My hair has always been a source of annoyance for me. When I was younger I didn’t care so much. Then I hit puberty and the little peach fuzz at my hairline began to grow, and I had this little fringe of hair for awhile. It eventually grew out, but boy was it awkward! I went through perms, straightening my hair, bangs, you name it. Then for quite some time I tried to embrace my curls and let it be more natural. I used loads of products and a diffuser. I was never too happy with my hair though, it was never quite right.
In November 2007, I donated my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
After that I became a big devotee to the flatiron. I loved it. I wore my hair straight 99% of the time, and played around with it. I tried different layers, bangs and had fun. There was always something I didn’t quite love-a lack of volume. But I just dealt with it!
After Aaron came along, I realized I didn’t feel like spending so much time on my hair. Yes, I do get to shower every day but there is so much else I need to do. Those extra 10-15 minutes blow drying and straightening could be used so much more wisely. So I decided to stock up on some new hair products, and go back to my natural curls. Though I never loved them, it just seemed easier.
I started thinking there had to be a better way. I began talking to people with curly hair, even if it was different than mine, and doing lots of research. I want to love my hair as it is, not by constantly changing it. So I dug around, and learned all about the Curly Girl Method.
Here are the basics:
- Step away from the blow dryer, brushes and flat iron.
- Stop using shampoo or conditioner with sulfates. Sulfates are drying and quite damaging to curly hair.
- Stop using hair products that have silicones, as these can weigh down the hair.
- Start co-washing. This is when you wash your scalp with a light conditioner, really massaging it in to clean away product and dirt. Then distribute a heavier conditioner through the hair for extra moisture.
- Use a wide toothed comb to get out any knots you can’t release with fingers.
- Do a final rinse of the hair with cold water.
- Use a microfiber towel or t-shirt to dry hair.
- Scrunch in a lot of silicone free product and either allow hair to air dry or use a diffuser if you must dry it.
- Hands off! Once the curls have dried, then you can scrunch again to break about the “gel cast.”
- Keep those curls moisturized.
Apparently my new BFF:
This is all super strange to me. I’ve always used a shampoo and towel. I didn’t know to do any differently. I’ve also been a fan of mousse. I almost never used gel, since I’ve been so afraid of crunchy curls. I also never used a lot of product. Now, it seems like the more gel the better, which is just so weird!! I’ve learned that mousse can cause frizz, so it seems like everything I was using was just wrong, wrong, wrong!
It’s been 2 days and I have nothing to report yet. I also haven’t gotten any decent pictures but I will in a day or so so I can have some “before” shots. Hmmm, I should also get a trim at some point! I’m excited to hopefully begin to love my hair. I did notice yesterday that it was much curlier by the end of the day than it normally is. It’s usually fallen flat and frizzy, and is in a ponytail. This time it was curly and down all day! I didn’t love it, but I liked it! I noticed my curls had more shape and definition than before, so that’s definitely a start.
WISH ME LUCK!!!
Anyone try the Curly Girl Method? What worked for you and what didn’t? What are some of your favorite curly hair products?