My hair is naturally wavy but I didn’t actually know that until I was in my 20s. Before that, I struggled with the texture–I have fine hair but I have a ton of it, so it’s frizzy and unmanageable and difficult to straighten. I longed for either beautiful ringlet curls or straight silky hair instead of my mop of in-between. Then I discovered the Curly Girl Method. It’s based on a book by Lorraine Massey called “Curly Hair: The Handbook”, and it was a game changer for me.
I follow a loose interpretation of this plan. I have trouble not washing my hair regularly because I’m doing a gym bootcamp and shower every other day, but I try to shampoo only twice a week and the rest of the time use water and conditioner to cleanse.
After I get out of the shower, I blot my hair with an old tee shirt so it’s not dripping, add to my hair a curl cream and a gel, and then gently scrunch with a microfiber towel. I air dry the rest of the way, which usually takes about half a day since I have so much hair! Do not brush–if you absolutely need to detangle, take a wide toothed comb in the shower and comb while your hair is full of conditioner.
To achieve second day hair, I sleep with it in a “pineapple” (a soft scrunchie holding my hair in a ponytail on the top of my head), rewet it with a spray bottle when I get up, then scrunch in some cream.
My current favorite products are made by the brand Lus (found here–I use the ones made for wavy hair) and I love Eco Styler gel (found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003E7UNE4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003E7UNE4&linkCode=as2&tag=flickerandfle-20&linkId=23b20ad1edeab31f54d9752f9b2f1c86)
My all-time favorite resource for more information is https://www.naturallycurly.com/
They have a community for talking about using the method, favorite products, and more. It’s a great place to learn more! And you’re always welcome to join my fabulous community at Flicker&Fleur, where we love to chat about hair.