For a lot of curlies, wash day can be anything but relaxing. It can take hours, your arms get sore from detangling, twisting, and finger combing, even more hours pass before your hair is dry, and then half the time it doesn’t even turn out the way you expected. But it doesn’t have to be this hard! If you have trouble finding a cleanser that can clean your hair without removing all of your natural oils, thus making the detangling process a struggle, we have a gift for you. Our annual Editors’ Choice list has 12 products that have been voted as the best cleansers for various hair types and needs. The cleansing categories include: Shampoo, Cleansing Conditioners, and Scalp Treatments, with Type 2 wavy, Type 3 curly, Type 3c curly-coily, and Type 4 coily picks within each category. So no matter what your wash day need is, we have you covered!

What we look for:

Here are a few (but not all”> of the criteria we used to make our decision:

  • Does the product provide the cleansing, moisture balancing, and detangling needed for your hair type?

  • Does the product do what it claims it will do?

  • Does the product have added benefits not listed? What are they?

  • Ease of use and product distribution

  • Packaging and product functionality

  • Innovation

  • Scent

  • Ingredients

The NaturallyCurly Editors have diligently tested hundreds of products, deliberated and the votes are in for the 2018 Editors’ Choice Best Cleansers! Scroll down to see who won and what products you need to add to your curly girl collection.


Type 2: Vitabrid C12 Hair Scalp Shampoo

Vitamin C is the most powerful substance for scalp rejuvenation. Vitabrid CG, the main component of Vitabrid C 12, is a transdermal Vitamin C delivered between mineral layers that survives for 12 hours in any condition, stimulates collagen synthesis and scavenges free radicals in the scalp, preventing hair loss. This scalp shampoo delivers healthy nutrients to your hair and rids your scalp of any unwated residue so you can enjoy stronger, cleaner hair and less hair loss!

Type 3: Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Shampoo

Triumph in the fight against frizz with this secret weapon, amika Velveteen Dream Conditioner. Formulated with smoothing Phenyl Trimethicone, it offers protection against humidity, breakage, and split ends while strengthening each and every strand. Perfect for the upcoming hot summer months, this shampoo also replenishes moisture and strength while promoting resilience and long-lasting hydration.

Type 3c: Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse

Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse is a unique blend of asian ginger, nourishing essential oils, and castor seeds specially infused for moisture retention and slip. Your hair will be transformed in to soft, silky, and bouncy strands, and with continued use, you will notice shinier hair and improved texture.

Type 4: Bounce Curl Pure Silk Moisturizing Shampoo

Need to cleanse and moisturize at the same time? This level 3 formula is the highest moisturizing cleanser in the Bounce Curl line. This creamy formula is blended to perfection with coconut oil, aloe, and horsetail extract to nourish, cleanse and moisturize your hair all-in-one.

Cleansing Conditioners

Type 2: Noughty 1 Hit Wonder Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

If you want seep cleansing, intense hydration, and detangling without stripping and working to improve your hair’s condition; discover the magic of 1 Hit Wonder Cleansing Conditioner. Sweet almond oil nourishes overworked hair, improving suppleness and condition while fatty acids and castor oil nourish and strenghen your hair. 

Type 3: Amika Nice Cream Cleansing Conditioner

Tired of cleansing and conditioning, well Amika has a product for you. A one-step, no-lather co-wash that gently cleanses and weightlessly hydrates curls, coils and waves. With specialized ingredients like Grape Seed Oil which nourishes hair and delivers shine, softness and silkiness while preventing frizz, Oat Peptide which repairs hair from the inside out and  creates a protective barrier that locks in moisture and Soybean Protein that gives hair strength and delivers moisture, you will feel the difference in just one wash.

Type 3c: Innersense Hydrating Cream Conditioner

Innersense is a luxurious hydrating conditioner for hair in need of intense moisturizing. This emollient-rich conditioner filled with organic monoi oil and aloe strengthen the hair follicle, smooth cuticles and control frizz while orange flower oil delivers beautiful shine. We reccommend this conditioner for bleached, thick, coarse, or dry hair.

Type 4: The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade and Coconut Conditioner

Formulated to define and shape your curls, this cleansing conditioner adds the perfect blended balance of clarification, hydration and moisture to give your hair the ability to showcase its most optimal texture. Infused with biotin, vitamins and nutrients to aid in hair growth and retention, this collection is a must have for naturals. Benefits include an improvement in elasticity and curl definiton, long-lasting shine, balanced hydration for frizz-free curls, and most importantly ingredients that promote strong and healthy hair. 

Scalp Treatments

Type 2: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

A creamy, exfoliating shampoo that removes dead skin and impurities from the scalp and hair, while also soothing itchiness & irritation and restoring balance and moisture. Editors noted an improvement in hydration, reduction in ithciness, irratiation, and flakiness, and an overall improvement in their scalp health!

Type 3: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment

A pH-balancing scalp treatment that soothes itchiness & irritation, restores balance & hydration, and draws out deep rooted impurities from the scalp and hair follicle. The Binchotan Charcoal detoxifies the hair and scalp by absorbing impurities such as oil, dirt, sebum, and product build up, Biotin strengthens the hair follicle to reduce hair loss, Witch Hazel normalizes oil production to control oily scalp and extend time between washes,  Tea Tree Oil reduces flakiness and itchiness, while supporting healthy hair growth and Peppermint & Spearmint Oils work to maintain healthy scalp pH levels. If you are jumpoing into the trendy world of scalp care, this mulit-functional treatment is a great place to start.

Type 3c: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment

This Scalp Treatment is so good it won for both curly and curly-coily!

Type 4: Chocolate Kinks and Curls Lemon Rose Hair and Scalp Renew Oil

The blend of oils in this treatment penetrates your hair follicles to soothe and invigorate your scalp. The Comfrey Root aids in skin cell renewal to heal and renew your scalp while essential oils like lavendar, peppermint and rosemary nourish and promote healthy cell regeneration. This treatment can be used weekly to improve circulation and relieve any itchyness you may have, but I also reccommend using it as a hot oil treatment, it feels so good!

What’s your favorite cleansins product? Let us know in the comments below if yours was chosen and what you love most about it!

Check out the rest of our Editors’ Choice winners here.