What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget

After years of fighting, over-processing and straightening your curls, you’ve finally decided to embrace them. Congratulations! This is the beginning of a beautiful journey. In this post, you’ll find What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget.

If you are reading this post, chances are you have damaged or unmanageable curls and went on the hunt for the perfect product but stumbled into a completely different world.

The curly girl method world.

You have probably seen dozens of curly before and afters that have inspired you to give it a go.

But there are two things standing in your way are…

  1. You don’t know where to start – There is a plethora of content on the web that it can make a girls head spin 
  2. You don’t know what products to start with – There are dozens of products on the market

These were the two big factors that held me back.

Because the curly girl method can be, well, overwhelming…

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After having three kids, going platinum blond, and using heat in access, my hair was damaged and lost almost all its curl.

It was sad.

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When I stumbled on and decided to try the curly girl method, the first thing I wanted to do was get all the products.

I’m so glad I didn’t though because I would have ended up wasting a ton of money. 

When it comes to curly hair care, there are only a few things you NEED to successfully care for and style your curls. 

Don’t get me wrong, trying out fancy products and tools is a lot of fun and can certainly aid in having great curls. 

But the best way to get started is to learn about your curls master a few simple steps, establish healthy routines, and keep track of what works and what doesn’t work for your curls.

After spending months researching and testing, I figured out a simplified process of curly hair care.

So I created a resource to help other curlies know exactly what they need to get started and the exact steps to take.

I combined four key resources that set up a solid foundation for success into one downloadable file.

The Curly Girl Starter Kit

This resources contains all the resources you need to get started with your curly journey today.

  • The 1-2-3 Curls Ebook This ebook is an in depth guide that gives you a step by step breakdown of the curly girl method. Think of it as a quick reference of all the information you need to bring your curls back to life. Typically $15
  • The Daily Curl TrackerThis custom curl tracker give you everything you need to diligently track your curly journey. Typically $25
  • The DIY Recipe BookThis recipe book is full of all my favorite DIY’s that work really well! Typically $15
  • Product Guide& Curly Girl Terminology A complete product guide of my favorite products and all the techniques you need to know about. Typically $10

>>>>>>>>>You can check out the curly girl starter kit here

What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget

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What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget

So before you go out and buy fancy products (like I almost did) let’s talk about a few things you don’t need. 

Do not purchase an expensive line of products. This is a mistake because the curly girl method takes A LOT of trial an error. I recommend starting and testing a few affordable products before you commit to a large purchase. Or try your hand at making your own.

You will see a lot of posts and articles about a co-wash. While co-washing can be beneficially it’s not necessary to get started. I would hold off and put your money toward the most essential items we will talk about in a bit. 

Ok, now that we got a few newbie mistakes out of the way, let’s talk about what you do NEED to get started with The Curly Girl Method. 

It’s kind of painfully simple. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget

These are the most basic items you will need to get started

Tracking Method

One HUGE mistake I see curly girls make is jumping into their curly girl journey with no plan of tracking their progress. 

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to re-create a bomb wash day but failing miserably because you didn’t follow the same steps. 

After many wash day fails, I decided to develop a detailed system that helps me keep track of what works and what doesn’t work for me hair.

My Miracle Curls Daily Tracker is a customized, detailed, daily tracking system to be able to look back on and see how far you’ve come, and exactly what works and doesn’t work for your curls.

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Daily Curl Tracker

Two Shampoos

Hear me out before you write me off for suggesting that you keep two different shampoos on hand.

Your curls need a clarifying cleanser and a curl friendly gentler cleanser because they have two very different purposes.

Curly hair requires a lot of product so you must clarify once per month.

Think of this as deep cleaning.

A clarifying wash helps to get all the dirt, and product build up off your hair strand and helps you start with a clean slate.

However, clarifying is too harsh to do on your curls daily which is why you need a gentle cleanser as well.

You see, curls need natural oils to thrive.

If you cleanse them too often or too harshly, it strips your hair of those oils and leaves them dry and damaged.

Make a habit of doing a clarifying wash once per month (or any time your hair feels gunky or excessively frizzy), then use a gentle curl friendly cleanser when you usually wash.

This helps maintain your curl pattern, and restore moisture to your curls.

I’ve linked my favorite favorite cleansers below :

Clarifying Cleanser:

Gentle Curl Friendly Cleanser:

If you are looking for more product recommendations for specific curl types, check out this post.

The right conditioner

Conditioner is key to soften curls and add moisture.

After you have cleansed your curls, use a conditioner to detangle and add moisture.

Your conditioner should be heavy enough to moisturize your hair but not so heavy that it weighs it down or makes it stringy.

If you are not sure how to choose the right product type you can read this post.

When it comes to finding the right products, there is always a level of experimenting to find what works for your specific curl type.

I recommend always using shampoo and conditioner bundles (meaning the same product line) because they are formulated to complement each other.

These are a few of my favorite shampoo and conditioner bundles:

A deep conditioner

A deep conditioner is essential for healthy curls.

Which one and how often will completely depend on your hair type, and the current health of your hair.

I deep conditioner once per week but if your hair is less curly than mine, you may only need to deep condition every other week.

That’s why I like to keep a detailed log of how your hair reacts to each product so you can plan your week accordingly.

Gel to lock in your curl pattern

Once you’ve cleansed and established moisture, you’ll want to use gel to lock it in.

The key tip to using gel is to always apply on wet hair and let it dry completely before you scrunch out the crunch.

Gel ranges from light, medium, to stronghold and, as always, your curl type will determine what type of gel is best for you. Read here to find tons of tips on how to apply gel to curly hair.


In Conclusion:

Though product choice matters, the most important part of the curly girl method is testing different application techniques and finding out what works for your specific curls.


I recommend spending the first 30 days on your curly girl journey testing different products and techniques and keeping a detailed journal so you can learn exactly what works for your curls.

Then make an informed purchase with confidence when you are ready.

Don’t forget to download and print your curly girl cheat sheet here.

Xoxo

Colleen

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8 thoughts on “What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget”

  1. Thank you SO much for all of this awesome info!!!! I’m just starting this journey and stumbled on you, what a life saver!!! Wondering where I can find these “two lists” that you mentioned you have posted?
    This:
    “ I broke this down into two lists for you.
    The first is a super limited list for the person wanting to start curly girl method asap with as little products as possible.

    The second list is kind of an ideal (yet still basic) Culy Girl Must Hav’s that you can work your way up to.”

    THANK YOU AGAIN for helping me save my curls:)!!!!

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  2. The link for your preferred clarifying shampoo seems to be broken. I’m curious to see what it is, really wanting to get started on getting more curl from my waves!

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  3. I’ve been reading up on the curly girl method and how to transform my waves into curls, but I hate having gel in my hair and was wondering if I could substitute that for a mousse specific for curls?

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