This year I started using the Curly Girl Method which eliminates traditional shampoo, uses conditioners to cleanse hair, and uses either a conditioner and/or gel as a hair styling product. This hair care method also steers clear of sulfates, silicone ingredients, alcohols, and other harsh cosmetic ingredients. I had already stopped using traditional shampoo, yet this year learned what made conditioners different from hair lotions and incorporated finger detangling my hair which was a big improvement in my hair care overall.
The Curly Girl Method was one of the best techniques that I’ve learned for my hair so far.
This fall/winter season I am focusing on my hair health as I continue to grow my hair out. So far this year I’ve cut my hair three different times to clean up and eliminate the uneven layers that naturally grow when you shave off all your hair which I did again the spring of 2009. If you are curious, I cut off all my hair again that spring after it was colored for a hair industrial. Over this year the front and sides of my hair have grown longer, and I continued to cut the back layer to make them more even with the front.
(Photo above… September 2012–Styling with the Curly Girl Method)
Since using the Curly Girl Method I have enjoyed healthier hydrated hair. Although I LOVE the big voluminous curls from using this hair care method, I haven’t been crazy about the single strand knots and tangles that I’ve had even after maintaining my hair trimming. I never dealt with tangles or single strand knots in the past to the degree I have recently. Prior to using the Curly Girl Method I was only using braids to set my curls and nothing else. I tried going back to braid out styles but couldn’t get into the look of them as I had before. Recently I’ve been experimenting with twists and twist out styles instead.
My hair looks fuller with twist outs than braid outs plus helps to eliminate excessive tangles and single strand knots making my hair so much easier to do.
Although my hair appears very voluminous at times, I do have fine hair strands which make it very easy to break and split. I was noticing that using the “pineapple” or very high loose ponytail at night to preserve my curls was pulling more than I would like on the edges of my hair possibly causing breakage. Because I have fine strands of hair, I have noticed that using a comb or brush on my hair even when soaking wet full of conditioner has caused more damage than necessary which I stopped doing completely. Lately I’ve modified my hair care routine dramatically.
I now wash my hair with an herbal hair cleanser following with a natural conditioner that I make to finger detangle my hair and as a leave-in conditioner.
I then use a natural oil and butter mix that includes shea butter and wheat germ oil to maintain moisture in my hair and as a styler. I section my hair in four with two sections on each side. For the back two sections I create a top and bottom section versus splitting the hair down the middle. I do three two-strand flat twists in each section totaling 12 twists. I gently remove these twists once completely dry for the look in the picture above. In between the days that I wash my hair, I add more natural oils/butter in the evening then put my hair into four large loose twists covering my hair in satin or sleeping on a satin pillow case.
So far this hair care method has reduced the amount of knots and tangles that I was experiencing before and is fairly simple. Henna has also been a BIG part of my hair care routine to keep my hair strong, shiny, and manageable. I have been using henna consistently since March 2010 and still use henna every month or two depending on my schedule. Nupur 9 Henna has been my long time favorite.
I LOVE the look of styling my hair with the Curly Girl Method the most, but this winter my priority is keeping my hair healthy and not spending all of my time cutting out single strand knots. Twists outs have been the only other style that I really like. Now that I am clear with what is working for my hair, I plan to also try this hair care method adding flaxseeed gel as the styler.
Hope you are all having an amazing day!
***Skin Care Tip–One Week Makeup-Free Challenge
When using jojoba oil as your facial cleanser it is extremely helpful to add essential oils. It changes the consistency of the oil completely adding even more amazing benefits for your skin. Note that jojoba oil will also detox your skin. This may show up as a break out at first, yet it will subside and improve after continued use. I do recommend taking your skin care to the next level with a full body and lifestyle holistic approach. If you’ve tried jojoba oil and it has not been working for you then consider only using high linoleic acid oils. This information is life changing!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)