Lightweight & coconut oil free hair products for wavy curly hair



If you’ve been on the curly girl method, you’ve probably bumped into coconut oil, when it comes to ingredients. Somehow it’s super popular in curly hair products. Too bad it’s not for everyone. Wavy hair can easily be weighed down by heavy oils and therefore the curl gets ruined.

My curl type is wavy and I definitely need lightweight products. The last time I shopped for hair products, I chose to look for coconut oil free conditioners and gels. Luckily I found the perfect products! I might as well go as far as to say these are the products for me and my curls. (At the very least they’re the best for me at the moment.)

In this post I’ll share quick reviews of the products I’ve used, as well as a list for some coconut-free hair products.

Björn Axen Organic Conditioner Review Wavy Curly Hair

Björn Axèn Organic Moisturizing Conditioner (lightweight, coconut oil free conditioner for wavy hair)

Björn Axen’s Organic Conditioner is made with 86% of natural ingredients. It has natural subtle scent from bergamot oil, which is nice. My hair loves aloe vera juice and this one contains a lot of that. It also has some natural oils, that are not too heavy on wavy hair. It gives enough slip so that I can untangle my hair in the shower with it.

This also works nice in the squish to condish method. I can leave a lot of it in my hair and my curls actually seem to love it.

Another bonus is that you can buy refills to this. The shampoo in the Organic line is also curly girl approved.

Björn Axen is a Swedish brand and I’m not sure about its availability worldwide. But you can check out my coconut-free listing below to find brands that are available in your country.

Björn Axen Organic Moisturizing Conditioner

Zenz Styling Gel Sweet Orange Review Wavy hair

Zenz Organic Styling Gel Sweet Orange (lightweight gel for wavy hair)

It’s probably no surprise that I prefer organic products in haircare as well. I was looking for a natural gel and I found this. One of the things I don’t usually like about curl gels is their scent. But this I love! It has a subtle orange scent and since it comes from natural ingredients, it’s nothing too overwhelming and it evaporates quite quickly.

This one also contains aloe leaf extract (20% of it!), some protein and silk amino acids. It gives a good cast, which helps to hold the curl better.

I had never heard of the brand before and the packaging is peculiar, but this gel really works for my hair.

Zenz Organic Styling Gel Sweet Orange

Coconut oil free products for naturally wavy hair

The products in this list I’ve either tried, used something from the brand or I want to try. I’ll update it as I try new products!


*Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves, Windswept Conditioner
I like this – and not only because it has the best packaging (so handy). It doesn’t give much slip, but still manages to untangle my hair and doesn’t weigh down my curls. I have written about this before here!

*Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Conditioner

*Briogeo Curl Charisma Conditioner
This one doesn’t contain coconut oil, but it’s still more on the heavier side when it comes to conditioners. Super nourishing, gives a good slip. I used this a lot when I first started, but nowadays it’s a bit too much for my hair.

Björn Axen Organic Conditioner

*Innersense Organic I Create Hold Gel
This one I’ve tried and I really like it! Gives a solid hold and doesn’t have a scent, other than what comes from the ingredients.

*Briogeo Curl Charisma Gel
This is one of my favorites, because it’s so lightweight. Doesn’t give a super strong hold, but sometimes softer curls are what I’m after.

Zenz Organic Styling Gel Sweet Orange

*Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner


*Aquis hair towels
As a bonus, I have to recommend the Aquis towels. They really cut down the drying time and help to define the curl! (If you shop from Finland here, you’ll get -10% with code CHARLOTTA.)
*Silk scrunchies
Soft fabrics are gentle on the hair and therefore silk is the number one fabric for curly hair.


Curly girl must have product

must have curly girl product



I think we can all agree, that you can spend enormous amounts of money on the curly girl method. It’s so disappointing to buy new products only to find out it wasn’t right for you. That’s actually one of the reasons I like writing reviews – at least I can offer my experience and recommendations.

But there’s one curly girl product that you simply can’t go wrong with, and that is Aquis hair towel. *Aquis towels do what they promise (dry your hair 50% faster than a regular towel) and they do it well. It’s also one of those things you don’t have to repurchase all the time.


When it comes to naturally curly hair, making your curls or waves even just a tiny bit better is worth it. I’ve said it before, but these towels really do help with curl definition, since they absorb the water from your hair quickly and help set your curls.

curly girl products beauty blog

Curly girl must have product for fast hair drying & plopping

I know that having a special towel or turban for your hair might seem excessive, but I assure you it’s not. I’ve now used *Aquis hair towels daily almost for a year and I’m never going back to regular towels. Here’s four reasons why:


1. They make my life easier. Yes, really.
Having a towel that dries my hair faster makes my life easier. I’ve talked about my scalp problems here before, and that means I have to wash my hair almost every day. Washing my hair is not my favorite hobby, but these towels at least help to fasten up the drying process. Aquis towels are made from special Aquitex fabric, which cuts down the drying time by 50 %.

2. They keep my hair in good shape.
Wet hair is easily damaged or stretched – especially curly hair – so getting it quickly dry without friction is a good thing. Aquis towels are made of good quality fabric and they feel soft. Actually, on my latest appointment with my hairdresser, she actually complimented my hair. I’m pretty sure that using these towels instead of regular ones have made a huge difference to the health of my hair.

3. They help with curl definition and are great for plopping.
It’s hard to get your curls to dry in the perfect shape. I still struggle with curl definition – mostly because my hair is so heavy it can’t really hold a curl properly – but these towels help. Even if I just scrunch out the water out of my hair with Aquis towel, the curl comes a little more alive. *Aquis turban is also made for plopping! When it comes to naturally curly hair, making your curls or waves even just a tiny bit better is worth it. I’ve said it before, but these towels really do help with curl definition, since they absorb the water from your hair quickly and help set your curls.

4. They make my hair shinier.
A regular towel tends to make my hair frizzy. These, in contrast, seem to give me shine. It was even more visible, when I had my natural hair color all over, like in the photo below. Now my hair is bleached with balayage highlights, so obviously my hair is drier too. But that’s even more reason to do my best to keep my hair looking healthy and shiny.


aquis towels for naturally curly hair

Aquis has both hair towels and turbans and they come in different colors. They work for all hair types and I know people with straight hair also love them – because they dry the hair faster and are so gentle.


I use both a towel and a turban. I first like to scrunch out most of the water into the towel, after which I plop with the turban. You could probably get away with just using the turban, but it’s obviously even more effective plopping with a dry turban. The turban can then absorb even more water out of your hair.


The towels cost around 25$+ and they’re absolutely worth it. You just can’t compare them to a t-shirt or even a microfibre towel (yes, I’ve tried that too). And as I said in the post – they’re not something you buy, try and throw away.

Shop at amazon:
*Aquis turbans & towels

Shop at Sephora:
*Aquis hair towels and turbans


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Have you tried Aquis towels? If you end up trying them, I would love to hear if they work as brilliantly for you as they do for me!

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