The Curly Girl Method.

For nearly ten years I have been straightening and bleaching my hair. I hadn't left my hair natural in so long that I had no idea what it actually looked like. A few months ago I decided one day to wash it and leave it to see what it looked like.. My curls? They were gone. I was left with a slight wave. The curls I once hated were nowhere to be seen and I was actually sad about it. When I was younger I would have given up my right arm to not have curly hair but then when I actually realised the damaged that I had done I was devastated. The thing that I had been teased for years about at school. The one thing that made me stand out, I didn't have any more. It may sound dramatic and even as I'm writing this I realise it sounds silly to be sad about your hair but it's the truth. There and then I decided to ditch the straighteners. I started researching damaged curly hair and came across the Curly Girl Method.

What is the Curly Girl Method you ask? It's a concept originally created by Lorraine Massey about caring for your natural hair, whether that be waves, curls or coils. Textured hair needs to be cared for in a different way to straight hair. Curly hair needs moisture and lots of it. The way our bodies need water, curls need moisture. When the hair doesn't get this moisture it takes it from the atmosphere, thereby creating frizz. All of us curly hair girls understand the battle with frizz.

The three main things to avoid with the Curly Girl Method..

Sulphates. Silicones. Drying Alcohols.

In laymen terms...

Most shampoos contain sulphates. These are harsh and strip the hair of all it's natural oils. Textured hair needs these oils. The CGM advises not to use shampoo and to instead co-wash (wash with just conditioner) or to use a low-poo shampoo, basically a shampoo without sulphates.

A lot of conditioners contain silicones which coat the hair and stop moisture from getting in. Silicones can give the appearance of healthy hair but in reality underneath that, it's not healthy.

Styling products, mousses & gels can also contain silicones and drying alcohols. It can be a minefield trying to navigate the ingredient lists on every product you use in your hair but after a while it becomes second nature.

Technique plays a large part. Low or high porosity? Raking or praying hands? Air dry or diffuse? Scrunch out the crunch, to plop or not to plop?  (More posts on all of these to come!) It's like learning a whole new language but it's so much fun learning how to care for my natural hair. It's been 6 weeks and already I can see a difference. My curls are in no way what they use to be and it's still more wavy than anything but I can see that it's healthier. I'm eager to see how it looks in 3 months and then 6 months. The biggest thing I've learnt in the past 6 weeks is that it's a lot of trail and error.

I've decided to document my hair journey on here for not only my own benefit but for others who have maybe also damaged their hair and are not sure where to start in getting their natural hair back.

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