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Curly Girl Method UK, Where To Start And Approved Products And Tips For Beginners

I started following Curly Girl Method UK around 6 months ago and it’s been a journey!

Following Curly Girl Method Uk has been more that a journey, its also been a struggle, and I am a hairdresser! A good hairdresser, yet my own hair has been the bane of my life for a month. Yet 3 weeks ago I nearly gave up. Its all about know where to start with curly girl.

Fellow curlies have been supportive, coaching me, telling me not to give up. Donna and Elena have not only been a huge support but have also created some great British Curlies  Tips posts.

What Is The Curly Girl Method UK? And What Does It Do?

Curly Girl is a method of styling and drying your hair to bring out your natural curls. Created by Lorraine Massey who also write The Curly Girl handbook a guide to Curly hair. As she wanted to embrace her curls and teach others do the same.

I have spent a big part of my life doing everything I can to straighten my curls, using endless products, hair straighteners and avoiding the rain which results in curls. Finally having the chance to mothball my straighteners for a while felt so freeing.

Curly girl is all about embracing your natural curls and allowing your hair to curl into its natural state. If you have the slightest hint of a wave in your hair then its worth giving the Curly Girl method a try.

The Step By Step Curly Girl Method Uk Guide For Beginners Guide

Firstly I wanted to share with you some tips on how to get started with curly girl. Secondly share some of my favourite UK Curly Girl Approved Products. As for me, that has the hardest part, finding Curly Girl UK Compatible hair products.

Curly girl tips UK and Curly Girl Approved Products, UK

Research Curly Girl Approved Products UK

Having the correct information available when shopping makes such a difference. Also read e everything you can before starting. As a result it was all make more sense.

The aim is to use hair products without sulphates in them. Sulphates coat the hair and stop curls from forming. Hence by removing the sulphates from your hair, it will to start to form in its natural curl. There are many curly girl hair products available in the UK its just about finding the right products for your hair.

Finding Curly Girl Method Uk Approved Products Uk 

It’s all about research, the key is that the products must have only have certain silicon’s, no sulphates or drying alcohols. It’s a minefield. So do your research before you go shopping and use the Curlsbot. Read my CURLY GIRL PRODUCTS UK GUIDE HERE.

How Do You Find Out If A Product Is Curly Girl Friendly?

Simply Google the product you want to try cut and paste the ingredients into the Curlsbot and it will tell you if indeed that product is approved on the curly girl method uk. I have found Superdrug the best site for recording ingredients. But to get you started I have done a little research for you.

Curly Girl UK Product Advice And Tips For Beginners, Noughty Curly Girl Aproved Products www.extraordinarychaos.com

How To Get Started With The Curly Girl Method UK?

Do A Final Wash, Clarify The Hair.

This will Remove all sulphates from your hair before starting to promote your natural curl. A great product for your final wash is Johnsons Baby Shampoo. Additionally its all a great idea to clarify your hair once a month so remove any build up and keep your curls fresh.

After clarifying the hair follow the conditioning, plopping and styling steps below.

The Curly Girl Cleansing Routine

Cleansing The Hair.

Cleanse with a recommended curly girl shampoo, these will gently cleanse and removed dirt but not strip the hair. Note that you get less lather with sulphate free products, but that is fine, this is called low poo.

Some curly girl cleansers do not lather at all these are generally conditioning based cleansers called no-poo cleansers.

Condition the hair.

Scrunch your conditioner into your hair to promote the curls, and if you are going to detangle the hair this is the time to do it. Use a Denman brush rather than a comb and only detangle when conditioner is on the hair.

Now rinse the conditioner thoroughly from the hair and scrunch in your leave in condition and styling products when your hair is dripping wet and squish the hair to encourage those curls. You hair should feel squishy and sticky. Before plopping the hair.

What Is Plopping?

Plopping is wrapping you hair in a microfibre towel or t-shirt. Towels are too harsh for curl and pull the moisture out of the hair too quickly. Don’t stretch the curls.

