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Pocket-Friendly Curly Hair Products For Beginners

May 17, 2017
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Let’s face it. Curly Hair products can be quite pricey.

If you’re just starting the CG Method for the first time, you’re so confused already.

And then if you’re still in school, college or just have a small budget, you can’t really afford to spend a lot.

‘Please tell me budget friendly product names only, I can’t afford more than Rs.500 or Rs. 1000 per month’ is a common request from my readers.

I’m here to tell you that you can absolutely have beautiful hair without breaking the bank.

I’ve listed routines and products that are light on the pocket…

AND I personally know they work rather well on most dry, frizzy hair, be it wavy or curly!

Try the techniques and tips mentioned with such products FIRST before you move on to more expensive ones.

This way, you won’t blame a potentially good product just because you didn’t know how to use it well.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read this first- Curly Hair Tips for Beginners

Curly Hair Products For Beginners in India

When you’re starting, just buy at least a good conditioner (most important) and a shampoo. Choose the closest to your budget from the list below.

You can add more expensive products later! Remember, shampoo is NOT the most important thing for curly hair, it’s a conditioner.

A conditioner can be made to use as a leave in conditioner by mixing it with some water. It can be made into a deep conditioner with a few drops of oil and honey which makes it a great multi-tasking product!

To Wash


  1. Mamaearth Happy Heads Hair Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs.349)
  2. WOW Apple Cider Vinegar No Sulphate & Parabens Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs.399)
  3. The Moms Co. Natural Protein Shampoo– CG Friendly (Rs.429) | Protein
  4. RE’ EQUIL Hair Fall Control Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs. 450)
  5. RE’ EQUIL Dandruff Control Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs. 450)
  6. Best Life Argan Nourish Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs. 549)
  7. Curl Up Curl Moisturising Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs. 575)
  8. Vilvah Goatmilk Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs. 590)
    Read my Review
  9. Plum Goodness Olive & Macadamia Healthy Hydration Shampoo – CG Friendly (Rs.675)
  10. Fix My Curls Squeaky Cleansing Shampoo For Curly and Wavy Hair– CG Friendly (Rs. 895)


  1. MATRIX Biolage Aloe Hydrating Conditioner – Not CG Friendly | Protein Free (Rs. 157)
    Has IPA (Isopropyl alcohol but less than 1% of the whole product so you use it in a CG Routine)
  2. Enliven Natural Fruit Extracts Coconut and Vanilla Conditioner – CG Friendly (Rs.305)
  3. Enliven Fruit Conditioner, Raspberry & Red Apple – CG Friendly (Rs.305)
  4. RE’ EQUIL Babassu Anti Frizz and Smoothening Conditioner – CG Friendly (Rs. 350)
  5. RE’ EQUIL Murumuru Damage Repair Conditioner – CG Friendly (Rs. 350)
  6. Best Life Argan Nourish Conditioner – CG Friendly (Rs. 449)
  7. Curl Up Curl Hydrating Conditioner – CG Friendly (Rs. 590)
  8. Vilvah Cream Conditioner – CG Friendly (Rs. 750) (Use my code CURIOUS10 to get 10% OFF)
  9. Fix My Curls Mellow Hydrating Deep Conditioner For Curly and Wavy Hair – CG Friendly (Rs. 850)


  1. Fix My Curls Evermore Shampoo For Every Day Moisture, Curly and Wavy Hair – CG Friendly

Deep Conditioner

Learn how to use these below products in this post – Deep Conditioning for Curly Hair

  1. DIY Deep Conditioner- Mix any good conditioner+ 3-4 drops of oil+ 1 tbsp honey
  2. Lotus Herbals Soyasmooth Protein Creme Deep Conditioner – CG Friendly (Rs. 189)
  3. Aaranyaa Spa At Home Argan Oil Hair Pack – CG Friendly | Protein Free (Rs. 400)
  4. MATRIX By fbb Hydra Creme Intense Ultra Hydra Source Hydrating Masque NOT CG Friendly | Protein Free (Rs.445)
    Has IPA (Isopropyl alcohol) which isn’t allowed in CG but it is less than 1% of the whole product, should not be drying and can be used in a CG Routine.
    Read my review 
  5. Mamaearth Argan Hairfall Control Mask – CG Friendly | Protein (Rs.589)
  6. Plum Olive & Macadamia Mega Moisturizing Hair Mask – CG Friendly (Rs.895)
  7. The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter – Cg Friendly | Protein Free (Rs.995)

