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curly girl method didnt work :( i'm giving in + buying ghds!!

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mummee09v Wed 11-Nov-09 11:08:43

just wanted to moan really!! i have been following the curly girl method for about two weeks and my hair looks SHIT!!!!!

didnt go for the full co-washing, but i bought an organic childrens shampoo (halos n horns) with no SLS, silicones or parabens and also a leave in conditioner without those things in (a natural tea tree one from home bargains)

and i styled with frizz ease gel and boots pink curl creme. but still didnt get the nice shiny defined curls promised it has looked a horrible frizzy mess and seemed drier than ever. also my hair never quite felt clean while doing it either!!

also after a few days of using the curl creme i looked at the ingredients and noticed one of them is "polyquaternium 10" - thought "polyquats" were to be avoided??? yet on the curly girl thread that is highly recommended??

has anyone else tried this method and failed?? i have decided to buy some GHD's and just wear it straight from now on!!!!!! it might damage my hair but at least it will look better hmm

mummee09v Wed 11-Nov-09 12:15:48

anyone?? lol

saythatagain Wed 11-Nov-09 12:18:45

Another one here who chucked in the towel. I really coulnd't do with the matted looked I got. Well done dear!

AnnaSui Wed 11-Nov-09 12:22:47

no! don't do it!!

get one of those 12 week blow dries. The ghds turn your hair into an 80s frazzled bird's nest. and it is harder and harder to make you hair look sleek..

AnnaSui Wed 11-Nov-09 12:23:34

ps, I couldn't do curly gurl either, my hair is too thick. It is just wavy and thick and it looks horrible.

saythatagain Wed 11-Nov-09 12:27:12

I should add that I don't subscribe to hair straightners - my hair is too fine (but curly) and doesn't look good. So I would agree with AnnaSui....don't do that bit!

ginnny Wed 11-Nov-09 12:30:01

Whats a 12 week blow dry Anna?
I couldn't get on with the curly girl thing either. My hair felt dirty and still went frizzy.
I'm back to the ghds now but I know they are bad for my hair.

AnnaSui Wed 11-Nov-09 18:21:46

here, I know somebody who had it and i'm so jealous


bebesequin Wed 11-Nov-09 20:07:51

Nope no success with curlygirl either back to frizz ease for me - smile

drinkmoretea Wed 11-Nov-09 20:19:39

Didn't work for me either... sad

Jewelsandgems Wed 11-Nov-09 20:49:57

I tried it on my DD1s hair (she has curly hair) and it kinda worked at first, and then the more I did it, the worse it got - it seemed to get straighter and - well just lank really.

I then washed it with her usual shampoo I had kept, and after washing curled her curls around my fingers, and her hair is back to it's normal, shiny bouncy (albeit slightly frizzy in wet weather) hair.

BitOfFun Wed 11-Nov-09 20:57:11

Some polyquats are ok as they are soluble in water, so don't worry about polyquat-10.

What about the frizzease gel though?

BitOfFun Wed 11-Nov-09 21:04:55

I've just looked the ingredients up- it's choc-ful of silicones! No no no no. These are sealing moisture OUT of your hair and building up on it, as only strong detergents like SLS can break them down. That, my friend, is the problem.

But I'm not a chemist. But I reckon that's the reason the regime hasn't worked well.

AnnaSui Thu 12-Nov-09 08:51:36

is it the 12 wk blowdry thing that is full of silicones BOF?

ruddynorah Thu 12-Nov-09 09:03:48

OP you didn't actually do the CG method though! so it wouldn't 'work' would it?!

fishie Thu 12-Nov-09 09:08:35

frizz ease will utterly fuck your hair up. it is basically silicone, might as well wash it in fairy liquid.

i like aveda curl stuff, it seems expensive but lasts ages.

JackBauer Thu 12-Nov-09 09:24:00

I've been doing it properly for the last few weeks with DD2, only with cheap conditioners and with no product (as she is 2!) and the top of ehr head is gorgeous, all ringletty and lovely. The back and siodes are stilla bit frizzy because when she sleeps she thrashes, but they bounce back after a spray.
Try it with proper stuff before giving up.

BornToFolk Thu 12-Nov-09 09:27:11

Full on curly girl doesn't work for me so I do my own version!

I wash everyday. Mostly I co-wash with Original Source tea tree conditioner, but once or twice a week I wash with shampoo. Just a tiny bit and just one wash - none of this rinse and repeat business. Then I condition with a Fructis conditioner.

Then I use Umberto Gianni Scrunching Jelly, twist a few curls round my face and the top layer and leave it alone for about half an hour. Then blow dry.

Mostly my hair looks quite good, I think!

I think the key is finding the right styling product for your hair. That Boots Pink Creme was rubbish on my hair, made it feel sticky and dirty. The Umberto Gianni stuff is brilliant though.

TrillianAstra Thu 12-Nov-09 09:32:14


I'm not doing the curly girl thing myself but I love how all the people saying 'curly girl doesn't work' either don't have curly hair (and haven't been adjusting the regime for their slight-wave-rather-than-full-on-curls) or in fact just haven't been doing it right at all.

ImSoNotTelling Thu 12-Nov-09 09:55:31

Adjust the regime for wave rather than curls?

No-one mentioned that on the original huge thread! Well that I read anyway...

How do you adjust?

BitOfFun Thu 12-Nov-09 10:03:58

AnnaSui- I don't know, I was thinking of the frizzease gel.

TrillianAstra Thu 12-Nov-09 10:24:10

I've only read about the thing on a few threads but apparently there's a range in how much moisturiing vs cleansing your hair needs.

very curly - condition only
wavy - shampoo with something gentle (not sure of deifnition) occassionally

Why do I know this when I'm not even doing it?

ImSoNotTelling Thu 12-Nov-09 10:51:36

Good lord shock

Well I got the aussie shampoo recommended on the other thread and it smelt so gorgeous it seemed a shame not to use it, so I have been, and then washing with conditioner and then leaving a bit of conditioner in. then leave to air dry which is what I've done for years.

So I have accidentally done it right! wahey!!!

My hair looks thicker and stronger and in better nick. It is also happily doing what it likes which is quite curly underneath and straight on top. So it looks healthy but very untidy. But hey-ho I'm happy grin

ImSoNotTelling Thu 12-Nov-09 10:56:23

Forgot to say thanks trillian! Must have been a slow day on MN if you read that huge thread and you're not even a curly grin

TrillianAstra Thu 12-Nov-09 11:05:38

I am a curly (I think) just not oing the method as my hair is fine as it is and I have massive bottle of shampoo to use up - might ocnsider it when I come to buy new hair stuff

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