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.

*Aquis hair towels & turbans

Using code ’CHARLOTTA’ you get -10% off on *Aquis.fi

  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

 

 

 

Wavy & curly hair products: Briogeo Curl Charisma

Finding good hair products for naturally curly hair, that is more on the wavy side, is hard. Especially conditioners. And curl creams or gels as well, actually. I also feel like it’s a bit hard to find products here in Finland. We have lots of naturally curly haired beauties here, but it’s not really a thing. Usually people want to smooth out their curls and the products are advertised to do just that. Usually with silicones. There aren’t that many “for naturally curly hair” products and lines that are meant to enhance the curls and actually make the best out of them. Or maybe there are, but I have missed them.

I am interested in products made especially for naturally curly hair. On top of that, I prefer products that are mostly made with natural ingredients and definitely without silicones. A good conditioner needs to be very smoothing and slick so that I can untangle my hair with it, but it can’t make my hair too sleek – otherwise my curls won’t get as defined.

And since you already saw the title, you know that I have good news. I have found great new products for naturally curly and wavy hair. These are actually so far the best that I have tried. And best of all, they are available not only internationally, but in my own country as well.

Hallelujah.

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Briogeo Curl Charisma products for naturally curly and wavy hair

Briogeo’s ideology seems perfect for me. Briogeo’s products are 6-free, meaning that they don’t contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA and synthetic color. Now I’m not an expert on ingredients, but I do like to avoid ingredients, that are questionable and possibly toxic (like like phtahalates and DEA). I also feel like some of the ingredients are just unnecessary – like silicones and synthetic colors. These are some of the reasons I prefer using more natural cosmetics. Their ingredients rarely come up negatively in a google search. And as I’ve been using conditioners without silicones, I can definitely say you don’t need silicones to make your hair smooth.

Briogeo’s products are also cruelty-free and mostly vegan.

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In these photos I have used the Briogeo conditioner and the gel on my hair and let my hair air dry.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

The Curl Charisma Conditioner is wonderful. It’s made for type 2A to 3C curls. Basically what that means is that it’s for those that get loose waves, to those that get spiral curls. Here’s a good photo to check your curl type.

This conditioner makes untangling my hair easy and leaves me with soft hair. At first I thought it was gonna be too heavy for my curls, because it felt so sleek, but it’s actually perfect. Turns out, my hair does need a lot of moisture (shocker for a curly girl, I know).

It contains ingredients like rice amino acids, shea butter, quinoa extract, tomato fruit ferment and almond oil that moisturize, protect, create definition and prevent frizz. What I like about the ingredients, is that there’s not too much oils (they are are quite in the middle of the INCI list) and that there’s not coconut oil. I feel like coconut oil in my hair just doesn’t work.

All in all, this conditioner is great. I’m so happy I found it!

Briogeo Curl Charisma Conditioner*

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel

This product, as well, is recommended for type 2A-3C curls.

This gel is so nice, because while it gives me some hold, it also seems to give me some shine and moisture. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t really dry down to a stiff cast, as gels tend to do. I would say this is definitely beginner friendly as well, since you can’t accidentally end up with crazy stiff curls. It looks and feels very natural on the hair. It’s very hard to overdo it.

I also like that this product doesn’t really have a scent. It doesn’t smell like anything in my hair.

How I use it: After shower, I scrunch it on either wet or towel dry hair in upward motions.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Frizz Control Gel*

 

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-in Defining Creme

I also recently bought the Curl Charisma Leave-In Defining Creme and it’s been great as well.

If you need even more hold, you could try Curl Charisma Leave-In Defining Creme. That gives nice texture and hold. It’s a bit thicker than the gel, but it still doesn’t leave a cast. It’s a creme, but a bit gel-like. It’s also recommended to use together with the Frizz Control Gel to get the best results. I usually just use one of those though, because I’m scared of using too much of product.

Curl Charisma Leave-In Defining Creme*

 

Briogeo conditioners for curly hair

Besides these I bought the Blossom and Bloom Conditioner*, because I was curious to see if the other Briogeo conditioners would work as well. And the conditioner is nice! It’s more lightweight than the Curl Charisma one, but it untangles my hair well and leaves it nourished. If your hair is dry and curly, I would still choose the Curl Charisma one. But if your hair is not that dry and gets weighed down easily, you could try this one instead. But all in all, all Briogeo conditioners would suit curly hair, since they are all for example silicone free.

briogeo curl charisma products for curly wavy hair

What are your favorite products for naturally curly hair? I’m on a mission to find lots of great products.

 

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