How to follow the Curly Girl Method hair routine

This hair routine trend is a hair care method that trades in damaging habits (like excessive 4shampooing and heat styling) for a healthy curly hair regimen using just conditioner and gel. Let's check it out!

The CGM is a set of do’s, don’ts and ingredients to avoid and embrace from Lorraine Massey’s book “Curly Girl: The Handbook.” While this set of recommendations has been shown to have incredible results for many curlies, you can modify them to adapt to your hair routine.

The curly girl method

Do's and don'ts

Don't use harsh shampoo
Try to avoid using shampoos with harsh chemicals, known as surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate. This strong ingredient is great for straight hair, removing dirt and oils but it can also devastate your curly hair of its natural moisture, leaving it frizzy.

Don't use silicone-based products
Avoid using conditioners and other products with silicones and silicone-based compounds. These products seal out moisture and can create buildup: if an ingredient ends in “-cone”, it’s not allowed.

The goal is to eventually only co-wash, meaning washing with conditioner only.

Don't brush your hair 
Prevent brushing your hair to avoid breaking up the natural curl pattern and do “scrunch” in curl enhancing products like hair gel.

Do Co-Wash
This is a cleansing conditioner, or you can use a CG-approved conditioner instead of shampoo, to wash your hair. If you think a co-wash may be too heavy for your hair, use a CG-approved shampoo, or “low poo” instead. 

Use food hair: natural emollients and proteins 
Use products such as coconut oil and shea and lighter oils such as jojoba, olive and grapeseed oils to return shine to your hair. Use proteins such as egg and avocado, silk, wheat and soy proteins or humectants such as honey and glycerin. And, of course, moisturisers such as aloe vera and flaxseed.

Scrunch your hair
Scrunch products into your hair to encourage curl pattern and use a microfibre towel, a cotton towel or a cotton t-shirt to dry your curls. 

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