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Curly Girl Method: CG Approved list of haircare products available in the UK

All ingredients checked via the Curlsbot Ingredients Analyzer. 100% Curly Girl approved*. Yay!

*Approves means it doesn’t contain silicones, oils, waxes, harsh sulfates or alcohols that need to be avoided when following the Curly Girl Method.

Are you finding it hard to look for CGM Approved haircare in the UK? There’s so much more advice online now about where you can go to buy your curly girl products ranging from supermarkets to online stores. Here’s a list of all the products I’ve located which range from cost-effective to costly. I will be going through the list to add on small descriptions of each product soon to make it more helpful for you when searching a product.

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Hair: Noughty 1 Hit Wonder Cleansing Conditioner (Co-Wash) Review

It should be no surprise that I am a BIG Noughty fan.

I really love this brand because it works for me, my hair and my children’s hair. Seriously guys. I’ve been using Noughty on and off for a few years now but always find myself returning back for more because they are that good. If you haven’t read my post or seen my Noughty video on the Wave Hello range, you can read it here.

Noughty’s 1 Hit Wonder cleansing conditioner and co-wash is a gentle non-lathering cleanser. In curl-talk terms, it’s called a ‘co-wash’ or a ‘no-poo’ as it doesn’t foam or lather, some people might technically say it’s not even a shampoo and they’re not entirely wrong. After trying out the whole Wave Hello range and a few of the To The Rescue range, I really wanted this co-wash originally for my kids because I thought it would feel too heavy on my hair but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it even worked on my hair. The light coconut-y scent smells really nice but to be honest, I like the smells of all their products especially the To The Rescue intensive hair mask – OMG! That one smells soo good and is CG approved too in the UK.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Noughty 1 Hit Wonder Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner review
My favourite Noughty products for colour-treated hair

Noughty Haircare is also reasonably priced (around £6.99) so you won’t break the bank giving them a try. There are a few products available in travel sizes not this co-wash is a little bit of a shame but I’m hoping one day they’ll bring one out.


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Is Noughty’s 1 Hit Wonder co-wash right for my hair?

Unless you are strictly following the Curly Girl Method, then I’d say yes! This product is not listed as CG-approved because it contains isopropyl alcohol which is known to be a drying alcohol. However, as it’s almost at the end of the ingredients list, I am able to overlook this and to be honest.. the cream is rich enough that I haven’t noticed the drying effects from using it on my hair. Other curly girls though might disagree.

Whether you have straight-wavy hair like me or dense curly hair, your hair will thank you for using this co-wash. However, I do think wavies are better off using occasionally rather than frequently. Try alternating co-wash days with a low-poo wash days because using just creamy cleansers can leave your hair eventually looking and feeling limp. What you’ll then experience is product build-up. This is totally normal, especially for wavy girls. 

If your hair is really fine or limp-looking already, a co-wash might not be the best option for you. Instead, stick to lightweight low-poos and clarify your hair often. If you have curly and coily hair, it is recommended that you mainly co-wash and occasionally swap to a low-poo if you’re missing some lathering action.

If you get product or oil build-up, simply cut down or cut out the co-washing for a few weeks. If there’s still no improvement, check out the two options below. 

Option 1 – do Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Water rinse at your next wash to cleanse away any build-up. If you have coloured hair, go for the Rice Water rinse because it’s more gentle on the hair than ACV. I haven’t personally tried the rinses but have heard so many good things about them. This is the CG-friendly option.

Option 2 – wash your hair with a sulfate-based shampoo (yes, sulfates. Not CG friendly!) as this will strip away any build-up and follow with a deep conditioning mask for at least 20mins. This is because nothing clears build-up as good as sulfates-based shampoos but do your research before trying it out to figure out your hair will respond. As I dye my hair and I follow a modified CGM approach, I do use this option and find that it works for me.

Using Noughty’s co-wash on wavy hair

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Wash day using low-poo and diffused to dry (just coloured hair)

 

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2 weeks later – Wash day using Noughty 1 Hit Wonder co-wash and diffused to dry

In the first row of photos I had just recently coloured my hair with a semi-permanent colour so the hair was already a little drier. I should’ve chosen to use the co-wash then but as I hadn’t washed my hair for a week and a half, I wanted to use a lathering cleanser so opted for a low-poo and deep conditioning mask. I diffused my hair to dry. Two weeks later, my colour had already faded and I only washed my hair once between these two weeks which is not shown.

