CG friendly products in UAE

Hey guys, so this post is specifically dedicated to all my curl friends residing in UAE. “WE” know the struggle of being not able to get ANY sort of CG friendly products here forget alone our dream line or most favorite ones. Moreover, most of the products aren’t shipped to UAE and the very few which does are too expensive due to their customs and delivery charges.

So, I thought about doing this post to list out (some) products which are available here locally in the stores/shops along with a link/ place from where you can get them, with the help of few of my insta curl friends. Thank you so much for sharing the details with me. I am sure it will help all the curlies around UAE to get their hands on at least some of them:-) So here you go>>>>>

❤CG friendly shampoos

  • The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Volume Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo

  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture Shampoo
  • Giovanni Roots 66 Max Volume Shampoo
  • Giovanni Triple Tea Tree Shampoo
  • Giovanni 2chic Ultra Sleek Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil Shampoo

Life Pharmacy UAE –

  • Cantu Shea butter cleansing cream shampoo

Dawar Ah wehda cosmetics, Al Qasimia, Sharjah (Near crystal plaza hotel)

  • Yes to Cucumbers shampoo


❤CG friendly conditioners

  • The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Balance conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Volume conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Shine conditioner

  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture conditioner
  • Giovanni Roots 66 Max Volume conditioner
  • Giovanni Triple Tea Tree conditioner
  • Giovanni 2chic Ultra Sleek Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil conditioner

Life Pharmacy UAE –

  • Cantu Shea butter hydrating cream conditioner

Dawar Ah wehda cosmetics, Al Qasimia, Sharjah (Near crystal plaza hotel)

  • Tresemme expert selection botanix nourish and replenish conditioner with coconut milk and aloevera

Nesto hypermarket, Muweilah, Sharjah Or most of the hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE

  • Yes to carrots conditioner


❤CG friendly leave in/ creams / stylers

  • OGX moroccan curling perfection cream

Life Pharmacy UAE –

  • Cantu moisturising curl activator cream
  • Cantu shea butter define and shine custard
  • Cantu creamy hair lotion for natural hair
  • Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

Dawar Ah wehda cosmetics, Al Qasimia, Sharjah (Near crystal plaza hotel)


❤CG friendly Deep conditioners

  • Shea moisture manuka honey and mafura oil intensive hydration hair masque.
  • Cantu shea butter natural hair deep treatment masque.

Dawar Ah wehda cosmetics, Al Qasimia, Sharjah (Near crystal plaza hotel)

  • The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter


❤CG friendly hair gels

  • Giovanni LA Natural Hair Styling gel

Life Pharmacy UAE –

  • Set Wet – Cool Hold (blue colored tube)
  • Set Wet – Vertical Hold Look (Green colored tube)
  • Set Wet – Wet Look (Brown colored tube)
  • Set Wet Ultimate Hold Hair Gel
  • Park Avenue Soft Hold Hair Gel
  • Park Avenue Hair Gel – Rugged
  • Park Avenue Wet Look
  • Enliven Active Care Hair Gel (Ultimate)
  • Enliven Active Care Hair Gel (Extreme)

Nesto hypermarket, Muweilah, Sharjah Or most of the hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE


❤CG friendly Mousse

  • Giovanni Air Turbo Charged Hair Styling Mousse

Life Pharmacy UAE –


For more information on the store locations of Shea moisture, Cantu and some other most raved about brands, please look at the below picture taken from my post on Instagram. These have been suggested by my friends on insta:)) Thank you😊



Hair Growth

Today I would like to throw some light on one of them most hyped about part of the hair journey which is “Hair growth”.

A lot of you have asked me for tips and suggestions to speed up your hair growth. But before I begin I would like to stress upon a fact that every one’s hair is different and the growth may vary on one’s lifestyle and general body health. Also, please note that the tips are based on my self experience. So let’s begin>>>>

Weekly hot oil treatment – This is one of the most important part of hair growth which I follow consistently every week. Heat the oil (I prefer olive or grapeseed oil). Put your hair upside down and massage the oil well on to scalp using your fingers tips. Continue this for 10 minutes. Now, use a steamer or hair dryer to give a gentle steam to your scalp. You could also use a warm towel to wrap your head (dip the towel in hot water before doing the same and continue for at least two to three times). This will help the oil to penetrate in (those who have high porosity hair can skip the heat) Now, take a shower cap or grocery bag and cover your head well. Rinse off with shampoo after one hour.

Nightly scalp massage – Use three to four drops of any essential oil of your choice such as peppermint oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil( extremely good for hair growth) with any carrier oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil (my choice) and gently massage your scalp with your finger tips every night before going to bed. Make sure to be very gentle as you do not want to create any frizz or disturb the curls.

