UK CGers - start our own CG friendly product list!

A few additions to the CG list that are easily obtainable in the UK:

Boots tea tree and mint condish Boots the Chemist or www.boots.com
Faith in Nature Lavender and Geranium condish (I think all their condish's are CG)
Jason Lavender for curly hair
Both the above can be found in health food stores.
Biotera gel - Sally's are popping up all over now, if you use their store locator you can see if there's one near you www.sallybeauty.com and use the store locator
Aveda Confixor and Aveda Flax Seed and Aloe
I buy mine in Selfridges simply because it's near my office, but you can buy it from www.lookfantastic.com - great site, use them a lot.
Paul Mitchell Round Trip (usually only available from salons) Look Fantastic also sell this
Burts Bees super shiny I bought mine from a health food shop
Aubrey Organics - I think all the condish's are CG
They have their own site or you can get it from ebay
Hope this helps
Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

DT: AOHR
Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's

www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk

Last edited by janeyliz; 06-06-2008 at 01:23 PM. Reason: Edit to add details of where products can be purchased
janeyliz wow thanks!! but could you list where to buy the products from?
also ,just looked at your fotki and your hair is beautiful!
Aw, thank you!

I've amended my posting above to show where you can get stuff. Ebay is quite good.

Edit: June 6th - I'll try again to add the information to teh above post, keyed it all in last night and the internet connection went down grrrr
Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

DT: AOHR
Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's

www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk

Last edited by janeyliz; 06-06-2008 at 01:01 PM. Reason: see above
Thought that I too would add some stuff CG that I have spotted!

-Waitrose organic moisturising shampoo (SLS free, very gentle.. I love this)
-Enliven natural fruit extract conditioners (cheap, have seen them in some chemists. Might be some CG friendly gels too)
-Daniel Galvin Junior hair mousse (waitrose)
-Fabulous Fruits conditioner (found in Poundland)
-Protane strong wet gel (Aldi)

I also found a site that has a good range of organic and CG friendly products - http://www.wintonhealthfoods.co.uk/ I ordered from them a couple of days ago via ebay and the order arrived today
Yaoh organic hemp seed oil shampoo and conditioner. Has a gorgeous minty, rosemary and lavender scent.

I am confused though, I've been using Original Source for a few months but I was buying a new bottle of the mint and teatree and looked at the label and it lists methylisothiazolinone and methylchoroisothiazolinone, yikes! That wasn't in there before I'm sure.

I have Pure Nuff Stuff but my hair doesn't like the conditioner and it doesn't seem to clean it properly used for CO washing either.

Avalon organics lavendar shampoo is nice.

For styling I use Boots curl creme and gel, but my favourite is Trevor Sorbie curl cream and Vo5 firm control gel ( the stronger one is too strong, the Boots one is a bit too weak)
I'm not sure if these have already been mentioned but I just bought the following and I'm pretty sure they're all CG friendly...

Simple rich repair conditioner
Simple gentle care conditioner
organic aloe vera herbal conditioner (holland and barrett)
pantene perfect curls curl creating gel spray
garnier fructis gravity defying gel
aaaaaand ... naked nourishing vitamins hair treatment
UK curly



This is my first comment...how exciting!!!

I've got 3c/4a hair and I totally love TRESemme's moisture rich conditioner and it is cheap and easy to get hold of.

I am still searching for a good leave-in though.
For organic haircare, this company looks good -- wish they delivered to the U.S.! Has anyone tried?


http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/product...3-E72FEA37447C

http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/product...a-61257354e356
pw: curls
3b/a
Cowash - No Poo, Suave Coconut
Conditioner - One Condition
Leave In - KCKT
Gel - KCCC at the moment
These sites are really useful. Heres another if hasnt already been mentioned:

www.faithinnature.co.uk
Hi, I'm new to accepting my curly hair and this CG stuff!!

Am I right to think I need to avoid any ingredient with 'cone' at the end (i think it was ameithicone?)

I've used;
John Frieda frizz ease
Schwatzkopf gliss Total 19
Umberto Gianni
Loreal studio curl creme (white with orange top)

has anyone any comments about if these are good or not?

I've seen lots of talk about boots curl creme, what does the container look like?
Hi, I'm new to accepting my curly hair and this CG stuff!!

Am I right to think I need to avoid any ingredient with 'cone' at the end (i think it was ameithicone?)

I've used;
John Frieda frizz ease
Schwatzkopf gliss Total 19
Umberto Gianni
Loreal studio curl creme (white with orange top)

has anyone any comments about if these are good or not?

I've seen lots of talk about boots curl creme, what does the container look like?
Originally Posted by hahgiwoofa
Frizz ease is nasty stuff which is full of cones! But the Umberto Giannini stuff is ok - the scrunching jelly and the mousse and the curl spray I'm pretty sure are all CG, but the shampoo and conditioner aren't. Not sure about the other two products you mentioned.

The ingredients to avoid end in -cone, -conol or -xane. I've also read on here that you should avoid mineral oil and liquid paraffin because they aren't water soluble either so you'll need to use a sulfate-based shampoo to get them out.

The Boots curl creme is magic stuff. It comes in a plastic pot about four inches tall and three inches in diameter, I'd guess. (I don't have mine to hand so don't know exactly.) You'll find it with the Boots own brand hair styling products such as a couple of gels in similar size pots. It's very pale pink and a little bit slimey to the touch. Costs 1-something.

