Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Curly Girl Method Approved Products

ETA: Please use the curly girl method approved product list on the left hand side of my blog. I had a list below but, it was too confusing having an outdated list in this post and then the updated list on the side of the blog so I just removed the list that was previously in this post below.

I think the hardest thing about the curly girl method is finding which products are sulfate and silicone free. Many organic products are cg approved but not all.

You can either read and dissect labels for the ingredients below which gives me a headache. Or you can do the lazy way like I did and just find a list of curly girl approved products.

The following information is from www.naturallycurly.com and http://www.wikihow.com/Follow-the-Curly-Girl-Method-for-Curly-Hair:

Silicones and Sulfates

• Silicones that are not soluble in water and build up on the hair: Cetearyl methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone, and Trimethylsilylamodimethicone.

• Silicones that are slightly soluble in water and will build up on most types of curly hair: Amodimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Behenoxy Dimethicone, and Stearoxy Dimethicone.

• Silicones that are soluble in water and safe to use (they are not listed with PEG in front of them): Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane, and Lauryl methicone copolyol.

• Some common sulfates are Alkylbenzene sulfonate, Ammonium laureth or lauryl sulfate, Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, Sodium laureth, myreth, or lauryl sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate, and Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate.

• Some mild cleansers, less drying and included in modified CG, are Cocamidopropyl betaine, Coco betaine, Cocoamphoacetate, Cocoamphodipropionate, Disodium cocoamphodiacetate or cocoamphodipropionate, Lauroamphoacetate, and Sodium cocoyl isethionate.

A big clue that a product has sulfates or silicones is if an ingredient ends with -ate or -cone. The closer an ingredient is to the beginning of the list, the more of that ingredient is present in that product. Definitely avoid the silicones in the table listed below that are not water soluble.

This list is from www.naturallycurly.com

Silicone Water soluble?
Recommended cleansing agents
Dimethicone No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES

Dimethiconol No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES

Phenyl Trimethicone No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES

Amodimethicone No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES

Cyclomethicone No cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, other mild surfactants, or conditioner washing

PEG-modified dimethicone Yes cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, other mild surfactants, or conditioner washing

Dimethicone copolyol Yes cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, other mild surfactants, or conditioner washing

For a simpler breakdown of silicones, click here.

The following products are Curly Girl Method approved and can be found at:


I just combined the two lists so that I won't have to keep going between the two sites. Check out those sites though. They're very informative.

I am also adding products as I learn of new CG products.

List has been removed. Please refer to the list found on the left hand side of my blog.


A. Rose said...

goodness gracious! that's a lot of products! time to go hunting...

i'm trying to grow out my hair and i'm starting to see waves (imagine that!). do you think the CG method will help bring out the waves in my hair?

Girl with Curl said...

Hey Ailene, I think CG will help bring out your natural waves. It's made my hair wavier, minus the crunchiness which I didn't like. If you're iffy about it, try it with the cheaper products like the Suave and White Rain.

curlsAbound said...

Fabulous! I am wondering if Alba Botanica Mango Moisturizing Hair Wash is CG friendly ...

Girl with Curl said...

curlsAbound: According to the ingredients online, Alba Botanica Mango Moisturizing Hair Wash is NOT CG friendly. It contains dimethicone, a non soluble silicone. Thanks for stopping by.

curlsAbound said...

Hmmm ... it actually doesn't say dimethicone on my label (in Canada) but I did look up sodium lauryl sulfoacetate and that is a sulfate so I will have to take it back ... sigh!

Thanks for your reply!

Girl with Curl said...

curlsAbound: Yeah, I noticed that all of the Alba shampoos had sodium lauryl sulfoacetate so I couldn't include them in the list but, I did just add a couple of the Burt's Bees shampoos. The list on the left hand side of my blog is the updated list.

Meggy said...

I just started CG a week ago. I have short-ish hair... to my shoulders , in a bob and it is wavy. Do you have products that you recommend... or have heard lots of people rave about?
Right now i'm using suave naturals for my co-wash, for deep condish (leave in) I'm using bio infusion for strength and condition and for styling im using herbal essesnce totally twisted as well as mop texture pomade spray.

Girl with Curl said...

Meggy: Thanks for stopping by.

Some favorites I've used/heard are

1. Suave Naturals (of course) for cowash
2. Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose condtioner, L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri gloss for Medium to Long Curly/Wavy Hair, Giovanni 50:50 Balanced conditioner or Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner for rinse-out conditioner
3. Kinky Curly Knot Today or Giovanni direct leave-in for leave -in conditioner
4. Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Herbal Essences Set me up gel, or Biosilk Rock Hard gelee for gel. When I use Kinky Curly Curling Custard I usually add a little bit of Set Me up gel to it to add more hold. I'm not a big fan of the Biosilk Rock hard gelee but a lot of people on naturallycurly.com love it.
5. If you feel you're getting build up, my favorite shampoo is Giovanni Tea Tree invigorating shampoo.
6. I also like adding a tiny bit of coconut oil when I'm scrunching in products. You have to get the pure coconut oil, like the kind you cook with. I got my Nutiva coconut oil from the Vitamin Shoppe.

