Help with conditioner choices!

I just came across the Curly Girl Method yesterday. After researching it I decided I want to try it!

But I'm having a hard time finding conditioners. What's the difference between light silicone free conditioners and thicker silicone free conditioners? Does anyone have suggestions of brands or types to use?


  • rmc2rmc2 Posts: 349Registered Users
    For silicone free conditioner and sulfate free cowash:
    Vo5 moisture milk conditioner (strawberry or passion$
    Vo5 Shea Cashmere Conditioner
    Trader's Joe Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
  • abilinskiabilinski Posts: 5Registered Users
    Do you use them as leave in too?
    Im having a hard time understanding the CG method. Cowash with light silicone free conditioner, then use a thick conditioner that is used as a leave in too?
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Curl Connoisseur Posts: 3,204Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    There can e lots of trial and error in finding the right products for your hair. In it's most basic form, CG is about avoiding sulfates and silicones. Some people do this with co-washing (light conditioner to cleanse scalp and roots and richer conditioner to moisturize length of hair- either conditioner can e used as a leave-in). Others cannot co-wash or cannot co-wash exclusively, so they use low-poos (sulfate free shampoos). There are also cleansing conditioners, which give you the best of both worlds.

    To really get an idea of products that would work best, you need to start by determining your hair properties- not your curl pattern, but the qualities of the individual strands- texture, porosity, etc. has a ton of great info for determining hair properties. Once you know your properties, look for people with the same properties and see what's working for them. There's also a thread in the 2s forum (might be a few pages back) called "share your hair biography". It's a great place to start looking for a hair twin, even if you're not a wavy (my hair twin has a completely different curl pattern than mine but because our properties are the same we get almost identical results, good or bad, from products).
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • rmc2rmc2 Posts: 349Registered Users
    I don't use my Cowash conditioners as leave in. If a product is not marketed as a leavein, I don't like using it as such. A good leavein is Kinky Curly Knot product (can't remember exact name). But I myself don't really use leavein in my hair. I like think of my curl styler as both a leave in and styling agent. I use (I have 4a hair midneck length it stretched) 3 tbsp aloe Vera
    Gel mixed with 1 tbsp jojoba oil. Other choices include my flaxseed gel (1/4 c fs plus 2 c water plus 2 tbsp glycerin 1 tbsp jojoba oil and 1-2 tbsp Shea butter).
  • rmc2rmc2 Posts: 349Registered Users
    When I wash hair, I oftentimes use the same Conditioner to both Cowash and condition hair. Example, I ll use trader joe tea tree tingle Conditioner to wash hair (concentrating on scalp), rinse it and then use more of the same product to detangle and condition hair. May leave it in hair for 5 minutes or so. But I ll sometime use a different product for the conditioning. It is basically trial and error. For deep conditioning, I love sheamoisture curl enhancing smoothie. Marketed as a curl styler but way better as a deep Conditioner (at least for me). I love it as a deep conditioner. I began my hair journey as a product junkie with a numerous amount of various products until i was able thru trial and error to determine what works best for me.

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