The Curly Girl Method UK – A Guide

Originally, the curly girl method UK was popularised by hairstylist and author, Lorraine Massey. She wrote a book “Curly Girl: The Handbook”, which focuses on hair care routines for people with curly hair, including focusing on sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners and avoiding heat styling tools. It’s all about embracing your natural curl!

Here we go through the main principles in starting your curly girl journey!

Avoid Sulphates in Shampoo

One of the main principles is avoiding sulphates in shampoo. Sulphates are chemicals used as cleaning agents.

For sulfate-free shampoo, we recommend Davines Sulfate free Curls range.

Sulphate-free shampoos contain gentle detergents instead of sulphate to break down oil and dirt on the hair and scalp. 

However, when you first start your curly girl journey, you will be washing your hair with a ‘reset’ wash. This includes a shampoo that has sulphates in it, which makes sure you have removed all silicone and wax build-up. If you don’t do this, The CGM won’t work. Keep on reading to find a step-by-step guide on The CGM.

Avoid Heat-Styling Tools

Another important, and key aspect of the Curly Girl Method UK is to avoid heat-styling tools. This includes hair straighteners or curling wands, although using a diffuser occasionally on low heat is ok.

Heat, for every hair, can damage it, causing it to become dry and frizzy. The CGM (Curly Girl Method) encourages people to embrace their natural curls and style their hair using techniques such as scrunching and plopping.

Avoid Silicons

Silicones, commonly found in 90% of hair products, give hair a smooth, shiny look. They don’t dissolve in water, and can only be eliminated with sulfates, which are not allowed in the Curly Girl Method. Without sulfates, silicones will accumulate, leading to lank, dry, flat, and greasy curls. They are the main enemy of the CGM!

Don’t Towel Dry Your Hair

Towels are rough, so towel drying your hair will rough up the hair cuticle, leading to frizz and tangles. Most curly-haired people like to plop their hair. 

It Can’t Make Your Hair Curly

The CGM is to help enhance and define curls and make them healthier. So if you have anything below a 2b hair type, you won’t see the same results as someone with a 3a hair type, as they already have curls or wavy hair.

Check out the image below to see what hair type you have:

the curly girl method uk | drawings of the different hair types

Use Cleansing Conditioners

Cleansing conditioners, aka “co-washes” or “no-poo”, are like light conditioners used instead of shampoo. Dry curls and coils don’t need much detergent – just water, moisture, and an extended scalp massage (60 secs+) to get clean.

The Curly Girl Method UK For Beginners

If you’re stuck on how to start, here’s a great step-by-step by Khadija Horton on how to start your CGM journey!

the curly girl method uk | step by step guide

Curly Girl Method Products

We recommend the Davines Curls Range, which is a curly girl friendly approved product range!

To start off, here is what you’ll need on your journey:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Conditioner
  3. Gel

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