If you're starting on your journey to natural curl care, or are just trying out The Curly Girl Method for the first time, welcome! There is a lot to learn about caring for curls, and products are an important part of this journey. Here are some Curly Girl Method approved products to help you get started.
When selecting a shampoo, choose a product free of sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfates. These ingredients are harsh and drying to curls. These shampoos are free of these ingredients and therefore won't harm delicate curls. Great choices include; Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, DevaCurl No-Poo, Pureology Precious Oil Shamp ‘Oil, and Burt’s Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo.
Conditioner is important, as it provides slip for detangling, and keeps curls from drying out. When selecting conditioner, avoid silicone. Instead, opt for conditioners that contain emollients, such as shea butter, a number of natural oils, wheat germ, humectants, such aspanthenol, vegetable glycerine and sorbitol, which will attract moisture to your curls, moisturizers such as amnio acids and aloe vera. Check out Beyond The Zone Noodle Head 2 in 1 Curl Cleansing Creme, Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Balance Moisturizing Conditioner, and Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Conditioner.
Not all styling products are Curly Girl Method approved. Here are some that make the cut; Jane Carter, Wrap and Roll, Kinky Curly Curling Custard, and Marc Anthony, Strictly Curls, Curl Defining Lotion. There are several others that work great as well.
These products curly girls have tried and recommend.
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser: This co-wash makes curls super soft and easy to manage. It also smells great.
Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion: This styler gives great curl definition without crunch.
Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Hair Gel: This gel is effective but leaves curls crunchy. Scrunch your strands a few times to break up the crunch.