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What to know before starting the Curly Girl Method

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Odds are, if you have curly hair you've probably heard about the Curly Girl Method. This well-known and widely used method was designed by a curly girl, in order to help other curlies get the most out of their natural strands. However, sometimes the work that goes into getting started on the method can deter curly girls from making the commitment. If you're on the fence, here's one curly girl's perspective on what to know before starting the Curly Girl Method.

The transition isn't always hard:

Some people worry about how their curls are going to transition when starting the method, but it doesn't always have to be hard. While some people report rough transitions, it's certainly not that way for everyone. While it can take some time for your curls to adjust, it's far more likely your strands will do well with the change.

There's a lot of different information online:

When you want to get started on a new routine or regimen, the best place to go is the original source. While there's a ton of helpful information online, it's also sometimes diluted, changed, or added to as others have worked through their own process of using the Curly Girl Method. Therefore, it's important to grab the handbook written by the creator herself, so you can fully understand what to do before getting started. It's called The Curly Girl Handbook, by Lorraine Massey. You can find it wherever books are sold.

Take your time:

Finally, it's ok if it takes you some time to commit to the method, to try various parts of it out, or even if you change your mind midway through. One of the great things about the CGM is that it doesn't require you to commit to anything permanent, and you might find once you get into it that it isn't for you. Perhaps it doesn't work for your curls how you'd like it to, or maybe you don't feel you have the time to devote to following it exclusively. Either way, take your time to get to know the method, and work through it in a way that feels comfortable and achievable for you.

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