Two years ago I was complaining to a friend about how irritated I was with my hair. It was no longer holding a curl from my beloved curling iron, it was very frizzy a short while after straightening it, and it just took so long to deal with. From the point of getting out of the shower to having it completely styled, it took a minimum of 1.5 hours. I have three small children, I do not have the time. So this friend asked if I had heard of the curly girl method, and I had not. She added me to a group, and I read and read and read.
What is the curly girl method? It's a way of caring for naturally wavy or curly hair. So you put away the straighteners, brushes, sulfate filled hair products. You want to figure out your curl type (how loose or tight your curls are, and yes, wavies count) and then your porosity (stay with me) and then there's a lot of trail and error. A lot. There's actually a book and it's a great place to start. I'll also link to a few of my favorite instagrammers who have taught me loads about caring for my particular hair type.
Fall of 2016 was the first time I attempted the routine and it took soooo long to diffuse my hair. I was frustrated. I couldn't figure out the right balance of product, so I gave up. Six months later I got a Deva cut, and that's where they teach you about curly hair and how to apply product. They also cut your hair dry, wash and style, and then cut any parts that need touching up. I highly recommend doing this.
I still went back and forth with my commitment to the method because while I was using curly girl approved products, I was frequently blow drying and straightening my hair. Finally in October of 2017 I put away the curling iron and hair brush, and I haven't looked back since. December of 2017 I had a foot of hair cut off, and in April of this year I had even more hair cut off. The results have been amazing. With proper deep conditioning, products, and styling I have healthy curls that I love, and I've cut my hair routine time in more than half. It might be hard to tell because -quality photos- but my hair has gone from limp, stringy, dry and frizzy, to soft, rope-y bouncy curls.
If you're thinking of trying it out, please give it a go! You can email, comment, or message me. It's been a journey of self acceptance. This is the hair that I was given, and I am now in love with it. I can't remember the last time I felt like I had a bad hair day. Next week I'll have another post on my current routine and what products I'm using.
Here are some of my favorite Instagram accounts run by curly girls who have a similar curl pattern to mine, or are just a great resources:
@Dominique has amazing video tutorials on product application, diffusing, etc.
@reallifecurlygirl has a lot of great info on different products, and a fantastic youtube video for beginners.
@curlpowersalon is the salon I went to here in Minneapolis, but I love following salon accounts because they have so many inspirational photos.
@naturallycurly is another great account to follow for product reviews and interviews
And this article is another good place to start.
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