For many years I’ve struggled with my curly hair. Frizz has always been a problem, no matter how many products I’ve tried, both cheap and expensive. I’ve always envied girls with straight hair that always looks really nice while I’ve constantly battled to make mine look half decent. Trips to the hairdresser have always been stressful, unless it’s to get a blow dry. And even then my hair only lasts about half a day straight, or I’m left looking like an 80s rockstar with super big hair. Isn’t it amazing how few hairdressers know how to deal with curly hair?
Then one day a couple of months ago, I came across the curly girl method online and it was a bit of a revelation. The Curly Girl method is based on a book of the same name written by Lorraine Massey
In a way it’s quite an easy method to follow, you just need to learn to check product labels to make sure the products you are using are CG friendly. The basis of the method is very simple, get rid of silicons, sulfates and drying alcohols and your hair will be moisturised and looking super healthy. Silicone ingredients end in -cone, -conol or -xane. For example: dimethicone, dimethiconol, and cyclopentasiloxane. None of these are water soluble so they can not be used in the curly girl method. However if a silicone ingredient is prefaced with PPG or with PEG it is water soluble and therefore CG friendly. For example PEG-8 Dimethicone is ok.
I have put together an infographic pointing out how to follow the method step by step.
In the curly girl method shampoo is only used for the final wash, see step 1 above. After that, you only wash your hair using conditioner. Like with any other method, it’s all a bit trial and error, and about finding the products that work for your hair. Amazingly a lot of the cheaper conditioners and styling products out there are silicon free so you won’t necessarily spend a fortune if you decide to follow it. These three products here have worked wonders for me the past couple of months. John Frieda Curl Reviver, OGX Defining Cream [EDIT: Since writing this post I’ve found out OGX Defining Cream is not curly girl approved] & Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. The Shea Moisture conditioner is a bit on the expensive side but a little bit goes a long way. With winter round the corner it will be interesting to see if my frizz stays away or if I need to try new products.
I’ve been following the curly girl method since early August and even though I’m not following it strictly – I’m still using shampoo – I’ve seen an amazing transformation in my hair. Apparently, it can take months before you see improvement, so you really need to persevere. This is my hair about 8 weeks in, you can see that my curls are really defined and that I hardly have any frizz.
After forty off years I’m finally embracing my curls and I’m starting to love my hair a bit. I even had a stranger come up to me and say they loved my hair!