Your ultimate product guide to the Curly Girl Method.
One of these just might be your Holy Grail product waiting to be discovered. All of them are silicone, sulfate and paraben free, and won Editors’ Choice or Best of the Best awards as voted by the NaturallyCurly Editors and thousands of NaturallyCurly community members.
One of the top recommendations of the Curly Girl Method is to stop using shampoo. Instead, you can use conditioner or a cleansing conditioner (co-wash) to cleanse your scalp when needed. This co-wash by As I Am is loved by everyone from tight coilies to loose wavies.
While some curlies choose to cut shampoo out of their regimens completely, others prefer to use it occasionally. A gentle, sulfate-free shampoo like this one by Jessicurl won't be drying or harsh. Ingredients such as cocamidopropyl betaine (which this product contains) or coco betaine are mild cleansers that you can use.
With the Curly Girl Method, conditioner can be used as a cleanser, a rinse out conditioner, and leave-in, so finding the right one can be crucial to your CG success. You can't go wrong with a SheaMoisture conditioner for the slip, moisture and ingredients.
This conditioner not only smells good enough to eat, but it is softening and slippery for easier detangling.
You can use Hair Dew to moisturize freshly cleansed hair or use it as a refresher throughout the week for second, third and fourth day hair. It serves as a moisturizing base for your styling products, or as the "L" in your LOC method.
Kinky-Curly Knot Today is the ultimate multi-tasker. Use it in the shower while detangling, as a rinse-out conditioner, as a leave-in conditioner, and in your product cocktails. It has won a total of 9 Editors Choice and Best of the Best awards over the years, making it a member of our Hall of Fame, so you can feel that this will be a $12 well spent.
This Whipped Butter Gel is another product that receives high marks from tight coilies and loose wavies alike. It gives curls, coils and waves a soft hold for natural curl definition that doesn't crunch.
This gel will not dry out your curls the way traditional gels have been known to do. Its water-like consistency is unique and wards off frizz without weighing down curls.
This humidity-resistant formula is an excellent tool for fighting frizz and works well layered on top of leave-ins like Kinky-Curly Knot Today. It can work on waves, curls or coils - the key is to apply the correct amount for your hair.
Deep conditioning is a can't-miss step for any curly hair regimen. Some curlies will find the perfect balance of moisture and strength when they condition once a month, while others use a deep conditioner every time they cleanse.
For curlies concerned with dryness, frizz and breakage, this deep treatment is a Holy Grail for moisture. Curlies and coilies also leave it in as a styler on wash and gos, twists and braids.
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