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For Curly Kids & People With Sensitive Scalp – Have You Tried Curly Ellie Shampoo?

Curly Ellie Shampoo

I can’t count the number of times I have been asked to recommend shampoos to my readers, even more than conditioners (which 3X more important for curly hair). As a result I wrote the post ‘Shampoos For Curly hair under Rs.1000.’

But, for readers that were looking for a gentle, natural shampoo for their kid’s waves and curls, or they themselves had a sensitive scalp (eczema, allergies, acne etc), options would get limited even when price wasn’t an issue. I would usually refer such them to my friends Asha & Liz, both curly mums who I thought would know better.

Curly Ellie Shampoo Pinterest

Some time back, Liz, who was well aware of my issues with chronic dandruff, sent me the Curly Ellie Shampoo that she has been using for her kids. She said that since it was more gentle than my medicated shampoo, it would reduce my scalp inflammation & as a result remove dandruff from my scalp.

So did it? Will I recommend this for your tiny tots with short, growing, sensitive curly & wavy hair? Read on below to find out in my review, along with notes on it’s ingredients, a video on how I apply it on my scalp & results!

About Curly Ellie

About Curly Ellie

The Curly Ellie collection was launched by Zaina O’Halloran, a banker. She wanted gentle, soothing products for her child Ellie who had suffered from eczema and allergies as a baby. Products off the shelf were not working on Ellie’s hair so she made an entire collection to suit her & most children’s needs!

The collection has also won GOLD at the 2017 Made for Mums Award & Top 10 WholeFoods Market Hair Care product for Summer 2017. Their collection includes a shampoo, conditioner, deep treatment, leave in conditioner & detangling spray.

Product Description:

Gentle sulfate-free cleanser to wash off impurities without stripping the hair of natural oils. Hair is left smooth and conditioned with Aloe Vera Juice, Quinoa protein and Pro-Vitamin B5 to keep hair healthy and happy.

Our luxurious and gentle shampoo cleanses, detangles and adds shine to curly hair, giving a soft, smooth and clean feeling! Using this shampoo prepares the hair for deep conditioning or light conditioning using CurlyEllie Nourishing Conditioner.

Without Sulfates, Parabens, Silicones, Synthetic Fragrances, Mineral oils. Gluten Free and suitable for Vegans. 100% Natural Fragrance.


250ml /8.5floz

Curly Ellie Shampoo Ingredients

Ingredients of Curly Ellie Shampoo:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice *, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (Naturally derived from Coconut and Palm Oils) **, Cocamidopropyl Betaine ( Naturally derived from coconut oil), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Naturally derived from coconut oil ) ***, Glycerin (Vegetable Glycerine), Gluconolactone, Arginine, Sodium Chloride, Parfum (100% Natural Fragrance), Hydrolyzed Quinoa ****, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-47, Coconut Acid, Glyceryl Laurate, Calcium Gluconate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate.

  • *Certified Organic, Star-K Kosher, Certified Halal
  • **EcoCert, Biodegradable, Sulfate Free, PEG and EO/PO Free, Nitrogen Free
  • *** Certified Sustainable Palm Oil derivatives
  • **** ECOCERT and COSMOS compliant

Notes on Ingredients:

Curly Ellie Shampoo Ingredients

Is it CG Approved:

It is free of harsh sulphates, silicones, drying alcohol, parabens which should make it CG right? According to Is It CG, a website that cross checks the ingredients says it isn’t because it counts Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate as a sulphate. See my infographic above on why it’s used, and read this article on Naturally Curly Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate a Sulfate? to solve any doubts you may have on it being safe.

Don’t know what is CG? Check out this post: ‘What Is Cg Method, Do I Use This

Curly Ellie Shampoo Is It CG

Who is it For?

The Curly Ellie Shampoo is for you if

  • Your current shampoo really dries out your natural hair.
  • You’re looking for gentle cleansing without removing your scalp’s natural oils.
  • You have or are a wavy, curly infant or child who wants to use only gentle products without harsh sulphates.
  • You’re suffering from allergies, skin conditions, eczema.
  • Your deep conditioning treatments don’t seem to work as well as earlier.
  • Co-washing leaves your scalp feeling greasy.
  • You work out often and need to cleanse scalp more often.
  • Your scalp feels inflamed with red, bumps.
  • You live in a tropical, humid climate.

How to Use:

I apply a small amount to my scalp after wetting my hair thoroughly. I massage with my finger tips until it begins to lather and then I switch to my shampoo brush. The brush helps to remove any particles or dirt stuck to my scalp. This also increases circulation in my scalp which is great for hair growth.

I usually let the water rinse off the length of my hair. If I am prepping for deep conditioning, only then do I apply it along the length of my hair.



  1. Free of Sulphates, Parabens & Mineral Oil, gluten, wheat, Nitrogen
  2. Free of Propylene glycol (Infants and children below the age of 4 years, pregnant women, and those with kidney dysfunction or in renal failure are not able to eliminate propylene glycol in the body.)
  3. Certified Organic, Star-K Kosher, Certified Halal
  4. Water & Aloe vera juice are deeply moisturising.
  5. Great for kids with sensitive scalps, allergies.
  6. Great for people who want a clean scalp without excessive drying.
  7. Those looking for gentle cleansing.
  8. It lathers! Those who psychologically feel better with shampoo lather will enjoy this.
  9. Preps the hair for deep conditioning so the hair mask can penetrate better.
  10. Great for reviving curls from limp, lifeless ones to ones full with bounce.
  11. Gentler version than Pantene Lively Clean.


  1. Did not reduce dandruff for me. 😔 Some people are just more prone to it and I am one of them. It did reduce my scalp inflammation, so I alternate using this shampoo with a medicated one. 
  2. Didn’t like it’s scent too much – but this is a personal preference. 👩
  3. Be careful if you are sensitive to protein since it has Quinoa as an ingredient, albeit in very small quantities.


In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this shampoo. Do note that it did not really remove my dandruff, perhaps it is too gentle for that! 😄 You can check out the results on my hair in the video below!

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The shampoo was sent over by Honest Products for me to test it on my scalp & review it on the blog. It in no way compromises my opinions and views and I am honest & objective in my opinion. 😊

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Join The Conversation

Is anyone even reading these reviews? 😉 Besides just stats – I’d love to hear from you. Have you used this shampoo? What was your experience? And what about the way I review – do like them and want more? Is it too detailed? Join the conversation on the comment section below! Until next time <3

  • Reply

    This shampoo gave me horrible dandruff! I was using another brand with natural ingredients and I had no issues, right after starting to use this shampoo my dandruff problem is back. I am very sad since I would not expect this from a product with good ingredients.

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja

      Aw damn! That sucks! I wonder which ingredient your scalp reacted to. It’s ironic you got reaction like this with a product made for sensitive people. What other shampoo were you using before that?

  • Reply
    Nishka Nachappa

    Hi Pallavi,
    I use Himalaya’s Gentle Baby shampoo for my curls, based on your recommendation of course. I love it, gently cleanses my scalp. I just let it run down my lengths whilst rinsing out. I deep condition with the Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrasource masque, but do not prefer to cleanse my lengths with the baby shampoo before I deep condition. Despite it being a baby shampo, I feel it strips a little too much to my liking when applied directly to the lengths. Detangling just won’t be as easy. Any thoughts?

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