Here’s a roundup of my favourite curly girl products of 2019. Pretty much all of them are available world wide, with a 20% discount code and FREE world wide shipping! Each year I continue to try new brands and products, some of them make it onto my favourites list. Others on the list have been favourites of mine for years, and will come as no surprise to you if you’re a regular reader.
This year I’m going to do things a little differently. These Favourite Products posts continue to be one of the most popular on the blog. So I’m going to list what was the favourite product for 2017 and 2018, and what’s made the top spot for 2019. Hopefully this way you can see what products truly stand the test of time, and continue to be the best on the market. And what new products are genuinely worth the hype, and the money. I’ve also got a Stand Out Product of the Year. Find out what that is at the end of the post.
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My Hair Type
Before we get started on my favourite products of 2019. Here’s a little background on my hair, for reference and/or comparison. I have fine hair, but lots of it. I have a mix of 2c – 3b curls. I have medium-high porosity hair, which gets easily weighed down and over-moisturised. So I have to be careful what products I use, and do regular protein treatments. My hair colour is completely natural, and I’ve been following the curly girl method for almost 3 years. What works for me and my hair, may not work for you. There is no shortcut to finding a product that will work for your hair. It all about trial and error; patience, persistence and consistency.
Where I Shop & Discount Codes
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- 2017: As I Am Coconut Co Wash
- 2018: As I Am Coconut Co Wash
- 2019: As I Am Coconut Co Wash
The As I Am Coconut Co-Wash is still my favourite co-wash I’ve found since I started the curly girl method. I’ve tried others, but keep coming back to this and continue to buy countless tubs. It’s not a heavy co-wash, but very lightweight. It leaves your scalp, roots and hair feeling really clean without feeling stripped. It’s also got black castor oil which is great for hair growth! You can get 20% off As I Am at Look Fantastic, using code CURLMAVEN. Valid until 1st February 2020, with FREE worldwide shipping!
- 2017: MopTop Gentle Shampoo
- 2018: Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
- 2019: Innersense Hydrating Cream Hairbath
Some categories are going to be really hard to narrow down to just one favourite product of the year. All the lo poos mentioned above are still favourites, and I still use all of them regularly. Innersense Hydrating Cream Hairbath is the one I’ve used the most this year. I love that it’s moisturizing, but still has enough protein to prevent my hair from becoming over-moisturized. Innersense formulas are very concentrated, so you only need a small amount. If you’re in the USA, you can buy Innersense here. EU & UK curlies, get 10% off Innersense at The Clean Beauty Edit using code CURLMAVEN. It’s also available on Cult Beauty and Naturalistic Products, if you prefer to shop there.
Or you can get 10% off MopTop here using code CURLMAVEN.
Top Tip: Curly hair can get easily weighed down, so clarifying regularly is important. Not to mention essential for a healthy scalp and hair growth. If you live in a hard water area, or swim in the pool or ocean, you’ll need a chelating shampoo to clarify your hair. To avoid your hair feeling stripped and straw-like, always do a deep conditioning treatment afterwards!
- 2017: Kinky Curly Come Clean
- 2018: Bounce Curl Clarifying Shampoo
- 2019: Bounce Curl Clarifying Shampoo
My favourite clarifying shampoo is Bounce Curl Enzyme Gentle Clarifying Shampoo. No question, nothing else comes close, hands down my favourite! This is the most moisturising, clarifying shampoo I’ve tried. It could go in the lo poo category too, as it’s gentle enough for regular use. But with the added benefit of clarifying the hair, without being as harsh as a chelating shampoo. It’s also safe to use on colour treated hair. This is my most used lo poo of the last two years. Bounce Curl are another brand with concentrated formulas. So you only need the smallest amount as a little goes a very long way! If I could only use one cleanser for the rest of my life, this would be it!
Get 10% off Bounce Curl using code CURLMAVEN at all of the following distributors/online retailers:
- USA: Bounce Curl
- IRELAND: The Clean Beauty Edit – ships worldwide
- UK: Kiyo Beauty – ships worldwide
- Canada: Curl Warehouse
- 2017: Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo
- 2018: Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo
- 2019: Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo
Still top of my chelating shampoo favourites for a third year in row, Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo. It’s not curly girl friendly, as it contains sulfates. But, its necessary for me as I live in a hard water area. Unlike many chelating shampoos, it doesn’t contain silicones – which is why I love it so much. But it does contain the all-important chelating ingredient: Disodium EDTA which gets rid of hard water and mineral deposits from the hair. Read this post for more info. Valid until 1st February 2020, with FREE worldwide shipping. If you live in the US, you can buy it on Sephora.
