My Curly Girl Method Journey

By August 12, 2019 September 5th, 2019 No Comments
If you’ve had any hope of curly or beach wavy hair, you’ve probably heard of the curly girl method. I’m pretty sure I’m late to the program on this, but I heard about it a few weeks ago and decided to try it out. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s essentially a method to help your hair return to its natural curly-ness.
I have naturally curly hair, but I’ve always treated it pretty badly with bleaching it blonde and drying it out from swimming. So, the only hair that got even semi-curly was the hair at the back of my head (because my hair stylist—aka sister—doesn’t bleach that part). I wanted to try and regain that wavy curl to the rest of my lil hairs, so I tried the cg method.
Brushing your hair, drying with normal cotton towels, and using heat (straightening, curling, blow drying) are all things that discourage your hair from being its natural curly/wavy beautiful self. I tried to research this CGM but honestly there’s so much information out there it’s been a big time investment.
What you have to do is find products that are Paraben-Free, Silicone-Free, and Sulfate-Free. Guess what, those things are hard to find and the recommended brand (DevaCurl) is apparently super great (and the only one I’ve found that also doesn’t have alcohol) but I’m not rich enough to invest. So, if you have some extra cash—or just really want to have the best stuff—you should definitely invest in this. If not, I’ll tell you what I used (which has been working for me so far)!
To start, you’ll need shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and defining cream. All of these things need to be paraben, silicone, and sulfate FREE.
Alright, here’s what I got:
Shampoo & Conditioner
Hask Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
Leave-in Conditioner
Hask Argan Oil 5-in-1 Leave In Spray
Defining Cream
Not Your Mother’s Curl Talk Defining Cream *
Garnier Fructis Style Curl Treat Defining Smoothie for Fine to Normal Curly Hair *
*I have fine and thin hair. I bought the first one and it felt a little too heavy for my hair. Then I got the Garnier and it’s been lighter, not weighing down my curls. If you don’t have fine and thin hair, then I think both products will work for you!
Micro-Fiber Anti-Frizz Hair Towel Wrap
Satin Pillowcase (Keep new found curls intact and sleep on a cloud? Sounds like a deal)
How to Execute
Ok, now you’ve got all the stuff you need—without taking out a loan on products—so let me tell you quick how you do it.
  1. Wash hair with shampoo, then rinse.
  2. Apply conditioner, running fingers through hair to get out knots (or use a wide tooth comb)
  3. Rinse conditioner out after doing whatever you do in the shower
  4. With hair still basically sopping wet, start to scrunch excess water from hair
  5. Spray the leave in spray and apply your defining cream (you’re still in the shower hanging out and putting all this product in before you dry off)
  6. Wrap hair in towel wrap
  7. Finally dry off your body if it hasn’t already dried through your hair beautifying process
I normally keep my hair in the towel for about 5 minutes and then I take it out and scrunch again (using the microfiber towel on my hand so I don’t frizz my hair up).
Rules (to follow strictly, or not)
  • No heat! That means no blow dryers (though diffusing on cool is permitted), no straighteners, and no curlers. You can do it!
  • No brushing (using a wide tooth comb in the shower is permitted to remove inevitable knots)
Let’s Sum It Up
There isn’t much to this method but prepping for it can be overwhelming. If you don’t want to do a ton of research—or spend a lot of money—just try the products I’ve listed and you should be good to go! Remember, committing to this method doesn’t mean you have to give your life to it. However, you should know that getting results will require patience. There are people that have been doing this for years, and they now have THE most perfect curls. But, generally, I’ve seen that you should wait about 3 months before you get some really great results. Don’t give up! I’ve been at it for 3 weeks and I’m already really happy with the results!