I'm still experimenting with different products because I haven't been CG for very long, but the Pink Boots is the one product I'm guaranteed to use on almost any given day.

I really like the Trevor Sorbie curl cream which comes in a tube with green writing on it.

http://www.britsuperstore.com/acatal...ream_150ml.jpg

The cream itself is white, and it's a totally different texture to the Pink Boots, so I often get good results when I use both. The Trevor Sorbie stuff is much lighter than the Boots, so I think it serves a different purpose. I comb the Pink Boots through my hair when it's wet, then scrunch using a gel. There are actually loads of gels out there which don't contain cones, and some of them are ridiculously cheap. I'm currently experimenting with a Garnier Fructis one (they do lots of different gels and many of them are CG friendly) which is designed for really strong hold. So I use just a bit of that and comb it through as well for even distribution, then scrunch and either air-dry or diffuse. The Trevor Sorbie cream is really good at the end of my routine when my hair's dry for scrunching out the crunch and taming frizz. I just rub some over my hands and scrunch with it to get soft, frizz-free curls. It's great stuff!

I have found so many CG friendly products in the UK. It's a bit daunting at first, and can be frustrating when everything you look at seems to contain a "banned" ingredient, but it's definitely worth it. Another good thing is that a lot of CG friendly products are pretty cheap. If you want more information on some of the things I've found, just say the word. I'm conscious that this is a bit of a long post and I might just be telling people what they already know!
Boot Essentials Conditioner: Daily care for dry and damaged hair - brilliant co-wash, a little thicker than the VO5, not so great for slip for detangling.

I think Aussie has been mentioned, Smooth mate conditioner for detangling

Anyone looking for gel - try Boots own brand. The last 2 Boots I've been into have what look to be CG friendly gels right next to the curl creme, and they do some different strength holds too (not tried them myself, but had a quick look at the tubs while I was in there)
Newbie in the UK still researching CG method. All advice for type 3 hair welcome!
Smilie Junkie!

Currently using
Co-Wash: Boots Essentials Conditioner - Daily Care for Damaged Hair 58p for 500ml
Conditioner:Aussie Smooth Mate Good texture, not sure about the smell

Abandoned
VO5 Strawberrie and Cream co-wash suspected contact allergy

Current Goal
Don't care about good 2nd day hair - want good 1st day hair
Oh wow just seen theres a sally's in Manchester, and its near my house!

I am very excited right now
thanks fuzzy duck, that was helpful.

frizz ease went straight in the bin!!

I've done 2 sulfate free washes and my curls have died, they used to be lovely (but dry) spirals, now are nice and soft but a bedraggled wave - am considering scraping CG and sticking with what I know!!
It can take a while for your hair to adapt to being CG. A lot of people go through a period where their hair looks worse than it did before, before the CG routine really starts working for them. Some people find they don't get on with it even after trying, and follow a modified routine. I shampoo every now and then with a sulfate-free shampoo which gives me the lather my hair misses sometimes without being too damaging. The Naked range at Boots is good for this because the shampoos are sulfate-free, and their deep conditioners are also very good.
Thanks, again!

I have been using the australian organics from Holland and Barratt, like I say my hair feels lovely but looks awful - maybe I'm suffering -cone and sulfate withdrawl!

I've bought the boots curl creme too which i believe from these posts is a miracle product!!!

is there such a thing as a silicone free serum, or do most of you not bother with serum?

Also I've noticed on here that no-one seems to use mousse, something I was always told was mainly for curly hair - why is that?
Hi, just remember you only need a little bit of the Boots cream of you'll end up with a horrible mess - it really is a 'little goes a long way' scenario!

Have faith with your curls, they will come back, they just need time to adjust to your new routine. I went through the same thing for about a week and have never looked back. Over the past 3 years I've spent a small fortune on products from the very expensive to the very cheapest and now have my routine and product list just right. Instead of using serum I make flax seed gel - there are several recipes on this site if you do a search for them - and it works far better than anything else and leaves my hair in great condition.

I don't use mousse as it has a lot of alcohol, which dries out my hair.
Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

DT: AOHR
Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's

www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk
janeyliz - just seen your photos and am in awe- my hair is pretty similar to yours [except I had it cut a bit shorter and am now annoyed I did!]. Your hair looks amazing!

I can see all the products you use and that you are a modified CG. Have you ever posted your routine anywhere I could have a peek? And which flaxseed recipe you use - there are so many - or have u modified that too?!

Wow. I'm going away with a bit more hope now that hair like mine can look good!
That's very kind of you

Routine:
Co-wash with CG-friendly conditioner
Use leave-in - in the Winter it's Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
Gel - flaxseed
Plop - either overnight or for as long as I can before I have to get ready for work
Diffuse using Pixiecurl method
That's it!

Flaxseed recipe: 3/4 pint water, 3 heaped dessert spoons of flax seeds (called linseeds over here), half a teaspoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) and almost a teaspoon of honey. Bring to the boil until it has the consistency of egg white, strain through a pop sock into a jug and allow to cool. It's supposed to look like boogers, so don't worry about that. Keep in the fridge so it doesn't go off. If you've got fine hair you need less honey otherwise you'll end up with really crunchy hair!
Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

DT: AOHR
Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's

www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk

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