28 February, 2012

Curly Girl Method

So, I've been doing the curly girl (CG) method for three weeks now - ever since my haircut - and I must say, I absolutely love it! This post is a short run down on what the CG Method comprises of.

The main steps involved from what I understand (or at least what I'm doing) are the following:
  • Use of all-natural products
    • or at least products that do not contain sulfates, silicones or ingredients that do not rinse out with water
  • Co-washing (conditioner washing) every day or every other day
    • It is important to leave the majority of the conditioner in your hair and let air-dry
  • Deep conditioning as needed or 1x/week
  • Finger detangling mostly
  • Absolutely NO SHAMPOOS
  • An all-natural gel can be used for hold/curl definition
That's it really, which is why I love it! I love the simplicity of it and how stress-free it makes hair care. While your hair adjusts to this method, your hair might seem worse-off but please, please, please, give your hair time to adjust. Just trust the process and wait and your hair will begin to turn around in a great way in 2 to 6 weeks.

I'm in my third week now and these are the observations I've made; both pros and cons:
  • Pros:
    • My curl definition is the BEST it's ever been
    • My hair remains moisturized for longer now
    • Hair care is the easiest it's ever been for me
    • My results are consistent - great all the time!
    • Low-manipulation
    • I get to enjoy my curl/coil pattern
    • I LOVE IT!! - and that's all that matters
  • Cons:
    • Detangling with my fingers only was a bit challenging at first
    • It requires consistency over a long period of time for the moisture levels to build up
    • My hair feels dry at the end of the day (but that's okay 'cuz I get to wet it in the morning :) )
    • I still haven't figured out how to get second-day hair (mostly 'cuz I don't use gel) 
    • Single strand knots (I just leave them alone)
The below is my personal regimen if you want to get an idea of products:
    • Cowash every AM with:
      • Aubery Organics White Camellia or Island Naturals Conditioner
      • I will apply the conditioner thoroughly section by section and rinse out about 40% of it leaving the rest in
    • Deep Condition 2x/week with the same conditioner(s)
      • basically, I apply the conditioner on dry hair and cover with a plastic cap and go to bed
      • I do it on Tuesday and Thursday nights
    • Protein treatment once a month with
      • Aubery Organics GPB conditioner
        • again, I apply it to dry hair, cover with a shower cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes to 1 hr 
    • Washing/Clarifying 1-2x a month with:
      • Terressentials Hair Wash
 I do understand that this might not be for every one. But for those who are looking for a way to simplify their hair care regimen and get consistent and fabulous results all the time, I think it is worth a try. If you don't mind shrinkage and love your curl pattern, give it a try and I almost promise you will love it.

Here are some links to some YouTubers who utilize this method:MahoganyCurls and  I also posted a video on my new YouTube Channel ChysCurlz.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all  about this method and I will be willing to answer them.


  1. I do hve problem with my hair where i try to wash n go and when here is wet, lot of curls but wen dry no curls.. do you use the eco styler gel. what gel u use

  2. I have a question that I'm not sure if there is a true answer to. What are the real benefits from co-washing?I have always heard of naturals doing this, but I do not know 'how' to do it and part of me feels like it's almost equivalent to taking a shower with lotion. How is co-washing cleansing the hair or is that what the other regimine steps are for that I read in one of you postings. Pls understand I am not trying to knock it, but moreso trying to understand it. I transitioned for about 8 months, my last relaxer was April 2011. I cut off my relaxed hair March 24, 2012 and I don't regret it. My hair has grown some since then I just want to make sure I am doing right b/c I use Shea Moisture conditioning shampoo.

    1. Hi Nessa, thanks for your question and I know you're not trying to knock it. The principle of co-washing is similar to that of washing your hands. Some people imagine that using an antibacterial soap is more effective than using a regular hand soap but this has proven to be false. Rather, friction is the key in hand washing.

      With co-washing, even though you are using conditioner as the "shampoo", the friction between your fingers and your scalp is actually the most important aspect...that is what gets rid of the dirt. However, shampoos are beneficial in cutting the "grease". So if you are someone who uses a lot of oils or use conditioners and stylers with silicones, then shampooing your hair would be beneficial.