In the second row of photos, I cleansed my hair with Noughty’s co-wash/conditioning cleanser and used their Colour Bomb conditioner (lightweight conditioner) instead of a deep conditioning hair mask. I also diffused to dry on that occasion. You can see that there is a little more clumping going on when I used the co-wash (my hair normally doesn’t clump well or at all), waves look a little more defined and less stringy. It gave my hair a little bit of what it needed – moisture.

Using Noughty’s co-wash on curly hair

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WET vs DRY hair after co-washing

My Little Miss has mixed hair and her curly combinations range from type 2C all the way up to type 3C depending on where you look on her head or how well I’ve looked after her hair post-wash day. Most of the time, it’s around type 3A/3B. Her curls responded wonderfully to Noughty’s cleansing conditioner (thanks to the castor oil and shea butter). Little Miss’ hair density is more on the fine side and tends to dry out, feel brittle and knot very easily so her wash day consists of a co-wash followed by a deep-conditioning hair mask (so I can detangle her knots easier), then applying a leave-in conditioner or curl cream. I also like adding a bit of melted pure unrefined shea butter into her ends and mid-lengths whilst her hair is damp to lock in all that added moisture.

What’s the difference between a co-wash, cleansing conditioner/conditioning cleanser, and just using hair conditioner to cleanse your hair?

It can get a little confusing with all the jargon but co-washes and cleansing conditioners/conditioning cleansers are the same thing! ‘Co-wash’ is an abbreviated term for ‘conditioning wash’ which used to describe a cleanser (shampoo) that has a creamy, conditioning, non-lathering texture. This is exactly the same for a ‘cleansing conditioner’. I don’t know why there are so many name variations for the same thing, it can really be confusing. Low-poos, however, are totally definitely different as they do lather but don’t contain any sulfates.

Now… what is different is using your conditioner to cleanse your hair instead of a co-wash/cleansing conditioner. Please don’t do this!

Hair conditioner has been formulated to ONLY condition the hair – hence why when you use a co-wash or cleansing conditioner, you will/can still use a conditioner depending on your hair type and moisture/hydration needs. Co-washes and cleansing conditioners are formulated specifically to CLEANSE the hair but also giving you the added conditioning, nourishing moisture your curly or wavy hair needs.

There’s also leave-in conditioner but that’s used as a styling product as you leave the product in the hair and don’t wash it out.

How to use Noughty’s 1 Hit Wonder cleansing conditioner

It’s super simple. Get in the shower or bath – pump a good-sized amount into your hands and massage it into the scalp. If you want, you can add a little water to emulsify it to get it going. Don’t scratch the head with nails, use the pads of your fingers and thumbs to provide friction against the scalp. If you want you can leave it to work its magic for a few minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.

I won’t lie to you – if you’re not used to or never used a creamy cleanser before, you will think “WTF am I doing? This is not going to clean my hair properly!” but you are wrong. It does and it will. The coco-glucoside ingredient in this creamy cleanser will help to remove all the dirt and natural oils build-up in your hair and wash away without any stripping the hair nor feeling heavy and sticky.

Always follow with a thorough warm rinse then apply conditioner or deep-conditioning mask. If you have fine or wavy hair, I would suggest using a lightweight conditioner and occasionally use a hair mask once a month or whenever hair feels drier.

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Try to avoid skipping conditioner. If you feel like the co-wash didn’t leave your hair ‘clean’ enough, you can either do a second cleanse with the co-wash or a low-poo cleanser. Alternatively, add conditioner mid-way down the hair to the tips. I tend to concentrate my conditioner on the ends but apply all over the head.

So what are you waiting for? Give it a go. For £6.99 you really don’t have much to lose but a new product on your shelf to gain. 🙂

Full Ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Behentrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Phenoxyethanol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Coco-Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Parfum (Fragrance), Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin.

– not a CG approved ingredient

Vegan-friendly. Cruelty-free.

 

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My TOP 5 sulfate free shampoos (low-poo cleansers) for straight-wavy hair

Straight, Swavy and Wavy…

Type 1A hair is classed as poker-straight hair, 1B is straight hair with a few bends and kinks and 1C is straight-ish hair with a slight wave – this used to be called ‘swavy’ at one point. Type 2A hair is the ‘breakthrough start’ of wavy hair – hair looks loosely wavy and/or with a loose but visible S-curl pattern. When I started CGM ‘swavy’ was a curly girl term but it seems to have died out as I guess it’s more recognised as wavy hair now.

