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Hi. I want to start looking after my naturally curly hair better. I feel it's gone downhill over the last few years and I keep seeing things on Facebook and online of curly girls going silicone free and their curls are so different and beautiful after following this method. Is it the curly girl method? Can anyone recommend a website for a beginner or even outline for me what to do wxactly from start to finish as the amount of info out there is overwhelming and I don't know where to start with products etc. Thanks everyone 😀👍🌷
This is a good explanation of the Curly Girl method.
You don't need to break the bank with products - if you go into a Holland and Barrett you'll find co-washes and conditioners that work for the CG method.
Most importantly, get a good haircut, from someone who knows what they are doing! The current trend is a 4x year migration to Birmingham to see Matt James at Spring - I'm apparently not the only weirdo to travel from London - but there are others dotted around the country.
For styling products I use Trepadora (which is brilliant but costs its weight in gold) or DevaCurl. But there's an element of trial and error to discover what works for you.
The brand I generally go for is shea moisture, fairly cheap (compared to brands like devacurl - which is also great if you can afford it) and it's now stocked in boots. The coconut and hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie is my absolute favourite product, leaves my curls super soft and defined, and it smells wonderful.
I also recommend seeing Matt James at spring in Birmingham. His salon is literally the only salon in the UK I trust with my hair.
Silicones aren't all that bad, some can build up on your hair and weigh your curls down which might stretch them out. My curls are pretty tight so that's not a problem for me.
If you get too much product build up you just need to have a good clarifying wash with a sulfate based shampoo and then follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Don't use sulfates regularly though as they dry your hair terribly. I clarify about once every 2-3 week, in between I co-wash.
I had a similar thread last year and got loads of great advice, I'll try and dig the link out in a minute for you.
Unfortunately, cg didn't work out for me in the end, I gave it 6 months and tried loads of different things but by the end, my scalp was desperately flaky and my hair was falling out faster than normal no matter what I did So I'm back to mostly straight hair now. Ironically, I found that my biggest problem wasn't silicone or sls, it was a chemical called methylisothiazolinone which is often in the 'no cone/sls free' stuff anyway.
I bought the Lorraine Massey (DevaCurl salon/products owner) which was really useful and highlighted that there is no one size fits all solution for great curls - different curl patterns need different products and even different washng/drying techniques.
I agree that a good cut that enhances your individual curl pattern is really important. The book helped me understand a few key points on cutting that I was able to discuss with my hairdresser. We tried a few different styles and eventually hit on the right one for me.