While the success of the Curly Girl Method (CGM) is pretty undisputed, it can be daunting to get started. Fortunately, it's actually quite easy to accomplish! Before you feel overwhelmed, try these easy tips to using the Curly Girl Method. If you're already a CGM pro, make sure to let us know what you'd tell other curly girls getting started on this journey.
Before getting started, give your curls one final wash with a sulfate shampoo. This will strip away build up left by previous products, so your curls will be a clean slate. Additionally, now is a good time to go through your products and get rid of any containing sulfates, parabans, artificial colors and ingredients. Tuck away your heat tools, so you won't be tempted to whip out that flat iron.
Change your routine:
Instead of going to your usual wash your curls every day routine, you're going to make some switches. Now, you'll most likely be using a gentler cowash to cleanse your curls. Additionally, you'll be incorporating deep conditioning into your routine regularly, and using CGM approved products. Therefore, you'll want to make sure you're scheduling time for a successful wash day routine so you don't feel rushed throughout the process.
When you're styling your curls, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn it's going to be easier than you may have thought. The Curly Girl Method encourages less contact with your hair in order to help maintain your natural curl shape. Therefore, you'll want to make sure you've got your products ready to go in a way that works for you. Usually, a good leave in conditioner, styling product, and gel are good products to start with.