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 damage, and misusing heat products, had 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.
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.
This before and after is 1.5 months following the curly girl method.
What is the Curly Girl Method?
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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 for the most part.
While many curlies have seen amazing results using this method, curls were meant to be free!! Let go of any expectations and make a commitment to fully embrace your natural curl pattern.
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 simple cheat sheet to make getting started for you a little less painful than it was for me <3
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 and are meant to be broken. These are more like guidelines anyway 🙂
- Heat styling tools
- Combs & brushes
- 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.
Many curlies swap out their shampoo for a co-wash but I haven’t found it to be nesissary.
It really depends on your scalp.
I recommend ditching shampoo and opting for an apple cider vinegar rinse (read here).
And if you are still struggling with an itchy scalpy, try using a co-wash. This is a popular one.
- Gentle cleansing ingredients
- Emollients: Shae butter, and different carrier oils (argan, olive, avacado).
- Proteins: I use a rice water rinse
- Moisturizer: Amino acids & aloe vera
- Styling gel. I love this DIY recipe.
You can find all my favorite curly girl approved products and tools here.
All About The Method
You will see dozens of different methods and techniques within the curly girl culture. And it can seem overwhelming for someone just getting started.
Basics curly girl techniques can be broken down into four parts.
Simply scrunching the product into your hair toward your scalp to hold your curl pattern.
Apply the product by sectioning your hair and raking products through with your hands.
Applying products to your hands then gliding it over your hair as if you were praying.
Manipulating (finger coiling or Denman brush)
This is my personal preference. It does take a little more time but allows you to have a bit more control over your curls.
The girly curly method is more than just taking care of your curls. It’s a journey in learning how to love, accept, and embrace your natural beauty.
My only regret about the curly girl method is not finding it sooner.
Don’t forget to grab your CG cheat sheet below. I have indcluded a ton of research to make your curly girl journey easier.
Next, you’re going to want to check out these post’s on how to get started!
- How To Start The Curly Girl Method | Beginner’s Guide
- What I Learned My First 30 Days Following Curly Girl Method
- My Favorite Things To Make The Curly Girl Method Easier
- What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget