I love the curly girl method as it forever changed the way I see and care for my hair. I stumbled upon this method back in 2012 and officially started it January 2013. I never looked back since because this became an ideal method for me as I was a sufferer of dandruff and dry hair. Those both dissipated once I started it and immediately noticed a positive change in my hair.
I was following it to the letter for about a year and altered some aspects over time since my hair needed something different but it doesn’t mean I left the method. I love the curly girl method and subscribe to its core principles but I modified it to liking and have tweaked it to give me more freedom and a better wash & go.
My Curly Hair Is Too Tight For Scrunching!
I have tightly coiled hair. It is tighter than my sister’s and my daughter’s hair and I suffer from massive shrinkage as a result. My hair can be bra-strap length but coil up as tight as a TWA when I don’t elongate my curls. Annoying yes, a reason to give up rocking my wash & go? Not even a little bit! I love my freestyle method for my coils too much to give them up so I alter the method for maximum elongation without disturbing the curls too much.
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My hair Responds Better To A Combination Of Methods (Curly Girl Method Is Too Restrictive)
My hair is tightly coiled and according to the method fractal or zigzag curls. I have tried the cleansing method for this curl type and found it simply was not working for me. According to my curl type I should be do a pre-cleanse or applying my cleanser prior to wetting my hair. That just never worked out for me because my hair responded better to the cleansing method for Botticell/Corkscrew/Corkicelli curls which had me wetting the hair prior to adding any cleanser.
After I cleanse my hair for the Botticell/Corkscrew/Corkicelli curls, I come back to the instructions for conditioning and styling for zigzag curls. Once I configured my own cleansing, my curls responded better to the combo method than anything else.
My Curly Hair Sometimes Loves Silicones
I have a love/hate relationship with silicones (cones) and have resigned to ONLY using them from time to time. The method advises to steer clear of them altogether, but sometimes I like having massive movement and they give that too me. I also know that washing is imminent after using a product with silicones so I only use them when it is close to washday.
Sometimes I NEED A Clarifying Shampoo
When I use silicones I know I have to remove them properly through a cleanser that uses sulfates. The curly girl method pretty much forbids them but when I use certain ingredients or put off washday too long I have to incorporate a clarifying shampoo that fully removes all product build-up, dirt and oils.
I noticed just as the method suggests that sulfate-shampoos are hard to remove from hair especially with my curl type so I rinse more than with a cleansing conditioner and make sure they’re gone. I can actually feel it still on my hair if I don’t rinse well enough or just try and wash extra dirty hair or silicone coated hair with a cowash.
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Do you follow the CGM to the letter? If not, what did you change?