- 2017: Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner
- 2018: Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner
- 2019: Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner
Another favourite for a third year running. I’ve been using this on and off since I started my curly girl journey in May 2017. Matrix Biolage Hydra Source Conditioner, aka GVP Conditioning Balm in the U.S. This product is amazing, especially if your hair is dry, frizzy, knotty, tangled and needs moisture. Less is more, you only need the tiniest amount! Truly, otherwise you’ll over moisturise your hair. You can also use it as a deep conditioner. I buy the large 1000ml tub which lasts us about a year in a house of three curlies. Such good value for money! Please note, this is the only product from the brand that’s CG friendly.
- 2017: MopTop Daily Conditioner
- 2018: Hairfinity Balanced Moisture Conditioner
- 2019: Hairfinity Balanced Moisture Conditioner / Innersense Hydrating Cream Conditioner / AG Hair Naturals Boost Conditioner
This is another tricky category to narrow down to just one favourite product. Hairfinity Balanced Moisture Conditioner is a favourite, but it was sold out for ages on Look Fantastic. During that time, I discovered and fell in love with Innersense Hydrating Cream Conditioner. And AG Hair Boost Conditioner from their naturals line. Currenty Buy 2 get 1 FREE at Ulta! All of these conditioners are a great balance of lightweight moisture and protein.If you live in the USA, click here to shop Innersense. EU and UK curlies, get 10% off Innersense at The Clean Beauty Edit using code CURLMAVEN at checkout.
You can also get 10% off MopTop here using code CURLMAVEN.
Leave In Conditioner
- 2017: Giovanni Direct Leave In Weightless Moisture Conditioner
- 2018: Giovanni Direct Leave In Weightless Moisture Conditioner
- 2019: Giovanni Direct Leave In Weightless Moisture Conditioner
Well no surprises here then! Giovanni Direct Leave In Weightless Moisture Conditioner is just the best leave-in conditioner on the market as far as I’m concerned. I only ever stray away from it when I’m testing out other leave in conditioners. And the only one I’ve ever liked as much, is the Flora & Curl Leave In Detangler. But the affordability of Giovanni, and the light weight formula keeps me coming back, bottle after bottle. Get 20% off Giovanni and Flora & Curl at Look Fantastic using code CURLMAVEN. Giovanni products are great if you’re just starting out the curly girl method, or you’re on a tight budget.
Protein-Free Deep Conditioner:
- 2018: Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
- 2019: Phyto Joba Moisturizing Mask
I first heard of Phyto from one of my sisters. And then again from YouTuber, Kathleen Lights when she spoke about this Phyto Joba Moisturizing Mask in one of her favourites videos. I’ve since bought 2 tubes of it and it’s become a firm favourite! I love using it as a regular conditioner, a mask on it’s own or mixed with rice water for my modified rice water treatment method. Get 20% off at Look Fantastic using code CURLMAVEN. Valid until 1st February 2020, with FREE worldwide shipping.
Protein Deep Conditioner:
- 2017: Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Masque
- 2018: Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Masque
- 2019: Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Masque
If you’ve been following me or reading my blog for a while, this will come as no surprise! I have lost count of the amount of tubs I’ve bought of the Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Masque! For me, it’s just the best deep conditioner that contains protein. I use it as a regular conditioner, a deep conditioning mask on it’s own. But I especially love it mixed in with rice water for my modified rice water treatment. This can sell out fast on Look Fantastic, so I always stock up when I see it.
- 2017: Pantene Defined Curls Mousse
- 2018: Pantene Defined Curls Mousse
- 2019: Pantene Defined Curls Mousse / Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam
For me, mousse and foam are two different products. But I’ve put them in the same category, as I know many people class them as the same thing. Pantene Defined Curls Mousse. What can I say? I’ve been using this mousse for 20 years! Yes, twenty years. I have tried pretty much every other mousse on the market, and I can still say, even after all this time. It’s still the best mousse out there, and it’s the most affordable product I use!
Check out this post on how I style my hair using The LMG Method.
It’s lightweight, and doesn’t cause white flakes. Gives great curl definition and hold, as well as reducing frizz. It creates a strong cast, and soft, shiny, bouncy curls once scrunched out. If I could only use one styling product for the rest of my life, it would be this mousse. For almost 17 years it was the only styling product I used! It has never let me down and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Irish & UK curlies you can find it in supermarkets. But no matter where you live, you can usually find this mousse in grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, drug stores, chemists – even the little corner shops!
I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with foams this year, and after trying several of them, Innersense I Create Lift Volumising Foam is my favourite. It’s lightweight, great for creating clumps. Gives good, long lasting definition and frizz control. But it definitely needs to be paired with a gel. If you’re in the USA, you can buy Innersense here. EU & UK curlies, get 10% off at The Clean Beauty Edit using code CURLMAVEN. It’s available on Cult Beauty and Naturalistic Products, if you prefer to shop there.
