After years of severely damaged hair, I finally got tired of always wearing my hair in a messy bun and went on a search to repair it.
Three pregnancies, tons of color, and misusing heat products, has left my hair in the worst condition it’s ever been.
The one thing that kept resurfacing in my search was the curly girl method.
I was a little familiar because I briefly tried it years ago, but this time I did a ton more research and am committed to giving it a shot for a solid six months. You can follow my journey here.
This before and after is one week using the CGM ((curly girl method)).
What is the Curly Girl Method?
The curly girl method is from Lorraine Massey’s book “Curly Girl: The Handbook”.
It’s a curly hair care method that trades damaging habits like harsh shampoos and heat styling for a healthy curly routine using only conditioner & gel.
While many curlies have seen amazing results using this method, curls were meant to be free!!
It’s important to be patient with your specific curls and be free to modify to what works best for you.
I researched this method for days. Literally days, and there is a lot of information out there. So I created a helpful easy to use cheat sheet to make getting started for you a little less painful as it was for me.
Here’s the just of the CGM (Curly Girl Method)
The “Rules” of the Curly Girl Method
Don’t get too hung up here, rules are for suckers!! They are more like guidelines anyway 🙂
- HEAT STYLING TOOLS
- COMBS & BRUSHES
- SULFATES – NAMELY SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE & AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE
- NON-WATER SOLUBLE SILICONES
Do I Have To Give Up Shampoo Cold Turkey??
Nope! You can wean yourself off by cutting down on shampoo over time.
- GENTLE CLEANSING INGREDIENTS – COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE & DECYL POLYGLUCOSE
- EMOLLIENTS – SHEA BUTTER, OLIVE & VEGETABLE OILS
- PROTEINS – WHEAT, WHEAT GERM OR SOY
- HUMECTANTS – PANTHENOL, VEGETABLE GLYCERINE, SORBITOL
- MOISTURIZERS – AMINO ACIDS & ALOE VERA
- STYLING GEL INGREDIENTS – PVP AND PVP/VA
You can check all approved products here.
And that’s pretty much the just of it. Easy Peasy, lemon squeezy!
There are also dozens of different techniques depending on your hair type i’ve including in the getting started package. Download your cheat sheet here. Then go take the hair test to find out your type. You can take the test here.
You can watch my “Why I Got Started With CGM” below!