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What you need to know about the Curly Girl Method

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Even though this method has been around for awhile now, some people are still learning about it. However, it can sometimes feel a bit daunting to curly newbies, especially if you're in the process of transitioning from treated hair to natural curls. For beginners, the Curly Girl Method (CGM) an be a bit overwhelming at times, as there's a lot of information to absorb. Fortunately, we've got you covered with what you need to know about the Curly Girl Method. Read on to find out more.

What it's all about:

According to growinggirlswithcurls.com, “The purpose of the curly girl method is to stay away from hair products that may strip your hair of its natural oils, causing frizz and breakage.” While there is some debate about what exactly the products are that this entails, there are some specific ingredients the creators of the method recommend curly girls avoid. These ingredients include:

  • Sulfates
  • Artifical fragrances and perfumes
  • Silicones
  • Certain Alcohols
  • Waxes
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates

Even though this might make it feel impossible to find products that fit these strict standards and will still work for your curls, there are actually tons of brands that adhere to these standards. Focus on finding natural, organic products. You particularly want to avoid sulfates, parabens, and silicones, as these products can dry your curls out significantly.

Additionally, the CGM recommends avoiding or significantly limiting heat use on your strands, combs, and brushes. The theory behind this is that heat damages your curls by stripping away moisture, which can ultimately result in dry, frizzy hair. Combs and brushes can disrupt your curl's natural pattern, making it harder for you to see and understand your natural texture. Therefore, touching your curls in a way that will make it so you disrupt your natural strands should be avoided.

If you're just starting your journey with the CGM, one of the best things you can do is grab yourself a copy of the book. In it you'll find all the resources, guides, and information you need to give the method a try, and to do it correctly. While there's a ton of information out there on the internet, it's often been diluted or swapped out for the writer's experience, so to fully form your own opinion, you might want to go back to the source.

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