Debra Lynn Dadd

Curly Hair Products


I'm making the switch to non toxic products and I am trying to find styling products for curly hair. Has anyone found products they like?

POSTED BY ROSE :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 07/02/2007 12:32 PM



Debra :-)


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Is there any possibility that you might like your curley hair if you got it cut in the right style or grew it longer to weigh it down and pull out some of the curl.

When I was younger and working I always had to "style" my curley hair with rollers or a drier or products, etc. I seldom had time to let it go after washing to see what would happen. When I retired, I began to experiment with just letting it dry and I had to try different lengths to see what would work best....and frankly, I had to learn to cut my own hair as I lived with it everyday and could see what lengths did what funny or good things. I found that despite what hairdressers might tell you, you don't have to "cut with the wave" as they used to say. A basic hair cut works just fine as long as you find the length that works well with your hair. Different lengths seem to make the curls and waves fall in different will notice this as it grows out....after you think you have been on line or got a book to learn a basic haircut and found something you get excited about because you think it is working, it will grow a little and decide to do a whole different shape. Take notes (mental or paper) until you get an idea of what it likes to do at any given length.

When you find "the cut", you will also find you don't need styling products much....a little witch hazel after a shampoo with Bronners Liq soap works very well. If Bronners doesn't do the job, try adding a little baking soda to cut grease and/or built up on your hair and there is always the old stand by of vinegar and water for dark hair and lemon and water for light hair as a rinse.

You may find that when you stop using detergent shampoo on your hair, there is a painful period as your hair reverts back to being healthy again. It's worth may find to your surprise that you really like your curly hair and it is actually easier to take care of than the hair of your straight haired friends.


In Aubrey Organics makes a great all natural shampoo and conditioner called GPB.

If your curly hair is coarse, dry and frizzy (like mine) a good cut is essential to show off those curls. Also, do not dry with a blow dryer (using a diffuser at the roots is okay once in a while). After you rinse your hair, lightly towel dry and add about a nickles worth of conditioner to your hands, rub together and work into your hair starting at the ends. This helps to hold the moister in and keep the frizz at bay.


There is a great book called Curly Girl that has recipes and advice on care of curly hair.


I've been using Aveda's Be Curly products. They work well for me.

You can order online if you don't have a salon in your area.

POSTED BY LR :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 07/08/2007 1:37 PM

I have curly hair and used to be addicted to hair care products. I stopped washing my hair with shampoo. After six weeks, (week two was painful!) I no longer needed to use shampoo because the hair oils balanced out. It's been 8 years now since I used shampoo on my hair. I rinse my hair every day in the shower, and using a wide tooth comb to detangle, which circulates the hair oil. I also use a combination of glycerin and castor oil when my hair gets dry. Having read Debra's comments on castor oil, other natural oils would probably work just as well.

POSTED BY DANI :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 07/20/2007 4:15 PM

I have curly hair too, and a friend of mine who also has curly hair (very curly hair!) went to Thailand a few years ago. She said that everyone there uses coconut oil on their curly hair, so she brought me back a bottle, and it works well, especially if you have very dry hair. I also found when I was on vacation that the salt water from the ocean made my hair go into really nice curls, and I didn't need any products at all, just the salty water. So maybe a mixture of sea salt and water in a spray bottle would have a similar effect?


I've stopped using shampoo as Dani has. has some great products, but I have found that a good conditioner and light spray gel are pretty much all I need. And I use the gel when hair is still very well, pull it into place and that's usually it. I still have some less than excellent hair days, but overall it's great. I do need a cut and have found a great place, although there are lots of recommendations at the site. I do know that if I do not have a good cut, I get that 'pyramid' thing going on that makes my head look bigger than it is and just silly.