Ensure you scrunch the curls, a bit like an accordion to promote and form the curl, and don’t plop for too long, 5 minutes works for me. If I leave it too long, well lets just say it’s a disaster.

Do a regular deep conditioning treatment and leave it on.

This depends on how often you wash your hair. But doing a treatment once every couple of weeks will pack loads of moisture into your hair and curls love moisture. Leave your treatment in for half an hour before rinsing and plopping.

Drying Curly Hair

A Diffuser Will Help You Get The Best Result

Use a diffuser to scrunch the hair, I use the Remington Pink Lady, Retro Dryer . The dryer is light, the diffuser prongs stick above the diffuser, which help air circulate around the hair as you diffuse. Its lightweight and comes with a bag making it easy to pack up for travelling. And shall we just take a minute to appreciate how gorgeous this dryer is, it’s a work of art?

Also the bigger the diffuser the better, dry your hair on a slow speed and heat to prevent you causing frizz, place the diffuser under the curls and gently lift to support the hair and promote the curls. But be careful to to faff too much, just allow the hair to dry.

Remmington Hairdryer and Diffuser for UK Curly Girl Mathod www.extraordinarychaos.com

Whilst diffusing, if you are using the Cantu Curling Custard your hair will go through a crispy stage, don’t panic, work through it and once its dry you can gently scrunch the crunch out. This alarmed me at first, but its just part of the drying process, once its dry leave for a few minutes then scrunch through to get soft curls.

Refresh Your Curls Between Washing

To make your style last, simply scrunch in a little leave in conditioner with wet hands and lightly diffuse, ensure you don’t over wet the hair just slightly dampen. This will refresh the curls and make your style last longer.

Cantu Products for Uk Curl Girl Method

How Often Do You Wash Your Hair With The Curly Girl Method Uk?

Once your curl pattern has formed and your hair starts to normalise and not rely on frequent washing, the longer you can leave it the better. I have gone from washing my hair ever other day to every 4 or 5 days. My scalp does not produce as much oil as a result, it feels healthier and my hair feels in much better condition. As a result my curls and style lasts longer.

Can Wavy Hair Go Curly?

If you have wavy hair, then you may find that when you air dry your hair the weight of your hair when it is wet stretches out your waves. Scrunching the curls and setting them with the diffuser can help create a stronger curl.

Don’t over wash your hair. The less you wash it the better, I aim for once or twice a week. The aim is the keep the hair in great condition the more you wash it, the more you remove the natural oils.

What If The Curly Girl Method Is Not Working?

When my curls start to drop it is time for a haircut. My hair is quite thick so I find a good trim reboots my curls. When my hair gets too heavy it will not curl, however once layered out it is sooooo curly.

This is not the case for everyone, some curlies have the thickest hair and it still curls. A cut is certainly worth a try if you are not getting results.  But don’t have it thinned out in my experience thinning causes frizz and less curl formation.

Winter Slouchy Sweater from H&M and how to style curly hair

Can I Have A Break From The Curly Girl Method?

All the advice says not, however I have just had a two month break, I wanted straight hair for a while. As long as you stick to curly girl products going back to CK method is not a problem. In fact my hair went straight back into its curls.

Curly Girl approved products Cleansing Mask www.extraordinarychoas.com

After a year my hair is feeling in better condition and I am washing it less.  Although I am adding so much moisture, it does not get greasy. Will I follow it forever? I am not 100% sure, however for now I am loving embracing the curly girl method.

Also Donna has created a great guide on how to get started here, check it out.

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  1. 20th September 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Great post. I am a struggling curly girl too! Will be googling the method!
    Luckily I already have tropic products so will give it a go!
    Thank you for a great article.

