Affordable Clean Curly Girl Method Approved Products

Affordable Clean Curly Girl Method Approved Products
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Nontoxic Budget Curly Girl Method Approved Products

Switching to the Curly Girl Method can get expensive as you experiment with different products or if you’re a product junkie. Finding affordable clean curly girl method approved products almost seems like a unicorn, as there are few brands and most are expensive.

While I absolutely love Evolvh, I know it seems pricey to some. This stuff lasts me an entire year and therefore is actually cheaper than budget brands, but I know the upfront cost is a barrier to some.

So here I list some more affordable brands and products you can try. These are all cleaner as some have fragrance or 1 questionable ingredient.

With some of these, like Shea Moisture, they can cause buildup over time so you would need to clarify regularly (once a month). Also ensure you’re deep conditioning 2-4 times a month, which can be done using oils such as olive or coconut.

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Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Acure Mega Moisture shampoo


Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat shampoo

Desert Essence Organic Pure Shampoo Fragrance Free — 8 fl oz

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo | 16 fl. oz.

Bounce Curl line

Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner – 8 oz.(Bundle)

As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner – Promotes Healthy Hair 16oz

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I wanted to share my results using @acurebeauty Mega Moisture shampoo and conditioner. These are both $11 at @target but you can get them for $7.99 from @vitacost !⁣ #budgetcgmethod⁣ ⁣ This is actually day 3 hair because I got sick a few hours after washing and was pretty much lying down all of day 2 so I’m really impressed with how my hair has held up.⁣ ⁣ My thoughts on these products:⁣ ⁣ The shampoo has a nice lather and light scent. It left my hair soft and moisturized, but clean. I didn’t feel residue like I do with some moisturizing shampoos.⁣ ⁣ The conditioner has the same scent and is creamy. It actually hydrated more than I expected and I was even worried it would weigh down my hair but it didn’t. I had that seaweed feeling as I rinsed it out so I knew it was providing sufficient moisture for my hair.⁣ ⁣ To style, I used @rhorawcurls gel. I diffused as usual and this is what I’m left with on day 3. So first impressions are great and I will keep experimenting with these and try styling with @evolvh next time to see how it turns out.⁣ ⁣ Have you tried @acurebeauty hair products yet? How do you feel about them?⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #curlycommunity #curlygirl⁣ #curlygirlmethod #naturallycurly #naturalwavyhair #curlyhairtips #curlyhaircare #curlyhairdontcare #curljunkie #teamcurly #curlsforthegirls #loveyourcurls #curlygirlsrock #cleancurls #curlscurlscurls #wavyhair #curlcommunity #curlfriends #greenbeauty #cleanbeauty #cgmethod #curlyhairproducts #curlyhairproblems #curls #saferbeauty #curlygirlcommunity #loveyourcurls #cleanbeautyrevolution #acurebeauty⁣

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Aubrey Organics – White Camellia Conditioner, 11 fl oz

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Desert Essence Fragrance Free Conditioner

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat conditioner

Desert Essence Conditioner Coconut, 8 oz

Nature’s Gate Jojoba Revitalizing Conditioner – 18 oz

Bounce Curl line

SheaMoisture 13 oz Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque | Family Size | 16 oz.

Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner

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Styling Products

Giovanni L.A. Natural gel

As I Am Smoothing Gel, 8 Ounce

Bounce Curl Light Cream Gel

Shea Moisture Weightless Styling Mousse

SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, 12 oz.

SheaMoisture 7.5 oz Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk 8 oz

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle – 12 oz

Kinky Curly Curl Custard Gel, 8 oz

Raw Curls Organic Pomade

Uncle Funky’s Daughter

If there are others you know of let me know so I can add them to the list. This list is specifically for nontoxic curly girl products so that is why I have left out some of the other popular brands and products.

Click here for tips on product application and methods. I also have a few videos on Youtube, and below is one showing my whole routine.



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Also, follow me on Instagram as I’m always posting tips and tutorials.

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  • Aussie hair products has a line that I think is in line with the curly girl method. You may want to add them to to your list, because they are very affordable.

    • Hi Rachel. I just looked it up, Aussie Miracle Curls. I checked the ingredients but they are not CG as they contain sulfates and silicones, and they also contain artificial colors along with some other toxic ingredients so it wouldn’t be classified a clean line either.

      • Some cantu products yes CG, others no. Cantu Leave in Conditioning Cream is CG, but not the Cantu Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream. SO CLOSE. Bring a list when you go shopping.

  • I’ve just started using the Evolvh products and my waves still tend to get frizzy toward the end of the day. Will that get better over time? I guess I just want to make sure Evolvh is the right product for waves too.

    • Hi Jody. If you’re new to the CG method and your hair is still “healing” then yes, you will have some frizz no matter what. My suggestion is you leave in some more conditioner. SInce Evolvh is so light, try squeezing in a tiny amount of the regular conditioner to just your ends in addition to the spray leave in and see if that helps. Frizz usually means there is not enough moisturizer. Also, make sure you’re deep conditioning regularly! I think Evolvh is probably best for waves because it is much lighter than other curly brands.

  • I know you live in a high humdity area. I live on the ither coast of fl in fort myers. Are all these just cheaper products or are they cheap and good for humidty? Do they have humectants in them?

  • Hi,

    I’m currently using the shea moisture shampoo/conditioner and it is WAY too heavy for my hair. It also gives my hair a slightly grimy feeling that prevents me from being able to straighten my hair without it looking and feeling greasy. I don’t straighten my hair often but I do like when I have the option. Do you know if Evolvh or any of the other options you mentioned might solve these issues?

  • Hi. I just found you. Pinterest and followed you on Instagram. I wanted to add that Alikay Naturals has an awesome line of CG friendly products. Their new Lemongrass line is amazing. The leave in spray and the gel are so nice and smell delicious and their mousse is also wonderful. I didn’t know. You already knew about their line or not. Thank you for your knowledge and helping us new to the CG method.

  • How about devacurl? Do you have anything good to say about that line of hair care? My hair is fine with some waves and curls but I can’t gey it to be more uniform and un-frizzy.

    • Yes, I used to use them when I first started CG. I like some of the products but I didn’t include the brand because they’re really not affordable or clean and that was the focus of this post. It took me a long time to get uniformity and frizz is a never ending battle. Just be patient and take care of your hair. Experiment with different methods and you’ll find what works for you.

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