My Hair Transformation (The Curly Hair Method)

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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. 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!

dry damaged curly hair turned shiny smooth transformation

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!


Update: I now use Morrocco Method shampoo which is all natural and I LOVE it!

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6 thoughts on “My Hair Transformation (The Curly Hair Method)

  1. Liz
    My hair is exactly like yours! If I do anything to it one day that I want to save for the next day I use a bonnet. You can get them for just a couple dollars at any beauty supply store that caters to African American women. I'm white, but it works really well for me because I'm a restless sleeper, especially now that I'm pregnant, and I wake up with the same hair I went to bed with.
    1. Post author
      Oooh, thanks!! I'll pick one up :) I was deciding between the satin pillow or the bonnet and went with the pillow but it hasn't really helped.
    2. Cassidy
      Omg, your hair (dry, before hair) looks just like mine. So you recommend washing your scalp with conditioner?? My hair is so dry, I just don't know what to do with it and I'm trying SOOO hard to use the no poo method, but it's only been four days. I will try to wash my hair with conditioner, I use Coconut milk conditioner, sulfate, gluten, vegan, etc. I hope it works out. How long does it usually take to start rejuvinating the hair?
      1. Post author
        Yep! It just needs to be silicone free conditioner. I would wash your hair one last time with a sulfate shampoo to get all dirt and silicone out of your hair. Give it 4-6 weeks and get a trim when you transition so your hair is as healthy as possible!
  2. Van
    Have you tried "plopping" your hair after you shower? GAME CHANGER ! :) I have very curly hair and plopping really changed my routine. I am trying ROM now ( I did the no poo baking soda and ACV for 3 years and it was great! ) but still plopping my hair. On a non wash day, I just rewet-not soaking wet- my hair in the shower and plop my hair to reset my curls and get my bounce back. I have also found sleeping with my hair in a goofy bun on the very top of my head also helps with my curls not being flat the next day. Hope you find this helpful :)
    1. Post author
      Thank you for the ideas! I've been sleeping with the bun on top of my head and it definitely helps. Really need to give plopping a try!

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