Curly Girly

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.

DSC00199 So young!

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!

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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.


Anyone try the Curly Girl Method?  What worked for you and what didn’t?  What are some of your favorite curly hair products?