The Curly Girl Method (otherwise known as the CG Method) is a popular approach many women adopt when handling their natural hair. It was started by Lorraine Massey, who introduced the notion through her book: Curly Girl, The Handbook.
Her CG secrets are below:
Many shampoos contain harsh sulfates (also known as primary surfactants), that strips the hair of its natural oils which is needed to keep it healthy. Therefore, it’s best to avoid these, especially for afro textured hair as these natural oils are hugely needed to help it grow. This also includes sulfate free shampoos as they contain surfactants.
Literally meaning no shampoo, Lorraine Massey teaches that there are gentler ways to cleanse the hair without stripping it. Not using shampoo doesn’t necessarily have to mean you leave your hair dirty. Instead, she recommends using gentle cleansers such as conditioner and removing scalp build up with fresh lemons or baking soda.
Often referred to as ‘Cones’, many conditioners contain silicones which can be beneficial because it gives the hair shine and makes the hair feel smooth. However, the CG method advises against using conditioners with silicones because most are not water soluble, which can result in weighing your curls down and decreasing your curl definition. The non water soluble ‘cones can make the cuticle extremely dry and can lead to breakage. Silicones are also stubborn to remove with gentle cleansers, so the only way to remove them is with sulfate shampoos. However, as sulfate shampoos are a no-no, it’s advised to not use conditioners with silicones in the first place.
When looking for a conditioner, Massey states that it should contain at least one ingredient from the following groups:
- Emollients: Shea butter, vegetable oils, olive/walnut oils
- Proteins: Wheat germ, soy protein
- Humectants: Panthenol, vegetable glycerine, sorbitol
- Moisturizers: Amino acids, aloe vera
Exfoliate Your Scalp
The CG Method encourages this to improve the health of your scalp by removing dead skin cells and conditioner build up, as well as relieving itchiness.
Avoid blow drying
This has extended to people in the natural hair world ruling out all heat appliances on hair. Massey advises that daily blowdrying damages the hair, but if it’s urgently needed, it’s best to use one with a diffuser on a low setting.
Keep hands out of your hair!
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Are you using the Curly Method? How do you find it?