The curly transition. It’s an absolute pig, isn’t it? Inconsistent washes, frizz, wonky curls, product confusion… ouch! Today we’re talking all about How I Beat The Transitioning Stage On The Curly Girl Method.
The curly girl method can be a little overwhelming so I created “The Ultimate Curly Girl Method Cheat Sheet” (including a guide to my favorite affordable drug store products) to help simplify the process.
What is transition?
Transition is the assy phase at the start of the Curly Girl Method when your hair adjusts to your new routine. Transition is different for everyone; there’s no guarantee of how long it will last or what your hair will be like during this period.
So, let’s be upfront about this. Some of the things you may experience are:
- Greasy roots and scalp: Shampooing causes your scalp to overproduce sebum, as it attempts to counteract the drying effects of sulfates. When you go CG, your scalp needs time to adjust, meaning it can become greasy as it rebalances the sebum levels.
- Stringy, undefined curls: If you have heat or chemically damaged curls, they will take time to refund their curl pattern. Even with low-level damage, your curls will need to adjust to new routines and products. Take it from me, curl shock is real!
- Frizz: And lots of it! Frizz results from dehydrated hair and damage. When you cut out the straighteners, you will need to figure out how to deal with said frizz, perhaps for the first time.
How I Beat The Transitioning Stage On The Curly Girl Method
Fight the urge to apply heat
It’s incredibly tempting but will not help in the long run.
Cut the sulfates gradually if you need to (controversial!)
CGM encourages you to jump straight in with cowashing, but if you need to wean your hair off sulfates, do. Transitioning may take longer as a result, but this can help ease you through.
Check your ingredients and cut out the nasties (silicones, drying alcohols, etc.)
Use isitcg.com and curlsbot to guide you through this minefield.
Hydrate and repair
Apply DC’s to tackle dryness and protein treatments to rebuild the bonds in your hair as necessary.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Don’t over complicate your product line up. Focus on building techniques.
Allow your hair (and yourself) time to breathe
If you want to go product free, do it.
And if you’re truly sick of your hair, try an updo or a headband.
Don’t give up though.
The benefits of CG, far outweigh the negatives of the transition to curly.
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