Have you heard of the famous Curly Girl Method? Not sure what it is? Find out how to tame and nourish those curls naturally in my guide to clean & natural hair products for your Curly Girl routine.
If you have curly hair, then I'm sure you are all too familiar with the struggle that comes with keeping those locks luscious, defined and bouncy! You've probably heard of the Curly Girl Method – a specially tailored hair care routine for curly hair that's designed to help take the stress out of styling. In this blog, I'll guide you through all the best natural and organic products to help you tame unruly waves or wild ringlets...
What is the Curly Girl Method?
The Curly Girl Method is the best way to look after your wavy locks, keeping them full of life. This method is just as much about what you don't put in your hair, as what you do! The method, originally from Lorraine Massey's book 'Curly Girl: The Handbook', is a hair care routine that swaps damaging habits with a more curl-friendly haircare routine.
To keep it simple – the original method actually discourages shampooing (a.k.a. the "no poo" method) and overuse of heat styling. The Curly Girl approach can also encapsulate switching to sulfate-free shampoos instead of mainstream options (which are said to dry out or strip curls.) Another key part of the Curly Girl Method is to supercharge your hair care routine with nourishing conditioners, specially designed for curly locks to help restore bounce, definition and shine. The Curly Girl Method can be adapted and changed to suit your personal hair type or needs – for example, you can choose the "no poo" approach, or simply switch to a clean, natural shampoo and use minimally.
Natural hair care products for the Curly Girl Method
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo, conditioner and smoothie
Coconut oil and Shea Butter work beautifully together to deeply penetrate the hair follicle to hydrate dry and damaged hair. Add to this dreamy combination silk protein to make hair silky and soft and Neem Oil to help repair hair and give your curls a brilliant shine!
This winning trio from SheaMoisture promises to smooth split ends and tames stray flyaways to transition damaged, over-processed hair to gloriously shiny, bouncy curls!
Ethique Frizz Wrangler - Shampoo for Dry or Frizzy Hair
Tame any dry or frizzy strands with the Ethique Frizz Wrangler, specially designed for curly or wild, unruly hair types. Free from the sulfates found in mainstream shampoo, this solid shampoo bar instead contains gentle coconut-derived surfactants. It's designed to help maintain smoothness, moisture and manageability without weighing hair down, thanks to creamy Coconut and Cocoa Butter. To use, simply swipe the bar through hair a few times, from roots to ends, and massage into a lather. Make sure you keep your shampoo bar dry in between uses!
Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Crème
The Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Crème is an absolute favourite among Nourished Life customers who practice the Curly Girl Method, with 100+ reviews! This specially formulated, vitamin-infused creme will lock in moisture and give your curls a massive hydration boost thanks to goodies like Aloe Vera and a blend of rich oils, resulting in beautifully defined curls, whether they be gentle waves or tight ringlets. Apply while hair is still wet, separating it into sections. Dip finger into product and twirl by section. For a natural look, air dry or diffuse. When dry, gently separate curls with fingers.
Andalou Naturals Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Styling Cream
This moisture packed styling cream is oh-so-hydrating without being too heavy, made with curl-quenching Argan Oil and Cocoa Butter. What makes this Andalou Naturals Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Styling Cream so great for curly hair is how it works to eliminate any frizz or flyaways and promote shiny, strong and manageable locks. It's also packed with fruit stem cells from Grapes and Apples! Work into damp hair and leave to dry.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses® Complex Color Care Leave-In Conditioner
This delicious smelling leave-in conditioner is perfect if you have both curly and coloured hair. The Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses® Complex Color Care Leave-In Conditioner is designed to keep that salon-fresh look locked in for longer, packed with hair-strengthening PhytoCellTec® Alpine Rose Stem Cells and nutrient rich Pomegranate, Coconut and Rosehip and Coconut Oils. Apply to clean, damp hair, working up from the ends. Do not rinse. Style as usual.
Andalou Naturals Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Taming Crème
If you have defiant or coarse hair, try the Andalou Naturals Exotic Marula Oil Silky Smooth Taming Crème to hydrate and de-frizz even the wildest of locks. Packed with hydrating ingredients such as Shea Butter, Marula and Argan Oils, this formula works to smooth texture, control frizz and define curls, all while adding moisture, softness and shine. Apply evenly to damp hair and leave to air dry.
Dr Bronner's Organic Hair Crème - Lavender
The Dr. Bronner's Organic Hair Crème has a lush Lavender scent, but what's best about this luxurious creme that you can use it for multiple purposes – a leave-in conditioner? Styling cream? Heat protector? It does it all! Tame your flyaways and define those curls with a natural formula packed with organic goodies like Coconut and Avocado Oils. Apply a small amount straight after showering.
Less is More Tangerine Curl Balm
The Less is More Tangerine Curl Balm is another great natural leave-in conditioner for curly hair, specially formulated to help protect fine to normal curly hair from damage as well as add bounce, shine and volume. Lightweight yet nourishing, this certified organic balm actually contains an ingredient called Guar Gum, which creates a protective film around the hair and gives curls definition and hold. Apply a small amount to damp hair.
Allyoos A Quick Clean
Finally a one step wash - also a great gentle alternative to your classic shampoo. Respectful of curly hairs, a Quick Clean is packed with 81% plant-derived and punchy ingredients like Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, and Aloe Leaf Juice – that all work to rinse the scalp and hair clean without leaving hair feeling raw, stripped, or overly-cleansed.
Allyoos Juice Drench Hair Treatment
Packed with 94% plant-derived content and punchy ingredients, Juice Drench is a nourishing, hydrating anytime, anywhere treatment for your strands. It's basically a green juice for your hair. It'll soften and quench strands without leaving it coated, greasy, or weighed down. Plus, it's silicone free and smells like a holiday to a tropical island.
Ethique Professor Curl Solid Shampoo and Curliosity Conditioner
Ethique have formulated this solid shampoo and conditioner just for curly hair. With a hydrating blend of ingredients like Shae Butter and Cocoa Butter, they leave your curls feeling soft, defined and frizz-free. Swap one for your regular shampoo/conditioner, or use them both - the choice is yours.
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