How to Start The Curly Girl Method

Remember having long curly hair before burning them down with flat irons?

Feeling nostalgic? Want your tight curls back?

The Curly Girl method is exactly what you were looking for.

The Curly Girl Method is a step-by-step approach to creating lovely hair using (and avoiding!) particular products and styling practices, as established by hairdresser and curl specialist Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: The Handbook.

Though the details may vary -for example, someone with super-tight coils may not follow the same precise recommendations as someone with waves- the main concept behind the Curly Girl Method is the same: You’ll be able to amp up your natural wave, curl, or coil pattern while reducing frizz, dryness, and breakage by figuring out the best cocktail of ingredients and application methods for your exact hair type- you can find out your hair type here- by figuring out the best cocktail of ingredients and application methods for your exact hair type. 

What to Avoid During the Curly Girl Method

Avoid sulfate-containing shampoos

Shampoos containing sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), should be avoided since they are both toxic and drying. If you don’t want to switch to co-washing, there are many sulfate-free choices that gently remove impurities from your hair without the use of sulfates. Only use a sulfate-based shampoo when you’re taking a final wash to eliminate silicones and build-up and prepare your hair for the Curly Girl Method! 

Heat and styling tools

Heat and styling tools such as blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons should be avoided. If you use these tools, you run the danger of causing major damage to your hair. Blow-drying is sarcastically referred to as “frying your hair” by Loraine Massey since you are physically frying your locks. Using a diffuser to distribute mild heat evenly across your curls is a superior approach to blow-dry your hair. It is, however, strongly advised that you allow your hair to air dry as much as possible. However, in the summer, this is much simpler to accomplish. Going out with damp hair in the midst of winter when it’s chilly outdoors is not a good idea! 

Brushes and combs should be used sparingly

For a variety of reasons, detangling your hair with your fingers is preferred over combing or brushing. You’re more aware of where your tangles are, and instead of busting through them, you may work them out more slowly. This helps to avoid hair breakage, which can cause frizzy hair and make it harder to develop long hair. Furthermore, when you use your fingers to massage moisture into your hair while wearing a hair mask or treatment, you are concurrently adding moisture to your hair. You don’t pour lotion on your body and hope it absorbs, do you? The same may be said for conditioners. To be most effective, it must be rubbed into your curls. If you truly can’t let go of your brush, make sure you don’t brush or comb your hair while it’s dry; instead, do it while you’re in the shower.

Hair products containing hazardous substances should be avoided

Hair products containing hazardous substances should be avoided. One of the most crucial aspects of the Curly Girl Method is eliminating sulfates, non-water-soluble silicones, wax, non-natural oils, toxic alcohols, and perfume from your hair care routine.

Do not over-wash your hair

When it comes to hair washing, how often should you do it? It all depends on the type of hair you have and your own preferences. If you have wavy hair, you should only shampoo once a week, according to Massey’s technique. Washing should be done once every 10 days for curly hair textures, with a co-wash once a week. Massey suggests washing as little as possible for coily hair types and instead of using only co-washes.

Use Towels made of terry cloth

Regular terrycloth towels, no matter how gently you dry your hair, roughen the cuticle and produce a lot of frizz and damage. Microfiber towels are recommended on many websites, however, we prefer cotton t-shirt towels and muslin cloth.

Use caution while coloring, bleaching, or dying your hair

It is not suggested to color, dye, or bleach your hair because the substances and technique can be exceedingly hazardous. However, coloring your hair while maintaining healthy curls is totally doable, if somewhat more difficult. In any event, make sure you give your hair the last wash after dying it to remove any silicone. Then, using a protein-rich hair mask, hydrate your hair thoroughly.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Do the Curly Girl Method

To begin, cleanse your strands with a reset cleanse to eliminate product build-up. You can use a shampoo with sulfates or an exfoliating cleanser.

You’re ready to begin the Curly Girl Method now that your scalp is clean and fresh. Use a co-wash conditioner or a sulfate-free, low-poo shampoo to wash your hair.

Before washing, massage your scalp for at least one minute. Allow the suds to wash over the remainder of your hair before rinsing. Allow the suds to wash over the remainder of your hair before rinsing.

Apply a generous amount of silicone-free conditioner to your curls after that. Make sure your hair is well saturated with conditioner. It should have a slimy texture! 

Then, using your fingers, carefully untangle your curls.

Finally, rinse most of the conditioner out of your hair (but not all of it).

It’s time to apply your curl activator now that your hair is detangled and clean. If you’re using a Curly Girl Method product to style your hair, rake it through damp hair or smooth it over curls. Then scrunch your hair to make your curls more defined. 

Using an old cotton t-shirt, wrap your hair. Wrap your hair towel around the base of your head and turn it upside down. Tie your curls in the front and then turn them over to “plop” them. To eliminate extra moisture from my hair while doing make-up, I wrap it around my head. Then I either let my hair air dry or use a diffuser on low heat to dry it.

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