I’ve known that I’ve had curly hair for years, but I rarely wore my hair curly. Not because I didn’t like my curls, I just found that it:
- Took me longer to style my hair
- I was never sure of the results
- I couldn’t go as long in-between washes
Do you resonate with any of those issues with your hair? The truth is, before I tested the curly girl method, I liked my hair routine. I was able to quickly blow dry my hair and easily straighten or curl it depending on my mood. And with the right dry shampoo, I could go up to a week without having to wash my hair. Overall, I liked my hair routine, and as a busy mom, I was hesitant to make any changes. I had a process that worked well and worked well.
But, I was inspired to give the curly girl method a try after watching several YouTube videos by India Batson.
For the entire month of June, I tested the curly girl method, but after years of not wearing my hair curly, I knew this was going to be a challenge. (To learn more about the curly girl method, you can read my blog post here.)
My Curly Hair Prior to the Curly Girl Method
Every time I would try to air dry my hair or defuse it, I would get different results. Sometimes I liked how my curls dried, but other times my hair would get little volume and curls. The main problem I was having with my curly hair is that it would frizz, especially my short postpartum baby hairs. I wasn’t getting the results I wanted with my current routine, so I was up for testing out another process.
How My Routine Changed when Testing the Curly Girl Method
- Used a DIY clarifying shampoo to remove sulfates and silicones from my hair (Recipe found here)
- Removed Sulfates and Silicones from Hair Products
- This took the longest. I did my best to only use “curly girl products”, but there are a lot of hair curly girl products on the market that still include silicones and sulfates
- Did Not use hot styling tools in my hair (curling irons or straighteners)
- Tested the Lo-Poo and Co-washing methods
My Results from Testing the Curly Girl Method
I am happy with the results of my new curly hair routine. After testing the method for a month, my curls already had more bounce, definition and less frizz. I found that after a month of not using hot styling products that my hair was able to show it’s natural curl pattern. I was also able to extend the time between my hair washes by braiding my hair and putting it into a high bun.
Even though I like my new curls, it still takes me longer to style my hair curly than drying it straight. I also missed being able to wear my hair down multiple days in a row without having to wash my hair. To help extend the time between hair washes, I used dry shampoo and would pull my hair up. I did notice that as soon as I pulled my hair back, my curls would fall and I wouldn’t be able to wear it down again without washing it.
Throughout the month, I tested a variety of products before I found a combination that worked for me. I also found it challenging to eliminate the frizz from my new growth after having a baby … I’m still working on that!
What Products I used to Test the Curly Girl Method
- Clarifying shampoo – 1 x per month
- Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner
- Leave in Conditioner
- Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
- Gel + Curl Cream (OR just Gel)
- Hairspray (Optional)
Have I Stayed Consistent with my Curly Girl Routine
Yes and no. I have not yet straightened my hair since mid-may, but I have curled it with a curling iron after letting it air dry. I like being able to switch up my routine and experimenting with different styles, but I have only curled my hair 2 or 3 times since starting the challenge!
Want to learn the exact steps I used for my curly hair? Read my blog post here to see how I style my curly hair.