- 2017: Devacurl Styling Cream
- 2018: Devacurl Styling Cream
- 2019: Devacurl Styling Cream / Bounce Curl Clump & Define Cream
Curl creams work much better on my daughter’s hair than they do mine. However I no longer use or recommend Devacurl – you can read why in this post.
Personally, I prefer the Bounce Curl Clump & Define Cream. One of the best new product launches of 2019! I cannot stress enough how little you need of this product! Check out my Bounce Curl Review and What to Buy post for more info, tips and tricks.
Get 10% off Bounce Curl using code CURLMAVEN at all of the following distributors/online retailers:
- USA: Bounce Curl
- IRELAND: The Clean Beauty Edit – ships worldwide
- UK: Kiyo Beauty – ships worldwide
- Canada: Curl Warehouse
- 2017: MopTop Curly Hair Custard
- 2018: MopTop Curly Hair Custard
- 2019: Boucleme Super Hold Styler
I discovered MopTop Curly Hair Custard in 2017 and have continued to purchase tub after tub ever since. My only issue with it, is that it can cause white flakes on the hair if you use too much. Then came along Bouclème’s Super Hold Styler – another great launch this year! Originally marketed as a strong hold gel, to me this is 100% a strong hold custard! Use code CURLMAVEN for 20% off at Look Fantastic, who ship worldwide.
I adore Bouclème’s Super Hold Styler, it’s so versatile. I can use it paired with a leave in conditioner, mousse and/or gel. It’s also great for refreshing, and as a one-and-done styling product too! It’s got the hold that the MopTop Curly Hair Custard doesn’t, and it doesn’t cause white flakes – no matter how much I apply.
- 2017: Aussie Instant Freeze / Bouclème Curl Defining Gel
- 2018: Aussie Instant Freeze / Bouclème Curl Defining Gel / Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel
- 2019: Aussie Instant Freeze / Bouclème Curl Defining Gel / Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel
This is probably my toughest category to pick one favourite product. Mainly because Aussie Instant Freeze Gel continues to be my favourite and most used gel, for the third year in a row. But it’s the old formula. As soon as I heard they were discontinuing it, I stocked up! I’ve still got about 3 tubes left. I don’t know why on earth they changed the formula, especially so much! The new formula is completely different!
So apart from Aussie Instant Freeze Gel, the others I continue to use and love are Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel, which is a creamy gel with strong hold. And Bouclème Curl Defining Gel, which is super light weight creamy, almost watery gel. Get 20% off at Look Fantastic using code CURLMAVEN. You can buy Jessicurl directly from their website, or on my Amazon Shop. For EU/UK curlies, you can purchase Jessicurl at Naturalistic Products.
- 2017: Bouclème Curl Towel
- 2018: Trepadora Curl Towel
- 2019: Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel
I have reached for the Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel the most in 2019 – CURLMAVEN for 20% off,. I’ve never been a fan of microfibre towels, which is why they’re not on the list. Renowned curl stylist Evan Joseph, has just switched out all of his microfibre towels for Aquis ones. The Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel is the perfect towel for curly hair as it’s gentle on the hair, doesn’t cause frizz, is large enough for long, thick hair, lightweight and it soaks up just the right amount of water.
Hairdryer & Diffuser:
I wasn’t going to put this section in at all, as my hairdryer is only available in the UK & Ireland. And the diffuser is out of stock until some time in 2020. But I get asked all the time what I use. I use a Diva Professional Dynamica 4000 Pro Hair Dryer, available in my Amazon UK Shop. And the Diva Professional XL Diffuser. I’ve used a lot of diffusers over the years and this is my favourite, because it’s HUGE! Which cuts down my diffusing time and thanks to the little grips, I can lift my roots while I’m diffusing, for extra volume.
- 2018: Coorie Curls Satin Scrunchie & Buff
- 2019: Puff Cuff, Silke London Hair Wrap & Silkskin pillowcase
Protecting your hair at night, is as important as what styling products and techniques you use. It makes such a difference to long-lasting curl definition and frizz control.
I use a mini Puff Cuff to put my hair up in a pineapple – not just at night, all the time! PuffCuffs are worth every penny! Get 15% off PuffCuff using my code CURLMAVEN. Once my hair is in a pineapple, I put on my Silke London hair turban and lay on my Slip Silk pillowcase. – CURLMAVEN for 20% off both Silke London and Slip. But it’s better value for money if you get the pack of 2, with my discount code CURLMAVEN at Look Fantastic, who ship worldwide.
- 2017: Denman Large Paddle Brush
- 2018: Denman Large Paddle Brush / Tangle Teezer (as a scalp brush)
- 2019: Denman Large Paddle Brush / Bouclème Scalp Brush
I’ve been using a Denman Large Paddle Brush for as long as I can remember. Even as a child! It’s the best out there. I’ve tried many others over the years, even other brushes from Denman. But this is the best for curly hair and thick hair. Especially if you have children with knotty, tangled hair! It’s the only brush/comb we use in the house and I only ever use it when our hair is wet and full of conditioner or styling products. There’s currently 20% off Denman on Look Fantastic, no code required. You pretty much get the second pillowcase for £10!
