Curly Girl Method, An Ongoing Guide

When starting out your curly hair journey, it’s important to understand that there are many methodologies and schools of thought behind how to care for naturally wavy, curly and coily hair. You may have heard of the term called “Curly Girl Method” or “CG Method”. Here’s what the Curly Girl Method is about and how to decide if it’s right for you:

CURLY GIRL: THE HANDBOOK BY LORRAINE MASSEY

There are multiple editions of the book and with an updated version slated to come out on in the near future. We highly recommend reading a copy (there’s a digital version available) before believing what you read on the internet.

HOW TO DECIDE IF IT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

  • Are you willing to give up products that contain silicones, sulfates and parabens?
    • It’s tempting to put our dollars on products created by our favorite brands or that have pretty packaging, but none of these factors guarantee that your curly hair products are created with natural or organic ingredients.

  • Are you willing to give up heat styling tools for a while?
    • Avoiding heat styling tools is a recommendation that’s most important while transitioning your curls back to its natural happy state because it will help make it a smoother process. Once your hair has successfully transitioned, celebrate and have fun with wearing your hair however you want!

  • Are you willing to put up with days of unpredictability?
    • We’ll be honest with you. Transitioning hair back to a healthy state WILL take time and is an investment. You have to be 100% committed to your curls and see it through (which is why we created the Commit To Your Curls Club). There will be days when your wash day experiments will fail. A routine that worked amazing one day may not work the next time around. Your best hair days will probably be when you have nowhere to go without an audience. Curly hair is part science and part luck. But we can tell you that this will all be worth it.

THINGS TO AVOID BASED ON CG METHOD

  • Scalp cleansers that contain sulfates or other harsh ingredients. Most people would say to avoid shampoos altogether, however in recent times, many companies have reformulated their products to accommodate these preferences and still title their products as “shampoo” on the packaging. Look for labels that specifically say “sulfate-free” or “no sulfates”.
  • Try to refrain from heat styling tools such as curling irons and hair straighteners.
  • Other ingredients to avoid: sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate), non-water soluble silicones and harsh alcohols.

There’s no right or wrong way to care for your curls so if something works for you and is helping your curls stay healthy and happy, stick to your routine! Modifying your routine to meet your personal goals and needs are an essential part of your journey. So are you ready to Commit To Your Curls?

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