YOUR CURLY INSPIRATION: TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL CURLS & REVIEWS OF HAIR PRODUCTS
Bring your curls, waves or coils to life. Find the latest tips & reviews from curly, wavy and coily men and women. The Curly Girl Method was created for everyone who wants to embrace their natural hair texture. Do you want to know what your curl type is? Wondering what the Curly Girl Method is? Which products are most suitable for your hair type? And much more? We will help you love to fall in love with your own beautiful curls again!
TOP 20 questions about curls & THE CURLY GIRL METHOD
The Curly Girl Method is a hair routine to take care of curly hair as naturally as possible. The method is based the following basic principles: cut out harmful ingredients (as example: sulfates) and products (as example: dryers and brushes), learn your curl and hair type and embrace new habits such as drying your curls with a cotton T-shirt in instead of a towel. The Curly girl Method was invented by Lorraine Massey and described in her now famous book ‘Curly Girl: The Handbook ‘.
We are happy to explain this to you in detail via our Curly Girl Method step-by-step plan. Summarized, you start with a final wash, where you remove the build-up of silicone on your hair and scalp. This is also the last time you use a shampoo that contains sulfates. Then you determine your curl and hair type, so you can determine what your hair’s needs. From that moment on, you only wash, care for and style your curls with CG proof products and techniques.
The Curly Girl Method is just as applicable to men’s hair as it’s to women’s hair. It’s certainly not girly to take good care of your hair as a man (unless that’s your thing – then it’s cool). We love men and boys who embrace their natural curls. We didn’t come up with the name of the method, guys… All hair care tips on our website are also 100% applicable to men’s hair.
Simplified, the Curly Girl routine is as follows (for the extended version you can read our blog Curly Girl step-by-step plan): remove your curls from the burdock, co-wash, care with a deep conditioner, style with your favorite products and, finally, dry your curls. Depending on your hair type, repeat this routine a few times a week. In between you can refresh your curls.
Do you like to freshen up your curls between your (co)washes? Of course, no problem! Fill a spray bottle with water and a bit of leave-in conditioner for extra hydration, and spray this through your curls. Then apply your styling products, scrunch it into your hair and your curls will look refreshed and like new.
After you start with the Curly Girl Method, how long does it take for your beautiful and healthy curls to appear? That is different for everyone. Yet, count for at least six weeks before you see the real result of your hard work. To reassure you: because your hair will respond well to your new mild products due to the final wash, you will often start seeing differences immediately after your first full CG routine.
Is the Curly Girl Method suitable for coily or kinky hair? Yes of course! Coily hair falls under curl type 4 (coily: coarse), thick hair with spiral-shaped curls that are close together. This type of curl seems robust, but is very fragile and often dries out quickly. Your biggest challenges? The fight against endless tangles and maintaining the moisture level in your curls. Knowing more? Then read our article about the different curl and hair types.
Unfortunately, there is not one simple answer to this question. First, it’s important to properly analyze your hair. Yet, also the products you use for your curls and your lifestyle affect the number of washes required. Fortunately, this also means that you can have some influence on this. Interested in more? We wrote an article on how often to wash your hair.
One of the basic principles of the Curly Girl Method is to eliminate shampoos that contain aggressive cleansers such as sulfates and ingredients such as silicones. We hear you thinking: how should I clean my hair and scalp then? With a co-wash, also called a conditioner-wash. If you want to know exactly how co-washing works and which suitable products you can use, read our blog!
That’s the big secret of the Curly Girl Method! Basically, you treat your hair gently and don’t damage it with blow dryers, chemical treatments, and brushes. This improves your hair and the condition of your scalp and for the lucky few among us, will result in a luscious bunch of curls.
It’s a healthier way of taking care of your hair. You delete hair products that damage your hair or cause build-up. This allows your hair to absorb more moisture and nutrients. This leads to healthier hair and healthier hair is shinier and more beautiful. For some, it even leads to discovering that they actually have wavy or curly hair. So yes, definitely worth a try!
Do you suffer from a dry, itchy or flaky scalp, greasy hair (even after you just used your co-wash), products that suddenly stop working properly or lifeless curls? Then it’s likely your curls could use a clarify. It could be that layers of dirt, oil, product or minerals (such as calcium) have built up on your hair. You can easily remove them by giving your hair a clarifying treatment, which actually is just a CG-proof shampooing treatment. There are even special CG-proof clarifying shampoos for sale.
According to the Curly Girl method, it is better to avoid hair dryers, or actually any styling tools that use heat. Can you really not live without? Do you otherwise get unwise fluffy hair? Do you simply not have time to let your curls air dry? Then try drying your hair with a diffuser! It’s best to use a diffuser as follows: apply your favorite styling product and light up your curls with clips, put your hair dryer on medium or even better on cold, whip your hair: throw your curls forward or to the side, move the diffuser through your hair to blow air at your roots, continue until your curls are about 70-90% dry, scrunch out the (gel) crunch until your hair is dry, shake out your curls.. and that’s it!
We think only one answer is right here: stick with the Curly Girl Method! With patience, good habits and the use of products suitable for your hair, we promise that over time, soft, healthy and vibrant curls will appear. Just look at all your predecessors!
There is no quick cut-off route to healthy and shiny curls. At least, not CG proof. The ingredient that is often added to hair products to make your hair shine is silicone. Silicones leave a layer on your hair that provides the shine. This makes it look like this ingredient nourishes your hair. However, you are better off avoiding silicones because they seal your hair: they leave a film on your hair that will seal your hair. Due to frequent use of products with silicone, these thin layers build up. Ultimately, this build up can lead to dry and brittle hair. Silicones are a no-go. How do you get shine? With the Curly Girl Method, with a little patience and persistence, you will see your curls shine on their own: the sign of healthy and bouncy hair.
If you’ve just washed your curls, squeeze out the excess moisture in a cotton T-shirt. After you’ve applied your styling product, gently wrap your hair back into that same T-shirt and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then you let your curls air dry. How quickly your hair dries depends on the porosity of your hair. If you have hair with low porosity it will take a long time for your curls to dry, while hair with a high porosity dries very quickly.
Not all alcohols are bad for your hair. You also have so-called ‘fatty’ alcohols that feed your hair. You can find them on product packaging under the following names: behenyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol, propylene glycol, stearyl alcohol, isocetyl alcohol, isostearyl alcohol, C30-50 alcohol, lanolin alcohol.
Porosity is about the degree to which your hair can absorb and retain moisture. It’s useful to know how porous your hair is so that you can use the most suitable hair products. You have low, medium and high porosity. Do you want to test which porosity your hair has? We wrote a blog with useful tips and tests!
Deep conditioning is a treatment method for your hair that focuses on nourishing your hair through the use of a good hair mask. Curls are naturally drier, this because the path that the natural oils on your scalp must travel to your hair ends is simply longer than that of straight hair. Therefor, deep conditioning is an essential part of your curly hair routine. Find a selection of fine deep conditioning hair masks with protein here.
As you now know, the Curly Girl Method is, to say the least, not a fan of brushes and combs. As a curly girl you often suffer more from tangles than women with straight hair. After your co-wash, you can try to detangle your wet hair by gently going through it with your fingers (otherwise you will experience hair loss). Isn’t that enough for you? Then consider purchasing a Denman Brush. Knowing more? We wrote a blog about the different types of Denman Brushes.