To Style

Leave in Conditioner

  1. DIY leave in conditioner – Take a spray bottle and add some conditioner (1/4th) to it. Add 3/4th water and mix. Spray and apply on hair as you would a normal conditioner.
  2. Fix My Curls Stay Leave In Cream For Curly and Wavy Hair – CG Friendly (Rs. 725)
  3. Ashba Botanics Right Ringlets Leave-in Conditioner for Curly/Wavy Hair – CG Friendly (Rs. 949) Made by India’s first Curly Hair Blogger Asha Barrack! LOVED this leave in conditione
  4. Aveda Be Curly Style-Prep – CG Friendly (Rs. 950)

Curl Cream

  1. Arata Hair Cream – CG Friendly (Rs.599) or Buy Here (Use code CURIOUSARATA & get 20% OFF on orders above Rs.999)
    Read my review
  2. Curl Up Curl Defining Cream – CG friendly (Rs. 690)
  3. Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream – CG Friendly (Rs. 974)


  1. DIY Flaxseed Gel
    So effective and easy to make! Incredibly cheap too. Watch this video to learn how to make it right.
  2. Set Wet Hair Gel Cool Hold – CG Friendly (Rs.75)
  3. Himalaya Men Daily Nourish Styling Gel, Strong Hold – CG Friendly (Rs. 90)
  4. Set Wet Hair Gel Ultimate Hold – CG Friendly (Rs.180)
  5. Schwarzkopf Taft All Weather Looks Marathon Power Gel, Long Lasting Hold – CG Friendly (Rs. 350)
  6. Giovanni Organic LA Natural Styling Gel – CG Friendly (Rs.595)
  7. Arata Hair Gel – CG Friendly (Rs.599) or Buy Here (Use Code CURIOUSARATA & get 20% OFF on orders above Rs.999)
    Read my review
  8. Fix My Curls Glaze Defining Hair Gel For Curly and Wavy Hair – CG Friendly (Rs. 775)

To SOTC/Pre-poo (Oil)

  1. Castor Oil, Sesame Oil and Black Seed Oil is great for hair growth.
  2. Tea Tree & Rosemary essential oil is great for dandruff prone scalp.
  3. Coconut oil is the only oil that penetrates the hair the most. You can be sensitive to coconut however so remember to check that on your hair.
  4. Jojoba Oil is the only oil that comes close to matching our body’s oil production. It is wonderful for hair.
  5. Argan Oil is one of the lightest oils that is great in reducing frizz and protecting your hair from environmental damages.

Accessories for Curly Hair

  1. Roots Broad Teeth Comb for Wavy/Curly Thick Short Hair – (Rs. 189)
  2. Shampoo Brush – (Rs. 223)
    Great for massaging your scalp, increasing rate of hair growth & brilliant to cleanse your scalp when you’re co-washing!
  3. Stay On Satin Cristina Nites Bonnet Sleep Cap – (Rs. 621)
  4. Denman Medium Hair Styling Brush– (Rs.895)
    Ah! My holy grail! It gives me incredibly defined curly hair. Read up up more in my review. (This is optional. You can also use a wide tooth comb+narrow comb)


  1. Agaro-HD-1150-Turbo Pro Hair Dryer – (Rs. 1279)
  2. Wahl 5439-024 Hair Dryer With Diffuser (Rs.1999)

Please note, this is not the full list of products but just some good+affordable ones you can start out with.

If you want more options, go here- All Curly Hair Products in India

Video Tutorials with Pocket-friendly Indian Products

International Curly Hair Products For Beginners

If you’re staying in the UK or USA, most of the brands mentioned below are found easily at departmental stores, Sally’s, Trader Joe’s, Wallmart and any ethnic hair store. They are also usually affordable.

  1. Sheamoisture Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Conditioners
  2. Trader Joe’s Tingle Tree Shampoo & Conditioner
  3. Suave Naturals Conditioners
  4. Tresemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Conditioner
  5. Vo5 Herbal Escapes Conditioners
  6. Aussie Instant Freeze Gel
  7. L.A. Looks Sport Look Gel
  8. As I Am Coconut CoWash & Leave in Conditioner
  9. Not Your Mother’s Conditioners
  10. Eden Bodyworks

How should you use these products once you buy them, you ask?

If you have wavy hair, follow this routine- Step by Step CG Method for Wavy Hair

Those with more curly hair, follow this routine- Step by Step CG Method for Curly Hair

I hope this list of budget-friendly, CG Friendly curly hair products encourages you to try the tips and techniques I’ve written on this blog and shown on my Youtube Channel.

