Looking for a product that provides moisture? Detangles your coily hair with ease? Cleanses your hair without stripping natural oils? No need to worry, we got you covered! According to thousands of NaturallyCurly community members who vote on our Best of the Best awards, these are the best products for Type 4 coily hair.
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Best Type 4 Shampoos
This gentle cleanser has a unique blend of ginger, nourishing essential oils, and castor seeds specially infused for moisture retention and slip.
“This is one of the best shampoos I've ever used! As soon as I clean my hair with this shampoo, my 4A curls are immediately defined and soft! Love the smell too.” -J.I.S.
This invigorating shampoo soothes dry scalp and helps remove unwanted buildup. Neem oil and tea tree oil are excellent astringents that will leave your scalp refreshed.
“Love the smell. Love the way my EXTREMELY dry, low porosity coily hair feels after washing. Even the suds are velvety soft!” -mrpt912
Best Type 4 Co-Wash:
This coily co-wash is made with apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and shea butter – a deeply cleansing yet nourishing cocktail that cleanses and conditions in one easy step. Whether you’re wearing your hair curly or in a protective style, bring your look back to life and condition your strands at the same time.
“I like it i used the Cantu Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Co-wash to help freshen up my hair had some product build up and i love the fact it didn’t leave white powder in my hair. If you wear braids or twist i definitely recommend i like the smell also I love Cantu products this spray lifted my hair and made it feel new again. This is a must have item to stretch protective styles and keep new growth fresh in braids or weave styles.” -Latoya
Best Type 4 Cleansing Conditioner:
This cleansing conditioner detangles and moisturizes the hair and scalp with a special blend of natural ingredients that works to promote healthier hair lengths.
“I decided to buy this Gro-Wash because I already tried the Coconut Co-wash from the other As I Am line. Guys, let me tell you, this product is amazing! I finger detangle my hair a little bit prior to using the product and when I put it in, the Gro-Wash literally glided right through, it's so creamy and rich, I didn't even have to use a comb to detangle the rest of my hair. After using it, my hair was so soft and moisturized. I can't even forget the smell. This product smells like absolute pomegranate and passionfruit, it's sooo gooood. It definitely gets the job done.” - Ashleigh
Best Type 4 Leave-In:
This leave-in conditioner and detangler has been staple for curlies for years! It’s designed to smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls and tangles from wavy, curly and kinky-textured hair. Can be used as a regular rinse out conditioner for wavy hair or as a leave-in for thicker curlier hair types. An excellent product to use after removing braids and extensions.
“This product is one of my favorites. I started using it when I first transitioned to natural. It was like the knots just melted away. My hair was so easy to comb through.” -Veronica
Best Type 4 Deep Conditioner
Need an instant makeover for dry, damaged or colored treated hair? This luxurious deep conditioner contains raw honey for softer, shinier tresses and jojoba and olive oils, which nourish and heal strands in need of repair.
“I have tried a lot of deep conditioners in the past and frequently make my own. But this Honey Miracle Mask from TGIN is definitely in my list of Holy Grail products! It is absolutely amazing and it smells AMAZING! I can feel my hair becoming softer, more detangled, and more supple from when I first apply it to the time I cool rinse it out.” -Sasha
Best Type 4 Protein Treatment:
This unique treatment is formulated with magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. The result is that breakage is drastically reduced. During the process, ApHogee treatment hardens into the hair, dramatic evidence that something special is occurring.
“Smelly? Yes. Time consuming? Hell Yes Messy? Hell Yes. But it will do wonders for your damaged hair. This is the only intensive protein treatment I use. I first used this when I had colour treated hair and it made a world of difference especially with the coloured ends breaking off. My hair is no longer bleached/coloured but I still use this every 3 or 4 months for maintenance. In between this I use products that contain protein.” -Elokinar
Best Type 4 Hair Oil:
A hair rejuvenating growth serum packed with 11 essential oils featuring both anti-frizz and detangling properties, blended to transform your hair into the best that it can be.
“Nice for scalp massages. I put a few drops on my fingertips and massage my scalp. Or I'll add a few drops to my deep conditioner. It works really great when you apply heat to your DC routine.” -Jasmine S.
Best Type 4 Hair Color:
This ultra-conditioning color lasts up to 8 weeks without drying you out.
“I've been using this product for the past 4 months. The entire process takes about 10 minutes, it looks very natural, and it doesn't mess up my pillows.” - Mr. A
Best Type 4 Refresher:
This lovely mango scented combination will define and refresh your curls in one simple step. Helps revive your flattened, bed head hair and dried out curls to help them look fabulous again.
“I've tried many curl refreshers on the market and this is the BEST!!!! First of all, it has great ingredients with aloe Vera listed second on the list. I find this product to be moisturizing and definitely not drying at all! Best of all, this curl refresh isn't watery like the "others" and hence it doesn't frizz my hair. For best results on second day wash and go's, twist outs, etc, I lightly spray product into my hands and then distribute into my hair, fluff and go!!! for reference, I've been transitioning for 11 months and have a combo of hair texture, but mainly coily, and kinky at crown.” -Pastel
Best Type 4 Moisturizer:
Delivers super hydration and moisture for dry, thirsty hair. Infused with a hydrating extract blend and filled with botanicals and certified organic ingredients, it smooths and softens your hair, providing moisture, manageability, and shine.
“I purchased this cream about a week ago and just it's an awesome moisturizing cream for low porosity hair. I pair this cream with my Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and it does an awesome job! It moisturized my hair so well and keeps it soft!” -Helen
Best Type 4 Curl Cream:
This curling cream defines, conditions and adds manageability revealing soft, elongated curls. Made with pure shea butter and formulated without harsh ingredients.