This year, I started using a proper scalp brush. It’s so much better than the Tangle Teezer substitute I’d previously been using. Much more gentle on the scalp, and also more like a massage than a scrub. It’s not necessary, but it’s nice to use. My one is from Bouclème, which is currently sold out individually, but still available as part of this set. But Puff Cuff have an identical one.
And my final favourite of 2019: my Curl Maven Thermal Heat Cap. I first made one and started using it almost two years ago. It continues to make a huge difference to my hair’s health, shine, definition and frizz control. I use it every time I deep condition, to maximise the benefits of my deep conditioner.
You heat it up in the microwave and the heat opens up the hair’s cuticle, so products can penetrate deeper into the hair shaft. It’s especially great for low porosity hair! Handmade using 100% Cotton and 100% organic flaxseeds. Eco-friendly, microwaveable, reusable, reversible, stylish and easy to use. I ship worldwide, and new limited edition collections are available here.
Stand Out Product of 2019: Silke London Hair Wrap
The stand out product of the year for 2019 was an easy choice for me. It’s such a good investment, and worth every penny! Silke London’s hair wrap (turban) is the first one I’ve tried that’s big enough to hold all of my hair without flattening my curls, falling off during the night or being too tight and causing a headache. I’ve got The Poppy one. It’s 100% pure 22 momme grade silk, and made to such a high quality. Which also means they’re pretty pricey, but you can get 20% off at Look Fantastic using my code CURLMAVEN. Valid until 1st February 2020 and FREE worldwide shipping. Silke London also do beautiful silk hair ties made from 100% mulberry silk, exclusive to Look Fantastic.
So that completes this Favourite Products of 2019 post, and my last post of the year. What did you think? Do we have any of the same favourite products? Have I introduced you to any new products you want to try for yourself? Are there any products I haven’t mentioned, which you think I should try. Or have I listed some products that just don’t work for you? Let me know in the comments below.
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I just want to say a very special thank you to everyone who has read my posts, commented, followed me on social media and shared my content over this past year. 2019 has been truly amazing, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got planned for 2020! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, and wish you all the very best of luck in the New Year! Gabriella x
If you’re new to the curly girl method or you’re struggling to put a product routine together, check out this post. I spoke a lot about protein and moisture in this post. To understand the importance of that balance, or how to fix your hair from protein overload, over moisturised hair or hygral fatigue – read this post, and corresponding YouTube video.
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As I am coconut co-wash has been the best thing I’ve ever read about for my hair (medium porosity). Thank you for introducing me to it! I have to use it more like a conditioner/detangler after my Jessicurl low-poo shampoo. My curls love it. Thank you for doing all the leg work so I look good.
Thanks so much Heather! x
Jessica Moncada says
Oh my goodness gracious I love this list!! However, this is a lot of stuff, and I don’t entirely know what to do with each product. If you most often use the LMG method, which of these products would you recommend to start with this basic method?
Hi Jessica, I understand this may seem like a lot, but I don’t use products from all these categories in one wash day. I give sample routines throughout my posts, including the LMG method. But for example, I would use Bounce Curl Clarifying Shampoo, Hairfinity Conditioner, Giovanni Leave In, Pantene Mousse and Aussie Instant Freeze Gel. You can interchange any of those products, but the principle remains the same. A cleanser, conditioner, leave in conditioner, curl enhancer and hold. Hope that make sense. x
Thank you, yes that makes sense. It’s made more sense as I’ve read through more of your posts. One question: are you cautious to ensure you alternate protein with moisture in each product you use? Like if you were using a shampoo with protein, would you then only use a conditioner with no protein? Or am I over thinking it?
Try it out and see, it’s the quickest way to see if something works for you. For me, I don’t worry to much about protein in my cleanse and condition products, but I have to be mindful of protein heavy styling products as my hair doesn’t seem to behave as well. Hope that helps
Have you ever tried Ouidad produts?
I’ve tried a few, I like their original climate control gel. x
I’m really grateful for the advice and product information you have listed. I’m just curious, as I’ve read three seperate posts and notice with each one you say you have high porosity, low porosity, and medium porosity. Is that because your porosity has changed over time or are those typos?
Hi Hayley, my hair is medium-high porosity hair. In previous, much older posts I believed it was low porosity, but that wasn’t the case – it was a misunderstanding of porosity. I will be taking time over the summer to go back and edit and update old posts on this blog which is 2.5 years old.
