What Is The Curly Girl Method, And How To Do It
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Got curly hair? Get frustrated by it frizzing, drying, and generally going wild? We know exactly where you are, and sometimes curly hair can be a nightmare to care for. It can take hours to detangle, and a huge heap of maintenance each day to keep it looking good.
You may even have had to resort to straightening your hair every day to keep it manageable. But, of course, that comes with heat damage. Maybe your hair’s out of shape from so much flat ironing and blow drying, and you want to go back to cherishing your natural curls.
Whatever your curly dilemma is, you’re in the right place!
In this article, we’ll introduce you to the Curly Girl method that can have you leaving your hair woes behind forever. Corkscrew curl goddess, enter here!
Will The Curly Girl Method Work For My Hair Type?
Before we dive into the nitty gritty of the Curly Girl method, you may be wondering if the Curly Girl method is appropriate for your hair type. After all, you may describe your hair more as wavy or kinky, than curly.
Well, good news!
Whether you’re a 2A loose wave, a 4C super-tight kink, or anything in between, you can use the Curly Girl method! You may have to switch up the method a little, as your hair may respond differently depending on its curl pattern, but we’ll cover that later.
What Is The Curly Girl Method?
The Curly Girl method was created by Lorraine Massey. She wrote a book Curly Girl: The Handbook, which contained the method, and it spread in popularity from there.
The method is a healthy way to care for curly hair. It challenges our usual shampoo-conditioner-treatment-heat styling routine, and puts something totally different in its place! This method bans certain products and hair styling techniques, while promoting others.
Curious? Let’s dive in!
What Is Banned In The Curly Girl Method?
To put it bluntly – probably everything you use on your hair just now! That’s right, the Curly Girl method is a huge hair care regimen change.
If you take up the Curly Girl (or CG) method to the fullest, you won’t be using:
- Heat styling tools – No curlers or flat irons to be found here!
- Combs and brushes
- Sulfates and non-water-soluble silicones – These are found in many hair products
- Alcohol and fragrance – These nasties are also found in most hair products
These are all banned because they can cause damage to hair, in particular curly hair.
What, No Shampoo?!
That’s right, not a single drop of shampoo. Ever.
That might sound daunting. We’ve always been taught that we need shampoo to properly cleanse the hair of dirt, dust and grease, but that’s not actually the case.
When you first start out, you might find that your hair does get greasy for a while, especially if you have fine hair or a loose curl or wave pattern. But over time, your hair and scalp will balance out and the greasiness will be a thing of the past.
If you have fine hair or loose curls, you may want to go ‘low-poo’ first, which means cutting down over time, or switching to a sulfate-free shampoo and using less of it each time. Eventually you can cut it out for good, without the greasy transition.
How To Do The Curly Girl Method
In the next few sections, we’ll let you know how to use the CG method, whether you’ve got loose waves or very tight coils. We’ll go through each step in turn, giving you all the information you need to be able to start the method today!
Remember, though, that everyone’s hair is different. Not only do you have to account for the natural texture, but also its condition and any chemicals you may have used on it before, such as dyes and perms. You may have to tweak the CG method to get it to work best for you. However, we’d recommend starting with the full, orthodox method as per instructions, and modifying later.