Are you as tired of looking through hard to read ingredient lists on conditioner bottles as I am? I love the Curly Girl Method, but I find that I still regularly struggle when I need to buy a new conditioner. If you are dealing with the same problem, this list is for you! Because it only contains curly girl-approved conditioners, and you can easily get them online. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?
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Which are the curly girl approved ingredients?
First, before we dive into the actual products, I want to quickly recap when you can speak of a conditioner as Curly Girl-approved.
To work with the CGM, conditioners should be:
- alcohol-free (for leave-in conditioners)
Not too many things to look out for, right? Unfortunately, these ingredients come in a myriad of names and abbreviations. Sometimes products even advertise being silicone-free and then do contain some…
Always make sure to check the ingredients yourself and don’t rely on the ad. I like using this curly girl method ingredient checker for getting a first impression. It doesn’t always catch everything, but it already sorts out a lot.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know about my love of Argan oil. Because I am convinced that Argan oil is one of the best things you can put in your hair, I want to put this conditioner by Maple Holistics* first on this list.
It’s silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, and cruelty-free. Sounds pretty good already, right?
This curly girl-approved conditioner contains proteins, which, for some hair types, might be too much. So if you already know that your hair doesn’t like extra protein, you might want to skip this one.
If, on the other hand, your hair is kinda damaged, you’ll love this conditioner.
It contains mostly Ayurvedic herbs, aloe vera, and various oils. Basically, the perfect combination to make an amazing conditioner.
Related: 8 ways to use Aloe vera gel for hair
So if you want soft and bouncy curls while also supporting hair growth, try this product!
This spray-on conditioner* is perfect as a leave-in. And it might even help with your hair growth because it contains hydrogenated castor oil!
Now, if you check the ingredients list carefully, you might notice one of the ingredients containing the dreaded “-
The reason why this product can still stay on this list of curly girl-approved conditioners is the fact that this particular silicone is water-soluble. Meaning, that you won’t get silicone buildup from this chemical. Instead, it will simply wash off with water.
If you struggle with breakage and detangling your hair, this conditioner will certainly make your life significantly easier.
The Curl & Shine conditioner* by Shea Moisture is, like the brand name suggests, perfect to give moisture to your curls.
It contains various oils and humectants that will help your curls regain bounce and shine. The only ingredient you might not like is the silk protein, if your hair doesn’t like protein or if you are looking for vegan hair care products.
Otherwise, definitely try this product! You’ll love it!
The second time in this list that Maple Holistics pops up! This time with the Silk18 conditioner*.
I’ve actually found that once you find a curly girl approved conditioner, chances are the same brand has several products that fit the criteria.
Anyway. As the name suggests, this conditioner contains silk amino acids. Awesome proteins that can do wonders for your hair if it’s damaged. But again, watch out for these if your hair is protein sensitive.
Other ingredients are moisturizing alcohol (yes, in this case, alcohol is good!), various oils, and fragrances.
So if you are up for a luxury treat and your hair loves some protein, definitely give this conditioner a try.
This 100% vegan conditioner* brings a pop of color into your shower. It contains extracts from tomato, beetroot, and red pepper. But don’t worry, the conditioner will not color your hair!
People who have used it love how softening it is, and note the sweet smell. (If you are sensitive to smells, keep that in mind!)
All ingredients of this conditioner are curly girl approved and it doesn’t even contain protein. Perfect for everyone with protein-sensitive hair!
This moisturizing conditioner by Honeydew* is perfect for deep conditioning treatments of dry and brittle hair.
It contains proteins and humectants. Both of these ingredients will help with damaged hair unless you live in a hot, but dry climate.
Other ingredients are oils like jojoba
This conditioner by Era Organics* promises help for dry and itchy scalps while at the same time transforming your dry hair into soft, manageable curls.
Sounds like a little much? Well, the reviews are pret-ty good!
The ingredients list is surprisingly short, which is always a good sign. And all of the ingredients are hair-friendly things. Aloe gel, argan oil, manuka honey…
Honestly, just from reading these things, I expect extremely shiny hair after using this conditioner. This ingredient list sounds almost like my favorite DIY hair mask. And it’s my favorite for a reason!
One ingredient that might give you pause is “Behentrimonium Methosulphate“. Sounds like a sulfate, doesn’t it?
But don’t worry about it. This is an oil based, very mild detangler. No comparison to the evil lauryl and
This Peppermint & Rosemary Conditioner* is perfect for everyone who prefers rather lightweight products.
It only contains curly girl approved ingredients but has rather light oils in it. This makes it perfect for curlies who have fine hair and don’t want their hair weighed down.
Not only does it only contain curly girl approved ingredients. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and hypoallergenic.
This is amazing for people who are sensitive to perfumes or other chemicals.
Honestly, after reading about how “clean” it is, I wondered if it really works for all hair types, as it promises. After all, dry, curly hair needs a little more than fine, straight hair.
But it does contain plant-based moisturizing alcohols. And the reviews from people with thick, even damaged hair
Sounds like a definitive must-try to me!
Got any more curly girl approved conditioners?
To make sure everyone can get these products, I focused on curly girl-approved conditioners you can easily get online. If you know of any good ones you’ve tested and loved, let me know and I’ll add them to this list!
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