  2. 22nd September 2018 / 8:35 pm

    I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to discover the curly girl method, I wish I had found out about it years ago. I’ve tried Shea Moisture and Cantu but I haven’t tried any of the other products, will have to check them out. My curls look good on day 1 but I need to work on refreshing!

  3. Aruni Yapa
    3rd September 2019 / 1:09 pm

    I need to try this method ASAP!

  4. Annabel Greaves
    3rd September 2019 / 3:21 pm

    I love the sound of the Tropic Nourishing Hair Wash, Hair Feast And Scalp massager to treat my hair

  5. Globetrotter
    3rd September 2019 / 4:01 pm

    Must try these myself! Used to have almost an afro, but now my hair is straighter (don’t know why!) and it just hangs weirdly.

  6. fiona waterworth
    3rd September 2019 / 7:20 pm

    Some great tips that I may try when the kids are back at school, my favourite product in the summer is dry hair shampoo as I never get piece in the bathroom

  7. Louise Crocker
    3rd September 2019 / 9:50 pm

    I’ve just bought the dryer, can’t wait to try out your tips. My current favourite product for my hair is Kérastase Discipline, it’s fantastic.

  8. Ruth Harwood
    4th September 2019 / 9:32 am

    I like a good head and shoulders shampoo and conditioner combo!

  9. Natalie Burgess
    4th September 2019 / 5:10 pm

    I love deep conditioners

  10. Jodie Green
    5th September 2019 / 9:26 pm

    I love my deep conditioning masks!

  11. CLARE davies
    5th September 2019 / 9:41 pm

    I have been trying to get to grips with the curly method for a while now and now having much joy – yours is fab and gives me hope!! Have tried so many products that dont seem to work on mine 🙁 maybe the book is what I’m missing!
    But love the Cantu curl cream and currently trialing the custard but as my hair is more wavy than curly at the min
    Love garnier hair food though ( I know its hit and miss but my hair likes the banana one!) !

  12. astrid c
    6th September 2019 / 8:06 am

    i love trying new hair products, i quite like conditioners infused with oils

  13. Margaret Gallagher
    6th September 2019 / 5:55 pm

    Argon oil..- grwat gor smoothimg flya hair

  14. Charlotte G
    10th September 2019 / 12:45 pm

    I love the Tresemme heat protection spray

  15. Carole Nott
    10th September 2019 / 4:21 pm

    It is essential to use plenty of good quality conditioners to help style hair

  16. Karina Goodwin
    10th September 2019 / 10:13 pm

    I really loved Noughty’s volumising range.
    It’s really moisturising without weighing hair down.
    Smells amazing too!

  17. Sheri Darby
    12th September 2019 / 9:57 pm

    I tend to try different products all the time

  18. Troy Easton
    12th September 2019 / 10:26 pm

    It would be a Hair Dryer.

  19. Laura Turner
    14th September 2019 / 7:55 am

    Faith in Nature – scentless conditioner. It’s a Curly Girl Approved product and relatively cheap.

  20. James Harris
    14th September 2019 / 8:46 am

    Bed Head Manipulator by TIGI

  21. paula cheadle
    15th September 2019 / 10:03 am

    My hair dryer and hard brush

  22. Sandra Fortune
    15th September 2019 / 11:28 am

    I keep trying different ones at the moment I’m using Loreal Coconut Shine Shampoo and Conditioner . Its really good

  23. Samantha Atherton
    15th September 2019 / 2:36 pm

    My favourite hair product is the Jason and the Argan oil shampoo bar from lush. No plastic bottle and my curls always form really nicely after using it.

  24. Ruth Wollerton
    15th September 2019 / 7:52 pm

    My John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum it controls my mental curly hair.

  25. Tammy Neal
    15th September 2019 / 9:02 pm


  26. Sue Carter
    15th September 2019 / 9:17 pm

    Lush Honey Shampoo Bar

  27. Rachel Craig
    15th September 2019 / 11:37 pm

    Hair oil :- Nourishing, protective and provides a healthy shine.

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