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My Noughty Wave Hello Haircare Review

…so Noughty it’s GOOD!

I LOVE British brands when it comes to beauty. Especially now that we’ve been able to step up our game in offering high quality, natural products that actually work! I’ve become a convert with my skincare and have left a lot of my beloved Dermalogica products behind, swapping it for more natural brands like Neal’s Yard Remedies and Australian skincare brand, A’Kin because I also really like Aussie skincare and haircare brands.

I recently got my hands on some lovely samples of the Noughty Wave Hello range. I’m no newbie to the products, I’ve used them before and fell in love with them instantly but then moved away to try others, so it was nice to give them a go again. There’s also a vlog review which you can watch at the end of this post.

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Check out my vlog at the end of this post!

I love experimenting with products but there are a few ranges that I really can’t be without and these definitely include the Noughty Hair care products. So without further ado, here’s my review on Noughty’s Wave Hello haircare range. If you don’t fancy reading, you can watch the video review instead. 🙂

My Noughty Wave Hello Haircare review

For my loose wavy type 2A hair, I really love it! It’s nice and lightweight, cleanses my hair properly but still remains gentle and smells lovely and fresh. I used the Wave Hello shampoo, conditioner and curl creme in a number of different variations and can say after two weeks, I prefer using just the shampoo and conditioner as I found the curl creme just too heavy for my hair.

Wave Hello Shampoo (low-poo)

Enriched with sea kelp (to help soothe the scalp) and avocado oil (locks in moisture, strengthens hair), this low-poo gently cleanses the scalp to leave it fresh and clean without stripping it of natural oils. Low-poo are sulfate-free cleansing shampoos that produce little/minimal lather and works best on fine, straight to wavy, or oily hair.

As I only wash my hair twice a week maximum, I tend to get oil buildup on my scalp but just one application (sometimes two if it’s VERY OILY) and my scalp is squeaky clean. I feel like the shampoo lathers up much more than when I first tried out the range but that might be due to my hair now being used to non-sulfate/non-silicone cleansers. When I first used this range my hair was still getting used to changing over to the natural products so maybe it was more greasy then making it seem like there was less lather during each wash.

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Post-washed hair (left) and 1st day after washing (right)

I cleanse my hair either in the bath if I’m having a soak or over it if it’s just a hair-wash day. I run warm water down the hair and lather up with this low-poo once or twice depending on how much buildup I’ve got. I concentrate the low-poo on my roots and spread the lather to the ends to keep them from being over-cleansed. I then rinse and always follow up with conditioner. When I am doing a clarifying wash, I would follow up with an intensive hair treatment/deep conditioner instead.

Wave Hello Conditioner

Definitely one of my favourite conditioners. The conditioner contains the same active ingredients as the shampoo. The two that I think really comes out in this product is something called ‘Quinoxy’ which somehow reminds me of ‘quinoa’. It’s similar – quinoxy is Noughty’s “blend of wheat extract, camellia oil and linoleic acid to blitz flyaways, decrease volume, boost smoothness and retain shape”. My fine to medium hair always seems less frizzy with the shampoo and when I mix it with water as part of my 2nd day hair refresh mist (1 part water, 1 part conditioner) it really revives my waves and keeps it as frizz-free as possible…

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2nd day hair: near enough frizz-free!

I also really like Shea Moisture’s weightless coconut-fusion range and find it a great alternative to my Noughty Wave Hello collection. I alternate between these two as Shea Moisture products contain protein-based ingredients, Noughty doesn’t.

Wave Hello Curl Taming Creme

As much as I wanted to love it, it wasn’t for me. It made my hair feel heavy and just weighed down my sensitive, loose waves. From the video, you can see that my waves will literally straighten out if you brush them with your fingers. I think curlier hair or wavies with a tighter pattern will benefit from this cream, especially curlier hair as it’s a rich cream. It’s just too heavy for my fine and sensitive waves. My daughter’s 3A/3B curls really loves this cream and so I use it for her instead.

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I use the Noughty curl taming creme on Am’s 3A/3B curly hair

So, do I recommend Noughty?

