curly girl method – one month

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It has officially been a month since I quit using harsh shampoos (I only caved twice and used a special “low-poo”), towels, brushes, parabens, sulfates, silicones, etc.

I am loving it! My hair seems to like it too. I have some good days and some bad hair days just like before, but I have seen noticeably less frizz and better definition.

My routine is pretty much second nature by now. It has not changed much from my first post but if you haven’t read that one, here is what I do:

Condition scalp with fingertips to “wash” it using Not Your Mother’s Conditioner .

Add conditioner throughout (squish to condish method) and then use this in-shower comb under running water to detangle.

Squish in a bit more conditioner(don’t rake it!), let sit a minute, then rinse out 80%.

Flip head over (turn the shower off at this point or you’ll feel like your drowning, so I learned) and scrunch/squish out as much water as you can over and over.

Add in a dime size of Cantu Curl Activator in a squishing/scrunching motion. I do this in the shower because I read it was best to use on very wet hair.

Scrunch out even more water with a t shirt then add this cream and this gel

Plop overnight in a t shirt, if I wake up and it’s still too damp to air dry, I diffuse briefly.

Once dry, I scrunch out the crunch (SOTC in curly instagram lingo) with dry hands and sometimes this argan oil

It sounds like a lot of work but it’s not really. And I’m trying to only do this every 3 days now!

During showers that you don’t wash, use a shower cap. I use this cute one. On nights you don’t plop, sleep with hair on top of head in a fairly loose scrunchy.

On non-wash days, if hair looks bad, I “refresh” aka spray in a homemade conditioner/water mixture and a little gel and re-scrunch.

When I blogged about this at the 10 day point, I hadn’t learned about gel yet!

I have historically avoided crunchy gels. But I recently learned that a crunch or a “cast” over the hair is good! You just need to scrunch it out.

Thank you Instagram curly hair gurus!

I have a lot to learn, but I’ve found this little community of curly and wavy girls on IG and it’s nice to learn about techniques, read product reviews, see results etc.

Here are pictures to show progress! Some days it looks worse than the day before and some days better. I am still learning what works best for me. But I am happy with it and recommend to anyone with struggling waves or curls!

Sorry for all the selfies…

I woke up to these cute little twisties two weeks into CGM and I was so proud of them!
This is a plop! This is what I look like every 3 nights. My boys and husband get a kick out of it. The things we do for our hair! It stays in place all night, this is the next morning after sleeping in it all night and getting ready completely.
This is still damp but how it looks straight out of the plop. Pretty fool proof mornings compared to what I am used to!
I know I look thrilled about this, but it was day 3 hair…this was my first time trying a refresh on day 3 (was washing every other before this).
Ignore my first attempt at root clipping. I was shooting for volume but researching how to do it correctly is my month 2 goal. This is my little DIY refresh day bottle.
A little frizzy but not too shabby for 5 mins and a spray bottle! I am still learning to perfect refreshing.
Week 3, my first time using Cantu Curl Activator. It may be too heavy for my hair but I bought it and am going to use it up before trying another. I was really struggling with feeling like my hair was dirty here.
The underneath of my hair used to resemble a rat’s nest. On one hand this picture also resemles a rat’s next BUT I am starting to see some defined curls too!
Week 4. Loving the definition and lack of frizz, but wondering if I have over moisturized or if Cantu is too much for my hair.
Same as above, I’m so happy to see minimal frizz, but its it a little wet looking? Can’t decide!
And finally the one month mark! I washed out all conditioner and used less product for a less heavy look.

Are you tired of hair selfies yet?!

For my 2 month check in and I am going to show you results from both root clipping and a DIY rice rinse (saw it on Instagram). I just bought my rice tonight and can’t wait!

Thanks for following along on this curly journey of mine. Let me know if you have tried the method. I love seeing hair transformations!

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5 thoughts on “curly girl method – one month”

  1. I started a week ago and am kinda obsessed now! I was on the fence about the Cantu curl refresher too, so I tried spraying it in my hands and treating it like gel when I put it in my hair, just scrunching it in. Otherwise, I feel like I’m drenching my hair in it. It’s nice to see someone else’s progress and get their opinion!

  2. I started a week ago and am kinda obsessed now! I was on the fence about the Cantu curl refresher too, so I tried spraying it in my hands and treating it like gel when I put it in my hair, just scrunching it in. Otherwise, I feel like I’m drenching my hair in it. It’s nice to see someone else’s progress and get their opinion!

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