      But since I use only plant-based botanical conditioners, shampooing is not required. That being said, I use the Terressentials hair wash twice a month to clarify my hair and if I ever feel that my hair has buildup or feels "tacky" to the touch, I will use a shampoo...but a sulfate--free one such as the Shea moisture one.

      Hope that answers your question. Regarding the technique employed when co-washing, basically you put conditioner on your finger tips and rubs your scalp in circular motion and then rinse it to remove the dirt on your scalp.

    2. Thank you so much for your response. I have been quite curious about the whole idea of co-washing and a family friend said that she never washes her nor co-wash. Which threw me for a loop b/c I don't understand how she gets product off of her hair. I've been experimenting with product lines since my BC in March 2012 and I've tried to stay away from products that weren't natural or had natural ingredients. I purchased some "As I Am-Coconut Co-Wash" and I am going to try that the next time it's time to 'wash'. I have two jobs so my days are very hectic and I tried a WNG but I don't believe I used the correct product so I ended up with an Angela Davis fro that I loved! :) However, the next day (not so much). I am a fan of two strand twist but I experience a lot of shringage. I love your blog and I'm glad I found it. I will continue to visit it on a daily basis!

    3. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I did co-wash for the first time on 4/17. I have to admit that I like it and will be doing this from now on vs washing my hair with shampoo unless I really need it and it will be Shea Moisture's sulfate free shampoo. Thanks for your input, I probably wouldn't have tried it if you didn't give me your opinion. I will continue to use the "As I Am-Coconut Co-Wash" until the tub is empty just so I know I am giving the product enough time to show and prove.

    4. Awesome, I'm glad I could help.

  3. Are you still doing Henna treatments now that you are using the CGmethod? Did you shampoo or clarify your hair before starting the CG?

    Does the CG method require you to wash and go, or can you protective style (ex, twist?)

    Random Question: Do you use/like shea butter?

    1. I haven't done any Henna treatments since I started the CG method because I really wanted to see what my curl texture is like. I might do it again soon.I didn't need to shampoo when I started because I was already using all natural products. All I did was do my regular wash with the Terressentials hair wash and that was it.

      Yup, you can definitely protective style and do twists as long as you are not using silicones or sulfates, you are CG.

      I do like shea butter (I do a whipped shea butter where I add oils and aloe vera gel to make it creamier). I have to say that I haven't used it in a while but I definitely like it.

  4. So here I am again. lol I have still been struggling with keeping my hair mositurised, but it is better. I ended up cutting it shorter so I have an even teenier TWA now. So basically starting over. And I decided over the weekend to use the CG method, because it seems to really guarantee moisture. I was doing lots of reading up on Mahogany Curl's site and saw your video! Way to go :) I am trying to be patient and give the CG method a few weeks. Patience is always my problem. lol

    1. Yeah it can be pretty hard to be patience. But, since you are starting from scratch as it were, I think you really should stick it out. And as you can see with mahoganycurls, it does indeed work. And if not that I went and cut my hair again, my hair was retaining length very well.

    2. I saw your new cut and colour! it looks fab. When I cut my hair a couple weeks ago I realised that doing wash and gos would be the perfect way to get to know my hair, then it was a no-brainer to revisit the Curly Girl method. I knew it existed but didn't think it would work for my hair. You know how we are. lol My biggest issue is finding the conditioners as we don't have all those great and cheap brands in France. But I spent like an hour reading ingredients in the shampoo aisle and I think I got some stuff that will work well.

    3. Yeah I know exactly what you mean about not thinking something will work for us. But once you find the right conditioner and the right technique, it works great!

  5. I just found your blog. I really like your hair, style and tips. I had tried doing the cgm and it wasn't quite working. But the other day I put ice cold water for the rinse water and the curls popped like crazy. When I'm in the shower I really don't get the water cold enough at the end. But I applied the cold water over the sink and it worked. Have you found a correlation between cold rinse water and the curl definition?

  6. Are you able to wear Protective Styles with Curly Girl Method?


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