With more and more of us choosing to wear our hair natural (gotta rock what God gave you, eh?), we’ve seen the launch of more and more Afro haircare lines. And while we all know that kinks and coils need a little more love (we’re talking moisture, oil and hydration) to keep them looking their best, what we all really want to know is how to get an envy-inducing Afro (think Beyoncé in Goldmember, but with added sass). So from curl activators to conditioners, we put a load of curl controllers to the test. Here’s what we really rate for keeping kinky hair tip-top. 

Palmer’s Manuka Flower Honey Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner

When shampooing Afro hair, the rule of thumb is little and not very often. Over-washing can steal lock-loving natural oils. So lather up once (or twice if you must) a week with a formula teeming with moisture. Palmer’s Manuka Flower Honey Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner are both sulfate free and loaded with manuka flower honey to keep hair healthy and strong.

Palmer's Palmer's Manuka Flower Honey Strengthening Shampoo 350ml £7.29 Buy Now
Palmer's Palmer's Manuka Flower Honey Nourishing Conditioner 350ml £6.99 Buy Now

Shea Moisture Shea Masque

Afro hair is prone to dryness, dehydration and damage, so to help protect against what we’ve dubbed ‘the triple Ds’, you’ve got to get a mask in your life. We like to sleep in this buttery treatment, which is loaded with minerals to help seal and smooth the cuticle. The result? Glossy soft curls by breakfast time.

Shea Moisture Shea Moisture Shea Masque 326ml £10.99 Buy Now

Cantu Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream

This stuff is like catnip for coils – it smooths, softens and adds definition to curls that don’t wanna come out to play. Our top tip? Smooth it through towel-dried hair, resist the temptation to touch or fuss, and just let it air-dry.  

Cantu Cantu Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream 355ml £7.99 Buy Now

Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil

Coily Afro hair can become dry and dehydrated leaving it open to damage from the elements. This genius new range from high street hero Pantene has been designed specially to give Afro hair the nourishment it needs (check out what we made of the entire range here). Formulated with Argan oil, we like to smooth it on and let hair air dry for the perfect everyday, heat-free hairstyle.

Pantene Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil 100ml £7.99 Buy Now

Twisted Sista 30 Second Curl Spray

If your curls end up a little Sideshow Bob by midday, why not pop to the ladies and spritz this on? Its moisture-boosting, free-from formula breathes life and bounce back into your coils to help keep them looking their best.

Twisted Sista Twisted Sista 30 Second Curl Spray 236ml £5.89 Buy Now