Regular trims – Now, this might sound a bit odd but it is not. You must trim your hairs end every now and then to ensure healthy growth. It need not be a foot long but a small trim as an inch is more than sufficient. This is most important if you have split ends or if you have straightened your hair to get rid if the damaged hairs. Now, you need not always go to a salon to chop an inch as they might go over the board and take off a huge chunk of your hair. So, try a DIY cut yourself.

Ditch your cotton pillow case – This is literally an under rated point in hair growth. Using cotton pillow case will generate frizz and lead to breakage of hair. Well, you might not notice this but it is definitely happening without your knowledge. So make sure to switch it up with a satin or silk pillow case.

Eat healthy – Make sure to include vitamins, iron, zinc, proteins in your routine. Remember you are what you eat!! So get all the nutrients from the food you intake for better hair growth.

Minimise the usage of shampoo – It’s shocking to me how many women skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair — especially when you’re trying to grow it long — and it’s actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible. Here’s why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.

Use a microfiber towel – Stop using your super soft bath towels on hair. It causes breakage. Instead use a microfiber towel or a cotton t shirt.

Winter Care for Curls

Curly hair is naturally dry, so it’s important to keep your curls moisturised at all times. With winter around the corner, the cold and dry air doesn’t exactly help retain moisture on hair due to low humidity! (the amount of water vapor in the air) And this might also leave you thinking that the products you used to love in your summers which were your holy grail might fail to sprinkle it’s magic in these stubborn winter. So, what could be the reason for this? Read on to know~

Which ingredients to look out for and Why?

  • Humectants (promote moisture retention and have the ability to attract water from the atmosphere) such as glycerin, sodium PCA, sodium lactate, propylene glycol and occasionally agave nectar and honey should be on a look out as they could be the culprits this winter making your hair dry and brittle. Wait! What? I know, I know. They are supposed to be “the humectants right” !! Since there is not a lot of water / moisture in the air for the humectants to attract to the surface of your hair there is high chance that humectants may remove moisture from the cortex of the hair into the air. Moisture will move from areas of high concentration (in this case the hair) to areas of lower concentration – the air! This can result in dry, icky feeling hair. Hmmm, Not cool right! So don’t look for ultra moisturised hair from humectant use in this type of climate because it’s just not going to happen.
  • Not all humectants act in similar way. Film forming humectants such as flaxseed, okra seed, xanthum, Guar gum etc work really well to grab the moisture on to hair due to their large complex molecules unlike others.

Now, what if you wish to use products with humectants? What precautions can you take?

  • Use products with humectants that are lower on the ingredient label.
  • Steam your hair in the shower before applying the products with humectant to make it easier in penetration.
  • Use a moisturizer/leave in with a lot of emollients, butters and oils underneath.
  • Instead of traditional gels use cream-gels that contain a fixative polymer, as well as oils and butters. This way you’ll get the added moisture as well as the hold.
  • Use a sealing oil to lock the moisture.


Now, let us look at few other ways in which you can keep your hair hydrated this winter:

  • Deep condition – This is an absolute necessity for curly hair to retain moisture. And during winter, it becomes even more important to deep condition, may be twice the usual count. So continue to give your thirsty dry curls the required moisture. Check out my DIY deep condition mask here.
  • The LOC method – LOC method (leave in conditioner, Oil and Curl cream) usually works greatly on hair that is high poros and not so with well with low porosity. However, we all have an excuse this winter and the aim is to get as much moisture in hair as possible. Trial and error gains perfection. So try and use a light weight sealing oil such as Grapeseed oil for this method which could be ingenious.
  • More/Extra product – Indoor air is extremely drying to curls so make sure to use extra product this winter. Listen for hair to squish, to make sure there’s enough product in the hair. Remember, most curly hair is dry, so don’t be afraid of using a some extra product.
  • Diffuse your hair – This may or may not be a thing for you but if you wish to make your curls look and feel better this winter, try diffusing. Moving around with wet hair in and out in this dry and cold weather does not really help.
  • Increase the usage of oil – Oils and creams are curly girls best friend in these dry winter. Shea butter could be one. Check here. They prevent your scalp and hair from becoming dry and work as a barrier to lock the moisture in.
  • Cover your hair – Use a satin scarf while heading out as your first layer touching your hair, then cover with a thicker scarf or hat. Curly hair tends to get trapped in cotton and other fabrics and can break off and become damaged. A satin layer will stop your hair from getting caught in your favorite winter garments.
  • Eat and drink right – Well, it goes without saying but really What you eat directly affects your body, including your hair. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water and eating enough green vegetables. Try your best to eat foods with the vitamins and minerals you need.
  • Use protective hairstyles – Winter is a good time and reason to use protective hair styles. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to leave your hair open for too long in this dry winter.
  • Flaxseed gel – A perfect styler and gel to retain the moisture on your hair. Check my DIY homemade flaxseed gel.

