I read and hear all kinds of things about the Curly Girl Method, how great it is, and there I am with my straight hair. I want to participate too! And you know what … why not? Why should the Curly Girl Method only work for strokes or curls? So stubborn as I am I just tried the Curly Girl Method on my own hair. This is the result!
Curly Girl Method
But first … for everyone who scratches my head when I say Curly Girl Method … The CGM is a hair care method especially for curly, frizzy hair or blown hair and was conceived by a hairdresser and curly hair Lorraine Massey. She described this method in her book ” Curly Girl: The Handbook.” Unfortunately not yet available in Dutch, but the English version is still available in the Netherlands.
By the way, there is much more very useful and interesting information in the book, so if you have curls or strokes I would definitely recommend reading the book.
The 3 steps:
There are many different types of curls, with different types of wishes. The CGM is therefore not exactly the same for every curl type, but that is mainly in the details. The 3 steps can be used fairly generally: Washing, Conditioner and Styling.
Step 1: Washing
– Make a bowl
Take a shower and make sure the water does not stretch your hair. You can form a bowl with your hands, let your hair rest in it and then bring it towards your scalp (against your neck).
You can also put your hair in a hairnet, this lets the water through and you can still do well to wash your hair.
– Apply shampoo or conditioner
Apply a little SLS-free shampoo or natural (silicone-free) conditioner – if you wash with conditioner go for a somewhat ‘lighter’ conditioner with less oil – at the tips of one hand, the other hand supports your hair if you don’t have a hairnet used.
– Massage in shampoo or conditioner
Massage the shampoo or conditioner onto your scalp with circular movements. Start by sleeping, continue your way up towards your crown and finally go down towards your neck.
Let the water flow through your hair. The dirt, dead skin cells and sebum that you have loosened with the massage and with the shampoo now wash away. Hold your hair in the bowl that you have formed with your hand and squeeze upwards until you hear a sort of squeaking noise.
Step 2: Conditioner
– Apply conditioner
Take an appropriate amount of natural conditioner in your palm and apply it from the middle part (from your ears) of your hair to the tips. Or if you like this over your entire hair.
Note that if you have oily hair or very fine hair, conditioner at the hair onset can make your hair limp and quicker.
– Apply extra conditioner in the neck
Apply a little extra conditioner to the hair in your neck. This piece of hair is often thinner, more fragile and sensitive to tangles and knots. It could use some extra love.
– Combing with your fingers
Comb your fingers through your hair to get rid of tangles and loose hair. Always start at the dots and comb your hair from below (so you stick your fingers from below through your hair upwards).
Take a little distance from the showerhead. Make a bowl of your 2 hands and keep it under the water. Splash the water over your hair, do this a few times. This ensures that you do not wash too much of the conditioner from the outer layer of your hair. The outer layer is often the driest. This can help to reduce fluff.
You can of course also rinse the conditioner completely out of your hair. Let this depend on the needs of your hair. If it is well hydrated, quickly greasy or very fine, it may be better to rinse the conditioner a little more out of your hair. If you want to rinse it more extensively, drop the shower spray over your hair, you don’t have to use your hands. You can use your hands to keep your hair in a bowl so that the jet does not stretch your curls.
Step 3: Styling
– Remove excess water
Get out of the shower and bend your head. Take a microfiber towel, paper towel or an old cotton T-shirt and grab your hair loosely. Bring the hair towards your scalp and squeeze very gently to remove the excess water from your hair and stimulate your curl texture. You call this screaming. Repeat this until you have done your entire hair.
If you want fuller curls you can do this until your hair no longer drips. If you want to give your curls a little more weight, leave some water in it.
– Apply gel
With your head still bent forward, you let your curls hang loose. Put an appropriate amount of gel on your palm and divide it between your two hands. Now grab the hair form below and bring it towards your scalp while gently squeezing. – There is the screaming again – When you get upstairs, let go. Do this for your entire hair so that you pick up all the curls.
– Shake it
Now calmly raise your head again. Look at the ceiling and shake your hair. This way the hair falls back into its natural position.
If you want, you can brush some extra gel over the top layer of your hair.
– (Allow to dry)
You can then choose to clip your curls and let them dry in the air. You can also simply let them air dry separately.
If you have limited time, you can use a diffuser, but put your hairdryer on the cold setting. When using a diffuser, lie down on the floor and spread your hair above your head. Then hairdryer. This ensures that gravity has no grip on your hair while blow-drying.
– Allow the gel to harden (and scrunch)
The gel that you have applied to your hair will harden. This is an important part of the process, and that’s why it’s so important not to touch your hair when it dries.
You can leave your hair like this, but you can also break open the gel layer. You do this by bending your head forward or to the side and screaming your hair. If it rains, it is nice to leave the gel layer intact, then you will prevent lint.
And then the moment we have all been waiting for. * drum roll * Do I have curls or no curls after doing this method?
I was quite surprised, I was able to get quite a bit of extra blow to my hair. And it made me doubt about my hair texture for a while. – Am I naturally not more upset than I thought? – But after trying several times I didn’t get the same result as the first time. My hair even deteriorated.
If I have learned anything from this method, you should work with your hair texture. If you have straight hair, don’t work against your hair, especially when it’s wet. I myself started to dry my hair differently with this method. Not the recommended screaming, nor the old familiar patting down what I always did. I now shake it well from the hair roots and let a T-shirt hang loosely around my hair until the worst water has disappeared from my hair.