The curly girl method: The beginners guide for thick, kinky and wavy hair

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What is The Curly Girl Method?

Ever heard of the phrase “curly girl method”? If you are part of the curly hair community, chances are you have heard of this. And much more, you are even doing this. But for others who are new to this method, let us introduce you to the curly girl method. So, what is the curly girl method? This is an approach to hair care that was started by Lorraine Massey for naturally curly hair. The aim of this method is to treat damaged curls, keep the hair moisturized and healthy and accentuate the natural curls of the hair. In short, the curly hair method gives us healthier and bouncier curls.  

Here’s how to do it: Beginners guide

how to do curly girl method

Final “reset” wash

hair washingThe first step to having healthy hair is to remove any dirt and product build-up from your scalp. “Reset” shampooing will allow us to have a clean start to the curly girl method. When shampooing your hair, use a shampoo that contains sulfate to remove all the gunk on your hair. But remember, “reset” wash is done once a week or when you feel your hair needs intense cleansing.

 

 

Co-wash/cleanse

cowash hairCo-wash is another term coined by the curly girl method movement. This means conditioner-washing or using a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo to wash your hair. Cleanse your hair with a sulfate-free hair cleanser instead of your normal shampoo. Avoid shampoo that contains chemicals that dry out the hair.

 

 

 

Condition

hair cleanseOf course, after cleansing, the next step is conditioning. Apply a handful of conditioner to your wet hair until all the strands are fully covered. Run your fingers or your wide-tooth comb to your hair. Rinse out the conditioner. But this is the tricky part. For wavy hair, you might want to leave a little conditioner on your hair. For curly hair, you can do a quick rinse leaving some conditioner to your hair. For coily hair, we highly recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment to lock in moisture.

 

Style

style hair after washNow that we have completed the cleansing and conditioning part of the curly girl method steps, we go to styling. When styling your hair, avoid using a comb. Use your fingers to comb your hair instead. This way, we can avoid hair breakage. You can use curl cream, hair gel or leave-on conditioner to enhance the shape of your natural curls.

 

 

Dry

dry hair with towelYou have 2 options to dry your hair. One is to let your hair air dry and the second is to blow dry your hair. Don’t forget to use a diffuser attachment while blowing your hair with minimum heat. Diffuser attachments help the curls keep their natural shape. But if you ask us, we highly recommend air drying your hair to avoid the heat from a blow dryer.

Now that I already let my curly hair secrets a.k.a the curly girl method, you might ask “is this for me?”. And the answer is a big YES! Yes if you have naturally curly hair. Yes if you want healthier and bouncier curls. And yes if you just want to take care of your natural curls. There may be different variations of this method but a lot of men and women can attest to the effectiveness of this method. And oh yes… the curly girl method is for men too!

Frequently Asked Question

What is The Curly Girl Method?

This is an approach to hair care that was started by Lorraine Massey for naturally curly hair. The aim of this method is to treat damaged curls, keep the hair moisturized and healthy and accentuate the natural curls of the hair.

How to start the curly girl method?

Start by making sure your hair and scalp are clean by using a shampoo that contains sulfate. This will make sure that all gunk and product build-up is removed from your hair.

What products to use as CGM beginners?

Once you are done with your “reset” wash, use a hair care product that does not contain sulfate and other chemicals that dry out the hair.

what are the steps in the curly girl method?

There are a few easy steps to the curly girl method: Reset wash, co-wash, condition, style your hair and let your hair dry.

Is the curly girl method only for women?

The curly girl method is both for men and women that have naturally curly hair.

What to do on daily basis for the curly girl method?

Style your hair daily. Co-washing and conditioning can be done every other day or alternately.

How to refresh curls?

Do a reset wash before you start the curly girl method. This will refresh your curls and remove the build-up of products from your hair and scalp.

How long it will take to see the results?

It might take some time to see the result depending on how damaged your hair is. But with patience and dedication to this method, you are guaranteed to have healthier and bouncier curls.

How often should I wash my hair?

You can alternate co-washing and conditioning. Reset wash is done once a week or when you feel that your hair needs intensive cleansing.

What is co-washing?

This means conditioner-washing or using a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo to wash your hair.

How does the curly girl method make your curl better and beautiful?

The curly hair method works by making the hair healthier and moisturized. This makes the curls better and bouncier.

What is hair plopping?

Hair plopping is another part of the curly hair method. This method is done by wrapping the head with a towel or an old t-shirt to keep the curls while drying.

How do I use a diffuser on my hair?

Attach a diffuser attachment to your blow dryer. The diffuser attachment will hold the natural shape of your curls while drying.

What is air dry and how long does it take?

Air drying is letting your hair dry naturally, without the use of any mechanical tools. Depending on the thickness of the hair, air drying may take from a few minutes to a few hours.

How do I know my hair porosity?

A float test is the easiest way to know your hair porosity. Take a few strands of your hair and put them in s glass of water. If your hair floats, you have low porosity hair. If it sinks, then you have a high porosity hair.

Does the curly girl method work?

Yes! The curly girl method works and I can swear to how this simple method made my curly hair healthier and bouncier.

 

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