Even though these products are CG, some of the formulas may be different or may change so always double check ingredients for non-soluble silicones such as

1. Cetearyl methicone
2. Cetyl dimethicone
3. Cyclopentasiloxane
4. Dimethicone
5. Dimethiconol
6. Stearyl dimethicone
7. Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

Anonymous said...

Thank you SOOOOO much for listing all these products! As a new-to-CG girl, I've already gotten sick and tired of pacing the hair-care shelves, reading EVERY label, and getting generally fed up. You give me hope that I can do this and break the horrible shampoo habit, and making it less frustrating to boot! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I recently bought the JASON Natural Biotin Conditioner / Hair Fortifying Conditioner, which is on the list, but looking at the ingredients, it contains cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone. Bah. Maybe it's changed since the list was made.

Thanks for the resources!

Anonymous said...

Have you looked in to adding shampoo bars? I'm interested in trying some and wondering if they work with CG

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the list...it has made it easier to shop for hair products. I would like to know if the WEN products are CG acceptable. I looked at the ingredients and it appears to be...but I am still an amateur at this so I would like another opinion.

Anonymous said...

I use Pantene Pro-V Curly Hair Curl Shaping Hair Gel. It hasone water soluble silicone. Maybe add it to the list?

Anonymous said...

For a gel I use Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic, ingredients very similar to kinky curly (but somehow works slightly different). Seems ok to add to the list. Also I've been using Tresemme Naturals moisture conditioners for my co washes and I have been leaving it in. Is this product OK?

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Greetings! Your list of products is very helpful. What do you think about the ingredients in these products? http://www.beautifulcurls.com/ My hair is wavy to curly, so I have been looking for something that won't weigh my hair down.

The complete list of ingredients for the shampoo can be found here http://www.supersup.com/alaffia-beautiful-curls-shea-butter-curl-enhancing-shampoo-12-oz-shampoo-187132006213 and here for the conditioner http://www.supersup.com/ingredient/coconut-oil/alaffia-beautiful-curls-curl-enhancing-shea-butter-leave-in-conditioner-12-oz-conditioner-350-ml-187132006312

Anonymous said...

I've been a big user of Morrocon oil, Argan oil etc but didn't really do a lot for my hair. So I started the CG method and hair starting to look great already but the other day without thinking I stuck Morrocon oil in and noticed it went frizzy when I looked at the bottle among other ingrediants it has dimethacone (?sp) so in the bin it goes :)

Carpathian195 said...

Hi, are the Macadamia hair products CG friendly?

Obamasgirl said...

For more than a yr I was apposed to using gel in my hair, I couldn't to twist outs cause the ends wouldn't curl, but after starting the cg method I realized that my hair needs gel for my hair to clump and that curl to form on the end, now my has mad definition and my hair is doing fine with the gel and Ive used it faithfully for 3 months, the only difference I see is more moisturized hair

Obamasgirl said...

Now that my hair feels the way that I expect it to, I dont use ANYTHING that says sodium laureth ANYTHING, if it has ANY kind of cone in it,even with a PEG in front of it, I leave it on the shelf, I dont want a set back because I overloaded it with protein b4 and it took me a long time to correct it, so now im a firm believer that if its not broke dont fix it, im going to stick with what I already know works for my hair 4 life and that's the cg method !

LaLa said...

This list is great!

Some great products I use are:

L'oreal's new Everstrong/Eversleek Sulfate-free shampoo, and their Sulfate & Silicone free conditioner for cleansing and conditioning

For styling I use John Frieda's Frizz Ease dream curls spray, which is alcohol-free and makes your curls defined and silky without crunch.

bayewulf said...

I see that you have Suave Naturals in your cg friendly list, just wanted to give you a heads up that it contains methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone, which are used as preservatives in a lot of personal care products but are linked to nerve damage.


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Anonymous said...

Hi there. I have a comment and also a question. I am just starting the CG method and bought my first conditioner off the list. I ordered it online, but when I got it I realized it had amodimethicone as the third ingredient. Just wanted to let you know because it is on the list. The conditioner is "Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner." Also I remember reading something about making sure the products do not contain alcohol in it. However, it seems all the conditioners (the cheaper ones at least) have alcohol in it. That conditioner I mentioned above has "Cetearyl Alcohol" as the second ingredient. Should these products with Alcohol be totally avoided?

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Anonymous said...

thank you soo much!
Anyone know any CG dry shampoo and root lifter products?

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Shannon said...

hello! thank you so much for the list of CG approved products! I'm new to CG and am starting this week, I was just wondering if the Tresemme Naturals shampoo and conditioner are CG approved, I see the conditioner says silicone free, and the shampoo says low sulphate but I am not quiet sure. thank you again :)

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