The Curly Girl Method: An Experiment


I am so late discovering the Curly Girl Method.Its been causing a bit of a buzz in the natural hair care community for years,but I’m late to the party.(Don’t judge me,I’ve only been transitioning since 2012.)Let me give you a little background on what it is and what it entails.

Lorraine Massey is the creator of the Curly Girl Method. She wrote a hadbook of sorts,called Cury Girl and has two hair salons,Devachan here in New York City.I find her method very interesting as it eliminates the use of shampoo.There is a modified version of it,called “low-poo”,where only sulfate free shampoos are used. After doing some research sans the handbook,here are what I think are the most important factors I got from it:

1)NO SHAMPOO: They contain silicones and surfactants,which are very harsh.They are excellent grease removers and they are in your dishwashing liquid.Your hair is not a bowl or a pot,ladies.Conditioners have mildet surfactants that will get rid of dirt and buildup just as good as shampoo. To detect silicones, look for ingredients that end in -cone, -conol, and -xane.The ONLY safe silicones are.ones that are preceded by PEG or PPG.
2) NO COMBING/BRUSHING ON DRY HAIR: Use paper towels,a microfiber towel or a t shirt for drying.They will dry the hair but leave it damp enough to comb or brush.Be gentle when doing this and if you can’t,use your fingers.

3)THE CONDITIONERS YOU USE:Apart from being silicone free the conditioner you use should have at least one of the following:
A) emollients- shea butter,vegetable oils,wheat germ,olive or walnut oils

B)proteins- wheat,wheat germ,soy protein

C) humectants- panthenol,vegetable glycerin,sorbitol
D)moisturizers- amino acids and aloe vera

I realize this is alot to remember but that’s why it’s an experiment.Most experiments have challenges and I’m up for a good challenge.I’m going to try this for Diva because to be honest,I am a lazy natural.Eliminating shampoo out of my routine is one less thing for me to do,so its a plus. I want to start this experiment the week after my 25th birthday in May( the 8th is my birthday and I’ll start this experiment on the 12th).This will give me more time to research CGM a little more, get the products I can use,and get rid of the ones that I can’t. I’m really excited about this and I’ll be documenting everything about it right here.


2 responses »

  1. One thing I learned after about 2 years of being natural is that everything ain’t for everybody. I tried to follow the rules when I first transitioned. Now I listen to my hair.I haven’t used shampoo in a long time. I do use a humectant. Besides that, I put whatever makes my strands feel good, and makes my curls pop. So, I kind of follow the curly girl method, but not really lol.


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