I never had any success when my hair was long for the weight to pull the curl got more wavy, but I didn't care for it. I have quite long hair now, layered to take the wildness out of it and it does well. I color my hair also, so I need a lot of moisturing for it, but it is looking much nicer. The biggest challenge will be to convince the gal not to use shampoo on it when she colors it next time. Lots of conditioner is the trick and 'friction' when you massage your scalp. I've lived in very hot, humid climates (now in CO) and it works there also. Do not use really hot water (bad for your hair and skin), just a bit warm (and in this weather, it has just been so refreshing). It rinses out well and I use a wide tooth comb at the beginning to help get the water through (it's thick hair) and to help distribute the conditioner. After that, no twisting to dry, just scrunching gently in the towel. It does wonders. I've been wearing mine curly again for about 12 years and do NOT miss the rollers and blow dryer. Another tip, is that once it is styled, do NOT touch it when dry. It'll frizz like nobody's business! (ask me how I know........;))

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO USA :: 07/24/2007 6:43 PM

Be aware that Aveda, although they boast that their products are natural, puts synthetic fragrances in a lot of their stuff. For me personally, the cut is about half the battle. (I get a slither cut to enhance my curls, because my hair is more wavy than curly)

But to keep the frizz down, there are 2 products I like.
M.O.P (Modern Organic Products)uses fragrance in their regular line, but they have a special line called "C-System" that is scented with essential oils and citrus-y. It does contain petroleum derivatives, but they don't bother me personally and keeping the frizz down is worth it to me! I used their regular conditioner and use it as a leave-in as well. I also sometimes use a product in the line called "c-curl". It is a bit tacky like a gel, but moisturizing unlike gel which is typically drying, and therefore creates frizz. Moisture is a curl's best friend.

POSTED BY SUSI :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 04/07/2009 7:38 AM

I will second the recommendation for the book Curly Girl. Some of the suggestions in there are natural, and others not. But she goes into technique, and that is probably more important than products!

It took me a few months of experimentation, and everyone's hair seems to respond to different things. But, my routine keeps my curls nice & bouncy, shiny, and soft. Before I started this routine, my young niece told me my hair felt like dry weeds! LOL!!

My hair is about to the middle of my back. My routine is to mix 1 tsp. of baking soda into a cup of hot water until the baking soda is dissolved. I wet my hair in the shower, and pour the bs/water mix onto my scalp and massage. Then I put 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar into a squirt bottle, and fill that up with water (about a cup) and squirt that all over my head. Then I rinse that out.

I would probably stop there, but my hair is long and gets tangled. I use Desert Essence non-fragrance conditioner. I put a little of that in the length and use my fingers to detangle it. Then I rinse that out.

I use a towel to "scrunch" my hair dry. I add in a pea-sized bit of Jason brand gel. I let it air-dry most of the way, but my hair really looks nicer if I zap it with the dryer that last little bit.

So this routine is not totally natural, but it works well for me, and it's more natural than not. Oh, one other thing I learned - if I use a hair pic or anything other than my fingers to detangle my hair, my curls come apart. My hair is less curly and more frizzy until I do my regular process a few times to allow the curls to come back together.

POSTED BY PILGRIM :: TEXAS USA :: 04/20/2009 10:10 AM

I also have curly hair and have switched to more natural products a while back. I\'ve tried quite a few and like the following:

For Shampoo,my preferred one is MOP's sulfate free shampoo. Very mild and has a nice citrus smell.

For conditioner, particularly to kill a bit of the volume (I have a lion's mane, believe me... :), I like Shikai's Color Reflect Intensive Conditioner.

For styling, MOP's C-Curl styling cream is really good. Depending on how often you wet and style your hair, you might need to dilute it with a bit of oil or frizz serum as otherwise it leaves the hair a bit crunchy.

Other products I've tried and also like (the top ones are my favs):

Aveda Smooth Infusion - Both shampoo and conditioner

MOP - Anything on the C-line pretty much (look at the ingredients though, some of their products contain parabens.

Weleda shampoos.

I have tried going more natural but it has not really worked for me. I really need a small amount of silicones to bring down the crazy volume that my hair has, and then of course I need a shampoo to clean them out... but this has worked really well for me overall and I believe that although there may be some ingredients in the mix that are not truly natural, none of them are toxic.

BTW, I also use NaturColor to cover my greys and love it!

Finally, two websites with really good advice:

Good luck!


Pilgrim, you're in Texas. Instead of using a towel, use an old t shirt to scrunch it...the towel will roughen up the cuticle a bit and add to the frizz. You can actually use a brush or comb in the shower to distribute the conditioner thoroughly.

Another suggestion is to apply your products to soaking wet, sopping hair, then comb or brush through it...real or with your fingers.

And of course, all curlies NOT use a hairbrush on dry hair (unless you LIKE wild, frizzy, broken hair!)

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO USA :: 04/27/2009 2:02 PM


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