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The Curly Girl Method - Black Beautique

For those of you that have natural wavy, kinky,coily or curly hair you’ve probably struggled to find a hair care routine to tame your hair. Some of you have probably spent the majority of your lives texturising and straightening your curls into submission.However in order to learn how to care for your hair it will require that you embrace your hair type and texture and reveal your natural curl pattern.

It's a well known fact that curly hair is not as easy to maintain as straight hair given that the conventional hair care advice given for straight hair often doesn’t apply to naturally curly hair and in most cases these common tips such as shampooing and brushing hair regularly can ultimately end up damaging your naturally kinky, coily hair.

For the purpose of this article we’ll be discussing a popular curly hair routine known as the “curly girl method” made popular by Lorraine Massey which will teach you the basics on how to care for your natural curly, kinky, wavy hair as well as providing you with some brilliant product recommendations. So whether you’re a curly hair aficionado or a total beginner to natural hair, this article is for you.

 

What is the Curly Girl Method?

The curly girl method is a philosophy that outlines a set of do’s, don’ts as well as ingredients to avoid and embrace in order to enhance and encourage the natural curl pattern in your hair.

 

Don’ts

Do’s

Don’t over-wash your hair – aim for two or three times a week.

 

Co-wash. Use a cleansing conditioner, or even a CG-approved conditioner rather than a shampoo, to wash your hair. However sulfate free shampoos are okay

 

Don’t use products containing sulfates, namely sodium lauryl sulfate & ammonim laureth sulfate usually found in shampoo’s

 

Use your fingers or a shampoo/scalp brush to gently scrub your scalp to lift any build up, oils or residue.

 

Don’t use non-soluble silicones, typically found in conditioners and styling products

Use natural emollients such as coconut oil and shea (especially for afro hair), and lighter oils such as jojoba, olive and grapeseed (especially for curly hair).

 

Don’t use heat or heating tools as they severely damage the hair. The higher the heat, the greater the damage.

Use proteins such as egg and avocado, silk, wheat and soy proteins.

 

Don’t brush or comb hair as this pulls out the hair’s natural curl pattern.

 

Scrunch products into your hair to encourage curl pattern instead of brushing products through your hair which will pull the curl out.

 

Don’t use towels, they rough up the hair cuticle and cause lots of frizz – no matter how gentle you are.

Use a microfibre towel, a cotton towel like, or a cotton t-shirt instead.

 

Don’t use products that contain drying alcohols because they dry out the hair

Use Moisturisers such as aloe vera and flax seed.

 

Don’t colour your hair. Natural is best for your hair, and it’s the whole ethos behind the curly girl method. Colouring your hair often involves using ingredients that are on the “avoid” list, so it’s not advised.

 

 

 

How to apply the CG Method? 

Step 1: Cleanse or Co-Wash

The first step in the starting the CG Method is cleansing. You’ll replace your sodium lauryl sulfate shampoo routine with one of two options:

You can use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo,   or


You can ditch your regular shampoo for a Co-Wash or mild, low-poo cleanser . Co-washing refers to washing your hair with silicone-free conditioner.

TIP: If you have Wavy hair or are prone to certain scalp conditions, co-washing may not be for you! Instead opt for a gentle cleanser. 

 

Whether you’re shampooing or co washing it’s important to gently massage the products into the entire scalp and hair using fingertips to lift residue, oils and dirt - and remember to rinse the product thoroughly using cold water! 

 

How often should you cleanse?

Depending on your hair type the following routine should be applied:

  • Wavy  - You may use regular shampoo, but only once a week. Always condition before & after using shampoo.
  • Curly  - Co-wash with water and conditioner once a week or every 10 days.
  • Coily  - In between cowash days, wet your hair and go straight to Step 2.

 

Products we recommend:

 

Step 2: Condition

After gently shampooing or co-washing the second step in the CG method involves applying a conditioner. Yes, regardless of whether you’ve co-washed it’s still vital that the conditioning process isn’t skipped.Curly girl friendly conditioners contain moisturizing oils and other natural ingredients, and avoid the use of silicones.

Begin by sectioning hair and apply a CG-friendly conditioner. Remember to be generous with your conditioner, work into hair until it feels "slimy" and then gently detangle with fingers or a detangling tool - NO BRUSHES! We recommend using a wide-toothed comb.

TIP: When rinsing, leave a bit of conditioner in. 

 

Products we recommend:

 

 

Step 3: Style

The third stage in the curly girl method is the application of a styling product such as gel to your wet hair. Make sure that whatever gel you use contains no silicones. At this point, you should aim to avoid combing or brushing the hair in order to not t break up your curl pattern and create frizz. Go for scrunching instead to encourage your natural curl pattern to form. Once you’ve scrunched the excess moisture from your hair, gently scrunch in a styling product using a cotton t-shirt or microfibre towel, then air dry.

TIP: When hair is fully dry "scrunch out the crunch”

 

Products we recommend:

 


There are many products that are CG-friendly, so you are by no means limited to our recommendations,also determining your hair porosity is key to finding what products will and won’t work on your hair therefore a little bit of trial and error goes a long way before you start seeing good results..