Hell yeah! If you’re based in UK and following CGM, you will love this brand too. It’s curly girl friendly – whether you have fine, loose waves (like me) or super curly hair like my daughter, there’s going to be a product that will suit your hair. With most products priced around £6.99 what’s not to love?!

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What’s the ONE Noughty product I can’t live without?

This one I can answer hands down, without a doubt.. the To The Rescue intensive conditioning mask.

O.M.G. I have not had anything like it! Super weightless but super hydrating and moisturising! The closest consistency I could measure it to would be the Shea Moisture JBCO leave-in conditioner; super creamy but super light like a whip.

It’s definitely going to stay on my shelf for many more years. A little goes a long way so I don’t need more than a scoop for my long hair. I love using the deep conditioning mask straight after a clarifying cleanse or whenever my hair seems a little dehydrated.

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My #1 ultimate favourite Noughty product: To The Rescue intensive conditioning mask

If you’re planning to give Noughty a try, go for it. They’re an affordable range (all around £6.99 per 250ml bottle), 97% natural which is pretty damn good, cruelty-free (no testing on animals), vegan-based ingredients, and free from all those chemical nasties ie. silicones, sulfates and parabens.

Watch the vlog review here:


NB. I received a sample of Noughty’s Wave Hello haircare range (shampoo, conditioner and curl creme) in exchange for a blog and vlog review. All opinions are unbiased, photos and content are my own and shouldn’t be used without consent. This post also contains affiliate links. If you make any purchases on my fave items above, I may earn a small commission on qualifying transactions. 

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My type 2A wavy hair care routine (CGM friendly)

If you read my first post about starting my Curly Girl Method hair journey, you’ll be able to see how my hair has transformed so much since then. Before I started bleaching and dying my hair for the second time, my waves and curls were much more defined but they’re slowly starting to return to their lovely shape.

Not sure if you have type 2A wavy hair? Think of it like swavy (straight-wavy) hair – you will be able to see actual S-shape waves in your hair is type 2A. It’s slightly more than the straight-with-kinks-and-bends 1C hair but less wavy than the loose waves type 2B or 2C hair.

My curl pattern has changed slightly, my hair doesn’t clump well so it’s difficult to tell how it’ll look on a daily basis. Some days the waves look more defined and I even get a few loose ringlets forming. Other days I get a loose S-shaped wave, it all depends on how much I scrunch and which products I combine together. I need to keep a journal because weeks later I can never really remember what I did. Below you can see how my hair was the morning after wash day and by the afternoon when the waves had dropped, they seemed to look more clumped/defined, thick and shiny.

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Top 4: morning hair / Bottom 4: afternoon hair

Since my 6 months update which you can read here, I’ve had my hair cut professionally at Jones & Payne in Shoreditch by a lovely lady (who’s also a fellow wavy) called Lisa Ind. I was my first wavy girl cut so I really didn’t know what to expect but it was fab and she styled it fabulously. She did do lots of hair combing which made me want to die inside as I haven’t combed my hair since going CGM (I only finger-comb when in the bath/shower) so I wasn’t sure there’d be any waves but she managed to really bring them out which was fantastic.

The cut set me back £80 but as I only get my hair cut once a year, it was a good investment! Here’s a photo of my hair post-cut:

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As I mentioned above, my waves pretty much change on a daily basis. I usually wash my hair at night after putting the kids to bed so it gets a little squished and looks a little different the next morning. I find that by the afternoon the curls spiral more and looks a little more stretched out.

My hair still has difficulty clumping which I think is because I don’t have a specific curl pattern, it’s kind of waves, bends and curls in all directions. My hair looks shorter in the first photo but it’s not shrinkage, I think it’s just the angle of the camera and maybe because the curls are more defined and haven’t dropped yet. Personally, I prefer when my waves hang loose although sometimes I do wish they were a little tighter.


Watch the vlog of my recent hair wash day routine:


In this video I swapped my normal conditioner for the conditioning mask as my hair was more drier than usual. Apologies for the bad audio – will sort that out soon for next vlogs or will stick with the voiceovers.


