Curly Girl Method in a nutshell

 

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Every now and then people ask me tips and product recommendations for treating naturally curly and wavy hair. I’ve published this in-depth post about curly hair, but I wanted to make a new, shorter post. Because the routine for natural curls is very simple.

Here is the routine for naturally curly or wavy hair, AKA the famous Curly Girl Method, CGM, in a nutshell.

In the photos I have taken care of my wavy hair using these tricks. Before I started to take care of my curls, my hair looked something like this:

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Frizzy and somewhat straight. Not pretty. My hairstyle has always been very laid back and more often or not, I just like to keep my hair open. Now that my curls and waves are more defined, I feel like my hair looks nice, even though I don’t do much. Being on this method has also allowed me to grow my natural hair color back. When I dyed my hair blonde it was very dry (as you can see from the photo), but nowadays my hair is very healthy.

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CURLY GIRL METHOD IN A NUTSHELL

  1. SHAMPOO.
    Wash your hair with a sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the most common form) and silicone (usually ends with -cone) free shampoo. It’s more important that it’s silicone-free, so if your shampoo contains SLS it’s not the end of the world. Sulfates just tend to be quite rough and too drying for your hair and scalp. The shampoo should be gentle and moisturizing, because curly hair is naturally dry.

*Noughty Wave Hello Shampoo
*Briogeo Superfood Shampoo

  1. CONDITIONER.
    Apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair and untangle. You’re not gonna brush your hair with a brush at all. The conditioner should be silicone free, because silicones can build up in the hair and weigh down curls. Rinse the conditioner off from your hair lazily – some if it should be left in the hair (especially if your hair is dry).

*Briogeo Curl Charisma Conditioner
very moisturizing and nourishing
*Briogeo Volume Conditioner
also moisturizing, but slightly lighter version than the Curl Charisma

Note: pretty much all Briogeo shampoos and conditioners are suitable for curlies.

  1. SQUEEZE THE WATER OFF.
    Squeeze the water off from your hair with upward movements.
  1. DRY BY SQUEEZING THE HAIR WITH A TOWEL AND PLOPPING.
    Dry your hair by squeezing it gently with a towel. You can also tie your hair up with a turban, that absorbs the water. Aquis hair towels and turbans are honestly the best, because they dry my hair 50% faster than a regular towel.

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  1. GEL.
    Add curl gel to towel dry hair. This too you will scrunch in the hair with upward movements. If your hair got too dry and straight, you can take some water in your palms and squeeze the water in with the gel, so that you’ll here a  squishing sound.

*Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel
quite thick, good hold
*Briogeo Curl Charisma Curl Gel
lighter hold, very beginner friendly

  1. AIR DRY OR DIFFUSE DRY.

The most gentle way to dry your hair is to let it air dry. If you don’t have the patience, you can also use the Aquis towels and a diffuser.

And that’s the routine in a simple form! If you would want an even more simpler version, you can leave the gel out. Though gel does help the curl definition and gives good hold.

 

NOTES

Deep cleansing/clarifying

Before you start the routine you should shampoo with a clarifying shampoo, so that the hair is free from any product build up. You should also use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while, because other ingredients besides silicone can also build up in the hair.

Silk products for curly hair

Silk is the best fabric for naturally curly and wavy hair – and for all hairtypes. It’s super gentle, soft and doesn’t break the hairs. I use silk scrunchies and headbands (and I have a silk pillowcase) and they feel so lovely.

*LilySilk Silk scrunchie

 

 

 

AQUIS fast dry towels for curly hair

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Fast drying hair – there’s a wish I’ve had every time I’ve washed my hair and come out of the shower. One of the most frustrating things is waiting for my hair to dry once I’ve washed it. And I know I’m not alone. No one likes to wait two or three hours for their hair to dry.

But guess what? I no longer need to. I’ve found a special towel that dries my hair in half the time than a regular towel. At the same time that towel has improved my curl pattern and my hair quality – as impossible as it sounds.

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I’m so excited about this collaboration, because these towels have actually improved my every day life and my curls. Since I have naturally wavy hair, I’m all about keeping it healthy and I don’t like to dry it with heat that often. Drying my hair with these special towels from Aquis is a gentle way to speed up the drying process.

Plopping my hair with the Aquis turban has improved my curl definition – the turban helps the curls to set into tighter waves and curls. Once my hair is mostly dry, it’s easy to add all the styling products and make the most out of my waves and curls.

How do Aquis towels work? What makes them special?

Aquis towels are made from special Aquitex fabric, which cuts down the drying time by 50 %. We all know that wet hair is easily damaged or stretched, so getting it quickly dry without friction is a good thing. I have my natural hair color, but if you dye your hair, Aquis towels also help to keep your hair color vibrant.

The fabric feels high quality and soft. A regular towel fabric makes my hair frizzy, whereas with these I feel like my hair becomes shinier.

Aquis towels help with curl definition and shape, since the problem with curly hair is getting the hair to dry in the right shape. Aquis hair turbans are perfect for plopping! I love to first scrunch out the water with Aquis towel and after that I plop my hair. I keep the turban on for 30-60 minutes. After that my hair is mostly dry and it’s convenient to either diffuse it to totally dry or let it air dry.

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Aquis Towel for long hair, Lisse Luxe
Aquis Hair Turban, Lisse Luxe

How to: Plopping curly or wavy hair with Aquis fast-drying turban

Plopping is a great way to get your natural curls or waves to really show up. It’s all about letting your hair dry so that the curl definition or pattern is not ruined. You are basically tying your hair up upside down to create volume and definition.

  1. Place the turban on an even surface, a table or a sofa for example. Open it so that your hair can fall into it.
  2.  Your head upside down, place your hair in the turban. Pile your hair so that when you tie the turban together your hair is right above your head in a nice pile. Don’t tie the towel around your hair, so that the curls don’t get stretched (unless you want that).
  3. Let the towel absorb the water and remove the turban. After that either diffuse or let air dry. Voilà!

You can also use the towel to create a turban, but for curly haired beauties, I recommend using the actual turban. The towel is awesome for all the hair types though, and if you’re not looking for curls, it dries the hair even faster since you can tie your hair in it (like you would do with a normal towel). But as I said, I feel like I get the best results once I first scrunch out the majority of the water, before putting the turban on.

All in all, I’m so pleased with these towels and my results! There’s no going back to regular ones. I feel like now I actually look forward to washing my hair and the whole curly hair routine.

And since I’m talking about Aquis towels, I have to mention another product I’ve been using from them for several years now. I have their head band, which I use every morning when I wash my face. It keeps my hair dry and hair out of my face. It’s great quality as well and has lasted well in my every day use.

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