If you have any doubts, please join my private FB group- Ask Jalebi and ask me, I’d be happy to help!

Follow me @thecuriousjalebi on Instagram if you’re there, I post tips & videos there often!

  • Reply
    Shweta Bendre
    March 14, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Pallavi, I am a huge fan of all your content, thank you so much for all the amazing info about CG friendly routines & products. I have dry wavy 2c hair and am just starting out with my own CG journey (They may even be 3A curly, but only time will tell I guess!) I am overwhelmed with the products available and all the reviews I have read. I had been using OGX Argan combo till now and it worked really great for me ( heartbroken to discover silicones in it).

    Would be a hugggggeeee help if you could suggest a good CG friendly Shampoo+conditioner/deep condition mask combo for me in a budget of 1000 – 1500 rs that has personally worked for you too? Also would be great to know where you buy products like Shea moisture/Cantu/ Maui moisture online in India?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      July 18, 2019 at 11:58 am

      Try Vilvah Goat Milk Shampoo, Reequil Conditioner and Aaranya Hair mask!

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    January 30, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Iv come to realise that my curly hair doesn’t like protein. It acts funny with it. Tried many international products and always wondered what was wrong. It took me a while to realise protein was the culprit. I have low porosity hair too. Can u kindly suggest me a shampoo, conditioner and styling gel and creams without protein and best suited for low porosity hair? (Budget friendly if possible )

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      September 12, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      Putting a post on protein free products soon!

  • Reply
    January 29, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Hey can you review the aroma magic moisture boost shampoo???……it’s completely natural and doesn’t dry out my hair like other sulphate free shampoos….also it’s extremely affordable

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      September 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Will check it out!

  • Reply
    Mahi hussain
    April 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Hi, pallavi di… I have one question the khadi shampoo has mentioned only the key ingredients. So how can u sure about the shampoo is completely cg friendly or not? Plz can u clear my doubt?!

  • Reply
    September 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Pallavi,
    Thank you for this tutorial it really helps many frizzy and tangled hair girls like me , Can you pls suggest a hair dryer and diffuser, as I have never used these thinking heat makes more frizz and breakage. Pls suggest a good hair dryer and diffuser, it will be great help.

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      October 21, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Ranjana, glad I could help! Nova has a hair dryer and diffuser, so does Agaro, Baby Bliss etc 🙂

  • Reply
    20 Tips to Reduce Frizz in Curly & Wavy Hair – The Curious Jalebi
    August 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    […] A diffuser spreads the air uniformly, making it less harsh on the curls. It is also my favourite way to get more volume for my curls! You can watch how I diffuse my hair in this video here. […]

  • Reply
    What is a Leave in Conditioner & How to Use It on Curly/Wavy Hair – The Curious Jalebi
    July 13, 2017 at 10:43 am

    […] did it work? You can watch the video for the results […]

  • Reply
    Ramya M
    June 12, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Hi Pallavi,

    I did try bblunt curl definition cream and loreal smooth and shine conditioner as leave in. So far after using various products i found that only tresseme shampoo and conditioners are best suiting my hair. Please suggest some moisturizing products. budget within 1000rs would do. let me know how to get rid of these tangles.

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      June 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Ramya, look at As I Am cleansing leave in conditioner on flipkart as well as miss jessie leave in condish. They’re around 800 ish bucks. There is also alba botanica leave in on Amazon India for 900 bucks. That’s also great!

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      June 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Please also do deep conditioning every week. Either get a hair mask or make your own at home. Add conditioner, some honey, olive oil and apply on to your hair. Keep it on for an hour or so under a shower cap and then wash off and style as normal. This will restore moisture in your hair and reduce tangles over time . Also keep your hair from getting tangled at night by pineappling your hair and using satin bonnet. I’ve made a tutorial on the same on my routine channel

  • Reply
    Ramya M
    May 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Hi Pallavi,

    I tried you curly hair routine. normally sulphate and silicons work for my hair but when i switched to non sulphate and silicon i noticed my hair is very tangled once its air dried. I am not sure what is wrong.

    I even tried bblunt curl cream and giovanni la natural.


    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      May 30, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Hey Ramya! Your hair takes time to get used to a cg friendly routine. It might also not suit your hair! For some curly girls, it doesn’t. Even I don’t mind minimal sulphates and mild silicones in my products. You should switch to more moisturising products ( reduces tangles). Also a very good leave in. What is your budget? Can suggest accordingly. 🙂

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