Two years ago I gave up shampoo. After months of my head breaking out in hives I found out I was allergic to sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo that creates the lather. When I began to research this ingredient I learned it was known to strip hair of its natural oils. Not only are many people allergic to it but for people with curly or naturally dry hair sulfates can cause a lot of problems. When I used shampoo my hair was brittle and no product would manage my frizz or fly-aways. It took a lot of experimenting to find a hair routine that worked for me, but last year I did and I’ve never looked back!
See, it’s hard having curly hair. Growing up I washed and styled my hair just like anyone else not knowing that curls require special care. I even straightened my hair every day in high-school because I hated my curls. I just didn’t know how to style them!
In 2013, after being tired of my unmanageable hair, I decided to transition to the “no poo” method, meaning I did not use shampoo. Instead of shampoo I’d use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Over that year my hair became much healthier but using baking soda and vinegar was unappealing and a pain in the butt so I set out to find a simpler way to take care of my curls.
That’s when I found the “Curly Girl Method”. I began this method in early 2014 and am absolutely in LOVE with not only the way my hair looks but how easy it is to take care of. This method works for dry hair, curly or not.
1. Clean your hair one last time with shampoo to get out any silicone in your hair. From this point on, you will not be using silicone therefore you will no longer need shampoo.
2. Purchase a silicone free conditioner and silicone free styling products. www.ulta.com allows you to filter your search to choose silicone free. To condition I simply use Suave Coconut conditioner. It’s like $2 at the grocery store and silicone free. Works great since you need a lot of conditioner to wash your hair. To style I use the Shea Moisture line. Exact products will be linked below.
3. Trim your hair to get rid of any split ends. Curly hair girls, make sure you go to a stylist who knows how to cut curls!
4. Wash your scalp with conditioner. Yep, that’s right. Do exactly what you would with shampoo with conditioner. Rub a good amount in (for my big head of hair I have to use a lot) into your scalp using your finger tips. Be sure to get all over your scalp not just the top, this should take you a solid 5 minutes to work all the way through. Rinse conditioner out still working your scalp with your finger tips, this will loosen the dirt and allow it to rinse out.
5. Condition your hair. For curly hair girls, it’s best to use your fingers or a wide tooth comb and detangle your hair while it has conditioner in it. Rinse with cool water. Use a t-shirt or micro fiber towel to dry your hair.
6. Style. Most days I’m too lazy to do anything more than add some Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Gel. It’s the best product I’ve ever found to hold my curls in place while not making them hard and undesirable. Some times I’ll use a few drops of Argan oil right when I get out of the shower and a little Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. You can use any product you like so long as it does NOT contain silicone.
Yep, that’s it! After a year of doing this I’m in love. My hair is stronger, healthier, shinier, bouncier, just all around better! Now that I’m a mom most days I don’t do much to my hair. Actually, before I had a baby I didn’t do much- I’m pretty lazy with this kind of stuff. That’s why I love this routine!
The only thing I have yet to get down is being able to not have to condition my hair every day. I wash my scalp 2-3 times a week but I have to condition it every day or my hair loses its bounce and creates a lot of frizz. I even use a satin pillow but I have yet to find a product that rejuvenates my hair on day 2. Suggestions welcome!