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Curly Girl Method products you can afford

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Are you interested in trying to switch to the Curly Girl Method, but feel daunted by the cost of getting started? If so, you're not alone! The Curly Girl Method (CGM) is widely known, but sometimes it can be a tad expensive to get started with it. Fortunately, you don't have to break into your retirement fund to afford a new tool chest of Method approved products. Give this list a look through, and you're sure to find some that will work great and won't break your budget.


The Curly Girl Method recommends shampoos that aren't full of harsh detergents, which can strip strands of their natural oils. Therefore, you'll notice CGM approved shampoos won't have the same sudsing factor as some of the other products out there. A few good choices for shampoo include Acure Mega Moisture shampoo, Cantu Cleansing Cream Shampoo, SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo, as well as Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo. Keep in mind none of these are clarifying shampoos, so you will still need one for clarifying days.


A good conditioner is very important for taking good care of your curls. It will help hydrate, moisturize, and minimize frizz. You'll also use conditioner to pre poo, detangle, and can even use it as a styling aid. Therefore, you don't want to spend a bundle as you'll be using it all the time. A few good choices for Curly Girl Method approved conditioner include, Aubrey Organics – White Camellia Conditioner, SheaMoisture 13 oz Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner, Everyone Volume Conditioner, and Mop Top Light Conditioner for those with finer strands.


Now what we've all been waiting for; the products. There are simply tons and tons of products available for the Curly Girl Method, but sometimes it requires really carefully reading the product labels before you purchase. Nothing is worse than getting home with a product you're excited about only to discover it isn't going to work well for your hair. Therefore, here are some great products to try instead.

Andalou Naturals Argan Oil leave-in conditioner and Mop Top Bamboo Essence leave-in conditioner are both fantastic leave in conditioners to help with styling and detangling.

Pacifica Pineapple Hydrate Mask and Garnier Fructis Avocado mask provide nourishing, deep conditioning treatments.

Giovanni L.A. Natural gel and Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Styling Gel are gels that won't weigh down your curls, or empty your wallet.

Giovanni Natural Mousse and SheaMoisture 7.5 oz Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse work great for those with finer curls that want hold, without dealing with the stickiness or weight gel can provide.

Kinky Curly Curl Custard Gel, 8 oz and Mop Top Curly Hair Custard are great custards for curl definition, smoothing, shaping, and a frizz free finish.

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