12 Curly Girl Approved Products You Can Get At The Drugstore

Every curly girl loves fancy curl products. 

But sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to pick the perfect product in a saturated market. 

Below is a simplified list of 12 curly girl approved products you can find at most drugstores. 

Having curls my whole life, I have spent hundreds of dollars on curly hair products. And it can be so discouraging investing in products that don’t work or even worse damage your curls. 

So I developed a 4-step system for choosing the right curly hair products and I compiled it into a downloadable file as a quick guide to help you make an informed decision when purchasing products.

You can print this download or save it to your phone as a quick reference. 

Click here to get the 4-step cheat sheet for choosing products

Product Guide

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Keep in mind that products are only as good as the user. 

If you do now take the time to learn about your hair and are diligent in testing and tracking your progress, you will never have the curls of your dreams. 

Be sure to keep a detailed log of the products and techniques you are using daily. This will help you determine exactly what your hair needs. 

Keeping a detailed log of your curl journey is super important especially during the first six months. So much of having great curls has to do with knowing exactly what your curls love and what they do not like. 

You can easily keep track of your curly girl journey with a pen and paper but if you want to get fancy, I created a custom daily curl tracker to help guide you on your journey.

This Daily Curl Tracker Includes…..

  • A Curl assessment that will give you a good idea of your starting point
  • Before and after section – to document and compare photos of your progress
  • A “how-to guide” on how to get the most out of the My Miracle Curls Daily Tracker
  • 32-day reusable daily tracker
  • Weekly curl schedule to help you plan out your wash days, treatments days, and refreshes
  • Detailed daily routine to track what products you used and how you applied them, and what the dew point in your area is (yes, that affects your curls too)
  • Daily inspirational quote about curly hair Additional notes
Curl Tracker

>>>>>>>>>>You can get a copy of the Daily Curl Tracker Here

12 Curly Girl Approved Products You Can Get At The Drugstore

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Clarifying shampoo

It’s super important to start with a clean slate by washing with a gentle clarifying shampoo. This will strip your hair strand of dirty, product build-up and oils.

These are two great clarifying shampoo options

Gentle Cleanser and Conditioner 

You will need a curl friendly cleanser and conditioner since traditional cleansers are very harsh on your curls. 

If you have curly hair I recommend this Shea Moisture bundle 

If you have wavy hair I recommend Curls bundle 

Deep Conditioner 

A deep conditioner is a must to bring your curls back because they repair and moisturize your curls giving them bounce. 

My two favorite deep conditioners are….

Rice for rice water treatment 

Rice water treatments have been a game-changer on my curly journey. Rice works as a protein treatment that is essential for curly hair. I always follow up a rice water treatment with a deep conditioning treatment but depending on your curls needs you may not need to. 

Be sure to keep track of how your hair reacts so you can adjust what you use and in what order in the future. You can get a copy of my custom curl tracker here. I use fermented rice water treatment.

Styling products: Leave-in conditioner, medium to strong hold gel 

Styling products are essential for holding in moisture and curl patterns. You do not need a ton of fancy products. I like to keep it simple with a leave-in conditioner and strong hold gel. The curling custard is completely optional. 

 Below are my top recommendations to get started and work for curly or wavy hair.

Optional but highly recommended 


If you plan to air dry your hair then this won’t be necessary. But diffusers make a world of difference in cutting drying time in half and adding a lovely amount of volume. 

I have, use, and love both of these diffusers. Check out my diffuser review here

Hair oil 

This is so helpful in keeping your scalp healthy and promoting hair growth

I use and love righteous roots oil 

Scalp Massage

Beautiful curls begin with a healthy scalp. Use a hair oil and your fingertips (or a scalp massage tool that I love) to massage the scalp in circular motions. 

Benefits to a scalp massage include….

  • Conditions scalp and prevents flaking 
  • Helps enhance blood circulation 
  • Strengthens and nourishes the hair shaft
  • Promotes new hair growth 

I use this hair oil and this scalp messaging tool.

Silk cap 

Night protection is key to next day curls. 

I use and love this silk cap. You can read my full review here

Nondamaging hair tie 

Traditional can cause damage and hair loss. Opt for nondamaging hair tie.

Denman Brush 

This is my favorite brush for detangling and promoting curl clumping. 

Hair, skin, and nails supplement 

I swear by hair skin and nail pills. I noticed a difference in the first 30 days. 

DIY Recipes

My favorite DIY recipes 

I am so excited for you to join us for Colleen’s Curly Challenge! Be sure to use hashtag #colleenscurlychallenge and tag me @curly_colleen


Curly Colleen 

P.S >>>>>>>>Click here to get the 4-step cheat sheet for choosing curly hair products



P.S Click here to get the 4-step cheat sheet for choosing products

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4 thoughts on “12 Curly Girl Approved Products You Can Get At The Drugstore”

  1. Christy Conatser8

    Hi, I have 3 types of hair. Straight on top,super wavy on the right side and singlets on the left. However I need bangs so I definitely like the straight on top but it’s long and the straight on top looks just wrong . So I keep it layered so it won’t completely cover the curls. Will the top ever turn curly?

    1. It’s certainly possible.

      Is the top layer damaged by color or heat?

      Are you currently using a deep conditioning treatment?

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