By Lace / February 6, 2018
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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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • Organic
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • Fair Trade
  • No Artificial Fragrance
  • No SLS
Discover everything you NEED to know about being a Neal's Yard Independent Consultant here.  

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


  • 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


  • 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,


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


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.

  • Penelope says:

    My hair is extremely curly on the bottom half and straight, wavy at most, on the top half – like I have two different sets of hair. Sometimes you see people with two different colored eyeballs…that’s totally my hair. So, I can look like I’m fully curly if I put up the top half and leave the bottom half down. Air drying and no brushing all the way works for my curls. I might give this method a shot though, see if I can’t awaken any kink at all in the top half!

    • Lace says:

      I love the analogy of your hair! No brushing and air-drying is the way forward! Sounds like your hair would really benefit from the curly girl method. I bet you awaken some curls up top with it too. Progress reports, please!

      • penelope says:

        One more question – I bought an argan oil deep conditioning mask lately, but I know that keratin isn’t always good for curly hair. Do you know if there are any related issues for argan oil? thanks!

  • sarah says:

    This conditioners look great and I am sure it gives great results as well, you have explains every feature very nicely and it looks great. A really great product for girls with curly hairs, thank you for sharing this great products with us.

  • Lem says:

    Got to love those curls. Love reading your article (I love all things hair) 😉

    Great product selections & love how you take the time to provide details on the brands, so it makes it easier to choose a product based on the characteristics one is looking for – well done!

    • Lace says:

      Hey Lem, thanks for your comments.
      Selecting products can be a minefield even for a seasoned curly. It’s my pleasure to help others choose natural, no nasties curly hair products to make doing the CG method that little bit easier.

  • Sarah says:

    Lace, you have gorgeous curly hair! Even though my hair has never held much curl at all, I have several friends who are always on the lookout for good products to help control the mane. Will have them check these ones out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lace says:

      Thank you Sarah! The curly girl method can be used to enhance waves too, you may be pleasantly surprised. Do share with your curl friends, great hair days are only a co-wash away!

  • Gail says:

    Hi Lace. Thanks for this article. I’m a bit of a lazy hairdresser and tend to just let my hair dry naturally which reveals my natural wavy (not really curly) hair. Do you think the conditioner washing that you suggest would work to enhance the curls I do have? I’m not really sure if you there is a particular hair type that this works for or is it for everyone. Would love to know what you think. Thanks again. I love the Faith In Nature range of things as you know that you are not getting all the horrible chemicals. I’ve also used some Neal’s Yard things to and thing they smell lovely. All the best to you. Gail

    • Lace says:

      Hi Gail, I like your style! Air drying is how I roll too.

      In answer to your question:conditioner only washing can absolutely enhance your natural waves. It’s for every wavy and curly out there. You may even find your have more waves than you originally thought. Sounds like you already have the conditioners to get started – Faith in Nature and even Neals Yard. They certainly have some gorgeous scents going on.

      Let me know how you get on co-washing. May the waves be with you.

  • Melissa says:

    I too, like most, seem to keep my hair straight more often than wearing my natural curls. This is because I haven’t been able to find a product that can give me that right out the shower look. I don’t like when my hair gets dry so I just use coconut oil now and keep it straight. I am very interested in checking out the curly method book and seeing if some of these products may be what I am looking for. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lace says:

      Yep, I was a straightener too for about 15 years until I discovered the curly girl method. It seems so many of us curlies are not given the tools or know how to embrace our natural hair. Going CG has changed my hair care routine and improved my hair so much. I’ll never use a straightener again!

      I’d love feedback if you decide to take the plunge and rock your natural curls. Enjoy your curly journey.

  • Merry says:

    Hi Lace. Great article. I have curly hair and I straighten it more than curly but I have tried some awesome products. Like you suggest the coconut based and I love the smell. Looking forward to finding yours on Amazon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lace says:

      Hi Merry, I used to be a serial straightener too. Mainly because I just didn’t know how to care for my curls. What are your favourite products?

      If you do decide to rock your curls the curly girl method is the way to go for sure.

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