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So, you’ve entered the world of the curly girl (CG) method and are embracing your natural curls. Welcome aboard the curl train! Whether you are a complete newbie or a seasoned curly you’ll want curly girl hair products that don’t compromise your health. Perhaps you’d like products that are cruelty-free and vegan too? Well, I’ve been following the curly girl method for over 12 months and finding products without the likes of parabens, petrochemicals and other toxic chemicals has been my mission. I want to rock my curls without putting crap on my head, don’t you? If this is you feel the same then this article is for you. I’ve put together a list of brands which are not only CG friendly but healthier for your body too. So my curl friend, without further ado, let’s dive in and discover curly girl hair products with a conscience.
What is the curly method? A brief overview
The curly girl method was coined by Lorraine Massey and in its simplest terms is conditioner only washing aka co-washing. A final wash with a silicone free, sulphate shampoo (sulphates remove existing silicones) you never use shampoo again. From then its silicone and sulphate free conditioner all the way to learn more grab a copy of Lorraine’s book here. Following on from co-washing curlies usually apply CG friendly styling products like gel before plopping and air drying or diffusing. Hang on… What on earth is plopping??! I hear
you ask? Plopping is basically wrapping freshly washed curls in a t-shirt to remove excess moisture. Initially, a new curly may go through a transition period which can be challenging but stick with it and the curls will be revealed. Curly girls don’t brush their hair or use heat tools either except perhaps a diffuser on cool.
I no longer own a hairbrush (brushing ruins your curl pattern and creates frizz. Ugh!) Finger combing only, I tend to do this in the shower and detangle with conditioner, the knots slip right out. This method can be trial and error in terms of products your hair loves and finding exactly what works can take some time. However, it’s worth it, my hair is so much healthier now and it’s grown! My best advice for those embarking on their curly journey is: keep it simple. Use one product at a time for at least a week and observe how your hair likes it. Tweak things as you go. I have been making my own CG flaxseed hair gel which I really love, it’s so easy and my hair loves it. Check out the recipe and method in this blog post.
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Curly Girl Approved Conditioners for the Health Conscious
There are plenty of CG ‘approved’ conditioners on the market and some contain downright frightening ingredients. With ingredients lists as long as your arm including parabens, petrochemicals, PEGs and other unsavoury things lurking around, finding healthier options isn’t so easy. The trade-off for rocking curls shouldn’t be at the expense of your health. During my curly girl journey, I’ve discovered some conditioner brands without horrendous ingredients. Here they are:
Price: around £3.33/$7.99 – £8.99/ $20+ for 280ml – 500ml
Where to buy: Amazon
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
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Price: £11.50 for 200ml
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. Neals Yard products are cruelty-free and vegan too. Feel free to contact me for more details or help to choose products to suit your needs.
- Nurturing Rose Conditioner – for dry, damaged or coloured hair
- Revitalising Orange Conditioner – for normal hair
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Faith in Nature
Price: Varies from around £5.35 for 400ml – £50 for 5L.
Where to buy: BigGreenSmile.com
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!
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
And That’s a Wrap
There you have it, curls without chemical overload. With several conditioner brands for the health conscious curly girl, you can rock your curls without compromising your health. Although some brands may seem a little pricey it’s worth it given the quality of the product and the absence of petrochemicals, parabens and animal cruelty. For me, crap free conditioners for my curls is a requirement. I hope you’ve found this roundup of CG conditioners without nasties helpful. It makes sense to start your journey to natural curls with natural products, wouldn’t you agree? Don’t feel bad if you are already a seasoned curly, it’s never too late to switch.
Yours in curliness,
Are you a curly girl? What are your favourite clean CG conditioner brands? I’d love to hear from my curl friends so just comment below and I’ll holla back!
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