Debra Collins says
I found you recently while searching for products for my hair which is very similar to yours only shorter and colored. I have tried JessieCurls products for the past 6 months and need to use both the rockin ringlets and spiralicious gel in order for my curls to form the best. The cleansing cream and shea conditioner doesnt work as well as I had hoped. I dont seem to have enough moisture afterwards and it takes alot of both gels and daily adding leave in conditioner mixed with water to refresh. O am hoping you can answer a few questions because I not to order more of the products you recommend.
1. Since my hair is colored does it make it automatically high porisity? I have done various tests and the stands are slightly bumpy but usually float toward the middle.
2. Is the Pantene mousse the same in USA? When I have searched I can only find a white can with gold at the bottom that does not have the level 5 on it. Instead it only has “prov” in the center circle.
3. Do you stack the leave in, mousse and then gel?
Appreciate your help. I did similar as you when growing up…fighting the curl. Now for the past year have really tried to embrace it and changing routines and products have really helped.
Hi Debra, if you need lots of moisture, then Jessicurl is not the best brand for you – which is why you’re not loving their cleanser and conditioner I suspect. I would consider changing the conditioner to GVP conditioning balm if you’re in the US, or Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner if you live elsewhere. To answer your questions, don’t pay any attention to the float test, it’s a load of rubbish. I suggest reading my post on hair porosity which I updated recently: https://curlmaven.ie/hair-porosity/ 2. Yes, the Pantene Mousse in the US is the same. Pantene used to have 2 different levels of hold in their mousse, level 3 and 5. They have discontinued level 3 and now there’s just one “defined curls mousse” which was previously level 5. 3. Do I “stack” the leave in mousse and gel? I don’t know what you mean by “stack.” I apply leave in first, then I apply mousse, then I apply gel. One after the other, I don’t mix all three in my hands if thats what you mean. Hope that helps.
Debra Collins says
Oops…so sorry about typos in previous comment. Should have read…I want to order several of your product recommendations instead of not order products in the first paragraph. And in first question should read hair strand is slightly bumpy but will float in the middle of water bowl when trying to decide porisity. Sorry.
gabrielle oxford says
Hi Gabriella! I have low porosity hair but a somewhat similar texture to how your hair was towards the beginning of your journey. i also find that my hair is less curly in the back of my head and Im not sure what to do. Can you please make a youtube video on how you currently style your curls?
They look great!
Hi Gabrielle, hair less curly at the back of the head is most likely due to how you’re washing it in the shower. Read this post for info, tips and tricks: https://curlmaven.ie/how-to-beat-halo-frizz/
Hi I just started the curly girl a week and half ago . Funny thing is I’ve always used Aussie instant freeze . Can you tell me what the old ingredients are ? And my hair has been so frizzy . What should I do? Top is high Porosity bottom medium. More hair is medium. Also how often should I shampoo or cowash ? Is it true that oils and Shea cause frizz ? Like jojoba or castor . Trying to figure out best deep conditioner also protein or not? I did the avocado diy one the first time.Also my roots need dyed how do I do that what are the steps
Hi Colette, there’s an awful lot of questions there, all of which you need to just try things out for yourself and see how your hair reacts and what works best for you and your hair. I can’t give you the answers for everything I’m afraid, as everyone’s hair is different. A quick google of the old/original Aussie Instant Freeze Gel ingredients will bring those up for you. I advise to wash your hair 2 – 3 times a week max. I’ve got a post on protein moisture balance on the blog which will help you figure out what type of deep conditioner you may need for your hair. But you’re only a week or so into the method and at this rate you’re going to become quickly overwhelmed, start off simple, read my posts under the CG Basics tab and take it from there.
I live in the US and found the Matrix Biolage hydrasource conditioner…but I am also finding the hydrasource conditioning balm. Do you know if they are the same? I can’t find anything about it on their website. Thanks!
Hiya, yes they are the same thing – as far as I’m aware. Just double check and compare the ingredients if you want to be sure.
Hi, I was recently introduced to the Curly Girl method by one of my friends and wanted to try it out. I work out heavily almost everyday and was wondering how I should tackle my hair on days that aren’t heavy wash days. I have tried to look up videos/blogs with tips but have not had much luck. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.
Hi Julia, if you sweat a lot and prefer to use a dry shampoo, I suggest using this one from Innersense Organic Beauty, http://bit.ly/308yEzG which is curly girl friendly and use that as and when you need it each day. And aim to wash your hair 2-3 times a week. Hope that helps. x
your curls are intense!! but you’ve got quite a bit of frizz on top from the photos in this post, thats kinda the same frizz I have that I’m trying to get rid of, have you not found a remedy for it yet?
Hi Jazz, yes I have found a few causes and remedies for that halo frizz on the crown. See this post: https://curlmaven.ie/how-to-beat-halo-frizz/
i’m VERY new to the curly girl method and have watched vide o upon video and read blogs a plenty before embarking on the journey but YOU you have made it super simple and really eased how overwhlemed i am. so thank you!
