Final wash for curly girl method

Final Wash for the Curly Girl Method, what is best one?

Do you want to start with the CG Method? Then you have probably already come across many products that you need to use. You start with a final wash. This is a thorough, but aggressive cleaner that you use once in most cases. But, why do we use it and what is the best final-wash shampoo?

What is the difference between a CG approved shampoo and final wash?

A CG approved shampoo meets the requirements of the CG method. So, that means it's free from sulfates , silicones , mineral oil , wax , and drying alcohol . This shampoo will become part of your weekly routine.

Unlike the CG shampoo, you basically use a final wash once. There are certain situations in which you can reuse a final wash, but the main rule is: you use it once before you start. It is not CG because it contains sulfates and often silicones and/or mineral oil.

Finally, a final wash is a lot more aggressive. Is your hair dyed? Then your color can fade faster than with a CG shampoo.

How do you know which variant you have in your hands?

This requires knowledge about ingredients. For example, do you see SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) on the ingredients list? This is the most common, so you know at a glance that you have a final wash in your hands. But, it should not contain silicone. They often end in 'xane' or 'cone'. Because we understand that this can be quite difficult, we have created a special collection .

Why a final wash or also reset wash?

If you used regular products from the drugstore for this, there is a very good chance that you have used products in your hair that contain silicone or mineral oils. This is of course not a problem, but within the CG Method we would like to avoid these ingredients. Then it is necessary to thoroughly rinse these products from your hair, because only then can you make a perfect start.

Silicones and mineral oils can build up on your hair. Silicones do this, for example, by placing a layer around your hair each time. Because CG-approved shampoos are often a lot milder, it is difficult to remove those silicones and oils from your hair. That is why the final wash or also reset wash was created.

Is it mandatory to do a final wash?

It is not mandatory, but we advise you to do it. If you search on the internet you will occasionally come across that it is not very convenient to do it at all. One reason not to use a final wash is, for example, because some people think that you cannot remove all 'bad substances/residues' from your hair with one wash.

A reason to do it? We notice that many people benefit from it and there are also many curl hairdressers who use a final wash to 'reset' the hair. So it always remains your own choice, nothing is right or wrong. So if you prefer not to use a final wash, feel free to start with the CG shampoo you have at home. You can always decide to use it later (you can do this if, for example, you feel that your hair is no longer shaping properly or if your hair is falling out a lot).

What should you do after the final wash?

You use the final wash exactly as you use your shampoo. After the final wash you don't have to wait, you can get started with your CG products straight away. Because a final wash is quite aggressive, it is very important to properly pamper your curls afterwards. You then use a hair mask . Leave it on and rinse it out again after about 30 minutes.

Should you use a final wash more often?

More and more curlies use a final wash more often, for example once every 2 or 3 months. People often do this because some curlies with finer hair, for example, are more likely to suffer from product build-up (these are products that pile up on the hair). With the final wash you can make a fresh start. So you can use the final wash more often if you need to. It is important that you keep a close eye on the health of your hair. Always use a nourishing CG mask after a final wash to give your hair optimal care.

In addition, you can also use a final wash if you regularly dye your hair or if you have accidentally used a non-CG approved product.


  • Use a final wash before starting the method. This allows you to properly wash all product residues from your hair and you can be sure that you are getting a fresh start.
  • Always use a mask after the final wash. A final wash is really aggressive, so always use a nourishing mask to prevent damage to your hair and to pamper your curls.
  • Save the final wash. Because sometimes it can come in handy if you dye your hair, use a non-CG product or if you really suffer from sagging hair due to build-up.

What is the best final wash shampoo?

The best final wash shampoo is one that contains a sulfate, but does not contain silicones or mineral oils.

The XHC Tea Tree Shampoo is suitable for making a good start with the CG Method. Because the formula also contains tea tree extracts, it can also be used by people who suffer from a sensitive scalp.

Final - Wash for the CG Method of XHC

Would you rather not use a shampoo with sulphates? Then there is another option, namely a clarifying shampoo. These shampoos are CG, cleanse strongly but are officially sulfate-free. Unlike the final wash, you can use it more often and make it part of your routine. But watch out! Because it cleans strongly, this means that you should not use it more than once a week. The best options for this are: Curly Secret Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Discover all final washes

Do you want to see all the final washes? Then view the collection: Final Wash Shampoo . Do you have any questions about the final wash? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

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