So here’s my current routine for my type 2A wavy hair…

1. Cleanse & Condition (1-2x weekly)

I use a low-poo and conditioner – either the Noughty Colour Bomb* range or Shea Moisture Weightless Coconut Fruit Fusion range which smells divine. I alternate between the two as I have coloured hair but love using the Shea Moisture weightless range as it gives me just enough moisture but feels completely weightless. To my surprise, this Shea Moisture low-poo lathers up more than the Noughty Colour bomb one. My other Noughty fave is their Wave Hello range which is great for wavy hair. Noughty is cheaper too! 😉

Once the conditioner is on, I sometimes finger comb my hair to detangle it then scrunch my hair to ensure the product goes into the hair. I then move on to rinsing using the Squish to Condish method.

2. Hair Mask (fortnightly)

I use the Noughty ‘To The Rescue’ hair mask once a week but if my hair doesn’t feel like it needs the added boost that week I skip this step. The Noughty hair mask smells so good and works really well. Despite it feeling really thick to apply, once it’s on, it feels really lightweight. Very surprising but a nice surprise. 🙂

3. Leave-in Conditioner (each time after step 1)

I use the Shea Moisture JBCO leave-in conditioner* which not only smells good, it is also feels super lovely on the hair and very weightless. It’s the ideal product if you have coloured/chemically processed/damaged hair. I scoop a good amount and apply when my hair is still wet using the prayer hands method then ‘squish to condish’ again to get all the product into the hair.

Enhancer – Curl Cream (optional step)

I tend to skip the curl cream step (I use Cantu Curl Activator Cream) when I use a leave-in conditioner because I don’t feel like my hair always needs the extra moisture. However, if I skip the leave-in, then I’ll use a little dollop of the curl cream before finishing off with a styling product (gel). I scrunch my hair until it’s about 50% dry then go in with the gel.

4. Styler – Gel (each time after step 3)

I use the Eco Styler olive oil gel for a hard hold gel but I also like switching to my Umberto Giannini scrunching jelly which is a medium hold. I make sure my hands are wet with water before adding the gel to my hands. I gently rub my hands together to emulsify then apply to my hair. I apply the gel with the ‘prayer hands’ technique then cup the ends of my hair to my head without closing the fingers. I do this instead of fully scrunching because I find that I get less frizz like this. Once fully dry (the next day if I’ve washed my hair at night), I scrunch out the crunch using my hands and a microfibre towel. And there you have it!

*these products are not completely 100% CGM friendly as they contain one ingredient that is questionable for strict CGM followers. Please do your research and use the Curlsbot ingredients analyzer to learn more.

Have you tried CGM and it didn’t work for you?

Here’s an article by NaturallyCurly.com that might help: https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/regimen/curly-girl-method-letting-you-down-you-re-not-alone

Finger Coils For Toddlers With Curly Hair

It came to me that I haven’t really been doing anything to LO’s hair. As much as I love his curls being out, I realised his hair is very long now and I rarely have it in any particular style for him. His hair is curly – I think between hair type 2C-3B. It’s more like 2C on top and 3A/3B for the rest of the head. The texture is still quite fine so it easily gets frizzy and fluffy which is very cute but as he’s approaching toddler age, I want to be able to give him a nice hairstyle every now and then.

I came across a blog called Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care written by a mother (Rory) with her adoptive child and she blogs about how to care for naturally curly hair which was great for me as I don’t really much about know how to care for curly hair let alone textured hair! Here are some photos of the end result – I am very pleased with how they turned out 🙂

Finger Coils
Finger coils are really cute and an easy style for younger babies or for toddlers as there’s no need for any hair bands, grips etc and works well on both boys and girls. The style simply looks like ringlets on LO’s hair but you can see from the photos from Rory’s blog, it looks different on her daughter’s hair as the texture of the curl is different. [see photo]

Click here for the instructions I followed to create LO’s finger coils

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I was very happy with the overall look and our friends and family commented on how nice LO’s new hairstyle was. This was the first time I had done LO’s hair in any kind of style so I am very happy it suited it. I have ordered some hair beads with grips inside so I can do more styles with LO’s hair like single plaits or vertical cornrows. It’s all for experimenting sake for when LO’s hair gets longer as I am thinking about cutting his hair but am loving the curls just too much at the moment to go through with it.

For more hairstyles, general tips on how to care for curly, textured, mixed hair or even tips on parenting and adoption check out Rory and her amazing blog. I am so glad I came across it and will now be checking back on her blog every now and then to get another inspiration for LO’s next hairstyle! 🙂

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