I especially love the routines you scatter through your blog and i think you should make it a feature like a “Wash Day Wednesday”where you snap a pic of all the products you used on that wash day and your prep and style routine and the order in which you use them and the amounts of each day.
Speaking of routines, the LMG process is something I want to try with the following products, which i already have…but i cannot figure out which order to use them, can you help please?
-giovanni direct leave in
-flora and curl leave in detangler
-boucleme super styler
-boucleme curl defining gel
-pantene curl defining mousse
the one i am most confused about is the boucleme super styler, which i received as part of a christmas gift and ive left it untouched. would i use it in place of a leave in or would i use it after the leave followed by a mousse followed by a gel?
thanks in advance
Hi Isla, thanks so much for your kind, sweet words! I do Washday Wednesday on my Instagram page, http://www.instagram.com/curlycailin.ie and have a highlight called Wash Days too. Okay so for the products you have, I suggest the following: Giovanni Direct Leave In OR Flora & Curl Leave In Detangler (they do the same thing, one is just more lightweight than the other – both are favourites of mine). Then apply Pantene Defined Curls Mousse. Then for a soft hold use Boucleme Curl Defining Gel, or for a stronger hold use the Boucleme Super Hold Styler. It’s a strong hold custard. But, if you want extra hold and longevity from your wash day, you can apply both Boucleme products. But you need to play around and experiment to see what works best for you x
Many thanks for your response! I’m gearing up for my wash day and came to review your reply to make sure i’m doing things right and on a whim i decided to input the ingredients of all the products i intend to use onto both “is it CG?” and “Curls bot” and shockingly “is it CG” stated that the Boucleme curl defining gel contains castor seed oil which is not CG, BUT Curlsbot did not flag this….am I missing something?
I do notice that it is in the bottom 7 ingredients on the list but should i risk it especially given i am only 2 months into my CG journey and really don’t want to compromise my transition progress.
Could you do a full review on Innersense products?
Just ordered Hairfinity products and Giovanni Leave in from Lookfantastic.
Thank you from Portugal
Hi Ana, yes an Innersense review is coming soon! Stay tuned! x
Hi! My hair also loves the GVP Conditioning Balm. 🙂 I was surprised to read that I should only use the tiniest amount though. I use 3-5 tablespoons each time. I must be over-moisturizing! Maybe that is why my waves have been losing their definition…even though they still feel a bit dry in this dry winter weather…
How much of the GVP balm do you recommend using? I am sure the exact amount varies per person, just curious what average amount you would recommend. How can I tell when I put too much on? Should my hair feel coated in conditioner after I apply it?
First of all thank you so much for such an insightful and generous writing!
My hair is similar to yours and although I am CG for years, but the last 2 years I was really lazy and my hair felt it…. So now I’m on track to change it.
Last week for the first time I clarified with Klorane citrus pulp shampoo and Phyto Detox Shampoo. Then I did your rice modified treatment. What a difference!!!
I have these other Phyto shampoos at home in stock that I had bought on a 3 for 2 deal: phytojoba, phytocolor, phytoprogenium-ultra-gentle-shampoo . Do you recommend any of them?
I also have some Fructis hair food masks still and Ultimate Blends conditioners. Ordered from Lookfantastic your Hairfinity recommendations and Giovanni Leave-in. Already had Boucléme Gel.. Yesterday ordered the mini Innersense you quoted. I thind I need 2 heads to finish my stock ; )
Any kind advices?
Greetings from Portugal and please keep up the good work!
Got anymore of those LF discount codes now that February has passed? LOL, I am on a serious hair binge post-Deva. Do you have access to the Zotos brand All About Curls in Ireland/UK? It is a known “Deva Dupe” for us in N.America (I think just in terms of the product line versus ingredients) and has been working *so so so* well for me these last few washes. I am no longer willing to be Monogamous to a brand though, and want to rotate through things (HA!) to prevent another hair Dev-aster.
Hi Caitlyn, I need to update this post. The Look Fantastic 20% discount code has been extended for another 6 months! Use code CURLYCAILINLF at checkout x
Hi Gabriella! I live in a (very) hard water area, so I need a chelating shampoo. Do you think I could get away with not using a clarifying shampoo if I’m using, say, the B&B Sunday Shampoo and a co-wash? I’m trying to streamline my routine before my products take over my house, lol Thank you!!
Hi Anna, yes that’s fine. Use your B&B Sunday Shampoo as a clarifying shampoo – it just as the extra bonus of also being chelating so getting rid of hard water and mineral deposits. And then co-wash (if that’s what works best for your hair) on the washes in between.
Big thanks! Your blog has been such a helpful resource, thanks for all the time and work you put into it x
Have you ever tried Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner?