“It left my hair moisturized as well as defined, till the next wash day. It works with all styles, including wash n go, twist and braid outs etc.” -Nashea
Best Type 4 Gel:
Made with 100% pure olive oil. Olive oil helps your scalp naturally regulate its own moisturizing system. Olive oil helps attract moisture to your scalp and holds it in. Like all Ecoco styling gels, it is weightless and will leave your hair with a healthy shine and has a superior hold.
“This has been a "go to" product for me since I went natural in 2012. This gel is good for wash n gos, ponytails and speaking the edges of my 4a natural hair type!” -Tabitha W.
Best Type 4 Mousse:
Coconut and shea oils deeply hydrate hair from the inside out, leaving hair soft and nourished with brilliant shine. Fast drying foaming mousse leaves wraps soft and full of body. Can be used for wash and wear styles, defining curls, and taming frizz.
“The first mousse that I've used that wasn't drying! To set my perm rods I used two large pumps with a little pump of the devacurl supercream. My curls came out smooth and silky as if I had put heat on it. As I was applying the products to my hair my curls looked AMAZING. Super defined and shiny, so I will be trying it with a wash n go soon.” -Philana
Best Type 4 Stretch Product:
Versatile and lightweight, this styler has a rich velvety texture that the provides the moisture and softness of a cream with the hold of a gel.
“This product does exactly what it says it will. It elongates curls and leaves them super defined and manageable. The product itself is very thick and creamy. You can feel it moisturizing your hair the minute you put it on. Worth the $30 and I didn’t have to use much product, although I have very thick curly hair.”-Tish
Best Type 4 Butter:
Curlaide Moisture Butter transforms tight curls into bouncy, silky spirals. Serves as a styling aid for wash-n-go's, twists, locks, and braids.
“This product is the most moisturizing product I've ever had, has a butter it is thick but it melts into my hair and provides great moisture and semi-hold. It smells like cake batter (very sweet) and it's just amazing, it lasts me three months (a little goes a long way and it's simply amazing).” -Nia
Best Type 4 Tool:
17. Denman Brush
This is a great brush for detangling fairy knots and snarls. It is a medium styling brush with 7 rows of nylon pin with anti-static rubber pad and control during detangling and great for defining curls.
“I was honestly blown away. I didn't believe this product would've been worth the hype but it is. I was able to detangle my hair in the shower so quickly and all the way to my roots. This definitely detangled my hair better and quicker than my wide tooth comb. I didn't give this product 5 stars because it’s a bit difficult to use on dry hair.” -Tara
Best Product for Locs, Twists & Braids:
This was the NC community's top product pick for twists, locs and braids. This botanical blend of oils and butters will aid in managing course/thick hair, leaving a soft and smoother feel. Softens and moisturizes hair while nourishing the scalp and stimulating growth.
“I love this product. I just used it for my twist out, and it gave me so much shine and definition. The price isn't too bad either, because a little goes a long way, so the 8 oz will last you a long time, and my hair is dense and thick.” - Sam
Best Type 4 Hair Spray:
This non-greasy sheen spray includes a blend of Vitamin E, olive oil, and herbal extracts that infuses each strand with a natural, healthy sheen.
“I love this product! It smells great, isn't too greasy, and moisturizes my hair without weighing it down! I noticed when I take my twists out that my hair is more manageable and has great elasticity. My hair is naturally very coarse, dry, and hard to comb, but since using this stuff I've seen great improvement!” - Li
Best Type 4 Finisher:
This herbal hair tonic and soy milk deep hydration serum oil mist is lightweight, seals in and maintains moisture from within, and enhances shine. Gentle enough for daily use and potent enough to thoroughly improve your tresses. Add this serum oil mist to your healthy hair care regimen and notice your hair become touchably soft, hydrated, shinier and healthier.
“This oil smell so good. It lightweight. Spray good on the hair and keep my 4a/b hair super moisturize. I m in love with this oil.” - Lindsey
Best Type 4 Anti-Frizz Product:
Curl Keeper Original is a water-based formula, which means you can use it every day without product buildup. Your curly hairstyle will last for days as its unique formula re-activates with water making Curl Keeper Original 100% effective in all weather conditions, especially humidity.
“I buy this stuff by the liter it's so good! Nice, shiny, bouncy, clumpy curls :) The best thing to ever happen to my hair. EVER.” -Internetchick
Best Type 4 Heat Protectant:
Protect your hair with our Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray. This spray is specially formulated with Mongongo Oil to protect the hair from extreme heat temperatures. The ultimate solution for repairing split ends, eliminating frizz and adding shine.
“I used to cringe at the thought of using heat on my 4a/4b hair, but this product made me a little heat happy. Curls always come back without much difference, but dry time has cut down tremendously.” - April B.
Best Type 4 Edge Product:
Perfect for taming stubborn edges and creating sleek, smooth styles. Great for sculpting, ponytails, high buns and natural up-dos.
“This is great for styling twist outs and braids.” - Trishana
Best Type 4 Volumizing Product:
This lightweight gelée contains a conditioning and strengthening blend of wheat protein, lemongrass and chamomile. The moisturizing formula adds instant shine, volume and plumpness to curls.
“This product is nothing shy of incredible. I have really curly hair and have tried for years to find a product that makes my top layer not so frizzy and that keeps my curls together. I recently bought this product by recommendation and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. My search is finally over! Anyone debating on buying this product - quit thinking and buy it right now!” - Alexis
Did your holy grail make the cut? Let us know your favorite products for Type 4 hair below if we missed yours.