When NaturallyCurly released their 2014 Best of The Best product winners, I was super excited. Every time it comes out I like to check and see if what I liked throughout the year was a hit for other curly girls too. It is also a good way to discover new products that are "must haves." But because I live in Europe, I cannot always find all those holy grails on the ground here. I order product several times per year from Curlmart, but there are times when I desperately need a product and I don't want to wait for it to be delivered.
I have been a Curly Girl since 2009! I have always alternated between local products and USA holy grails, and over the years I've discovered several dupes of my favorite brands that are available in Europe.If you are a European curly or if you you are planning a trip overseas, you are lucky--here is my secret list of comparable products that you may want to try--in my opinion, some are actually BETTER than the original!
Generally speaking, the brand Phyto is great for styling products and the brand Lavera for masks, conditioners and shampoos.
The Original is listed first; then, the dupe follows.
They are available at Sephora, Globus and Naturasí.
- Curly Hair Solutions from Curl Keeper - Sanotint, oli non oli
- Kinky Curly, Curling Custard - Phyto, Phyto Défrisante
- Kinky Curly, Knot Today Leave-In - Bio Officina Toscana, Balsamo
- As I Am, Coconut Cowash - Splend'or, Balsamo al Cocco
- DevaCurl, Set It Free - Alchimia Natura, Capelli di Luce Spray
- Shea Moisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk - Nivea Styling, Flexible Curls
- Curls Like Us Curl Cloths - Your dad's t-shirt!
- DevaCurl Light Defining Gel - Leonor Greyl, Gel à l'Hibiscus Alcohol-Free Shaping Styling Gel (better than the original!)
- DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel - Phyto, PhytoProfessional Strong Sculpting Gel
- DevaCurl Low Poo - PHYTOSPECIFIC, Curl Hydration Shampoo
- Carol's Daughter, Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Spray - Lavera, Orange Express Leave-In Spray
- Curl Junkie, Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment - Lavera, Organic Repair and Care Intense Treatment
- DevaCurl, MirrorCurls - Lavera, Rose Repair & Care Hair Serum
- Carol's Daughter, Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream - Phyto, PhytoKeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray
- Briogeo, Repair Don't Despair - Louise Galvin, Sacred Locks Treatment Masque for Thick and Curly Hair