Natural Hair: My Method for the Curly Girl Method
I started the curly girl method because I was searching for a simpler way to do my hair. With the curly girl method, I am able to style my hair twice as fast and my hair is moisturized more than it's ever been. My hair feels soft, it looks shiny and it is predictable.
The Creator and Her Misson
The curly girl method is a hair styling method that was specifically designed to help curly girl’s work with their curls instead of against them. It was created by Lorraine Massey, a fellow curly girl herself.
This is a method where you get rid of shampoo, and use conditioner as your cleansing aid. To use conditioner to cleanse your hair, you would have to use a silicone free conditioner and silicone free styling products. If you absolutely have to use shampoo, it is important that you use a sulfate free shampoo because shampoos with sulfates are extremely damaging to the hair. They dry the hair out and strip it of its natural moisture.
Conditioners and products with silicone are also no no’s because they coat the hair causing build up, which will prevent moisture from getting inside the hair.
If you want to start the curly girl method, I recommend you read Lorraine Massey’s book and also purchase the Deva Curly hair care products which were also created by Lorraine Massey. Her products are everything you need to start the curly girl method.
My Old Regimen, Before the Curly Girl Method
Previously in my hair journey, I would wash and condition my hair once a week, and then I would braid it or twist it in preparation for a braid out or twist out every day.
My hair would turn out great one day and then be horrible the next!
Also, because I would re-braid my hair every night, this caused my hair to be dry and brittle from manipulating it too much.
I later found out that my hair is highly porous and this cause my hair to loss moisture immediately. This is another reason I turned to the curly girl method.
I get to wet my hair everyday and I can tell my hair really appreciates the moisture!
Protective styling is supposed to be for low manipulation and I was doing the opposite. This was a cycle every week.
I thought protective styling was for me but because of the porosity, I can’t get the styles to work for my hair. I have now found something that works for me and I’m sticking with it.
I will not give up on protective styles just yet. I am constantly experimenting with styles that look flattering for me. You'll see more hubs about that in the future! =)
Now Back to the Curly Girl Method...
Starting the Curly Girl Method
When I first started the curly girl method, I remember being so disappointed because this method requires wash and go’s. Whenever I do a wash n go, my hair likes to shrink up as much as it can. I used to avoid them at all costs.
I get about 70% shrinkage, so with a wash and go, even though my hair is about bra strap length, it still looks like it doesn’t even touch my shoulders.
For whatever reason, I just didn't think that this short shrunken hair looked right on me! It would turn into this mushroom shape, that I felt looked heavy.
(Maybe I just needed a hair cut for a better shape?)
Regardless, I didn't like it!
My hair is 3c-4a, and very coily. It's also not very dense, which means I don't have a lot of it. This creates the perfect condition for.....shrinkage!
Now, I have come to terms with it...
And This is what I do...
- Wash my hair with Conditioner/or Sulphate free shampoo
- Detangle with Conditioner and fingers (or carefully with a denman brush)
- Rinse with Cold Water
- Apply Conditioner for hold and styling
(If you don't like to feel the cold water on your body after a nice hot shower. Just hop out of the shower while the water is still on, and lean just your head in. This makes it much more pleasant. You could even use a large kitchen sink.)
After I’m done in the shower, I get out and apply my conditioner all over my hair Smoothing downward and clumping the curls. Then I’m done! It’s that simple and that easy for me. And now, I don't mind the shrinkage.
Some of us mind the shrinkage and some of us don't .
For those of you who can't stand the shrinkage, there are options for you!
Diffuse and Stretch Your Hair with a Blow Dryer
I like to allow my hair to dry 60% of the way before I start with the blow dryer. This is because I feel it allows my hair to set better, therefore decreasing the amount of frizz.
I start with my diffuser attachment and blow dry my hair 100% dry. I make sure my hair is completely dry before I start with my actual stretching because it will prevent it from shrinking back.
For stretching, I attach my concentrator attachment and pull my hair at the ends. I run the blow dryer down the length of my hair and stretch it to the desired length.
Weigh Your Hair Down With Clips
This is a weird method I just started doing. It's just simply taking hair clips and placing them on the ends of your hair.
It takes more time than defusing but it also causes much less frizz. I also don't think many of you would want to leave the house with the clips still attached but here's what it looks like...
Choose Your Favorite!
Which Stretching Method Would You Use?
The Products I Use
Just a heads up, Lorraine Massey’s product line is pretty expensive, but the great thing about this method is the fact that you can use any products that fit the criteria of: no silicones and no sulfates. The products I use and love are Vo5 conditioners and Eco Styler gel.
That’s it! Simple, right?
These products are also cheap and that’s another reason I love them. They make styling my hair quick and easy. It’s also fun because now I have more time to experiment with my hair styles.
MahoganyCurls is Great at Explaining the Curly Girl Method
Will it Work for You?
Unfortunately, the curly girl method won’t work for everyone. Just try it and see how it goes. You may have to modify it to fit your needs.
If you find that a conditioner only regimen is not the best for you, it’s ok. Just keep experimenting with different products to see what works for you.
My mom tried the curly girl method but she doesn’t like it because she has to wear hats at work. Her hair just ends up matted to her head by the time she leaves.She prefers styles such as, twists and braids rather than a wash and go.
If you can’t do wash and go’s daily or every other day, try washing your hair in the evening, twisting it or braiding it while it’s still wet, and then take it down them the morning for a nice braid out or twist out. You don’t have to do wash and go’s in order for the curly girl method to work for you.
If you use the curly girl method, how does it work for you and do you like it?
Thanks for reading!