Curly Girl Method UK, Approved Products And Tips For Beginners

I started following Curly Girl Method UK around 6 months ago and it’s been a journey! Especially finding Curly Girl method Products UK as lots are not available in the UK

Ok I will be honest following Curly Girl Method Uk has been more that a journey, its been a blooming struggle, and I am a hairdresser! A good hairdresser, yet my own hair has been the bane of my life for a month. 3 weeks ago I nearly gave up. I mean come on, how long can a woman walk around looking like Worzel Gummidge? Do you remember that dude? Sadly for me I sported his style for far to long in my opinion. I could see friends looking at my lion’s mane of frizz thinking WHY? I thought I would create Curly Girl UK product advice and tips for beginners

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.

So what is The Curly Girl Method? And what does the curly girl method do?

Curly Girl is a method of styling and drying your hair to bring out your natural curls. Lorraine Massey created it via The Curly Girl handbook a guide to Curly hair. 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, endless products, hair straighteners and avoiding the rain which results in curls. And don’t even get me started on traveling. Have you seen the episode of Friends when Monica goes to Barbados? So 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 CG method a try.

Where Do I Start with Curly Girl Method ? How to start curly girl method!

Donna has created a great guide on how to get started here, check it out; it’s a step-by-step guide and is a brilliant place to start. But I wanted to share with you some of my favourite Curly Girl Approved Products UK as that is what I have found the hardest part. Finding Curly Girl Compatible hair products.

Curly girl tips UK and Curly Girl Approved Products, UK

How do you find UK Curly Girl Approved Products Uk? What are CG hair products.

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.

But how do your 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. 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 Approved Products Uk?

And where can you buy Curly Girl hair products in the UK? Many of the bellow products are available online of in a chemist such a boots and super-drug, you do not need to spend a fortune to follow the Curls Girl Method.

Cantu Shea Butter 

These are packed with moisture for when you hair is feeling extra dry, it is also great on thick hair. And is perfect for packing the hair with moisture.

Cantu also offer an amazing hair gel for the curly girl method

Style with the Define and Shine custard, this gives a fantastic curl result. Top tip, the curling custard feels crispy when you first use it, work through that and the results are amazing it produces big bouncy curls that last, this is a great product on my hair. Define and Shine Custard is priced between £5.49 and £7.99 and can be found in-store at Superdrug and online at Amazon.

Cantu Products for Uk Curl Girl Method

Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask With Lemon

 Is a NoPoo detergent free cleanser 

This is perfect for the days you want to cleans and moisturizer rather than clarify the hair. Its light and makes and makes the hair feel lightly cleansed without stripping it. And costs £39 pounds from SpaceNK but is concentrated so will last ages.

Curly Girl approved products Cleansing Mask

Noughty Wave Hello Range

This is my favourite Curly Girl UK Leave In Conditioner. Noughty is also great if you are following Curly Girl on a budget.

These are super light products, which are great for finer hair but still fantastic if your hair is porous. They also make your hair feel really bouncy, I adore the leave in conditioner it’s a lovely product for refreshing too. All products are prices £6.99 and available at Superdrug. To read the full review CLICK HERE

Curly Girl UK Product Advice And Tips For Beginners, Noughty Curly Girl Aproved Products

Shea Moisture Curl And Shine Range

My favourite Curly Girl UK Shampoo

All available in Superdrug around the £10, £11 pounds mark. They smell divine! And are great on dry hair. You need to really scrunch the conditioner in but the results are great and it’s not too heavy.

Shea Moisture the best curly girl uk products

Tropic Nourishing Hair Wash, Hair Feast And Scalp massager

Luxury curly girl UK products

I had been using Tropic hair products for a couple of months prior to starting to follow the Curly Girl method and love these products; they are conditioning and rich but not over heavy. I was thrilled to find these were CG friendly. They cost £18 each but last ages.

Tropic Hair Care Shampoo Conditioner and Oil

My Top UK Curly Girl Method Tips, How To Start With The CG Method?

Research Curly Girl Approved Products UK, having the correct information available when shopping makes such a difference.

I seem to have made all the mistakes going, here are a few of the things I have picked up along the way.

Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week and leave it on.

Do not brush your hair unless it has rinse off conditioner on it! I use the Tropic scalp massager to comb my conditioner through. Some recommend using a Denman brush which also works for me.

Use a microfibre towel or t-shirt rather than a towel, it is better for your curls.

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.

Remmington Hairdryer and Diffuser for UK Curly Girl

Hair Plopping, Curly Girl Tips UK, Don’t use a towel on the hair

Plop the hair, plopping is wrapping you hair in a microfiber towel or t-shirt. Ensure you scrunch the curls in, 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.

Use a diffuser to get the best results

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?

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. 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 in 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 turn 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 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.

Curly Girl Advice UK, What if the Curly Girl Method is not working?

I find 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.

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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!

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