I had experimented with the Curly Girl method in the past, but it always seemed to leave great results initially, then lackluster appeal. My main problem was that I would get an itchy scalp. Well, I just so happened to see that the Curl Girl Handbook was available through Kindle for only $2.51. So I purchased and read the book. I made sure to read in detail the steps for achieving a great wash and go for corkscrew curls. I love the book. I would give it four out of five stars. I only took away a star because they don’t seem to showcase natural hair textures in the 4’s. The kinkiest/curliest hair texture they show tends to be a type 3c. I’m a type 4a, with a definite curl pattern. It would have been nice to see more dense, coilier textures.
Aside from that, reading the book helped me to realize that there were things I hadn’t done correctly in the past in relation to the CG method. I have only co-washed my hair ever since reading the book, and my scalp and hair has never been happier. I think it’s safe to say that shampoo is out for me, even sulfate free shampoo’s that also tend to dry my hair out. So now, I just need to figure out who wants some shampoo.
I went to Ulta and purchased the trial/travel pack of DevaCurl products. Lorraine Massey, author of the Curly Girl Handbook, created DevaCurl products specifically for curl hair divas using the CG method. Now, that trial/travel set cost more than just a pretty little penny. And even though I liked the products, I am still trying to determine if the price is worth the performance. What I also like about the CG method is that you can use drugstore brands to follow the method. In fact, conditioner is used so much (cowashing, styling, leave-in) that it makes sense to buy a cheap silicone free conditioner since you will go though a lot of it.
Of all the products from DevaCurl, I think I like the gel the best. So if I don’t buy the other products, I will at least buy the gel again. I also like the conditioner, but as I said, you go through so much conditioner on the CG method, that expensive conditioner is not the most shopper savvy choice. If you are interested in following the CG method, I suggest you purchase the book. As I said, the Kindle download is less than $3. Also, MahoganyCurls is a YouTuber who follows a CG regimen. Her hair is beautiful. To follow the CG method, you will need the following:
- a cleansing conditioner (As I Am makes a nice Coconut Cowash, as does Eden Bodyworks)
- a moisturizing silicone free conditioner (this will be your detangled and leave-in, and you can also use it to cowash)
- an alcohol free gel (I like the DevaCurl Light Defining Gel, but EcoStyler is another popular, much more economical choice)
- a microfiber towel, t-shirt, or paper towels (I’ve been using paper towels, but they’re such a waste and environmentally bad, that I do believe I will invest in a microfiber towel by DevaCurl)
- a shower comb (On the CG method, brushes are not recommended. Instead, shower combs used to detangle wet hair that has conditioner in it is recommended).
Anyone else following a strict CG regimen? How is it going for you? What products do you use?