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 mentioned 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 have found 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 pineappled 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 and 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, see here for more details. I leave this on (wrapped in cling film) for 20 minutes to an hour then I rinse it out with coldish water.
Next I take apple cider vinegar mixed with some water and cleanse my hair.
Despite what some may believe, this does not leave your hair smelling of 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!
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.
The Important Conditioning Step
Next I take my conditioner and start from the ends working my way up.
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.
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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