Hairfinity Mask is sold out on Lookfantastic. Could Mielle be similar and good quality? or Giovanni Hair Reconstructor?
Kind regards, Ana
Carol Madden says
Hi Gabriella, I was going to try out bounce curl or the innersence products. I have similar curly pattern to you. Which one if these brands would you recommend?
Hi Carol, I like both brands. And I often mix and match between the products. For me, the Bounce Curl cleansers are the best on the market. But I prefer the Innersense conditioners and styling products. As well as the Bounce Curl hairspray. Hope that helps, you can get 10% off Bounce Curl using code CURLYCAILIN10 and you can get 10% off Innersense at The Clean Beauty Edit (linked here: http://bit.ly/310epAT ) using code CURLYCAILIN10.
Hi Gabriella 🙂
First of all, thank you so much for the amazing content you create, it has helped a lot on my journey to understand my hair better!
I have a question about hard water:
I moved to Ireland about a year ago and experienced a terrible change in my hair due to what I think had to do with the water quality.
Since I lived in a hostel at the beginning (probably even more chlorine used in the water there) and later only in shared flats I didn’t have the possibility to get a water filter that can be installed/attached.
I started filtering all my water for wash days via a drinking water filter (Britta) which takes ridiculously long but it don’t dare to go back to just using the water as it is.
Do you think the Bumble and Bumble shampoo could help with this problem? Do you have any tips for dealing with living in a hard water area?
I’m using kinky curly come clean shampoo but maybe that is not strong enough?
Hi Jana, I live in Ireland too and the hard water is truly awful! That’s why I came to discover Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo, as it’s a chelating clarifying shampoo that gets rid of hard water build up on the hair, and it’s why I use it religiously every 4 weeks. It’s essential for my hair and scalp health and growth. Personally I don’t think the Kinky Curly Come Clean is strong enough, not for the kind of hard water that’s in Ireland. I much prefer B&B Sunday Shampoo, and then on washes between I use Bounce Curl Clarifying Shampoo. Hope that helps. x
Fenna Van Engelshoven says
Ik have low porosity and low elasticy Hair (type 2c) nu Hair is tick and i have much hair.
Ik want to try the follow products.
But i didn’t understand the first 2 products wich are good tot my Hair.
Do you have a suggestion wich product i can rinse nu Hair. And did I understand your article well that the follow products are good for my Hair(I’m from Holland)
1 pre pop ??
3 matrix biolage hydrasource
4 bounce curl clump & define cream
5 boucleme super hold styler
Ik want to thank you so much tot make this yourney a little bit understanding.
Hi Fenna, I don’t pre-poo – it’s not something I do or recommend. I think this post would be better for you to check out, as it will explain things more clearly of what products you need in your routine: https://curlmaven.ie/how-to-build-a-curly-girl-hair-routine/
I’m just starting my curly hair method journey but I’ve already been using natural shampoo bars for years. They contain no silicones or parbens, can I still keep using them? Do I need to do a clarify wash?
Once they don’t contain waxes, silicones or harsh drying alcohols then yes
Hey, I’m suffering heavily from over-moisturised hair right now! Very scared of the dreaded hydral-fatigue… it’s clear I need some protein in my routine – but have no idea where to start and 99% of the products I find reccomended are not available in Ireland – please help!!
Hi Aine, I live in Ireland myself, so everything almost everything I recommend is available, you’ve just got to order online. You need to see this post for details on protein and moisture and product recommendations etc: https://curlmaven.ie/protein-moisture-balance/
Your site has become my trusted resource at the beginning of my curl journey. I have fine, thin wavy hair with a few ringlets around the face. I’ve ordered many of the products you recommended. Very much need to clarify and realize I forgot to purchase deep conditioner. Elsewhere I’ve seen the suggestion to mix honey and olive oil (1:1) and add to conditioner as a way to deep condition. Do you have an opnion on this?
Thank you for this tremendous resource of your blog, instagram and YT.
Hi Lucille, thanks so much for your kind sweet words. I don’t recommend using either honey or olive oil in your hair, or as a deep conditioner. Often the molecules of food is too big to penetrate the hair shaft, so it’s a waste of time, effort, money and food with no benefits to the hair.
rosaleen mcelhatton says
hi gabriella, do you have any current discount codes for look fantastic or any other companies and also can u recommend anywhere else to get hairfinity amino masque as can never get it on look fantastic or another equivalent for a protein hair masque??
ps love your thermal hair cap. its made a great difference when using a treatment
Hi Rosaleen, it sells out quite quickly so it’s the kind of thing you need to snap it up when you see it in stock. I have a 15% discount code for Look Fantastic, use code CURLYCAILINLF at checkout. It’s also available on my Amazon shop, the links to that are in the footer and side bar. You can also try and get it at Naturalistic Products, here’s my referral link for that: http://bit.ly/2qF0lw8
I remembered you have a discount code at Look Fantastic. So checked here. Do you also have one at Skinstore by LF?
