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Conditioner for Curly Hair

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Waves or ringlets feeling dry and looking a little worse for wear? There’s a reason curls are more susceptible to dryness, frizz and knots when compared to other hair types.

We’ll take you through the ‘why’ and, most importantly, the solutions! Because no matter what type of curl defines your locks or your hair needs, nothing should stand in between you and a great hair day.

Best conditioner for curly hair

If you’ve struggled to find a conditioning treatment that solves your curly-haired problems, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll take you through the best conditioner for curly hair no matter what your hair’s condition or how tight the curl.


If your hair is on the dry side, there’s likely a reason behind it. Because of the structure of curly tresses, your hair’s natural oils can’t make their way down the lengths as easily as they can in straight hair.

And, if you’ve always associated dry hair to damaged hair, you’re not entirely wrong. Dry hair is ultimately weaker, less able to withstand damage from daily wear and tear and our styling habits. That’s why it’s essential to replenish moisture wherever possible – and a deep conditioner for curly hair is just the product for the job. So, what should you look for when seeking one out?

One of our best conditioners for curly hair that’s feeling dry and looking tired Smooth & Sleek Conditioner. It’s designed for women with wavy, frizzy hair that’s on the dry side.

One of our best conditioners for curly hair that’s feeling dry and looking tired Smooth & Sleek Conditioner. It’s designed for women with wavy, frizzy hair that’s on the dry side. If your hair really needs quenching, pamper it with Pantene Smooth & Sleek Masque treatment once a week. This rich formula will soak into strands leaving them as the label says, smooth and sleek.


Did you know that dry hair is also more likely to experience frizz because it’s much more absorbent than well-moisturised hair. Hair that’s completely healthy can soak up around 30% of its own weight in water, but dry hair will absorb up to 55% – almost twice as much. This absorption causes the hair to swell and become “poofy”, leading to that oh so recognisable frizz you love to hate. 

So, if you’re hair’s struggling with dryness, sorry to break it to you, but it’s likely more prone to frizz as well! Good news is, we come armed with a solution.

A good leave on oil such as Pantene Smooth & Sleek Dry Oil with Argan Oil will help you defy humidity and keep your hair well aligned at any time. Use it on dry hair for luxurious smoothness without the rewet. This, in between a hydrating everyday conditioner like our new Hair Superfood 3 Minute Miracle – it’s a conditioner that acts like a treatment for intense moisture and protection from frizz.

For hair that’s particularly coarse, dry and curly or kinky, Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil is the one for you. It soaks into hair for deep nourishment, repair and serious shine.


Anyone with a head of curls will understand the everyday struggle that comes with it – knots. Clusters of them. But, fear not our knot-prone friends, we have a curl conditioner that detangles! Yes, that’s right!

Pantene Gold Series Leave-on Detangling Milk preps and strengthens hair for styling by detangling and softening curls.

Pantene Gold Series Leave-on Detangling Milk preps and strengthens hair for styling by detangling and softening curls. Music to our ears! Begin with damp or dried hair and apply 2 pumps of hair detangler to the palm of your hand. Rub in your hands to emulsify and smooth the cream onto your hair from the mid-shaft to the ends. Comb through using your fingers and use a wide-tooth comb to finish detangling. 

Thick, coarse curly hair

Start off by using a good shampoo and conditioner that have been specially formulated for your curls – the foundation of any good haircare routine. Infused with nourishing argan oil, Pantene’s Gold Series Moisture Shampoo is exactly the kind of deep hydration your hair type is after.

Follow with its conditioning counterpart, the Gold Series Moisture Boost Conditioner, which deeply moisturises and detangles the hair - Use every single time you wash your hair; comb it through your mid lengths and ends with your fingers and leave on for a minute or 2 for super soft hair.

Conditioner for curly hair: the ultimate everyday 3-step haircare routine

To make the most of your curls, you want to use products that moisturise for reduced frizz, as well as enhance their shape. Think happier, healthier and more beautiful hair.

1. Apply heat protection when you blow dry

If you’re blow drying your hair with a diffuser, it’s imperative that you use some form of heat protection to shield your curls from the drying effects of heat. High temperatures of hair dryers, straighteners and tongs all remove core moisture from your hair and lead to dryness, damage and breakage. Not ideal. Spritz the Pantene Gold Series Thermal Heat Protector all over your hair before and heat exposure to shield it from these damaging effects and prolong your hair health.

2. Style with hydrating, curl defining products

In terms of styling, the Gold Series Curl Defining Pudding will take your curl definition to the next level. A whipped, sulfate- and parabens-free vitamin-rich formula that’s infused with argan oil, it helps lock in moisture to define your curls and reduce frizz. Simply apply to damp or dry hair to style curls with a lightweight hold that will leave them feeling soft and bouncy. And there you have it. Time to give your curly haircare regime a makeover and invest in a curl condition for your hair needs? We think so too.

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