I am so very happy to share my tips and tricks on How to start Curly Girl Method! I've been doing CGM for a little over 9 weeks and during this time I found my perfect products and routine. I am now here to share with you how to get started. Products is where it's at.
First, a little about me: I am not new to curly hair. I have never straightened my hair but I have always used heat to dry and LOTS of products full of chemicals. My hair is a little over 17″ long with some layers through out. The 1st thing you need to do is learn your curl type and porosity. Learn this by taking the test below. I am a 3a high porosity.
How to start Curly Girl Method
Second, You have to Strip! No no, not your clothes, the silicones and sulfates from your hair. There are a few ways to do this but I just grabbed a bottle of Dawn liquid soap and got to scrubbing.
Helpful Hint: buy this drain protector to gather all your hair up after each wash. It's cheap, effective and easy to use. Your significant other & your pipes will thank you!!!Third, choose your no poo shampoo & conditioner (cleansing products) based on your curly type and porosity. This part confused me alot so I tested a few before falling in love. Now, being on this side, I recommend you start with DevaCurl. It's a great beginners product that has high success results with many curl types. It is pricey so I recommend buying this DevaCurl set to start things. These are smaller bottles so you can test the products AND it includes the drying towel I recommend.
I also use a pre-shampoo, Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo, this is an approved product. It helps clean my hair before I dive into the DevaCurl. Also this is the wide, long tooth comb I recommend to use to comb out your hair in the shower.
Fourth, choose your styling products. This one is a bit more tricky. I bought a few and jury is still out on some. What I know I do love is Blueberry Bliss Leave In Conditioner, followed with Kinky Curl Original Curling Custard, my pink silk shower cap, 6 tiny clips and 2 medium clips or a handful of these alligator clips. Click on any of the names here to go straight to this product on Amazon and have it shipped to you. All the prices here are great except you can find the Kinky Curl gel cheaper in grocery stores.
Other products I am trying but I am not sure about yet are Aussie Instant Freeze Gel, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk (which smells amazing), and Witch I Love Your Hair.
Curly Girl Products
Fifth, how to sleep with curly girl method. This I figured out really quickly and it's been great since the beginning. I use a spray bottle with water and lightly spray my hair. Next I spray Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Spray or Carol's Daughter's Milk Refresher Spray throughout. Then I flip upside down and I tie my hair up in a stain scarf. Here are the large scarfs I love. And then I sleep with an eye mask, satin of course, and this is the sleep mask I highly recommend that is curl friendly and nice to your eyelashes. It's like a soft bra for your eyes.
Lastly, morning routine. Mine is very very simple. Take out my scarf. Scratch scalp with hair and root lifting massage comb. Clip back crazy pieces or pin back to style and be done.
These are the Curly Girl Method products I use. If you are interested in learning my processes on how I wash my hair stay tune. I'm going to be posting what I do with photos & video *hopefully* soon! In the mean time please visit my Instagram Saved Stories for a thorough and complete How to Wash Curly Girl Method. And How to Dry and Style Curly Girl Method. Check out my Before and After using the Curly Girl Method!
To see how I washed and dried my hair for nearly 20 years click below.