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What is the curly girl method?

What is the curly girl method?

The curly girl method, also known as CGM, is a method of haircare meant to help women and men find their hair’s true texture and maximize natural waves and curls. Basically, its re-training both yourself on what your hair actually needs and your hair to fall into it’s natural curls pattern.

Lorraine Massey
In 2001 the Curly Girl method was introduced to a wider audience by Lorraine Massey, in her bestselling book, Curly Girl: The Handbook. Lorraine’s book become a bible for the curly haired women and men all over the world. Lorraine has travelled the world sharing her passion and knowledge for the natural beauty that is curly hair.

Curly hair is more prone to dryness and frizz caused by atmospheric conditions than straight hair. Therefore, the basic aim of the CGM is to ensure that the curls are always hydrated so the curls can be naturally healthy, shiny and bouncy.

Hydrated curls will look fuller, healthier and shinier. The foundation of the method is to treat curly hair with specific techniques designed to work with the curl and not against it.

Go sulfate free
It’s common for hair products to contain detergents and cleaning agents, known as sulfates, in order to clean away the dirt, grease, sweat and skin cells from the scalp and hair. Some of these sulfates are so strong thet are found in industrial cleaning products and engine cleaners. When it’s used in clean human hair, these cleaning agents cause two major issues;

  • It disrupt the natural state of the hair cuticle causing it to be rough which in turn causes frizz and dryness
  • It can strip away the natural oils produced by the body to moisture the scalp and hair

These two issues alone are the reason why conventional shampoo is not recommended for those curly hair people seeking to bring their curls to life. The avoidance of sulfates is important part of the CGM.

Go silicone free
Another common approach with mainstream hair products is to include ingredients that are designed to give the hair and improved cosmetic appearance. Most commonly it is hair conditioners, hair treatments, styling products and some shampoo. The ingredients give the illusion that the hair looks healthy when in fact it is masking the hair with a coating. These masking forming ingredients are most commonly silicones. This following list of silicones are not curly girl approved and should be avoided in hair care products:

  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Amodimethicone
  • Pheryl Trimethicone
  • Ceteraryl Methicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Stearyl Dimethicone
  • Along with any ingredient ending with “cone”

Drying alcohols
The CGM guidelines to help achieve the ideal level of hydration by removing anything that may cause the hair to dry out prematurely. This includes the removal of ingredients known as drying alcohols from the hair care products. These ingredients are generally included in the formulations of hair care products because they help the product spread evenly through the hair and the evaporate quickly once applied. This following list of alcohol are not curly girl approved and should be avoided in hair care products:

  • Ethanol alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Propanol alcohol
  • Alcohol denat.
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Isopropanol alcohol
  • Benzyl alcohol