The Complete Curly Girl Method Guide
The Curly Girl Method has been popular the past few years, even here in the Philippines, but what exactly does it mean? We know the term seems daunting and complicated. But the more you learn about it, and the more you understand your hair, the easier it becomes.
For starters, the Curly Girl Method is a hair care method developed by Lorraine Massey in her book Curly Girl: The Handbook. CGM is meant for natural wavy, curly, and coily hair.
Since these types of textured hair are more prone to frizz and dryness than straight hair does, proper care also differs.
How to follow CGM?
There are three main steps in the CGM routine, namely: cleansing, hydration/conditioning, and styling.
These steps vary on frequency, order, and methods depending on your hair type. If you still don’t know your curl type, try our quiz here.
If you are just starting with CGM, you may also want to do a final wash. Use a silicone-free and sulfate-free shampoo to get rid of the product build up on your hair before you start with CGM. Some people also use a dishwashing liquid for their final wash and that’s fine too!
Washing hair every day is not recommended as it strips off the hair’s natural oil, causing even more dryness. Avoid traditional shampoos that contain sulfates, silicones, and drying alcohol.
To cleanse, you have three options: low poo, no poo, and co-wash.
Low poo is using a sulfate-free shampoo while co-washing is using a cleansing conditioner to wash hair as an alternative to shampoo. The least popular type, the no poo method, is completely getting rid of shampoo in exchange of mostly baking soda. How you choose what cleansing method to use depends on your hair type and what works for you.
Since curls tend to be drier, hydration is still a must even if you co-wash. For this step, you can use three types of products: conditioner, deep conditioner, and/or leave-in conditioner. You don’t need to use all three at the same time but make sure to use at least one in your routine.
For deep conditioner, try our Avocado and Tea Tree Protein-Free Deep Conditioner
- DRYING AND STYLING
There are many different ways to dry and style hair, but the simplest way is to blot dry by wrapping hair in a cotton shirt or a microfiber towel. After, you can either air dry or use a diffuser.
Then, apply a styling gel to your ends, scrunch, and work up towards the scalp to make your curls more defined.
To avoid getting that crunchy hair that gels usually cause, you can do the SOTC method or “Scrunch out the Crunch.” Once your hair is completely dried, massage your scalp with your fingertips and scrunch through all your curls to remove the gel cast and soften your hair.
Extra Steps: How to maintain hair in between wash days?
In between wash days, your hair is still prone to frizz, especially in our hot and humid weather, and curls may also start losing definition. To avoid this, you can do these extra steps:
- Refresh your curls by using spray bottles to dampen your hair with water and Leave-In conditioner
- Use silk or satin material on your curls to avoid frizz. Satin head caps or silk pillows are recommended when you sleep so your curls won’t get frizzy in the morning.
What to avoid?
- Sulfates, Non-Soluble Silicones, and Drying Alcohol
- Styling tools that use heat
- Using regular towel to dry hair
- Using regular brush
Lorraine’s The Curly Girl Method is a guide on how to care for your textured hair, but remember that each hair is unique. Don’t give up if the process feels confusing or doesn’t work for you. Don’t be scared to try things differently. Trust us, the journey is worth it!