The Goodness of Shea butter

What is Shea butter?

Shea butter is produced from the Shea-Karite tree nut, which is a native tree found in the tropics of East and West Africa. It provides extraordinary moisturising properties and is therefore known as “mother nature’s conditioner”.

Shea butter is also known to heal burns and injuries, and to get rid of surgical marks, dermatitis, and stretch marks. Apart from its medicinal uses, it is also used as a UV protector, as a lip balm, for baby care, natural moisturizer for your body and face and of course on hair. So here’s how you can use this on your hair:

  • As a sealant –  Shea butter is packed with moisturising properties and thus it can amazingly seal in the moisture on your hair. It can be used in the LOC method especially by those who have high porosity hair. A great advantage of Shea butter is that it doesn’t leave the hair greasy. Also, it can be easily washed off afterwards. Just melt down a tiny amount of Shea butter in a double broiler over boiling water and use it as required.
  • Sooth irritated scalp – Spread some melted shea butter onto your fingertips and apply in small amounts directly onto your scalp. Rub in circular motion. You can add drops of tea tree oil for an extra soothing sensation. It absorbs easily into the scalp and it does not clog the pores and provides moisture from the roots on down to the ends. It is therefore extremely beneficial to hair that is relaxed, colored, or heat-treated.
  • Scalp massage – This could be used for hot oil treatments either alone or could be combined with other oils. It can be used whether your scalp is dry or oily. On oily scalp, it helps reduce excessive oil production by the skin glands. It can moisturise dry scalp and reduce flaking due to dryness.
  • For deep condition – Add half a tablespoon of Shea butter to your favourite DIY hair mask and you will get all the moisture in the world 😉
  • Natural curl enhancer – Amazingly this can be used as a styler too. It helps to enhance and clump your curls together and give you a retain able definition.


While shea butter is quite safe and can be beneficial for the skin and hair, you should avoid shea butter or shea butter products if you have tree nut allergies. There are no clinical trials concerning shea butter and allergies. Consult your allergist or health care provider if you have further questions.

Where to buy Shea butter?

When buying Shea butter, it is important to choose unrefined, raw Shea butter. You can purchase it from here on Amazon.

How to Volumise your Curls

Getting volume on your curly hair is often compromised with definition especially if you have fine and thin hair. I have been experiencing and experimenting on certain areas to enhance my hair volume this winter and I must say I am quite impressed with the results. So let’s dig in>>>>

  • Diffusing the hair upside down – This technique has made such a tremendous improvement in maximising the volume of my curls and reducing frizz. When you diffuse this way you actually lift the roots and increase space between them for more volume.
  • Clipping the hair – This is a technique for those who prefer to air dry . Once your are done with styling, gently lift small sections of your hair and clip them to roots all around your head. You could use 4 to 5 clips depending on your hair density. Make sure to leave enough gap between each clip.
  • Fluff and shake your roots – Once the hair is 100% dry, get your hair upside down the gently insert your fingers on to hair and shake the roots. This could be done after you scrunch out the crunch (SOTC).
  • Get layers – Get a haircut with lots of layers to increase the volume on your hair. This will also enhance the curl your natural texture.
  • Use Volumizing shampoo / stylers – There are many brands these days who sell such shampoos/ mouse/ foams especially designed for fine haired curlies.
  • Avoid oil during styling – Using oil while styling your hair could weigh down the hair and compromise on the volume. Use foams and gels instead.
  • Use lighter products – Butters and creams are known to weigh down the hair more than others. Thus try to use lighter and lesser products to gain more volume.
  • Clarify your hair monthly – Product buildup could weigh down your hair and not give you enough volume. So remember to clarify once a month especially if you have low porosity hair which tends to buildup faster.
  • Part your hair differently –  Changing the way you part your hair could get you extra volume.

Things to know before starting CurlyGirl method

  • DO NOT blindly purchase any product even on recommendation without gaining enough knowledge about your hair. This is only going to empty your pockets unless you learn what your hair actually needs “because not all hair is same”.


  • Know your hair type.

Diameter – Even though you can say your hair is big/flat/crazy just by looking at your hair in the mirror, it’s the diameter of your hair that’s super important for picking out the right products. Test if your hair is fine, medium, or coarse by doing a strand test.

  1. If you take a single hair in between your fingers and you don’t feel anything, then you have fine hair.
  2. If you can feel the hair, then it’s medium.
  3. If you feel a strong, thick strand, then you are coarse.


Determining both your diameter AND density will help narrow down the types of product you should use. Someone with dense, coarse hair will need smoothing products. While someone with less dense but still coarse hair will need a Volumising product. Just because the diameter of your hair is fine doesn’t mean you can’t have a thick head of hair — and vice versa. So, get to know the density of your hair by standing in front of a mirror, grab a handful of hair at the side of your head and notice the space around that ‘clump.’ Can you easily see your scalp? Your hair is likely thin. No scalp visible? Probably thick. If you’re in the middle, you likely have hair of medium density.


