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.

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

And there you have it! A lot of info in a small package. Are there any curlies out there reading this?

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Dear Santa: the loveliest beauty gifts for her

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Dear Santa,

I don’t think I ever felt betrayed once I learned you’re not real. One of the funniest memories is the last time you brought me presents. That was the last time my brother acted as Santa and the whole family tried to hold their laugh – except the Santa himself. I remember looking at him laughing exactly like my brother does – wearing my brother’s socks and clothes underneath the poorly dressed up Santa outfit.

Nowadays my Santa comes in a different form when I get gifts from my family and Risto. I’m also acting as Santa myself.

The loveliest beauty gifts for her

I like giving beauty products as presents. When the product is good quality and beautiful to look at, it will get a lot of use. Giving ice, but useful gifts is important to me. Here are my picks from Lyko this year!

YSL Lipsticks & YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows

YSL makeup products are the ultimate gift, because it’s almost like giving a YSL handbag to someone.  I’ve now tried the brand’s lipsticks, foundations and eyeshadows and I’m sold on their quality. YSL makeup products I like to keep on display and therefore use a lot.

*YSL Tatouage Couture lipsticks
These lipsticks have a semi matte finish and lots of pigment. I have a tutorial using these here.

*YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks
Perfect for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time perfecting their lip makeup. This glossy formula you can just throw on and it’s super comfortable on the lips.

*YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows
The most sparkly eyeshadows I own. They bring any makeup to the next level. They’re also easy to use, since you get the best results when you just press them on with your finger. I will post tutorials with these eyeshadows on wednesday, stay tuned!

Smith & Cult Nail polish, Lip gloss

My love for Smith & Cult products continues. These products are super beautiful, not as expensive as YSL, but they perform really well. And they’re unique so it’s nice to give these as gifts.

*Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer
The prettiest nail polish I own. All Smith & Cult nail polishes are 8-free. They also have *this cute gift set, which contains three colors!

*Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer
A beautiful lip gloss with a bit of a sticky finish, which makes it last pretty well on the lips. This has a sweet scent, which I’m all about. The color I have is a light rosy pink with some gold shimmer.

Amelie Soie silk hair scrunches & hairbands

I was super excited to find these 100 % mulberry silk products from Lyko. Who doesn’t like to take care of their hair? Silk is the ultimate fabric for hair, since it’s gentle and soft. Your hair will thank you. These are perfect for anyone on the Curly Girl method – and for anyone who’s not.

P.S. Their labels say: You are a star.

*Amelie Soie Silk Bow Scrunches
Beautiful scrunchie with a removable bow. I have the beige one, which goes with any outfit.

*Amelie Soie Silk Hairband
This is the first hairband since forever, that I’m actually using. It’s effortless, stylish and super comfortable.

+ lots more!

Besides these, Lyko also has some nice gift sets and a great selection of brands, including Benefit, RMS beauty, MAC, Clarins, Yankee Candle and a lot more. If you’re still looking for Christmas presents or just want to treat yourself, you can now get -20% discount on everything with the code ‘charlottajoulu’. Shop *here! Valid until 16.12.19. Does not include campaign products.

Have you bought all your gifts this year?

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