Seven weeks in with the Curly Girl Method (CGM) and I’m still learning. I’m figuring out what is working, what is not and what products seem to yield the best results. Here’s a recap of the Curly Girl Method and it’s creator:
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.
These past seven weeks have been filled with trial and error as I find the right products for my hair. I’ve had some revelations, some set-backs and some positive results that have me sold more than ever on the Curly Girl Method. The book has been a great tool in finding ways to keep my hair hydrated and removing shampoo from my life. My hair has been happier, healthier and I’ve FINALLY been able to achieve workable two or even three day hair! Yup…I’m a happy camper.
In my last update, CGM update post, I explained I figured out I’m a Corkscrew curl type and the washing and conditioning method has been working great. My issues are with the products I’ve been using. I left shampoos alone but used a tip from a vlogger and tried the AS I AM Coconut Cowash conditioner. I was kinda turned off by the consistency but it is in a wide neck jar with a screw cap and I JUST realized I was probably getting shower water in the jar while I used it. I may need to transfer the product into a pump bottle for convenience and to keep water out of it.
Conditioner washing my hair has been the biggest challenge as my hair is getting thicker (probably due to the hair supplements I’m using – Hairfinity) so I am struggling to find a routine that doesn’t leave me in tangles. In the book, washing your hair in sections is not mentioned and when I first starting doing this method I had no problems. Now with the thickness I may need to either wash in sections or find another route to take.
As my botanical conditioner/leave-in I use either Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner or Kinky Curly Knot Today. KCKT works even better than the Shea Moisture but I gotta say I love both. For my gel I use my old faithful Kinky Curly Curling Custard. With these products I have had some GREAT hair days.
My biggest achievement is the second or even third day hair but just the overall hydration and curl of my hair has put a permanent smile on my face. I am too happy with using this method and have no regrets to speak of. Only once did I see some dandruff, but I RAN to the shower and used some drops of Tea Tree oil with my botanical conditioner and all was right with the hair world again! So, here’s my product lineup:
Conditioner wash – AS I AM Coconut Cowash
Conditioner leave in – Shea Moisture Yucca &; Baobab Volumizing Conditioner or Kinky Curly Knot Today
Gel – Kinky Curly Curling Custard
2nd and 3rd day – Lavender water mix
I’ll come back around week 12 to give another update and discuss any changes I’ve added to the routine.
Take care Naturals,
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How often are you co-washing?
It really depends on what's going on with my schedule but I would have to say around four days a week but I gotta so I love water and so does my hair. Now, before I was using the CGM I was cowashing pretty often so nothing has changed in the times a week I do it but just the products and procedures had changed. I've tried protective styling but they never come out right for me and I like the freedom of wash and gos.
I love that Coconut Cowash! I do a modified version of the curly girl method because I needs to use me some shampoo lol. I use Shea Moisture Raw Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo. I recently tried the As I Am Cowash and I love it so I'm not alternating.
Modification is the name of the hair game. Gotta use products and methods that work for your hair and your hair alone. We can all share tips but ultimately we gotta find that right mix for ourselves. Thanks for sharing.
Your hair looks great. I'm going to have to make us some of the lavender water mix…sounds lovely.
Thanks lady! I love the lavender/water mix and I think you will like it too.
Thank you! I'm working hard on it.
I've always wanted to know about this method! Keep it up! You're lookin' great!
The book is the best guide. I recommend it to anyone. Thanks for the love.
Omg, I envy your curls!! So cute! Quick question, have your experienced and side effects with Infinity usage like acne or anything? I use Biotin to promote fullness and health of my hair.
Thank you! This is my second go around with using Hairfinity and I've notice acne the first time but not so much this time. I increased my water intake and that helped A LOT! I did notice more hair growth in um…other areas but that just means more upkeep! Thanks for commenting.
You got those curls poppin!! Your hair looks great!