You can definitely have healthy hair if you change your habits, but sometimes, there is so much information around that it can be quite overwhelming. Here's everything you need to know.
Co-washing is one of the most popular practices for curly hair, but there are so many methods that it can be hard to find the one that truly works for you.
However, of all the possibilities, there is one method that seems to be more popular than the rest of them: the curly girl method.
What is the curly girl method?
It comes from Lorraine Massey's book "Curly Girl: The Handbook", and it basically trades damaging habits, like shampooing and styling with heat, for a healthy regime using just conditioner and gel.
Basics of the Curly Girl Method
First thing first, there are many things you should NOT do when you switch to this method, for example, you don't use shampoo nor styling tools, your don't brush nor comb your hair, you don't use products that contain alcohol, fragrance, sulfates or non-water soluble silicones.
Sounds a lot, but it is not as hard as you might be thinking right now.
Curl type, thickness, and density
Curl type can be difficult to determine because your natural curls are still hidden under a damaged or over-treated layer. So, it is best to determine your curl type if your curls come out all-natural if you have optimized your hair routine. Your ‘real’ and healthier curls will then show themselves, allowing you to better judge whether you are a wavy, curly, or perhaps coyly type.
There are numbers assigned to each hair type, 1 being straight, and then 2, 3, and 4. And then, of course, there are letters from A to C. Your curls can be a combination of any of those. Subcategories A, B, and C are based on the width or diameter of your wave, curl, or afro pattern, A being the wider and C the smallest.
As for the density of your hair, it is either thin, medium, or thick. Thin hair will allow you to see your scalp very well, while with thick hair you can barely see it.
You also need to determine the porosity of your hair, which is determined by how much moisture your hair absorbs: once wet, how long does it take for your hair to dry? is it fast or slow? If it doesn't easily absorb moisture, you need thicker, richer creams.
And last, but not least, you need to determine the elasticity of your hair. How do you test it? By pulling one single curl and determining how quickly it returns to its original shape. If it doesn't bounce back quickly, your hair is dry!
This might sound like a lot, but if you follow this guide, you will be already ahead of your co-washing game!