Curly Girl Method- For Normal to Thick Natural Hair
What is the Curly Girl Method?
The Curly Girl method is a way of styling curly hair with low manipulation and no sulfates or silicons. Sulfates are the ingredient in shampoo that make your hair feel squeaky clean. Sulfates lead to dry limp curls which eventually cause breakage. In order to eliminate sulfates while still getting a clean scalp, you need to throw out the silicons. Silicons are often found in curly hair stylers to reduce frizz and increase shine. These silicons cause buildup that can only be removed by the use of sulfates. So if you take away silicons, there’s no need for sulfates. Simple right.
How do I Wash my Hair!?!
You co-wash!!!! This is the act of cleansing your scalp and hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo.You simply take the conditioner on your palms and fingertips and massage your scalp like you would with a traditional shampoo. This can be done with special co-washing conditioners. Cleansing conditioners can cost a pretty penny. Luckily you can easily make one at home with a silicone free conditioner and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. The peppermint opens the pores of your scalp and allows the scalp to be easily cleaned. Once a month you should clarify with a mixture of baking soda and water( 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water).
How to Style Hair Using the Curly Girl Method?
WAIT!! No stylers. How can my hair still be...well...presentable? The answers simple, go natural. The easiest way to go is to find stylers with ingredients that you can read. A good 100% natural brand is Shea Moisture. All of their Products have ingredient lists with products that are easily recognized. All natural brands can be hard to find so an alternative is to look for stylers without ingredients that end in ‘cone’.