The amount of elasticity your hair has indicates how healthy it is, plus how easy it’ll be to style the way you want. To begin to slowly stretch the hair. If it breaks almost immediately, your elasticity is low, but if it stretches to 50 percent of its original length, your hair has high elasticity.

Texture/Curl pattern

Compare your hair texture with the below to understand where exactly do you fit in.




  • Educate yourself with the Curly Girl method.

CG method was introduced to an international, multi-ethnic audience by hairstylist   Lorraine Massey in her bestselling book, Curly Girl: The Handbook. Following are the so called rules under this method:

  • Say no to shampoo or use a sulphate free shampoo because it strips your hair of its natural oil called sebum. (Avoid products with ingredients like Sodium lauryl sulphate, Sodium laureth, Ammonium laureth or lauryl sulfate, Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate etc)
  • Use Silicone free conditioner and stylers since silicones buildup on hair and ruin the natural curl pattern. (Avoid products with ingredients ending with cone, col, nol, xane etc.)
  • Unplug the dryer and use a diffuser instead.
  • Not using a brush instead use a wide tooth comb to avoid frizz and breakage.
  • Trim your hair to get rid of the damage or split ends.
  • Co-wash or Conditioner wash to clean your scalp and hair as a second option to a shampoo.
  • Apply products to your hairDo it while it is soaking wet. Smooth or rake the product into your hair by sections. A common method is to begin with a leave-in cream or conditioner to decrease frizz and then follow with a gel for hold and definition. Using your normal conditioner as a leave-in is fine too. Scrunch in an upward motion with hands.
  • Ditch your towel and scrunch your hair with a cotton t-shirt, paper towels, or a micro-fiber towel to remove excess water/moisture.
  • Decrease the drying time of your hair by plop. Plopping means spreading an old t-shirt or micro-fiber towel onto a flat surface. Bend over at the waist and position your hair in the middle of the cloth. With your head touching the cloth, drape the back section of cloth over your head. Twist the sides until they form “sausage rolls” and clip or tie them at the base of your neck. After 15-30 minutes remove the t-shirt and air dry/diffuse.
  • Do not touch your hair while it is 100% dry or it will mess up and frizz.
  • Give your hair time to adjust. It takes 2-4 weeks for your hair to adjust or even more. It may even look worse at first. Hair is a long-term project and it may take a couple weeks for it to regain its health after being stripped of moisture for years by harsh chemical and sulphate shampoo.
  • Finally Clarify with a sulfate shampoo or clarifying shampoo before beginning. This will cleanse your hair of any silicones–ingredients in some hair products you would have using that are not water soluble.


  • Plan a hair routine

❤ Make a decision as to when and how many hair washes you will need per week. This will depend from person to person. If you feel your hair does not get itchy/ greasy soon you can have a wash whenever you feel the need. Sort about the products to use or seek advice. Click here for My hair routine OR click the link below for a video on my hair routine

❤ Deep Condition  – This is one of the most important aspect of a hair routine. Deep conditioning your hair on a weekly basis helps to get rid of dryness and retain moisture on hair. Check here to know how to deep condition.

Gatsby Water gloss hyper solid gel

I found this amazing little anGEL the other day when I was on my grocery shopping. And guess what I did when I had the first sight of it?🤔 Yes, you are right! I quickly jumped in to check the ingredients and to my amusement it was protein free but did have SD alcohol which could be a drying agent . Nevertheless I decided to give it a try since it is very difficult to find a gel without protein / panthanol. Flaxseed gel will and forever remain my ultimate favourite but I was really delighted to have found something which I was looking for like ages.

So let’s look at the ingredients:

Water (Aqua), SD, Alcohol 40-B, PVP, Dipropylene Glycol, VP/VA, Copolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-50 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzophenone-2, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, CI 14700.

Price: INR 120.00


And here are the Pros of this gel.

  • As the name suggests this gel has a very very hyper hold which I loved because I have thick curls and I like my gel to give the best hold.
  • Protein free.
  • It is very glossy and hence gives a natural shine to your hair.
  • Not very sticky and soft to touch.
  • Budget friendly.
  • Easy availability.
  • Love the fragrance.
  • Big tub so a little goes a long way.


  • Need not suit people with fine and thin hair due to its high holding power which is 7. However, there are other varieties under the same brand which have much lesser holding power like 2 and 5.
  • Contains SD alcohol which could be drying for some. So make sure to use a lot of leave in and creams before u put on this gel to give extra moisture.

I would definitely purchase this gel again when I run out of my homemade flaxseed gel or go too lazy to prepare the gel at home😜