For practically a decade the Curly Woman Technique by hairstylist Lorraine Massey has modified the way in which ladies have cared for his or her pure curls and waves.
In 2011, Massey, who additionally owned Devachan salons on the time launched a ebook with Michele Bender referred to as Curly Woman: The Handbook. In it, she describes the Curly Woman Technique, a hair care and styling routine that has not solely confirmed to achieve success (simply take a look at all of the social media golf equipment and posts devoted to it) however one that may seemingly proceed to evolve and collect much more believers.
This hair care routine is all about taking declare of your pure curls and undoing injury from mainstream strategies that really harm the pure texture of curly hair. The Curly Woman Technique ditches the merchandise and processes which might be weighed down in chemical compounds and dangerous routines that really injury, dry out and flatten curls and introduces a course of that permits your hair to fall into its pure curl sample. When all steps are adopted and the proper merchandise are used, the Curly Woman Technique has confirmed to make curls fuller and extra outlined.
Whereas the unique steps and merchandise work nicely, you’ll be able to nonetheless make this routine your individual and discover the method and merchandise that work greatest on your curls. There are a number of on-line communities on social media devoted to the Curly Woman Technique and 1000’s of earlier than and after photographs might be discovered on Instagram with #CurlyGirlMethod that may undoubtedly encourage curly and wavy hair women to provide this hair care routine a attempt.
1. Say goodbye to conventional shampoos with sulfates.
We’re large followers of utilizing the proper shampoos on your hair sort. We’re additionally large proponents of studying elements on hair merchandise rigorously and it’s a non-negotiable with the Curly Woman Technique. Many shampoos include sulfates which might be drying and harsh. A foul sulphate to keep away from is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), there are others nevertheless which might be much less harsh and worsening comparable to Sodium Lareth Sulfate (SLeS) and utilizing these shampoos can assist for curly women who want extra cleaning if they’ve oily or greasy hair. Different mild cleaning shampoos or “low-poos” also can embrace mild cleaning elements comparable to cocamidopropyl betaine and decyl polyglucose which assist to cleanse gently with out stripping the hair.
As an alternative of bristles and tooth that pull, break and weaken hair, the Curly Woman Technique says to ditch dangerous combs and brushes and use your fingers as an alternative. Along with your fingers you may get a precise really feel for knots and management how you’re employed your means by means of your hair. Utilizing your fingers additionally helps in massaging the scalp to assist follicle stimulation and also you’re additionally working in moisture into your locks—particularly when making use of accredited Curly Woman Technique merchandise like conditioner.
These trigger build-up and may weigh hair, particularly curly hair, down. Non water-soluble merchandise are additionally more durable to scrub out, for individuals who need tight, full curls, these merchandise are a no-no and usually are not beneficial for curly or wavy hair.
These merchandise needs to be averted for all hair sorts truly. These elements strip the hair of pure oils, could cause irritation relying on the make up of the merchandise and perfume, and also can dry out the hair. Whereas it’s straightforward to be lured by alluring smells or maybe go-products you’ve all the time used with out its elements listing, it’s greatest to chuck these merchandise out of your hair care routine to take care of the healthiest curls.
This will likely appear tough particularly whenever you need the choice to rapidly dry hair or tame it. Utilizing a diffuser on low warmth and warmth shield product might be integrated, but it surely’s greatest to softly blot or pat your curly hair dry with a microfiber towel and hair dry to take care of longevity, elasticity and energy in your curls.
When cleaning, use your fingertips and never your nails to work your conditioner or co-wash in. This may be finished 1-2 instances per week relying in your curl sort. These with wavy hair have the choice to make use of shampoo as soon as per week if wanted, these with curly hair ought to use conditioner and water as soon as per week. For women with coily hair, moist hair as wanted in between co-wash days that work on your hair.
Apply conditioner and coat the hair with conditioner, a large tooth mild comb can assist unfold the product if used sparingly, however as all the time, fingers are higher. For wavy hair, you should definitely situation earlier than and after shampoo and rinse out conditioner after a couple of minute. For curly women, rinse or go away in conditioner relying on how dry your hair is or how a lot moisture you want. For coily hair, permit conditioner to take a seat and wrap the hair. When safely wrapped (not too tight) low-setting warmth can be utilized to seal conditioner in. Rinse totally to keep away from build-up.
It’s time to place these harsh blow-dryers down and decide up a microfiber towel. As an alternative of blasting your curls with warmth, merely bend ahead permitting curls to fall over (in the event that they’re lengthy sufficient) and if not, merely cup your curls in your towel and start to softly scrunch your gel from the ends in direction of the scalp. Accomplish that in sections, beginning on the nape of your neck and dealing up scrunching your prime layer final. You should use a hair clip to maintain sections aside.
For wavy hair, you’ll be able to pin curls to assist them keep or use some further scrunching. For curly hair, fluff hair from beneath for extra quantity and keep away from scrunching or fluffing the highest to keep away from fizziness. For coily hair, wash and go! This texture is so naturally held nicely, it may be styled as you please after a wash.
A cleaning conditioner is your BFF on the Curly Woman Technique. Discovering a conditioner or co-wash to cleanse and situation/moisturize helps to maintain hair clear with out harshly stripping it.
Go-to co-wash and cleaning conditioner merchandise:
Use merchandise which might be wealthy in emollients comparable to shea butter, olive oil and in addition wealthy in proteins comparable to wheat, wheat germ or soy. Emollients assist to moisturize and strengthen hair whereas proteins assist to revive hair follicles and forestall breakage.
Moisturizing merchandise with amino acids and aloe vera are additionally nice particularly for sure kinky or coily hair sorts which might be naturally on the dryer aspect.
Styling gels with PVP or PVP/VA give your curls bounce and extra elevate. PVP is a water-soluble polymer and is utilized in a ton of merchandise as a binder or fixative serving to to maintain hair in place with out being stiff or as many ladies with curly hair will know – crunchy as some merchandise do.
The Curly Woman Technique was made for ladies with wavy to curly and coily hair, however the foundations of this hair care routine might be utilized to different hair sorts as nicely. Particularly, the concentrate on sulfate and alcohol-free shampoos and merchandise. The emphasis on moisturizing can be large factor to maintain hair wholesome for all hair sorts. Whether or not although hair oils, masks or different protecting and restorative hair merchandise and strategies, giving your hair an additional moisture increase helps to strengthen hair and even enhance shine.
Written by: Rosalyn Solomon