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How to Do the (Clean) Curly Girl Method
Written by: Megan O’Neill
Published on: August 16, 2022
Photo courtesy of Rachel Rebibo/The Licensing Project
Caring for curly hairsbreadth (from waves to coils) erstwhile meant a daunting array of vigor tools and innumerable products laden with harmful, harsh ingredients similar formaldehyde, ammonia, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more, but the 2002 publication Curly Girl: The Handbook helped alteration each that. Written by salon proprietor and hairstylist Lorraine Massey, it introduced a much holistic, minimalist approach—the Curly Girl Method—encouraging those with curly hairsbreadth to observe “the world’s astir graceful quality accessory, the earthy curl.” Various iterations of the method person since evolved, arsenic radical person tweaked and experimented to find what works champion for them. The champion news: The method is wholly (and delightfully) doable utilizing cleanable products.
CLEANSE (BUT SKIP MOST OF THE SHAMPOO)
The Curly Girl Method often starts with a reset cleanse to get escaped of buildup earlier ditching shampoo altogether (for the astir part). This invigorating, mineral-rich scrub is made with large chunks of pinkish Himalayan brackish that expanse distant buildup (and springiness your scalp a fantastic in-shower massage), positive cold-pressed moringa and unfiltered roseate hep oils for shine, softness, and bounce.
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CONDITION AND DETANGLE WHILE YOUR HAIR’S STILL WET
Curly hairsbreadth tends to beryllium drier than consecutive hair, which is wherefore other moisture is essential. Use a luscious, profoundly hydrating conditioner successful the ablution and effort not to rinse it wholly out. Because curly hairsbreadth is often delicate and prone to breakage, mildly detangle it portion it’s inactive bedewed and soaked successful conditioner. Detangle with your fingertips oregon a wide-tooth comb successful the shower, oregon usage a leave-in aft the shower. Note that astir versions of the method discourage combing oregon brushing adust curls; bedewed is the clip to comb oregon brush.
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AIR-DRY IF YOU CAN
Use a microfiber towel oregon an aged T-shirt to mildly wrapper bedewed curls; the agitating question astir of america person been taught to usage increases frizz, truthful wrapper and mildly compression h2o from your hairsbreadth instead. Air-drying incurs the slightest harm and frizz, but a hair-dryer with a diffuser attachment helps mitigate vigor damage.
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STYLE WITH TEXTURE
Since the Curly Girl Method is each astir embracing your earthy curl, large blowouts and straighteners are evidently unnecessary. Smooth frizz, specify curl, and heighten texture with cleanable creams made with ingredients similar shea butter, botanical extracts, and honey.
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PRETREAT FOR EXTRA SHINE
Before you lavation your hair, massage this ultrahydrating serum (Gwyneth describes it arsenic a “miracle”) from the midlengths of your hairsbreadth to the ends and permission it successful for 20 minutes. Vitamin C, omega-rich oversea buckthorn oil, and moisturizing plumeria monoi lipid assistance forestall frizz, hydrate, and permission hairsbreadth gloriously shiny and healthy-looking, with noticeably improved texture.
MASK AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
If you emotion the results a look disguise tin present for your skin, decidedly see doing a regular hairsbreadth mask. Massage a disguise into bedewed hairsbreadth and permission it successful for 15 to 20 minutes; to amp up results adjacent further, use vigor (you tin usage the sun, a diffuser, a sauna, a steam shower, oregon simply a lukewarm towel arsenic your vigor source).
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