Frequently asked questions on the curly girl method with all of the answers
I get so many questions on the Curly girl method and how to look after curly hair so I thought I would do some questions and answers on the curly girl method. Some of the most frequently asked questions are really simple. I will update more questions on the curly girl method as I come across them. Most people know the basics no silicone, sulphates or heavy oils and waxes and if you have read the Curly girl book you are on to a good start.
What are your top curly girl method products and essentials for starting out?
If you are starting out on the curly girl method try some budget products such as Cheap drugstore, chemist products or local supermarket products are perfect for starting out. Here are the top 5 essentials for starting the curly girl method and some suggestions.
You will need;
A Deep Conditioner
You could try Garnier hair food
A conditioner to use as a co-wash and or leave in conditioner.
You could try an Organics shop conditioner or a Superdrug extracts. This is one of my favourites.
A Lo poo shampoo
Such as the new version of Johnsons baby Shampoo.
A gel or a mousse for styling
Such as VO5 wet look gel or Pantene mousse
A micro fibre towel or old T shirt.
What recommendations of low poo’s please?
You do not necessarily need a lather to clean your hair these detergents cling to your hair remove dirt. A Low poo shampoo is a curly girl approved shampoo which has gentle cleansers in it rather than harsh sulphates that strip your hair. Low poos have less of a lather and a Co -wash which is a conditioner wash will have none but will gently cleanse your hair. Here are some examples of Low poo shampoos.
Shea moisture frizz defense shampoo. Gently cleanses without stripping.
The Johnson’s baby range of shampoos.
What is a cast?
A cast is the slightly crunchy feeling from product on your hair when dry. The crunchiness of a cast holds the curl, you create a cast by using a hair mousse, Gel or a curling custard. Not all products will create a cast some will be softer.
Do I have to have a cast on my hair?
Not everyones hair will need a cast. lighter finer hair may benefit form less product weighing it down. You can experiment with a mousse or a gel gradually increasing amounts as it is all about trail an error.
If you don’t like the crunchy feel you can use something like a taming curl cream. Some curl gels don’t go crunchy either.
How do I remove a cast from my hair when doing the curly girl method?
To make your hair soft again gently scrunch your hair once it is fully dry with a t shirt or your hands. You can use a bit of light oil such as Righteous Roots Rx 4fl. Some people use a little bit of aloe vera gel or even lube!
If you don’t like the crunchy feel you can use something like a taming cream.
Can you sleep in a cast?
You can dry your curly hair and sleep in cast. This is a great way of preserving your hair over night and scrunching out the crunch in the morning.
Can I go swimming with the curly girl method? If so how can i look after my hair?
You can go swimming when doing the curly girl method but the chlorine will dry out your hair. To help keep your hair moisturised saturate your hair with clean fresh water first. You can then put conditioner on your hair too before you swim. This will let less bad chemicals in to your hair such as chlorine and salts. After swimming rinse your hair in clean water co wash and deep condition and style as normal.
How do I check the porosity of my hair? Porosity tips don’t panic!
Do you really need to do a porosity test? and what is hair porosity?
If your hair is dry, coloured, permed, straightened, or in bad condition it is going to be porous.
Wavy hair in good condition will most likely curl easier as the cuticles are closed. Hair that is porous or over processed will be drier and not hold a curl as well. That’s not to say you won’t have good curls eventually.
Fine hair can be porous and thick hair can be porous it is normally a result of damage to the cuticle from colouring your hair, blowdrying your hair or using harsh products.
Use these tips to distinguish what your hair porosity is like and choose products accordingly.
The cuticle is the top layer of the hair strand which is formed of scales covering the hair shaft. A flat smooth cuticle means low porosity and is good. A raised rough cuticle means it is porous as the scales are sticking up.
To test your hair porosity take a few strands of hair and run your fingertips from POINT to ROOT ( against the scales) to see if feels rough.
Porous hair and the curly girl method
If your cuticle is rough is is most likely porous. Porous hair will soak up water quickly and absorb it like a sponge ( you may feel this when it is wet, it will feel “fat” compared to the rest of the hair ) Being porous also means as the cuticle is open and raised it will also lose the moisture just a quick.
High porosity or porous hair will need more deep conditioning with possibly slightly thicker treatments such as Shea butter or Olaplex ( olaplex is a bond repairer )
Low porosity hair is the opposite, The cuticles are smooth and closed thus not needing as much moisture. Your hair may have more shine but also look greasier. You may not need to use as much product or heavy products as they may sit on your hair and weigh it down.
My hair is low porosity roots and high porosity ends I have 2a to 3a curls which dry out on the ends over time causing it to go straighter. When my high porosity ends are freshly done the moisture helps it to curl.
How much product do I use for the curly girl method?
This is a bit easier to distinguish when you know how dry your hair is. If your hair is greasy or weighed down you may use less. It is totally trial and error.
I have curly hair how do I manage it?
Is it ok to sleep on your curly hair?
When you are doing the curly girl method it is best to sleep with your curls up in a scrunchy satin hair band. This will stop the top layer and the curls going frizzy. You can also try sleeping on a satin pillow to help stop frizzyness. If your hair is very long you may benefit from sleeping with your hair covered completely in a hair buff.
In what order should I wash/treat hair?
It really y is no different to styling your hair normally when doing the curly girl method it is wash condition and style.
If you feel like you want to Low Poo if your hair is particularly greasy do this first or Co wash to clean. Deep conditioner is next or a normal curl safe conditioner. Finally style with mousse, gel or curl cream.
How often should I treat or deep condition my hair?
Curl need moisture it is recommended to deep condition your hair once a week if you are doing the curly girl method. If you only wash your hair once a week you may get away with doing this every other week.
How frequently should I wash my hair when doing the curly girl method?
Wash your hair when you feel you need it. If it is greasy wash your hair or it feels particularly dry. Your hair will transition and adjust to less harsh sulphates being used. Your scalp will start to produce less sebum and your hair will become less greasy over time so you can adjust your hair washes accordingly.
How long should I plop for?
You can plop for as long as you want. If you plop with product on your hair may start to dry in a strange shape so maybe only for 10 minutes. If you are plopping with a leave in conditioner you could leave it wrapped up for much longer. Experiment with plopping your hair.
Should I squeeze the water out of my hair or leave it dripping wet?
This is total preference, some people create a great curl result from more water and moisture. I personally apply to not soaking wet hair and squeeze out access water with a towel or t shirt. If you soak up more water it will take less time to dry.
If I’m having a bad hair day and don’t have time to wash can I put it up?
Yes of course, keep your curls up and off your face with something soft such as scrunchy band or even a scarf or bandana.
If I get caught without a microfibre towel/products and have to wash my hair normally will it take it all back to square 1?
No using a normal towel may cause a bit more frizz. Gently smooth some conditioner or product with flat hands on your hair to reduce this.