The Best Conditioner Bars for Curly Hair Types

Washing and conditioning naturally curly hair isn’t always as simple as using whatever you’ve got lurking in the corner of your bathroom (if only). Finding the right combination of products for your hair can be a time-consuming process, one that becomes even more challenging if you’re looking to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that’s in your curl-care routine.

I have naturally curly hair so finding great plastic-free curly-hair products that are worth making the switch to was a top priority for me when I set up Sage Folk.

In this post, I’ve included the best conditioner bars for curly hair that I’ve discovered so far, as well as my go-to plastic-free deep conditioner and styling products.

Lavender & Geranium Solid Conditioner Bar by Friendly Soap

Lavender & Geranium Conditioner Bar by Friendly Soap | best conditioner bar for curly hair | available at Sage Folk

  • easy to use compared to a lot of other conditioner bars
  • leaves hair feeling silky and conditioned
  • sulphate and preservative free

This is one of the best-selling conditioner bars that I stock — and for good reason.

It’s rich and nourishing due to its blend of cocoa butter and castor oil. Personally, I find it to be one of the easiest solid conditioner bars to distribute through your hair (and I’ve tried quite a few).

Simply warm the bar a little between your hands before using and it glides over your hair and soaks in nicely.

I also think you get a lot of bar for your money and like to cut mine into quarters which makes it easier to handle, and helps it last longer too.

If you really struggle to get used to using it in its solid form, Friendly Soap provides instructions on the back of each cardboard packet for converting the bar into a liquid conditioner.

Other scents available from Friendly Soap

Lavender & Tea Tree Conditoner Bar by Friendly Soap | best conditioner bars for curly hair | available at Sage FolkPeppermint & eucalytpus solid conditioner bar by Friendly Soap. Comes in a blue and white card box. Vegan & cruelty free | Available at Sage Folk

This popular solid conditioner bar also comes in lavender & tea tree  or peppermint & eucalyptus, so you can choose which scent you prefer.

Lavenderlicious conditioner bar by Wild Ona

Solid Lavenderlicious Conditioner Bar With Cardboard Packaging by Wild Ona | Available at Sage Folk

  • vegan, cruelty and palm oil free
  • highly concentrated
  • great  for smoothing and detangling dry ends

This is probably my next favourite conditioner to use after the Friendly Soap one. It’s been created by Wild Ona to add an extra conditioning hit after washing with one of their shampoo bars (the PURE bar is particularly good for dry and curly hair types). Like with the Friendly Soap conditioner bars, I’ve found this bar to melt into my hair pretty well.


Citrus conditioner bar by Authentic House

Solid citrus conditioner bar by Authentic House | Available at Sage Folk

  • vegan, cruelty and palm oil free
  • highly concentrated
  • great for dry ends

Authentic House conditioner bars may appear small at first but they’re highly concentrated. They’re a little less ‘buttery’ than the Friendly Soap conditioners but are great if you want to condition and detangle the dry ends of your curls. They’re also a great size for taking away travelling with you.

The ultimate curly hair combo

I’m proud of the range of shampoo bars for curly hair that I stock. I’ve tried and tested them all myself and find that they all work well with one of the Friendly Soap conditioner bars. I style my hair with either the Flaxseed & Kalahari Melon Curl Defining Custard by Bean & Bee or the Defining Curl Gel from By Selina.

You can read my guide to the best shampoo bars for curly hair and view the full range of plastic-free curly hair products that I stock.

Deep conditioner

Oat silk and shea deep conditioner by Bean & Bee

Oat Silk & Shea plastic free deep conditioner for curly hair (in a tin) | Available at Sage Folk

  • deep conditioner designed for curly hair
  • plastic free metal packaging
  • vegan

Although this one is a liquid conditioner, it comes in plastic-free packaging and is specifically designed to give your curls a deep condition. I tend to use this once a fortnight or once a week (depending on what I feel my hair needs) and leave it to get to work in my hair whilst carrying out the rest of my wash routine.

As this is a deep conditioner (rather than a day-to-day one) it doesn’t give my hair that ultra-silky finish that I get with the Friendly Soap conditioner bars. However, I love the results that I get for the definition of my curls after using it.

Plastic-free and zero-waste styling products for curly hair

Finding styling products for curly hair that are plastic free and zero waste is quite tricky. The best styling products for curly hair tend to come in the form of a liquid, cream or gel and there just isn’t a huge range of companies in the UK (at the moment) that offer plastic-free options for these products.

However, I am constantly researching and trying new products to do some of the hard work for you. I stock products that I use and love myself.

Flaxseed & Kalahari Melon Curl Defining Custard by Bean & Bee

Flaxseed & Kalahari Melon Curl Defining Custard - Bean & Bee

Although this product comes with a plastic pump, I’m pleased to say that I now stock a “refill” option that you can buy without the pump – meaning you can keep your original pump, use it in the next bottle and recycle the old one.

The curl-defining custard works like a light-medium hold gel that can be used whilst your hair is still damp after washing. It forms a cast in the hair whilst it’s drying. This can be scrunched out once your hair has fully dried.

I was so happy when I came across this product as it works perfectly for my curl type which can be weighed down by heavier styling creams and serums.

By Selina

Strengthening curl cream in metal bottle with plastic pump | available without plastic pump | plastic free curl cream

I’m so pleased to be able to expand my range of curly-hair products with the By Selina styling range.

If you love the Bean & Bee curl custard, the hydrating curl gel is very similar. If you’re looking for a stronger hold then the defining curl gel is fantastic. There’s also a really lovely strengthening curl cream that is an absolute treat for your hair.

All of the products in the range can be bought with or without the plastic pump. This is so you can reduce plastic waste by keeping and reusing the plastic pump with each new bottle.