Curly girl method, my favourite UK products

If you are a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that I have been following the curly girl method for over a year now (you can read my previous posts here, here & here). The condition of my hair has improved drastically since, although I still have a long way to go to get my perfect curls. Over the past few months I have collected quite a range of products, hoping to find the perfect combination for my hair. The curly girl method can be a bit overwhelming and confusing, especially when you are starting up and I feel like there is a lot of new information to learn. I’ve compiled below  a list of my curly girl method favourite products, with some others available in the UK

Curly girl method, my favourite products


Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner – This is an extremely light conditioner, which is great for low porosity or fine hair.  I don’t leave a lot in, and I find a little bit goes a long way.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter – Probably one of my favourite conditioners, one of the first curly girl products I tried and one I always go back and repurchase.  It’s the perfect product if your hair likes richer conditioners.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Almond Crush – This is one of my new favourites. It smells lovely and leaves my hair really soft.  I sometimes use it as a leave-in, or mix it with olive oil whenever I do a deep conditioning treatment. Be careful, not all the products on the Ultimate Blend range are CG approved.

Matrix Biolage HydraSource Conditioner – A very rich conditioner, nourishing, and one to use if your hair is very dry. This is the only product in the Matrix range that is Curly Girl approved.

curly girl method favourite products

Some other CG approved conditioners you might want to try:

Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner

Kind Natured

Organic Shop Conditioners

Sainsbury’s Apple Conditioner

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

Tresemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Conditioner


Hair Masks

Garnier Fructis Hair Food Papaya – I’m so pleased this range is finally available in the UK, it’s probably my favourite curly girl product. I’ve tried the Macadamia and Banana masks but the Papaya one it’s my favourite. It smells absolutely amazing and it’s very versatile; it can be used as a leave in, conditioner and hair mask.

curly girl method favourite products

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter – This intensive treatment masque deeply moisturizes and conditions dry hair. I love using this when my hair feels especially dry and feel like it really needs extra conditioning.

curly girl method favourite products

Some other CG approved masks you might want to try:

Garnier Ultimate Blends Masque

L’Oreal Botanicals Argan & Safflower Hair Mask

Shea moisture superfruit masque

Shea Moisture SuperFruit Complex 10-IN-1 Multi-Benefit Hair Masque

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque

Vatika Egg Protein Mask



Before I started following the curly girl method I hardly used gel but I quickly learnt it would be an important part of my regular styling routine. The main reason for me to incorporate gel to my routine is to add hold to my curls without leaving them dry.  I’ve tried a few different gels but they either leave residue or leave my hair looking quite dull. Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly is by far my favourite, it’s not drying giving me defined curls and gives me a great cast.

Some other CG approved gels you might want to try:

Cantu twist and lock gel 

Giovanni L.A. Natural Styling Gel

Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Gel

Tesco Extreme Styling Gel

Tesco Everyday Value Gel

Twisted Sista Amazing Dream Curl Gel


For many years the only styling product I used was mousse and it’s still a bit part of my curly girl routine. John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Reviver and Pantene Pro-V Define Curls Mousse are the ones I use on a regular basis. I honestly can’t see a difference between these two, apart from the price. I apply mousse on wet hair and then add gel on top.

My hair is super dry at the moment so I’m trying to either not use too much mousse or not use it at all to see if it makes a difference.

Some other CG approved mousses you might want to try:

Superdrug Mousse

Tesco Maximum Hold Mousse


Custards & Curl Activators

Cantu Curl Activator

Cantu define and shine custard

Shea Moisture Coconut Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus curl & Shine Gel Souffle

CG Approved brands


Only Curls




Bounce Curl

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Have you tried any of these curly girl products? I’d love to hear what you think of them. Let me know if you have any other ones I should add to this post.

These are my curly girl method favourite products, what are yours?

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8 thoughts on “Curly girl method, my favourite UK products

  1. Hi! I'm new to the cgmethod and am loving your site! So helpful! Just to let you know that I came across the Garnier hair food today in Asda for £4, it's been rebranded as Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food, as opposed to Garnier Fructis, but I've run it through the curlsbot and it's still cg-friendly! Thought you might like to know they have it in stock :)
    1. Hi Nicole, thanks for your lovely comment and for the tip on the Garnier products. Have just realised they are also now sold in the UK, like you say. I’ve been using them for a year or so and I love them, especially the papaya one.
    1. I haven’t really used many CGM shampoos really. Have a bumble & bumble one I use for clarifying about once a month and that’s about it. I know there are some out there and people use it but I’ve slowly stopped using shampoo
  2. The "Only Curls" conditioner disappointingly contains Benzyl Alcohol which is extremely drying with continued use. So the entire line isn't CGM approved just to be clear. Always read the ingredients list, my fellow curlies!
    1. Thanks for your comment. I think there is a mixture of information regarding Benzyl Alcohol but as I understand it's used in products as a preservative so it has no major impact on the hair. It's a product necessary to keep organic and natural products free from bacteria. It's also towards the bottom of the ingredients list which means it's used in a small amount.

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