By Lace / February 6, 2018
curly girl

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Curly Girl Hair Products – CG Conditioners For Health Conscious Curlies

Welcome aboard the curl train! Sure, there are oodles of curly girl (CG) products on the market , including 'approved' conditioners. The problem is many contain downright frightening ingredients. If you are reading this I'll guess it's because you know this and want to rock your natural hair without saturating your head in toxic chemical crap? Me too! Conditioner ingredients lists can be as long as your arm featuring words and abbreviations like paraben, PEG and other, often unpronounceable, words which occasionally include numbers. There may be some very unsavoury things lurking around inside your seemingly innocent conditioner bottle, finding healthier options isn't so easy. The trade-off for rocking curls shouldn't be at the expense of your health and I can help you resolve this.

The problem I found as a new curly is that I focused mainly on what was "CG safe" and as I quickly realised that does NOT equal health safe! With no list of "No Crap" CG friendly conditioners I complied my own and wrote this post to share with all my health conscious curl friends out there. If you want keep your curls looking lush with natural ingredients then keep reading for 4 CG friendly conditioners with the horrendous ingredients.

curly girl before and after

Right- After first co-wash December 2016 Left - January 2018

Hold Up a Minute, What's this Curly Girl Method?

The Curly Girl (CG) method was coined by a lady named Lorraine Massey, she wrote a book on it and there is even a Facebook group with over 100k members dedicated to the CG cause. In its simplest terms the CG method is conditioner only washing aka co-washing. After a final wash with a silicone free, sulphate shampoo (sulphates remove existing silicone) you never use shampoo again. From then its silicone and sulphate free conditioner all the way! Add CG products like this awesome homemade flax seed hair gel and that's the Curly Girl method in a nutshell.  

Since I began this journey I have ditched my hairbrush, opting for finger combing only (brushing ruins your curl pattern and creates frizz. Ugh!) I finger comb in the shower, de-tangle with conditioner and the knots slip right out. I like this method and yes, transition is a ball-ache but alas it's worth the effort in my humble option. Just check out my photos above! Now lets look at those 4 "CG Safe" conditioners for the health conscious curly.

Summary:

  • CG method is conditioner washing only
  • CG "Safe" conditioners contain NO SILICONES and NO SULPHATES
  • Curly Girls do not brush their hair!

1. Yes To....

Price: around £3.99 for 280ml

Where to buy: Big Green Smile

All Yes To... conditioners are CG approved and contain 97% natural ingredients. No parabens, phthalates or SLS and cruelty-free. The coconut smells just delicious but my hair hates coconuts, so I no longer use it. The blueberry one smell lush and my hair doesn't mind it at all.  This range includes Yes To...

  • Coconuts Dry Hair Ultra Moisture Conditioner - for damaged hair
  • Blueberries Smooth and Shine Conditioner - for frizzy hair
  • Carrots Scalp Relief Conditioner - for dry scalp
  • Carrots Pampering Conditioner for normal to dry hair
  • Cucumbers Volumising Conditioner - for normal to fine hair
  • Cucumbers Colour Protect Conditioner - colour treated hair
yes to blueberries conditioner

Summary:

  • 97% Natural Ingredients 
  • NO Phthalates, Parabens, SLS
  • Cruelty Free

2. Neal's Yard Remedies

Price: £11.50 for 200ml 

Where to buy: Neals Yard Remedies Organic (links to my online store)

Neals Yard Remedies, for whom I'm an independent consultant, carry conditioners free from SLS, artificial fragrances and parabens and packed with organic, ethically sourced, natural ingredients. The products are also cruelty-free and vegan. These conditioners do not lather - this is normal as they are free from SLS foaming agents. 

Do contact me for more details or if you need help choosing the perfect products for your needs.

  • Nurturing Rose Conditioner - for dry, damaged or coloured hair
  • Revitalising Orange Conditioner - for normal hair
neals yard orange conditioner

Summary:

  • Organic
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • Fair Trade
  • No Artificial Fragrance
  • No SLS
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3. Faith in Nature

Price: Varies from around £5.35 for 400ml - £50 for 5L.

Where to buy: Big Green Smile

All Faith in Nature conditioners are curly friendly (at the time of writing), vegan, SLS and paraben free. There are loads of conditioners to choose from - far too many to list here - so here's a sample of what's available.

  • Ginkgo Biloba Conditioner
  • Hemp and Meadowfoam Conditioner
  • Jojoba Conditioner
  • Lavender and Geranium Conditioner

I do like faith in nature conditioners, they smell really nice and are great for those on a budget. The 5L bottles are awesome for stocking up. Just reuse your old bottle for ease and save on waste too! 

faith in nature conditioner

Summary:

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty Free
  • NO Parabens or SLS
  • Smell lush
  • Buy in Bulk Size

4. Green People

Price: £12.50 - £14.00 for 200ml 

Where to buy: Green People

Green people do not use SLS, petrochemicals, urea, gluten, phthalates, parabens, alcohols, PEGs and suitable for those prone to eczema or psoriasis. Green People conditioners are a cruelty-free brand, organic, vegan and fair trade. I have not tried this brand personally, yet, but I hear good things about them from others. The range includes:

  • Daily Aloe Conditioner - for all hair types
  • Intensive Repair Conditioner - for dry, damaged hair
  • Moisturising Conditioner - for normal to thick or frizzy hair
  • Clarifying Vitamin Conditioner - for all hair types

Summary:

  • Organic
  • Fair Trade
  • Vegan 
  • Cruelty Free
  • NO Petrochemcials or SLS
  • NO Phthalates, Parabens, Alcohol, PEGS
  • Cruelty Free
  • Suitable for Eczema and Psoriasis 

Final Thoughts

There you have it, you can embrace the natural curl without chemical overload. With several brands catering to our non toxic needs, it is very possible to rock your curls without compromising your health. Whoo hoo!  Not only are these brands better for your head but many are cruelty free, vegan and ethically sourced so you can add that to your Eco-friendly points too! If you're a curly with a sensitive scalp, or skin conditions then that's you covered in the conditioner department too. Nourish your curls with natural goodness and the curl Gods are sure to bless you.  Your body will thank you too so go grab the conditioner you fancy and let me know how you get on!

Wanna make your own curly girl hair gel? I got the recipe right here for flake free, natural, homemade gel!

Yours in curliness,

Lace

Have you tried any of these brands? What natural CG conditioners do you use? If you use one that I didn't list let me know below and be sure to share this post with your curlfriends!

About the author

Lace

Wife, mother and natural health and wellness enthusiast. When I'm not dabbling in natural stuff, I like to eat brie with onion chutney and mull over a good "coincidence" theory. Cooking up a nutritious storm, books with real pages and being barefoot are a few of my favourite things.

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