Hi. I have a confession. I am not a curly girl (although I wish I was). *GASPS*
But after writing several articles on the curly girl method, I was intrigued.
Really, at the end of the day, this amazing haircare trend is about maximising moisture and reducing damage.
As one who suffers from the perils of dry hair, I thought that perhaps I aught to try it out.
Firstly, a little revision.
What is the “curly girl method”?
Simply put, it is a set of guidelines for the lucky ones with curly or wavy hair, involving using specific products (see: Clever Curl) and techniques to enhance and define curls, while minimising frizz and damage.
The curly girl method, step by step:
- Switching out your traditional shampoo, which can strip natural oils from the hair and cause frizz, in favour of a sulfate-free, "no-poo" alternative such as a co-wash or a gentle cleansing conditioner.
- “Roping” or scrunching the product into the hair, rather than wringing or scraping it, same goes for rinsing the hair, and drying it.
- Using Clever Curl’s leave-in conditioner or styling product that is specifically formulated for curly hair and contains natural ingredients.
- Scrunching or plopping the hair to enhance curls and reduce frizz.
- Air-drying or diffusing the hair, instead of using heat tools such as a hair dryer or straightener.
- Avoiding heavy oils, silicones, and other ingredients that can weigh down curls and cause build-up.
Ok so now that we have that out of the way, want to know the results?
Dude, seriously, my hair has never been in better condition.
It is shiny and hydrated, with minimal damage and split ends.
So while the curly girl method is obviously a must for the curly gals and guys and non-binary folk out there, I would also suggest those who struggle with locking in the moisture might also get a lil something out of it, curly or not.