In the curly hair community over the last decade, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number and variety of curly hair care products available around the world, to suit all budgets. But due to increased demand from curly hair consumers, we’re seeing more and more fragrance free curly hair products in the last couple of years. So here’s how to build a fragrance free curly hair routine. Some of my favourite fragrance free hair care products and exclusive discount codes!
How to Build a Fragrance Free Curly Hair Routine
We’re blessed to have so many options, choice and variety of curly hair products available to suit all hair types and budgets. But it wasn’t always like this. What was a gap in the market just a decade ago has become a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.
For years, choosing a fragrance free curly hair routine meant compromising on product quality and sacrificing curl definition. Thankfully, things are changing and some of the best hair care brands are launching fragrance free products across all their ranges. All the products mentioned in this post are curly girl friendly, sulfate and silicone free, vegan and cruelty free. Use code CURLMAVEN to get up to 20% off.
For years, Jessicurl were the first and only curly hair care brand offering fragrance free options across all their products. But in 2022 and 2023, fragrance free curly hair care products entered the chat in a big way. So much so, that I can now substitute all my favourite products for fragrance free options. So here’s my tips, advice and product recommendations on how to build a fragrance free curly hair routine.
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Fragrance Free Shampoo + Conditioner
For fine hair that’s dry, easily weighed down and needs lightweight moisture. Jessicurl Gentle Shampoo and Aloeba Daily Conditioner (in the fragrance free option). Or the more affordable Bouclème Fragrance Free Curl Cleanser (which is a no lather co-wash) and Fragrance Free Curl Conditioner are the best options.
For a richer and more moisturizing fragrance free option, I love the Curlsmith Fragrance Free Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. The quality is outstanding for the price, it’s a concentrated formula so you don’t need much. The bottle is bigger so you get more product, for less money.
I have two teenagers, both with curly hair. My son also has ASD and sensory processing disorder so hair products, textures and scents can be difficult in our house. But both of them love the Curlsmith Fragrance Free Shine line more than any other products they’ve tried in the last 5 years. They’ve gone through 2 bottles of the shampoo and conditioner, which says a lot! I highly recommend.
For a bit more money, the Innersense Organic Beauty Clarity Hairbath and Conditioner are the most concentrated and highest quality fragrance free hair care products on the market. Suitable for all hair types, I absolutely love them! The texture, consistency and results are very similar between Innersense Clarity Conditioner and Curlsmith Shine Conditioner.
Use code CURLMAVEN to get 20% off Curlsmith and Bouclème at LOOKFANTASTIC, 15% off Innersense Organic Beauty and Bouclème and 10% off Jessicurl. See Maven Market for where you can shop those products and discount codes from wherever you are in the world.
Fragrance Free Styling Products for Definition + Curl Clumps
This is where I get so excited about the fragrance free styling options available for wavy and curly hair! Earlier this year, TréLuxe launched fragrance free versions of my all time favourite styling combo for definition and curl clumps. Their Reflex Curl Styling Serum and Hi! Definition Gel. The texture, consistency and results are exactly the same, they’re just fragrance free.
One thing to note, if you’re visually impaired it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the original and fragrance free options as there’s only a subtle colour difference in the packaging. Use code CURLMAVEN to get 15% off TrèLuxe in the USA. See Maven Market for where else you can get discounts on TréLuxe from wherever you are in the world.
Fragrance Free Styling Products for Humidity
Jessicurl are my go to stying products for definition and hold when it’s humid. If you’ve got dry hair or want to elongate your curl pattern, use a small amount of Jessicurl Confident Coils. If you have fine hair that’s a little on the soft or over moisturized side. And/or you want to tighten your curl pattern, use the Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets instead to enhance definition.
If you want a combination of thick juicy curl clumps, definition and strong hold in humidity. Then my favourite combo is the fragrance free TrèLuxe Reflex Styling Serum and Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel. This is the best humectant-free, medium to hard hold gel for humidity and plays really well with lots of other products. Use code CURLMAVEN to get 15% off TrèLuxe and 10% off Jessicurl. See Maven Market for where else you can get discounts on TréLuxe from wherever you are in the world.
Fragrance Free Styling Products for Fine Hair
If you have fine hair, waves and curls that get easily weighed down. Or you’re looking for smooth definition that looks natural and effortless. Then I’d recommend either Bouclème Fragrance Free Curl Defining Gel or Curlsmith Fragrance Free Shine Jelly. Both lightweight gels are hydrating but not heavy and very easy to use. They play well with other styling products and give light to medium hold with lots of shine. Use code CURLMAVEN to get 20% off Bouclème and Curlsmith at LOOKFANTASTIC or 15% off Bouclème’s website.
Fragrance Free Styling Products for Dry Hair
If you have dry hair that needs more moisture. Especially in Winter and prefer a cream then I’d recommend the Bouclème Fragrance Free Curl Cream. It’s one of the most concentrated curl creams on the market though, you only need the smallest, pea-sized amount. Emulsify in your wet hands, before applying it to wet hair.
But if you’re looking for something a little less rich, heavy and moisturizing. Then I’d recommend the Curlsmith Fragrance Free Shine Cream, which is actually a leave in conditioner. Quickly becoming my favourite for dryer, thicker, coarser hair that needs more moisture. Followed by the Curlsmith Fragrance Free Shine Gel. Another medium to hard hold gel that plays well with other styling products and is suitable for all hair types.
The Best Overall Fragrance Free Curly Hair Products
If I had to choose or recommend just one brand for the best overall fragrance free curly hair products, it would be Curlsmith. I’ve been really impressed by all the products in their Fragrance Free Shine line. It’s by far my favourite range from Curlsmith.
The quality is up there with the best of them and the price point is great. You can get the Curlsmith Fragrance Free Shine Kit which includes a full size Shampoo + Conditioner. With mini Shine Cream Leave in Conditioner and Shine Jelly for just £42 using my code CURLMAVEN to get 20% off Curlsmith at LOOKFANTASTIC.
I hope you found this post helpful and feel more confident about how to build a fragrance free curly hair routine to suit all hair types, curl patterns, textures and density. Check out my Step by Step Washday Routine for application tips and advice. Read this article if you’re struggling to get the consistent, long-lasting results you want. And there’s also my FAQ page to help you troubleshoot.
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