 

Have You tied The Curly Girl Method Yet? Let us know how you got on in the comments below

 

The Curly Girl Method - Black Beautique

For those of you that have natural wavy, kinky,coily or curly hair you’ve probably struggled to find a hair care routine to tame your hair. Some of you have probably spent the majority of your lives texturising and straightening your curls into submission.However in order to learn how to care for your hair it will require that you embrace your hair type and texture and reveal your natural curl pattern.

It's a well known fact that curly hair is not as easy to maintain as straight hair given that the conventional hair care advice given for straight hair often doesn’t apply to naturally curly hair and in most cases these common tips such as shampooing and brushing hair regularly can ultimately end up damaging your naturally kinky, coily hair.

For the purpose of this article we’ll be discussing a popular curly hair routine known as the “curly girl method” made popular by Lorraine Massey which will teach you the basics on how to care for your natural curly, kinky, wavy hair as well as providing you with some brilliant product recommendations. So whether you’re a curly hair aficionado or a total beginner to natural hair, this article is for you.

 

What is the Curly Girl Method?

The curly girl method is a philosophy that outlines a set of do’s, don’ts as well as ingredients to avoid and embrace in order to enhance and encourage the natural curl pattern in your hair.

 

Don’ts

Do’s

Don’t over-wash your hair – aim for two or three times a week.

 

Co-wash. Use a cleansing conditioner, or even a CG-approved conditioner rather than a shampoo, to wash your hair. However sulfate free shampoos are okay

 

Don’t use products containing sulfates, namely sodium lauryl sulfate & ammonim laureth sulfate usually found in shampoo’s

 

Use your fingers or a shampoo/scalp brush to gently scrub your scalp to lift any build up, oils or residue.

 

Don’t use non-soluble silicones, typically found in conditioners and styling products

Use natural emollients such as coconut oil and shea (especially for afro hair), and lighter oils such as jojoba, olive and grapeseed (especially for curly hair).

 

Don’t use heat or heating tools as they severely damage the hair. The higher the heat, the greater the damage.

Use proteins such as egg and avocado, silk, wheat and soy proteins.

 

Don’t brush or comb hair as this pulls out the hair’s natural curl pattern.

 

Scrunch products into your hair to encourage curl pattern instead of brushing products through your hair which will pull the curl out.

 

Don’t use towels, they rough up the hair cuticle and cause lots of frizz – no matter how gentle you are.

Use a microfibre towel, a cotton towel like, or a cotton t-shirt instead.

 

Don’t use products that contain drying alcohols because they dry out the hair

Use Moisturisers such as aloe vera and flax seed.

 

Don’t colour your hair. Natural is best for your hair, and it’s the whole ethos behind the curly girl method. Colouring your hair often involves using ingredients that are on the “avoid” list, so it’s not advised.

 

 

 

How to apply the CG Method? 

Step 1: Cleanse or Co-Wash

The first step in the starting the CG Method is cleansing. You’ll replace your sodium lauryl sulfate shampoo routine with one of two options:

You can use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo,   or


You can ditch your regular shampoo for a Co-Wash or mild, low-poo cleanser . Co-washing refers to washing your hair with silicone-free conditioner.

TIP: If you have Wavy hair or are prone to certain scalp conditions, co-washing may not be for you! Instead opt for a gentle cleanser. 

 

Whether you’re shampooing or co washing it’s important to gently massage the products into the entire scalp and hair using fingertips to lift residue, oils and dirt - and remember to rinse the product thoroughly using cold water! 

 

How often should you cleanse?

Depending on your hair type the following routine should be applied:

  • Wavy  - You may use regular shampoo, but only once a week. Always condition before & after using shampoo.
  • Curly  - Co-wash with water and conditioner once a week or every 10 days.
  • Coily  - In between cowash days, wet your hair and go straight to Step 2.

 

Products we recommend:

 

Step 2: Condition

After gently shampooing or co-washing the second step in the CG method involves applying a conditioner. Yes, regardless of whether you’ve co-washed it’s still vital that the conditioning process isn’t skipped.Curly girl friendly conditioners contain moisturizing oils and other natural ingredients, and avoid the use of silicones.

Begin by sectioning hair and apply a CG-friendly conditioner. Remember to be generous with your conditioner, work into hair until it feels "slimy" and then gently detangle with fingers or a detangling tool - NO BRUSHES! We recommend using a wide-toothed comb.

TIP: When rinsing, leave a bit of conditioner in. 

 

Products we recommend:

 

 

Step 3: Style

The third stage in the curly girl method is the application of a styling product such as gel to your wet hair. Make sure that whatever gel you use contains no silicones. At this point, you should aim to avoid combing or brushing the hair in order to not t break up your curl pattern and create frizz. Go for scrunching instead to encourage your natural curl pattern to form. Once you’ve scrunched the excess moisture from your hair, gently scrunch in a styling product using a cotton t-shirt or microfibre towel, then air dry.

TIP: When hair is fully dry "scrunch out the crunch”

 

Products we recommend:

 


There are many products that are CG-friendly, so you are by no means limited to our recommendations,also determining your hair porosity is key to finding what products will and won’t work on your hair therefore a little bit of trial and error goes a long way before you start seeing good results..

 

Have You tied The Curly Girl Method Yet? Let us know how you got on in the comments below

 

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