Looking for a way to bring your curls to life & make your natural hair really pop? If so, Consider using the Curly Girl Method!
The Curly Girl Method (CGM) is a hair washing and styling technique created to maintain healthy, naturally curly hair without the use of drying & damaging ingredients & harsh heat styling techniques that can destroy your curl pattern.
Not only is this method a great way to care for your hair to bring out your natural curls, but it’s also a lifestyle change to become a cleaner version of yourself. The CGM is a journey that takes lots of patience and perseverance to stick with it through the bad wash days and products you may try that fail. Think of the Curly Girl Method as a set of do’s and don'ts of ingredients to avoid in order to enhance and encourage the natural curl pattern in your hair.
It all starts with the hair products you’re using and making sure you're avoiding ingredients that are damaging or drying for your hair such as:
Sulfates should be avoided due to the fact that they strip hair of all its natural oil (sebum) which leaves your hair feeling crunchy, dry, and fried. Dry hair is weak and often leads to breakage which makes it even more difficult to retain length.
Some examples of sulfates you avoid are (but not limited to):
Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate
Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate
Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
Sodium Laureth, Myreth, or Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Laureth or Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate
Silicones are often used in products because they provide great slip which makes it easy to detangle and manage kinky curly hair. They also coat the hair in a thin film to calm down frizz. With continuous use of products containing silicone, your hair strands will eventually be sealed by the film which will block out important nutrients and water. This May cause hair loss plus slow hair growth.
Some examples of silicones to avoid are (but not limited to) :
• Aminopropyl triethoxysilane
• Behenoxy Dimethicone Cetearyl methicone
• Bis-Amino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone
• Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone
• Bis-Cetearyl Amodimethicone
• Bis-isobutyl Peg/Ppg-20/35/Amodimethicone Copolymer
• Bis-Phenylpropyl Dimethicone
• Bis-Hydroxy/Methoxy Amodimethicone
• Cetyl Dimethicone
• Cetyl PEG/PPG-15/15 Butyl Ether Dimethicone
Parabens are effective, cheap preservatives that are naturally found in plants. Even though they prevent harmful mold and bacteria from growing in products, they pose a health risk as they have been found in breast cancer tissue.
The most common parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben and isobutylparaben.
Other things you should avoid as you embark on your curly girl hair journey includes:
Flat irons, blow dryers, hot combs, and other heat styling tools
Hair brushes and combs (slowly transition to finger detangling)
Products containing DRYING alcohol ( SD Alcohol 40, Ethanol Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Propyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol, Propanol Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol)
hair dyes, perms, relaxers, and any other chemically damaging hair treatments.
Below is a simple haircare regimen you can follow that are within the rules & limitations of the Curly Girl Method.
Step 1: Cleanse or Co-Wash
A co-wash is a cleansing conditioner that gently cleanses while moisturizes the hair. Should you choose to use a shampoo, make sure it is CG approved and free from the ingredients listed above.
Recommendation: JayOrganix Shea + Honey Hair Wash
Step 2: Condition
Use a conditioner (preferably deep conditioner) to detangle your hair with. Check to make sure that there are no silicones in your conditioner.
Recommendation: JayOrganix Shea + Honey Replenish & Restore Deep Conditioner
Step 3: Style
Use an all-natural leave in and styling creme or gel to style your hair right after finding out your conditioner.
Recommendations: JayOrganix Shea + Honey Leave-in Conditioning Milk and Shea + Honey Moisture Butter
Step 4: Dry
It’s always best to let your hair air-dry whenever possible. Try your best to stay away from heat or at least use a diffuser if you need to blow dry.
Most importantly, give your hair time to adjust to this new hair routine. It takes a few weeks for your hair to adjust to the switch from shampooing to co-washing. After years of stripping your hair of it’s moisture, watch your hair flourish after giving the Curly Girl Method a try.