If you've been wearing your hair curly for awhile now, odds are you've heard about the Curly Girl Method. This method has been around for a bit, and is beloved by many curly girls, with all types of curls. Therefore, we think its a great way to help people get started when it comes to loving and embracing their curls, all while getting the most out of their look. This is the beginner's guide to the Curly Girl Method. Give this method a try, and let us know the results!
Beginner's Guide To The Curly Girl Method
To get started, you need a clean slate. Wash your curls with a clarifying shampoo, or a sulfate-based shampoo. While the CGM rejects anything with sulfates or parabens, in this circumstance it's useful for rinsing away build up. When washing, gently massage your scalp using your finger tips with warm water, so you can begin breaking up build up. Rinse with cool water.
From now on, conditioner is an absolute must after every time you cleanse your curls, whether you use a low poo product or a cowash. Moisture is key for success in the CGM. You can choose to rinse out all the conditioner, or leave some to help with styling. Regardless, make sure you're conditioning from the mid shaft down so you don't end up with a greasy scalp.
Style and dry:
Before getting started, you'll need to give your products a good look-over and make sure they don't contain artificial ingredients. A good rule of thumb for CGM compliant products is that they're generally going to be organic and natural.
Begin by scrunching your curls upwards with a microfiber towel, gently squeezing to remove excess water and help retain your strands' shape. If you didn't leave any conditioner behind, apply a leave in, and then your gel. Make sure to completely cover your strands with thin layers of each product.
After you've added product, scrunch your curls upwards to help your strands retain their natural shape. You can then allow your strands to air dry, or use a diffuser to speed up the process. Either way, try to avoid putting your hands into your strands as much as possible until completely dry, as this will disrupt your curl's pattern. If needed, add a bit of oil throughout your ends to help smooth down your strands and create shine.
That's pretty much it! Make sure to add moisture on your between days, and to start a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Enjoy your gorgeous curls!