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Top 10 Drugstore Products For Curly Hair

We Found 10 Budget-Friendly Products for Curly Hair That Actually Work

We Found 10 Budget-Friendly Products for Curly Hair That Actually Work

Curly hair is often envied but sometimes cursed by those who have it. It takes time and dedication to find the perfect potion for any particular set of curls, but it's entirely possible—especially when the following curly hair products are enlisted. It doesn't hurt, either, that they're all available at your local drugstore. Whether you have tight ringlets or super parched and processed locks that have fallen on the limp side, it's possible to breath new life into your hair to make it more manageable and deeply nourished. Everyone will be wondering what your secret is. The real secret, however, may be that none of the answers break the bank! Opening image: @devacurl

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May 3, 2018

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The Rankings


SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold & Shine Daily Moisture Mist

Our Score

BEST FOR: Transforming those dry curls into smooth, silky (never crunchy) locks.  

USERS SAID: "I ordered this thinking that it was just going to be for refreshing a wash 'n go hairstyle. When I got it, on a whim I decided just to spritz my hair with some water and spray it on, my hair is now dry and literally feels like silk! This is already an absolute favorite!"


Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Our Score

BEST FOR: Instantly balancing out the amount of moisture you have in your hair (and it's color-safe!).

FUN FACT: Lots of people who love this suggest using it as a "co-wash" with your other favorite shampoo!


Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo

Our Score

BEST FOR: Consider Yes to Carrots your affordable answer to a soothing dandruff treatment. 

USERS SAID:  "This shampoo makes my hair oh so very soft. It is just like the 'big brand' names that make all sorts of commercials with women throwing their hair about....but they are better!" 


SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Our Score

BEST FOR: Do you have unruly, tangly tresses? This "smoothie" will straighten (and silken) you right out.  

LOVED FOR: This is a no-wash treatment. Smooth it through your hair for nourished curls and head out the door with confidence. 


SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Our Score

BEST FOR: Those with majorly over-processed frizzy hair will find salvation in this restorative conditioner.

FUN FACT: Help your hair get its bounce back! This leave-in treatment restores shine while promoting hair elasticity.


TRESemmé Botanique Nourish + Replenish Conditioner

Our Score

BEST FOR: Love to play with your looks? Your hair will be far more manageable when it comes to styling after a healthy dose of TRESemme's conditioner. 

USERS SAID: "Wow. I have tried every other product, expensive, inexpensive, and mid-range, to calm my coarse, frizzy, tangled mess of curls. They all leave them limp, crusty, frizzy, or shapeless. But this conditioner has now been my tried and true for years."


Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Jelly

Our Score

BEST FOR: Defining a head of tight curls. 

HELPFUL TIP: Use on wet hair for a soft hold or on dry hold for a strong hold. 


DevaCurl STYLING CREAM Touchable Curl Definer

Our Score

BEST FOR: Transform the texture of your hair with DevaCurl, thanks to the addition of tapioca starch to the ingredients list.

LOVED FOR: Jojoba protein in the formula is designed to strengthen hair.


Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier

Our Score

BEST FOR: To fortify your hair in the face of a hairdryer, you'll want to reach for Tigi's Amplifier.

USERS SAID: "Adding to the rave reviews... I have fine hair with big curls, prone to frizz and with some unruly strands (especially the new gray hairs that curl oddly). This product makes my curls soft, bouncy, and well defined, and the good shape lasts even overnight (which for me never happens)."


DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

Our Score

BEST FOR: Is your hair super, super, super curly? You'll never have felt as good or in control of your curls as when you try this Coconut SuperCream on for size. 

LOVED FOR: What could be a better bonus than a delightful, natural coconut scent trailing you everywhere you go?  

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