1- Less is More
If you’ve decided you want to give the Curly Girl Method a try, you will most likely need to replace your current hair products for approved ones.
Although it might be tempting to get a complete step routine, start with a few products while you’re figuring out what works best for your hair.
Trying travel sized products can be a good option without investing in the full product when you don’t really know yet if it will work for your hair.
2- Go Big on the Conditioner
Curly hair is naturally drier so moisturizing it is very important. You might feel your hair is quite dry, therefore your will need A LOT of conditioner.
Deep conditioning treatments are also very helpful when done regularly. If you can apply mild heat, your hair cuticle opens allowing the deep conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft and provide nourishment from the inside out. This results in healthier and moisturized curls.
3- Ease into the transition with a Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Sulfate-free shampoos can be an excellent option if you’re worried about having an extra oily transition to co-wash (=washing your hair with conditioner only).
Changing from shampoos with harsh sulfates to shampoos without those, will already make a difference as it is much gentler with your hair.
4- Clarifying is important
Even Curly Girl Approved products will buildup in your hair over time and sulfate free shampoo alone may not be enough to get rid of them.
If your hair is flaking, lifeless, dry (almost straw-like), or feels dirty after washing, then you probably need to clarify.
5 – Check product compatibility
Two great websites to check ingredients’ compatibility with the Curly Girl Method are the following :
You can also join support groups on Facebook, Youtube, etc and also stay tuned on our blog and social media accounts for more tips.
6- Silk or Satin pillowcases
Since we move our heads during sleep, we can invest in a sleeping bonnet or a pillowcase that won’t tangle hair as much as a regular cotton pillowcase.
Both silk or satin pillowcases or bonnet will help reducing frizz, keeping moisture locked in and preserving protective hair styles.
7- Avoid brushing
Sure, everyone needs to detangle their hair, and you are no different.
But if you brush it while it’s dry, you just setting yourself up for a puffy, frizzy hair.
This one of the “don’ts” of the Curly Girl Method, brushing your hair dry should be avoided at all costs.
8- Replace your generic cloth towel
Gently scrunch your hair with a t-shirt or a micro-fiber towel to remove excess moisture, as a generic cloth towel will make your hair frizzy.
Cotton t-shirts and microfiber towels will soak up excess moisture without causing frizz or disrupting the cuticle of your curls.
9- Give your hair the time to adjust
We are sure you’ve seen a lot of inspiring stories of people who seem to see results almost immediately but do not be discouraged if that is the case for you.
You are changing products, routine and learning how to take care of your hair and what styling methods your prefer, therefore make sure to give your hair also time to adjust.
10- Try new products
Every hair is different, so if you’re not 100% happy with the results on your hair, don’t be afraid to try new products.
Also, as your hair gets healthier, you will notice some changes and might need to adapt your routine as well.