In this post, I talked you through on how our hair washing routine affects our curls and I mentioned that The Curly Girl method is the better alternative. So what exactly is CG method? Let’s walk through the basics. There is a universe of information on the basics (as well as details) of the Curly Girl method on the internet. So here goes the short (and sweet) summary.
If you want to read about how to start with CG method in India, then read here: Start Curly Girl Method in India
The Curly Girl Method was introduced by Lorraine Massey in her book called ‘Curly Girl: The Handbook’ (pic shown below) in the year 2002 and then an updated edition came out in 2011. Well back in 2002 I was not even aware of anything called Curly Girl. Frankly, until 2013 I had no idea. Even after that it took me so long to decide to take the plunge. I strongly regret the delay and I wish no other curly/wavy Indian gal gets delayed any further.
The Deva behind this awesome innovative method, Lorraine Massey, shook the basic hair care and wash routine and replaced it with a completely new one for the benefit of curls and waves. In her book she introduced a totally new way of taking care of our curls. I am giving a snapshot of the CG method here. Hope it helps.
- Stop using sulfate shampoo for washing your hair as most shampoos contain sulfates which are extremely drying for the hair. Use a silicone-free conditioner (preferably a botanical one) or a sulfate – free shampoo instead to wash the scalp. Washing a conditioner to wash hair is called ‘Co-washing’ or ‘Conditioner only wash’.
- Take generous amount of silicone-free conditioner or sulfate-free cleanser and massage onto the scalp using finger tips (use the pads of the fingers and NEVER the nails). As per Lorraine, it is the massaging motion in circular movement that cleans up the scalp. The moisture stripping sulfates are not required. Rinse it off thoroughly. (How to Shampoo hair)
- Replace usual conditioner for a silicone-free conditioner. (List of silicone-free conditioner in India)
- While hair is soaking wet, apply generous amount of conditioner and detangle hair using fingers or a wide toothed comb and part your hair as required. Gently squeeze your hair towards the scalp. Rinse off the conditioner.
- You can also use same silicone-free conditioner as a leave-in conditioner or leave a little bit in the hair while you rinse out in step 4.
- Apply a silicone-free styling gel to wet hair to keep the curls intact. (List of silicone-free styling products in India)
- Do not rub your hair with a towel.
- Instead use a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt to soak up the water. Use a scrunching motion to squeeze out the excess water
- Let hair air dry or use hair diffuser and never blow dry.
- Do not touch your hair while it dries as it will introduce frizz and disrupt the curl pattern
- Once the hair is 100% dry (or say 110% :p), scrunch it towards the roots to remove any crunchy feel of the gel and to enhance the curls.
Here is a pic of Lorraine Massey. L.O.V.E. those curls and the Deva!! <3
Here is an Amazon affiliate link to her book:Curly Girl the Handbook
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