As a little girl, I had stick straight blonde hair.
I can remember sitting on the floor while my mother sat on the couch and set my hair in pin curls. The next morning she would brush out the pin curls, and before lunch my hair would be as straight as a stick!
But I have given up the fight. As of April 29th, I am now a Curly Girl. Aside from the obvious, this means I am following this book, Curly Girl, by Elaine Massey:
The steps to the curly girl or no-poo method are:
1. Clarify with a sulfate shampoo before beginning.
2. Have your hair trimmed. This will get rid of any damage or split ends.
3. Stop using a brush. It damages your hair whether it is wet or dry. It causes frizz and makes dry hair tangle. Use a wide-toothed comb instead, or even better, use your fingers.
4. Stop shampooing your hair. Using conditioner in place of shampoo will cleanse the hair just as effectively without stripping it of moisture.
5. Give your hair time to adjust. It takes 2-4 weeks for your hair to adjust to the no shampoo. It may even look worse at first.
6. Wash your scalp with conditioner.
7. Distribute conditioner throughout all of your hair and untangle gently.
8. Apply products to your hair. Do it while it is soaking wet if you have curlier hair, but wait five minutes or so if you have medium to wavy curly hair. Put product in your hands and rub them together to emulsify. Then, smooth or rake the product into your hair by sections. A common method is to begin with a leave-in cream or conditioner to decrease frizz and then follow with a gel for hold and definition.
9. Gently scrunch your hair with a t-shirt, paper towels, or a micro-fiber towel to remove excess moisture, as a generic terrycloth towel will make your hair frizzy.
10. Dry your hair. Air drying is the easiest and gentlest way to dry your hair. If you must blow dry your hair use a diffuser to avoid frizz.
Yes, this means that I have not “washed” my hair in almost two weeks. And I have had some rough days. But I can tell a difference in the curl. The front has always been curly, and the back more wavy. Now I am starting to get a lot more definition in the back. I have had a lot of trial and error with product, and I have found I can go three or four days between co-washings, just rewetting it a little in the mornings to calm it down.
I will be posting pictures to track my progress!
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