When it comes to taking care of curls, there is a lot of information out there. Some things work better than others and each curls are unique. However, some methods have been tried, tested, and are used by curlies everywhere. The Curly Girl Method is one of them. Developed by Lorraine Massey, this method is just for girls with curls.
What is it?
The Curly Girl Method is a curl care routine that's designed specifically for curly hair. It breaks down the process of taking care of curls into an easy to follow routine.
Tip One: No Sulfates:
Shampoos that aren't designed for curly hair often contain harsh ingredients, such as sulfates. Sulfates are what creates the thick lather most of us are used to. However, sulfates are not necessary to get clean curls, and can in fact cause more harm than good. When cleansing your curls, opt for a cowash or a gentle, sulfate free shampoo.
Tip Two: No Silicones:
Silicones, sulfates, and parabens are on the do not use list when it comes to curl care. Silicones will coat your curls, which prevents moisture from penetrating the shaft. They can often only be removed with sulfates, which then strips your curls of natural moisture.
Tip Three: Add Moisture:
Curly hair is dry hair and therefore needs extra TLC when it comes to hydration. After you've cleansed and conditioned your curls, make sure you apply a good quality leave in conditioner throughout your hair. You should apply this product to thoroughly saturated hair.
Shampoo less; try to limit it to once a week.
Cleanse your curls using a conditioner, which is also known as cowashing.
Use a t-shirt or microfiber towel to dry your curls instead of rubbing your hair dry with a terry cloth towel.
Use a diffuser to dry your curls quickly and evenly.
Keep your use of heat tools to a minimum to protect your strands.