Have you heard of the curly girl method? If not, this post may be confusing for you, and I recommend reading my blog post here first.

Talking about your hair can be an emotional topic. So much time and effort go into styling your hair, and it can be very frustrating if you can’t figure out a style that you like.

I’ve worn my hair curly on and off for years, but my journey with the Curly Girl Method (CG) started last May with a monthly challenge. My goal was to test out this method for a month, but to my surprise, I kept up with this challenge for nine months! Why was I surprised by this? Well, straighteners and curling irons were apart of my hair routine, and I didn’t think twice about using either one.

It took me some time, but I found a routine that worked for my curly hair. By following the right steps (for me), I was able to achieve the same results (almost) every time. Even though I liked my results, I decided that I was no longer going to be as strict with my CG hair routine. Why? I’ll explain more below.

What is the Curly Girl Method?

Lorraine Massey started the CG method with her book, The Curly Girl Handbook. The book is known as the “curly girl bible” and lists out detailed instructions and rules to follow. Here are some examples of what you need to avoid when you follow this method:

  • Rule 1: No Sulfates
  • Rule 2: No Shampoo (i.e. – No Poo, Low Poo + Co-Washing)
  • Rule 3: No Silicones
  • Rule 4: No Heat (Diffusing on low heat is sometimes OK)

After 9 Months – Why Did I Decide to Stop the Curly Girl Method?

Too Restrictive

Gasp, I know. There are a lot of curly girls that LOVE this routine, and it works great for them! But, I am one that loves to style my hair in a variety of ways, and I found that this routine was a little too restrictive for me.

Time In-Between Washes

I also try to go a long time in-between washing my hair, and it was more challenging to do when I wore my hair curly. I’d still try to stretch my time in-between washes, but my hair ended up in a high bun and a knotted mess.

What Changed and Started the Same in My Curly Hair Routine

  • Still, Air Drying My Hair / Using Low Heat
  • Still Using CG Approved Products
  • I’m allowing myself to curl my hair with curling irons.

Final Thoughts On the Curly Girl Method

I think the CG method works great for a lot of curly girls!

The method aims to give curly girls great looking (and healthy) curls. And it did just that for me! Over this past year, I’ve learned a lot about my curly hair, and I honestly loved my results.

But, I have decided not to strictly follow the CG method at this time because I love testing out all sorts of styles with my hair. At least for the next few months. (My hair frizzes too much during the winter months here in Ohio …. Plus. it’s not super easy to wear a hat and maintain your curls)

It’s OK to find a routine that works for you!

Do you follow the Curly Girl Method? Tell me about your routine and provide tips in the comment section below!

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2 comments on “Why I Stopped Following the Curly Girl Method”

  1. I share some of your sentiments. I follow CG loosely and I get better results than I ever have before. I have 2b-3a waves/curls.

    It is a lot of work though on a wash day. I’m a mom of 3 boys, youngest is 3mo. I try to plan wash days when we don’t go anywhere in the morning so that I can airdry with some diffusing in between and scrunch out the crunch once totally dry before we need to leave the house. It is limiting. I have a lot of hair, even if I wanted to diffuse to al the way dry it will take 30min of constant drying – impossible with kids running around. By day 3 and 4 it has relaxed so much I have to start some kind of updo/pin away.
    As opposed to this: it takes me 20min to fully dry and straighten my hair when I want it straight and then it looks great for a 6/7 days when my hair is shoulder length or longer.
    I hate how damaging it is and how I’m not embracing the curls I know is there. Maybe I should try it in a few years when my kids are bigger… 😂

    • Hey! Thanks for your comment! I agree it’s a lot of work on wash day … I have a difficult time keeping up with my hair and I only have one kid!
      One way I reduce the damage of my hair is I try to let it air dry all of the way (not always practical) before I style. I’m also thinking about getting this hair dryer – from what the reviews say, you can blow dry your hair and it will be straight without straightening it! If it works, it will help reduce the amount of damage. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LSUQSB0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

      The only rule I’m not following anymore is the heat/styling and since I go so long in between hair washes … so I don’t feel guilty about using some heating tools. I feel more put together and, like you, can go 6-7 days without washing my hair. (Yes please!) Also, I completely support you waiting until your kids are older until you try again. Do what you need to do to feel put together to get through the younger years. 🙂

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