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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Curly Girl Method (CGM) - Four months and counting


Curly Girl Method (CGM) - Four months and counting
Time has FLOWN by and before I knew it I hadn't mentioned on the blog my CGM (Curly Girl Method) update.  I was SUPPOSED to come back at week 12 and discuss more but as MP says all the time...."Life gets in the way". 

I'm at four months and counting.  Whew! Where has the time gone?  I've colored my hair (twice) and been changing up my routine (and products) with the CGM.  I'm still going strong and still learning but I"m in a better place than I was at week 7 as I am feeling comfortable and alright with the process.

For those that do not know the method here's some info from my last CGM Post:

Curly Girl, the handbook is the creation of Lorraine Massey, the curly girl expert and the owner of the Devachan Salons in New York.  Curly Girl is the curly girl bible for the 65 percent of women with naturally curly or wavy hair and a love for it. Curly Girl is packed with unique and fail-proof hair-care methods, inspiration, and an empowering pro-curl attitude. In the book you will find daily routines for all curl types; Lorraine's no-more-shampoo stance —handle your hair as gently as you do your best cashmere sweater; homemade lotions and potions. 

By week 7 I was still learning and figuring this method out.  It was taking time as I tried to find which products yielded the best results with 2nd and 3rd day hair.  That was pretty important to me at the time.  I've since moved on from that obsession.  Mainly because it's hard for me to go too many days without water.  My hair LOVES it.  It CRAVES it.   So, why deny my hair what it wants and obviously needs?  There is no good reason so I no longer concentrate on gaining 2nd or 3rd day hair and concentrate on gaining the much needed moisture all our tresses must have.  I'm still using t-shirts to dry my hair but have since stopped leaning over to dry it.  I find I get enough volume already and don't need to add to it.  I still scrunch but do it standing straight up and find my hair is hanging better by doing so. 

I have started washing my hair in sections using Goody Ouchless Flex Barrettes I got from Luv Naturals but I have seen them in Walmart lately.  


They are great! I just wet my hair and put the barrettes in my hair in four sections.   I'm still using AS I AM Coconut Cowash for cleansing my hair but have changed up some things in the latter part of my routine.  


Conditioner wash - AS I AM Coconut Cowash

Conditioner leave in - Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner w/sea kelp & Argan oil with drops of Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Elixir.

Gel - Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Sealing - SM Reconstructive Elixir or Coconut oil.

I've pretty much cut out the Knot Today but I STILL love it.  I just find the Shea Moisture is working better and even though I'm no longer looking for 2nd and 3rd day hair, my hair is much more moisturized the next day after a co-wash.  No dandruff!  I had a problem with that only once around the 7th week and it hasn't come back since even with the cold and dry weather we've been experiencing here in Denver.  



Things are going great but I am going through conditioner like crazy!  I manage to catch the sale that Target seems to have quite often on Shea Moisture.  I just wish Kinky Curly would jump on the sale bandwagon sometimes.  Last week I was able to get some SM for $2 off a bottle.  Love catching sales!  This method is going great and I'm feeling this Spring and Summer will be better as my hair seems happier.

I'll come back when I can and let you all know how it's going.  Can't say when but I'm sure a Summer update will be coming.

Take care Naturals,
Sabrina
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8 comments

  1. Your curls are springy, moist, and defined so well. Does this method help combat any frizz? I notice when I have the conditioner in my hair it tends to all clump very nicely but when I rinse I do get frizzy.

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    1. I have noticed less frizz but only when I leave it the hell alone! Ain't that sad? Can't touch my OWN hair for fear of frizz. When that happens I put on a headband. Shaking hair up and down and side to side loosens up the clumping of curls (My sister taught me that) so give that a try. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. It seems you have your regime set, glad it is working for you sis. I love those Goody Ouchless Flex Barrettes. I purchased mine in Colorado last year, got back home and could not find them at any box store. Just last week I saw them at my local Walgreens but they only had the small ones. I hope the get the large ones soon I need to stock up.

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    1. Yes, I'm feeling like this is all making sense and becoming easier. I have had the small ones for a long time but when I got the big ones I realized how much I love them. They are great for banding hair too. I cannot remember if Walmart had the big ones but I know they have them or you can get them from Luv Naturals. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Your hair really seems to be loving this method. It just looks so lush and curly! Can't wait for more updates. I may think of trying this on my hair this summer.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, my hair really loves this method but it also loves water so I give it to it often! My hair does coil up but the definition became more pronounced once I tried this method. I know not every technique is for everyone but the moisture I retain by doing the CGM is amazing. I think you will do great and if you do try it please keep me posted. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. i'm following the Tightly Curly method by Teri LaFlesh. I actually love silicones so I don't worry about them in my products. Build up is never an issue. The CGM is very similar just minus the use of silicones.

    your curls are poppin' though. Do what works!

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    1. Thank you! I've heard about the Tightly curly method but haven't really checked into it. Before I started the CGM I was staying away from silicone because my hair hated the waxy feel. It just seemed right to give up shampoo as well since I was ALWAYS fighting severe tangles after I washed so it just made sense to go all in. Yes, we gotta do what's right for our hair and we all are different. Thanks for sharing.

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