Thanks honey and keep on doing what you do for us!
I don’t think I do, so sorry! If it’s a Hut Group site though they’re bound to have some great discount codes x Thanks so much for asking x
I live in a high humidity area. I was wondering what strong hold gel you recommend so that I don’t end up with a frizzy mess?
When it’s really humid, the strongest hold gel with no humectants that I’ve found is the Giovanni LA Natural Hold Gel, you can get 15% off on Look Fantastic using code CURLYCAILINLF – and they ship worldwide. But it’s already super affordable.
Thanks so much for all the information you are providing. I used to have lovely curls up to my 20’s and now my hair is just a limp mess so I’m going to start from scratch again and hopefully can be happy with my hair again 15 years later! I stopped using mousse years ago because my hair dresser told me that the alcohol in mousse was destroying my hair and told me to start using leave in conditioner in it’s place. I actually liked that I didn’t have that hard mousse feeling in my hair anymore but it’s very hard to find a leave in conditioner that gives the same effect as a mousse. I was wondering what you thought about this and also can you recommend a cruelty free brand in place of Pantene?
Thanks so much
Hi Michelle, okay so first of all not all mousse has harsh drying alcohols. Pantene Defined Curls Mousse doesn’t and it’s the best mousse on the market. I’ve been using it for 21 years! Secondly, the reason that mousse gave you that “hard feeling” was because it formed a cast on your hair when it dried – which is good. You just needed to go and scrunch out that cast to reveal soft curls underneath. You may have noticed hard hair on wash day, and maybe the day after. But soft defined curls for the days after that…that’s because you were breaking that cast during your sleep. Finally, a leave in conditioner is never going to do the same thing as a mousse because it’s not the same product, not designed or formulated to do the same thing. So you may as well go looking for a unicorn. Make sure you’re using good quality cleansing and conditioning products and either don’t rinse all your conditioner out, or add a little leave in conditioner, before putting your mousse on and you should be fine.
Thank you so much for your blog! I’ve learned so much from you! I just wanted to let you know that I wouldn’t recommend Naturalistic for customers outside the UK. I tried to order from them and my order never came but they still charged me for shipping both ways. (36£!). I’ve reached out to them to try to resolve the issue but unfortunately they were not amenable to helping.
Thanks once again for providing such a great service to the curly haired community!
Hi Jessica, so sorry you experienced that with Naturalistic Products. I’m not affiliated with them, but I’m based outside the UK and have been ordering from them for years and never had any issues.
Is the Pantene mousse a creamy mousse or more of a lightweight foam? As far as I can tell my hair is wavy and a mix of 2b/2c with medium porosity. I need a mousse to achieve best results and it must be a creamy mousse as opposed to one that foams up. I’m having trouble finding an approved one that gives me good results.
Thanks for any advice!
Hi Sara, Pantene Mousse is like a traditional mousse that you’d think of from the 80s and 90s. (but way better, it doesn’t dry out your hair etc.) it’s not a foam – I know what you mean, there’s a big difference between a foam and a mousse.
But Pantene Mousse ist at all a natural and cruelty free product or am I wrong?
Nope, Pantene Mousse isn’t natural. I’m not sure about being cruelty free, I hope not. But I don’t know. I’m not claiming that it is natural. I’m just saying it’s CG friendly and is the best mousse on the market, hands down. I’ve been using it for 21 years.
I’m loving all your tips and trying to transition from a keratin treatment to embrace my curls.
I have a question regarding the bumble & bumble Sunday Shampoo, I read that this should be avoided on colored hair. I have highlights and I just had bought it. Would you recommend to use another shampoo instead?
Hi Caro, I only recommend using the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo once a month to clarify and remove hard water and mineral deposits on the hair. Which is actually recommended for colour treated hair, as it’s those mineral and metal deposits that cause highlights and colour to appear dull, brassy, green and yellow. However, if you use it too often it will strip and fade the colour. So once a month, and/or before you get your hair coloured is fine.
I absolutely adore your articles, they make things so clear. I’m a newbie to the curly girl journey and I was wondering if the OGX shampoo and conditioners are CG approved? I’m still learning the names of common sulphates and silicones so I’m unsure
I don’t use or recommend OGX, I tried them years ago and didn’t like them for my hair. I don’t think they’re CG friendly, but you can check the ingredients on isitcg.com or curlsbot.com or just Google it x
Elias Cotsis says
The Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Mask contains disodium EDTA which is a chelating ingredient, is it still okay to use it once a week? Also will this product help me maintain a good protein moisture balance if I use it enough?
Yes it’s fine to use weekly. And yes, I think it is a good product to maintain a good healthy protein moisture balance.