Curly Girl Hair Method: Step by Step with Pictures

Hey hey my lovely ladies!

In one of my earlier posts, I write about the best hair products for curly hair and mention my favorite method of all time: the curly girl method. Since then I have been asked to give a more detailed description of how its done.

While doing this method, I find that my curls are more defined, have a cool bounce, and last longer than other methods that I have tried. So, without further ado, here’s how I go about my routine… with pictures!

I do this once a week and for me it always falls on a Friday.

Care of the Scalp

When I wake up I remove my satin scarf and take my hair down from its pineapple-d state.

I then use my bottle applicator to immerse my scalp in Jamaican Black Castor oil.

This stuff is phenomenal as it encourages hair growth (I put this on my eyelashes daily, and the lashes are thicker and longer than ever before), promotes a healthy scalp, alleviates itching and dandruff, seals split ends.. and we’ll save what it does for the skin in another post ;).

I leave this in my hair whilst doing my work + while I go to the gym (up in a bun). When I return I take my hair down and add some more JBC oil to my ends.

If it is the beginning of the month I get my blender and pour in some olive oil, honey, plain yogurt, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado and blend baby blend.

I leave this on (wrapped in cling film) for 20 minutes to an hour then I rinse it out with coldish water.

Cleanse Time!

Next I take apple cider vinegar mixed with some water and cleanse my hair.

This is the mother of all!

Despite what some may believe, this does not leave your hair smelling of stinky feet.

Apple cider vinegar balances the ph of our skin and hair, it has antibacterial properties, closes the hair cuticle, stimulates hair growth, cleanses the hair, reduces frizz, detangles and adds loads of shine.

Once this magic liquid settles, there isn’t even a hint of the vinegar smell. Brilliant!

ACV Rinse

I start on the scalp and then repeat making sure to douse the rest of my hair. Then rinse.









What is that on my face you ask? Tamarind, baby! Read my previous post on natural ways to have healthy, glowing skin for more info on what this does for the face! I use this every single Friday.

Related: Tamarind Face Mask- An Easy How-to Guide

The Important Conditioning Step

Next I take my conditioner and start from the ends working my way up.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Frizz Defense Conditioner

My hair is flipped over at this time and I co-wash (wash my hair but with a conditioner instead of a shampoo). I rinse this out and go in again with more conditioner.

This time I either use my fingers or a wide tooth comb and comb through my tresses with the conditioner in. This makes it much easier to detangle.

After my hair is combed through I scrunch my hair, squeezing out the excess water and conditioner. My hair is flipped over throughout this whole process… back pains! I do not rinse out my conditioner as it helps me to maintain moisture throughout the week.









I normally step out of the shower at this time and wobble to my hair and makeup room whilst my hair is still flipped over.

Luckily my hair isn’t soaking wet to where it is dripping, but is wet enough for product application. I keep my hair flipped over throughout to help with volume. Today I used Bounce Curl light creme gel and the instructions say that hair should be extremely wet.

The Ringy Ding

I apply my product of choice on the hair by sectioning off parts, usually starting with the front of my hair.

Today I section in three parts as I am following Bounce Curl’s instructions. I finger comb the product in to make sure that no curl gets left behind. After my head is covered I take a cotton tshirt and scrunch the excess product, water and conditioner out.









Finally I can straighten my back again. At this point I head off to dry my hair with my diffuser. I diffuse on a cool setting or a little warmer if in a rush.

I’m in Liverpool, UK at the moment so air drying is not a luxury I can afford! I will be in Thailand next month and will update my process when I’m actually in the presence of sun! Joy!

…and an after Video

That’s it, beauties! My curly girl hair method. Be sure to check out my Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel review! 🙂

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7 comments on “Curly Girl Hair Method: Step by Step with Pictures

  1. I hate my unruly, curly and frizzy hair. Lately I discovered that applying hair oil helps to tame the frizz somewhat. it works better for me than a leave in conditioner. I haven’t tried using the cider vinegar on my hair before. Can it help to tame frizzy hair? What does it do?

  2. This sounds like a great routine. I have wavy hair – not curly. I have used castor oil before, but not the black Jamaican castor oil. Is it stronger? I could use it for several different applications if it was. Where do you buy it?

    1. Hi Elizabeth, thanks for reading! Jamaican Black Castor Oil works in different ways than normal castor oil and is stronger in that it aids in hair growth and conditioning at a faster rate than normal castor oil. The processing is different. I buy mine from eBay or Amazon, but there is a link right on this page where you can purchase the one that I use 🙂 hope that helps!

  3. Hi Manika,

    Love your post! Sent it to my partner she will really get a lot out of it. I love the apple cider vinegar routine. I use it to drink when the gut is a bit ordinary and also clean my vegetables in it! Great post, thank you,


    1. Hi Kev, thanks for reading again and sharing with your wife! 🙂 yes Apple Cider Vinegar is one glorious item but you have just given me an idea. I never used it to wash my veg before but I can imagine how it does the job really well so I will definitely be trying that tonight! Thank you 🙂

  4. Wow. Your hair looks great. I have a lot of hair but is all baby fine. I used to wash my hair once a week until I started using a product called Monat. Now twice a week does the trick. It contains a special blend Oil (which they also sell separately). Expensive but you use such a small amount of product that it lasts forever. I love air drying my hair but it comes out looking like I slept for a week. Is I the vinegar that makes the difference
    Or the cut? Looks like you have very thick coarse hair. Any tips for us frail gals?

    1. Ahh I love products that are great quality and really go a long way! Ton answer your question the Apple Cider Vinegar does a beautiful number on the hair and makes it very shiny and manageable. For someone with more frail hair I would use a deep conditioning very regularly to strengthen your strands and stay away from heat tools that can damage and thin your hair. Here’s my post where you can check out how to make a DIY mask that is awesome for hair strength. Good luck! Let me know if I can be of any assistance 🙂

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