Thanks to author Lorraine Massey many curly girls have found better ways to take care for their hair. From changing products to hair styling tools, the curly girl/guy method is a good foundation for a routine that will help curly and kinky hair thrive as it focuses on the health of the hair and limiting damage and manipulation where possible.
Once I learned about the method, I definitely took steps to use as many natural products as possible. Ingredients like SLS have been found to dry out hair and scalp and is an unnecessary harsh cleanser, and mineral oil (i.e. petrolatum, paraffin) has been rumored to clog pores and increase irritation. That being said, mineral oil and the use of silicones can be controversial depending on who you ask, so conduct some basic research and decide for yourself. While I appreciate the curly guy method I deviate as I see fit, because it is my hair after all. That being said, it can’t hurt to try out some of these basic guidelines for yourself and see if it makes any difference in the quality or health of your hair.
Here are the basics:
- Avoid products that contain SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and silicones as they are thought to contribute to dryness and dull looking hair.
- Choose a clarifying shampoo to rid your hair of gunk and buildup on occasion. My personal favorite happens to be Kinky Curly’s Come Clean Shampoo.
- Use a cone free (short for silicone) conditioner as a shampoo replacement. Most conditioners are believed to have gentle but effective cleansing properties.
- Detangle hair when hair is soaking wet and be sure to use a wide tooth comb or just your fingers. With the curly guy method, you have no real use for a brush as they can contribute to crazy amounts of frizz.
- Use a styling product, like a gel and evenly distribute. Scrunch in product to help curls maintain definition.
- Once styled, don’t touch your hair! Reel in your “Hand in Hair Syndrome” as fussing with your hair will only lead to frizz later.
- Don’t blow dry your hair or limit heat styling as much as possible. Try air drying or “plopping” instead.
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