In love with the curly girl method? Not sure what products to use so that you are getting everything you need out of this popular and helpful haircare technique? Do you want to learn more about the curly girl method and how it can help your curls, coils and kinks? You’ve come to the right place and we’ve got you properly covered. Check out our list of the best products for washing, conditioning and styling your natural hair.
What is the Curly Girl Method?
The curly girl method was invented by Lorraine Massey (The inventor of DevaCurl and author of Curly Girl: The Handbook). The method is about nurturing curls and starts with going shampoo free and using a botanical conditioner (co wash) to cleanse the hair. You primarily use silicone and sulfate-free products on your hair. This hair care method trades in damaging habits for a healthier curly hair regimen using just conditioner and gel.
Why should you give the Curly Girl Method A Try?
For one reason…it works!
The curly girl method changed my life and my hair in only ways for the better. While there are several variations available to every curly girl, the method helps with maintaining moisture, fighting frizz, tangles and bad hair days along with giving your hair real life.
You get maximum hydration, excellent looking curls and coils and you can finally have the best wash and go possible. It’s simply the best way to care for your natural hair and yes, you can have any hair type and follow the curly girl method. I truly advise anyone to buy the Curly Girl: The Handbook for guidance as I find the book truly helpful. Ready to get on board? Now, it’s time to find out just a few excellent products that are curly girl method friendly as not all curly girl products are good for the CGM.
Curly Girl Method Shampoos
Not really shampoos, these cleansers should be applied to water saturated sectioned hair. Many will opt for detangling prior to cleansing with an oil. that’s called a pre poo. (a pre poo is a treatment that adds moisture and assist in detangling. That added boost of moisture allows hair to be more pliable and stave off the negative effects of shampoos which are meant to rid hair of all dirt and oils.)Devacurl NO-POO ORIGINAL Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser
Top selling shampoo for Devacurl, this non-lathering formula With Peppermint And Grapeseed Oil that stimulates and cleans the scalp and hair without stripping away the natural oils your curls needs. I’ve used this cleanser, love it and find it quite effective in cleansing while conditioning and getting my curls in tip top shape.
This light no-suds conditioning cream gently spreads easily throughout your hair and removes residue including all of the things you’ve used to style and maintain your coils and curls. Coconut Cowash is different from any other because it contains a special blend of natural ingredients that work to promote healthy hair growth from the follicular level. Maintains moisture, adds more moisture and helps hair retain moisture until your next cleanse. Love, love, LOVE this cleanser and it stays in my bathroom and my main way to cleanse my hair.
Kinky-Curly’s Come Clean Shampoo is specially designed to remove hard-water materials, leaving your hair and scalp feeling clean and moisturized. Formulated with phytic acid, this shampoo is free of alcohol, sodium-lauryl-sulfate and parabens to make it gentle enough to use every day. Infused with mandarin orange extract and sea kelp, your hair will be smelling fresh and looking good.
Curly Girl Method Conditioners
Follow, or simply start with, a quality conditioner. Apply in the shower with a wide tooth comb and allow the steam of the shower to help the product work itself into your hair. Every curly girl needs to use a rinse out conditioner because it keeps our hair moisturized in the days after styling. The natural oils from our scalp don’t travel all the way down our hair shaft because of our curl pattern in order to properly moisturize our hair. So we coat our hair with a rinse out conditioner so that it will stay moisturized in order for us to retain length.
Looking for a conditioner that provides MAXIMUM moisture and softness for your dry curly tresses? Look no further, Coconut Sublime Conditioner is the BEST conditioner for dry hair. It is guaranteed to soften the kinkiest curl, moisturize the driest lock, and detangle the most unruly tresses. Great for all curly hair textures especially dry, damaged, and chemically treated kinky, medium or coarse curly hair.
DevaCurl One Condition Original Creamy Daily Conditioner
This amazing conditioner Locks in moisture for healthy hair. This rich, creamy conditioner is made with moisturizing olive oil and nourishing botanicals to deliver softness and hydration. If your hair needs a dose of essential moisture and you want soft, frizz-free curls, you’ve come to the right conditioner! One Condition Original works great for all curl types.
SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Restorative leave-in or rinse out conditioner deeply moisturizes, detangles and repairs dry, damaged or over-processed hair. Made with natural and certified organic ingredients like Sea Kelp which provides mineral-rich nutrition which seals and smoothes hair cuticle, Argan Oil that restores shine while helping promote hair elasticity and Shea Butter that deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp. I have used this and loved this conditioner.
