The Curly Girl Method: Our Experience So Far.

Have you heard of the curly girl method? It’s an approach to hair care designed for naturally curly hair based on the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey (aff). Until recently, I hadn’t really thought about the best way to care for Mia’s gorgeous curls. I have naturally very straight hair that doesn’t need any kind of special treatment, so tailored hair care just wasn’t on my radar. It wasn’t until I came across a discussion about the curly girl method in a Facebook group that I realised I had some researching to do…

Mia’s hair is poker straight when wet, but once dry, it transforms into a mixture of beautiful ringlets and loose curls. She has the kind of hair that many women spend hours trying to replicate. I wouldn’t say her hair is particularly frizzy, but it can be hard to style. I wanted to preserve her curls as much as I possibly could. The first thing I did was join the facebook group Little CG’s UK. This group is great, I highly recommend it for beginners. It is full of tips, tricks, do’s, don’ts and advice.

The basic premise of the curly girl method is removing silicones and sulphates from your hair care routine. These ingredients, found in shampoos, dry out and damage curls. These ingredients simply aren’t needed. The only wash required is a ‘co-wash’ (conditioner wash) which will ensure that your curls have maximum moisture and curl potential.

Before you begin, you’ll need to give your hair a final wash using a silicone free shampoo which does contain sulphates to strip the hair of silicones. This will essentially reset your hair, lot’s of baby shampoos are perfect for the final wash.

Once you’ve done a final wash, you can simply co-wash. To freshen up your hair in between washes, you can mix a curly girl method friendly conditioner with water in a spray bottle and simply spritz your hair to freshen up your curls.

This is a very basic outline of the curly girl method, and what works for one won’t work for all. You may need to experiment with different CG friendly products to find what works for you. We’ve been following the curly girl method for about a month now with visible results. Mia’s hair is softer and shinier. It no longer looks dull and dry and her curls are more beautiful than ever before. We have found a combination of products that work for her hair which are added when it is still wet, after it has been gently patted try with an old t-shirt or a microfibre towel like the Fyore Ultra Absorbent Hair Turban (aff).

The products that work for Mia’s tousled curls are –

  • Cantu moisturising curl activator cream (aff) – this is the first product I put on her hair after a co-wash. I put a small amount, no bigger than the size of a 50p coin, in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and then run my hands through her hair from root to tip. This cream is lightweight so perfect for young ladies.
  • Got2B Twisted curling mousse (aff) – I apply this in the same way that I apply the Cantu cream. I always apply the mousse after I’ve applied the curl activator cream.
  • Tangle Teezer detangling hairbrush (aff) – this brush is a must have!
  • Alberto Balsam coconut and lychee conditioner (aff) – this is the conditioner I use when I co-wash Mia’s hair. I also mix it with water in a spray bottle for refreshing.

The website http://www.isitcg.com/ will tell you whether or not a product is ‘CG approved’. It’s a great site for beginners, but isn’t always 100% reliable. If you are still unsure, ask the Little CG’s UK group. They are a friendly bunch who are always willing to help.

Initially I was worried that following the curly girl method would be time consuming and expensive, but I was wrong. The conditioner we use is actually cheaper than what we were using previously. The products, although a little more expensive, prove that a little goes a long way. They will last for weeks, if not months, depending on your hair length.

As you can see from the image above, Mia’s curls are now defined and sleek. Her hair no longer looks heavy and is far easier to style. Mia has noticed the difference in her hair since following the curly girl method. She loves the results and so do I.

We haven’t been following the curly girl method for long. Only time will tell whether or not the curly girl method will work for us long-term. If we continue to see amazing results then the curly girl method will become part of our permanent routine.

Do you follow the CG method? Have you had wonderful results like us? What products do you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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