10 Best Curly Girl Method Approved Shampoos Available Now

Looking for a new shampoo for your curls? This list has you covered with a list of the best curly girl method approved shampoos available across the whole budget range.

The ingredients have been checked to make it easier for you to choose the right one!

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We all know that a great shampoo makes a big difference to our curly hair. 

Whether you are just starting out on your curly journey or have been following the Curly Girl Method for years, there are always more things we can learn and more products to try!

Even if you are not following the Curly Girl Method, the rules that it applies to shampoos are still very helpful when making a decision about which shampoo is best for your curly hair. 

Read my full post on CGM

Curly hair is dry by nature due to the way sebum is distributed down our curl shafts from our scalp.

We want to retain as much moisture as possible. 

There is a balancing act here. We want to retain and add additional moisture without making our roots greasy or weighing our curls down with so much moisture that it affects our curl pattern. 

If you are already following CGM (Curly Girl Method) you will know what the big rules are. Just to run through them again..

Curly Girl Method Shampoo Rules

  • No sulphates 

These dry hair out by removing natural oils. Sulphates are a harsh detergent used in shampoo to remove grease and dirt but they can leave hair brittle by removing moisture from your hair too. We don’t need such a harsh ingredient to cleanse effectively. 

  • No silicones

Silicones are often used to fight frizz and add shine. The problem is that they sit on the surface of your hair and can build up, making it seem greasy. This leads to the temptation to wash more frequently

  • No drying alcohols (not typically found in shampoos but just in case..) 

These alcohols draw moisture away from your hair, causing the cuticle to roughen. This in turn dries hair out and can make it brittle and prone to breakage. 

  • No mineral oils or waxes 

These can build up on hair and are difficult to remove meaning that they will weigh your hair down

There is much discussion around parabens and there isn’t a definitive CGM answer. Parabens are a preservative used widely across the hair/cosmetics industry. They have been called hormone-disrupters and possible carcinogens but many people still consider them to be safe. 

If the shampoo is paraben-free I will list that separately.

With this in mind, here come the Curly Girl Method approved shampoos, all of which fit the criteria listed above.

Sometimes I will recommend one shampoo from a whole range when in fact the whole range is CGM approved and worth looking into further!

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Best Light, Everyday Shampoos

OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Shampoo

  • light hydration
  • contains coconut oil

AS I AM Curl Clarity Shampoo

  • lightweight
  • removes product build-up
  • increases manageability

Curlsmith Shine Shampoo, Gentle, Sensitive, Fragrance-free

  • gentle for daily use
  • fragrance-free
  • paraben-free

Best Shampoos For Moisturising Curls

Cantu Sulphate-Free Cleansing Cream

  • made with shea butter
  • deep cleans
  • moisturises to prevent breakage
  • paraben – free

Noughty To The Rescue Moisture Boost Shampoo

  • intensely moisturing for dry/damaged hair
  • 97% natural
  • vegan
  • cruelty free
  • paraben free

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Multi-Benefit Shampoo

  • rich in antioxidants
  • gently cleanses
  • shea butter deeply moisturises
  • increases manageability and softness

Sukin Natural Hydrating Shampoo

  • contains shea butter, olive oil and coconut extract to nourish
  • lightweight
  • vegan
  • cruelty-free

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo

  • blocks humidity to provide frizz protection
  • smoothes and nourishes
  • cruelty-free
  • paraben-free

Best Detox Shampoos to Remove Build Up

Noughty Detox Dynamo Shampoo

  • 97% natural ingredients
  • removes build-up from products, pollution, hard water, and chlorine
  • paraben-free

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo

  • gently refreshes hair and scalp
  • removes impurities
  • invigorating peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus

Have a shampoo that you want to check? You can copy the ingredients into Is It CG? to find out if it is Curly Girl Method Approved

I hope this list is helpful. Finding the right shampoo for your curls will make a huge difference and Curly Girl Method approved is always a good place to start!

Lauren xx

Ingredients correct above correct as listed on 15.07.20

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