Curly Girl Method Deep Conditioners
Deep conditioners can be especially good for the dry winter climate and summer weather when chlorine and ocean air may cause more dry spots. They should also be used every single washday and help to repair the daily damages we inflict on our hair daily in styling.
Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask
Deep penetrating, intensive, reparative deep conditioning hair mask guaranteed to prevent breakage, repair damage and enhance growth. Formulated with certified organic Blueberry Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, and Chamomile Extract clinically proven to REPAIR, PROTECT, RESTORE and GROW your curls. Soften, detangle, moisturize, condition and hydrate your curls while repairing damage, protecting against breaking, and encouraging hair growth.
Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask is an intensive weekly treatment for those with dry, damaged, chemically-treated, or lifeless hair this dry hair remedy works in minutes to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry, brittle, over-processed, and otherwise lackluster hair. Potent natural ingredients work together to enhance hair’s resilience and help protect against future damage.
Great for restoring moisture to dry curly hair. Intense pampering for dry hair. Moisturizes without building up. Citrus and lavender scent. A big fave among curly girls with the intense pampering for dry hair and moisturizes without building up.
Curly Girl Method Leave In Conditioners
Leave in conditioners are light, water-based conditioners that have been specially formulated to allow frequent use. Rinse-out and deep conditioners contain ingredients that are designed to bind to the hair after rinsing. This can lead to product build-up if regular conditioners are used often and without rinsing.
Leave in conditioners don’t require rinsing and can be used daily without excessive build-up. Many leave in conditioners contain humectants, which draw water into the hair. This makes them perfect for moisturizing and preventing dryness.
Keep even the tightest curls smooth and tangle-free with Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner Detangler from Kinky Curly. Crafted with organic herbs and extracts, this creamy formula smoothes the cuticle and moisturizes hair so it can be combed with ease. It is free of parabens and sulfates for hair care you can feel good about. Love this leave in conditioner and it literally will melt your tangles away.
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner
SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner softens and detangles hair while controlling frizz. Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Formulated with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and certified organic Shea Butter to nourish, moisturize and support elasticity so hair resists breakage when detangling. Conditioners provide a protective layer that improves the appearance of split ends. Peppermint stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience.
This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. Great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse with a light sugary vanilla scent. Can also be a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle. For seriously protective hair experience, try using hair dew on moist hair (or over a quick spritz of one of our Juices herbal leave-ins) and then seal ends with one of the Sugar Pomades before gently manipulating hair into a protective style like braids, twists, or an updo. I love this hair dew and use it as a refersher more than a leave in conditioner.
Curly Girl Method Stylers
After your shower routine is done, it’s best to follow with a favorite CG styler as the styler is keeping your curls in their defined and frizz free. There are tons of stylers that curly girls use like gels but many prefer using creams, mousses and even smoothies. Trial and error will be your guide bur the thicker or coarser your hair, the thicker your choice in styler may be.
Juice extracts of aloe are whipped with oil essences of avocado, macadamia and sweet almond, then toppled with nourishing castor and jojoba drops. This moisturizing butter gel finishes with a nutrient-rich brew of green tea and vitamins C and E to create this buttery styling gel for curly, wavy and coiled textures.
This super popular custard is made with Honey and Chamomile elements. It highly defines, shapes, and elongates curls and coils with an excellent medium to firm hold, brilliant shine and no flaky residue. Great for wash-and-go styling, finger coils, two-strand twist-sets, and bantu-knots. Excellent at fighting shrinkage by elongating your curl pattern, delivers a medium to firm hold and Ideal for curly to tightly coiled textures.
Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Original
.Curl Keeper® Original enables you to become the master of those gorgeous frizz-free curls. Dryness causes out-of-control and frizzy hair. Curl Keeper Original is a water-based formula, which means you can use it every day without product buildup. Your curly hairstyle will last for days as its unique formula re-activates with water making Curl Keeper Original is 100% effective in all weather conditions, especially humidity.
Like I said before, this list is just a taste of all the botanical products ideal for your curly girl method.
As every natural needs to use trial and error to find what work best for her strands; look for ideal ingredients that make sure to leave out silicones and sulfates.
Have you tried the Curly Girl Method? Which of these products are you ready to give a try? Share below!