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? 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 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.
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 UK Curly Girl 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.
How To Get Started With Curly Girl?
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.
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.
How Often Do You Wash Your Hair With The Curly Girl Method?
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.
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.
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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