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This is how to make the Curly Girl Method budget proof

The Curly Girl Method helps us to create a beautiful bunch of curls, but at what cost? If you are just starting to implement the Curly Girl Method in your daily hair routine, and you neatly follow all the tips and tricks out there, it is quite a costly endeavor. A product is recommended for every moment in your routine and for every occasion. And they have to be Curly Girl-proof too. Fortunately, there are a lot of budget options for beginners and those who want to take it easy. Especially for you, we have collected a number of tips in this article for how you can make the Curly Girl Method cheaper!

Also read: How to start the Curly Girl Method: steps for beginners

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Curly Girl Method beginner

When you have determined what your curly hair needs are and you start the Curly Girl Method, you will probably need new hair products that are CGM proof.

In addition, you may also want to try out a number of different products to see which ones work best for your hair.

But if you keep buying new products, at some point you will lose quite a lot of money – even if they are all cheap products. So stick to one or two products right away and let them do their work first.

Because you only know after a while whether a product works; your hair must first get used to your new hair routine.

In addition, some products do not work well in combination with each other, but do with other products.

As with everything in life, see what works for you! Even though there seem to be strict rules, you do not have to simply copy everything that is said and written.

And not everything at the same time. Start small, try a few – not too expensive – products for a longer period of time to see if it works. 

Make up products before buying a new product to try. This also prevents waste and unnecessary environmental pollution. 

This gives you the space and time to try out the Curly Girl Method before you invest in really good and perhaps more expensive products.

Good Curly Girl Method proof products

Looking for cheap Curly Girl Method proof products? To help you make the Curly Girl Method cheaper, we’ve made a list of the products you need, under €30 in total! All of these products are CG friendly and ideal for starting your new hair routine and finding out what your hair needs to stay healthy and strong. With just four products and a little extra patience, you will soon notice a difference!

We recommend that you always read the labels of products carefully. Cheaper products are just as good as the more expensive variants, but they often contain – unlike much more expensive products – ingredients that are harmful to your hair or the environment. In addition, they often contain ingredients that can cause build-up.

Okay here it comes, the list of the products you need for the Curly Girl Method and the budget options:


Co-washing is short for conditioner washing. One of the most important steps in the Curly Girl Method is to stop shampooing your curls.

You can now replace this with conditioner, which provides extra hydration in your hair. Sometimes it is recommended not to rinse out all of the conditioner. 

Because of this you do not need a leave in conditioner, which in turn saves an extra product and therefore money. Budget conditioner options:

  • Andrélon Intense Satin & Zen Conditioner
  • Garnier Loving Blends Mild Oat Conditioner
  • Petal Fresh Pure Rosemary & Mint Conditioner
  • Zwitsal Conditioner

Also read: Everything you want to know about co-washing


Cream provides extra hydration for your hair and reduces frizz. This is a particularly good product for those with dry hair. Budget options:

  • Andrélon Happy Curls Cream
  • Nivea Curl Defining Cream


Gel gives your curls definition and hold. You apply a generous amount to wet hair, scrunch a lot, and once it dries: Scrunch out the Crunch! Budget options:

  • Garnier Fructis Style Gel Electrifying Hel Ultra Strong
  • Hegron Styling Gel
  • Flaxseed gel
  • Nivea Texture Sculpting Gel
  • Schwarzkopf Taft Extreme Freezing Power Gel
  • Wella New Wave Ultra Strong Rock & Hold Gel
  • Zwitsal Good morning Hair Gel

Also read: DIY flaxseed gel recipe for beautiful curls


Mousse gives your curls definition and hold. Again, you knead the hard layer out when your hair is dry. Budget options:

  • l’Oreal Elnett Crème de Mousse Curls
  • Nivea Curl Plumping Mousse
  • Nivea Styling Mousse Volume Care
  • Syoss Mousse Keratin

Deep conditioner

Deep conditioning is an important part of your hair routine. It is a conditioner that penetrates deeper into the hair and is extra nourishing.

You can see it as an extra treatment to restore dry and damaged hair. The benefits of deep conditioning are beautiful, healthy and shiny curls that shape better. 

Budget options:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Coconut oil

Also read: 5 tips for ceep conditioning your hair according to the Curly Girl Method

Extra budget tips

Keep an eye out for drugstore deals and hunt for bargains. You can buy many CGM proof products at Etos and Kruidvat, and they often have special offers.

Get started if there is a 1 plus 1 free promotion, and there are often. Do not wait until you need a product, because then you will see that there is just no offer.

Action is also a good shop for cheap Curly Girl proof products. For example, you can buy a microfibre hair towel for €0.90.

But the Salon gel from the Action is also famous among the Curly Girls. Or the Argan care conditioner; top as co-wash and costs only €1.50.

Do you still have products at home that do not work for your curls? Then sell or trade these products with other Curly Girls!

Who knows, someone else might love that one product. Every little bit helps and it also prevents waste of the product. 

Paying attention to these little things can save you quite a bit of money in total.

Do you have any tips to make the Curly Girl Method cheaper? Let us know in the comments below! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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