cream. Made with jojoba oils and organic shea butter, this deep-conditioning cream can be used post-wash to enhance your natural texture. Just one application will leave your hair feeling stronger, smoother, shiny and in great shape for your hairstyle of choice.

What one Boots reviewer says: “So many products meant for Afro hair can only be used on curly/wavy 3c hair. This actually works for 4c’s. You can let the Afro out on protected style days and it won’t be crispy crunchy at the end of the day.”

5. Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Divine Leave In Conditioner, £12.99 here

Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Divine Leave In Conditioner

Much-loved American curl care brand Carol’s Daughter officially launched in the UK earlier this year in Superdrug and has received rave reviews from fans ever since. One of the most in-demand products in the range is Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Divine Leave-In Conditioner which uses key ingredients – such as castor oil, black cumin seeds and ginger – to stimulate healthy hair growth. What’s more, this leave-in conditioner promises to effortlessly detangle your curls and tame frizzy hair with every use.

What one Superdrug reviewer says: “Excellent product! My hair has never felt and looked this healthy. It was like putting silk in my hair.”

6. ORS Olive Oil Max Super Softening Deep Treatment, £8.99 here

ORS Olive Oil Max Super Softening Deep Treatment

Whether your tresses are natural, textured or relaxed, using a deep moisturising hair mask or treatment at-home on a regular basis can rapidly improve the health of your hair. Supercharge by moisturising minerals – such as Rice Water Rosemary Oil, Electrolytes and Olive Oil – ORS’s Oil Max Super Softening Deep Treatment replenishes all curl patterns. Not only will this hard-working treatment increase the elasticity of each strand, but it promises to lock in this moisture for days after use to prevent breakage and promote healthy hair growth.

What one ORS Haircare reviewer says: “Purchased on a whim since I was running out of another product. I wanted something to revive my natural hair after applying heat. In one shampoo and condition using this product, all of my curls returned, and my hair is softer, stronger and more moisturised than I can ever remember. Thanks a bunch, ORS!”

7. Gisou Honey Infused Scalp Treatment, £37 here

Gisou Honey Infused Scalp Treatment

If you have curly or textured hair, you may find that your scalp can get dry and flaky quite quickly if you don’t take time to replenish your skin barrier with moisturisers or natural oils. We recommend Gisou’s Honey Infused Scalp Treatment – a vitamin-rich formulation that uses Mirsalehi honey, organic rice protein and omegas to rejuvenate and soothe the scalp with regular use.

What one Cult Beauty reviewer says: “I've suffered with scalp issues since I was little and I have been through probably hundreds of products trying to find something that works to soothe the itchiness. I picked up a bottle of this after having lots of success with the rest of the Gisou range, and I was not disappointed! I use this anytime I have some itchiness and it instantly soothes and cools, as well as giving long-term relief. Definitely give it a try if your scalp is feeling stressed!”

8. Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash, £24.50 here

Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash

Co-washing is a technique that involves skipping the shampoo and only using conditioner to cleanse your tresses to preserve its natural oils. Aveda’s Be Curly Co-Wash is a sulphate-free conditioning wash that has been formulated with certified organic babassu oil to moisturise your mane, strand by strand, and soothe your scalp. Designed specifically for textured hair, this lightweight co-wash works wonders on all curl patterns, tames frizz and locks in moisture for up to three days.

What one LookFantastic reviewer says: “I've been co-washing for years in between shampooing with conditioner, but my scalp was never happy with it. I wanted to be gentle still so changed up to a proper co-wash by Aveda and my hair and scalp are so much happier! I only shampoo every month now, instead of every other wash, to remove hard water buildup. This cleans really well without stripping my hair.”

9. Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey Twisting Souffle, £12.49 here

Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey Twisting Souffle

Mielle Organics recently gained popularity in the UK after the brand’s best-selling range for curly and textured hair went viral on TikTok. Suitable for all curl types and textures, Mielle Organics’ Pomegranate and Honey Twisting Souffle is ideal for securing and defining protective styles such as braids or twist-outs. Not only does this formula smell great, but it provides a semi-deep definition while conditioning and protecting every strand.

What one Beauty Bay reviewer says: “Great results after my first twist out. It provides great moisture and nutrients for my hair. I think it works better for my hair texture than other brands. I'm sure this will be my new favourite.”

10. Philip Kingsley Bond Builder Split End Remedy, £27 here

Philip Kingsley Bond Builder Split End Remedy

From chemical damage to heat styling and a lack of moisture, there are many reasons why you may experience breakage or split ends ever so often. Philip Kingsley’s Bond Builder Split End Remedy is a hero product that immediately improves the appearance of split ends with just one use. Plus, this curl-protecting product shields your strands and split ends from any further damage – caused by heat, UV or pollution – for up to three washes.

What one LookFantastic reviewer says: “I got this as a freebie through LookFantastic, it’s not a brand I have ever really used or been interested in but this product is amazing! I’ve seen such a difference since the first use. My hair feels stronger and healthier and everyone has commented on how shiny my hair is looking. I'm not sure if this is supposed to make your hair shinier but it’s the only new addition to my hair care routine. I will definitely be making this a staple in my haircare routine.”


By Editor