A South African guide to the "Curly Girl Method"

24 January 2020 | By Renee Fortune

Ready to live your best curly-haired life? We help you break down the Curly Girl Method by reading the ingredients list and understanding a few simple principles - and help any woman with curly hair can embrace her tresses and rock them all year round.


When the world first read about the Curly Girl Method in Lorraine Massey’s book, Curly Girl: The Handbook, everyone was talking about just how versatile curls can be when they’re given just the right amount of TLC. We chatted to hairstylist, Craig Moses about how to DIY your way through the Curly Girl Method.

Say no to 'poo

The first principle of the Curly Girl Method is to use as little shampoo as possible. While not all women can banish it from their hair regime, the recommendation is to only use it once a week and to condition hair both before and after cleansing. 

“If cutting out shampoo is not your vibe, there are alternatives. Look for shampoos without sulfates (namely sodium lauryl sulfate & ammonium laureth sulfate), non-water-soluble silicones and alcohol. And look out for vitamin-enriched protein-based ingredients like wheat germ and soy or emollients like nut oils. Then, when you shampoo, concentrate on massaging the product into your scalp rather than the rest of your hair. Your curls will get a good rise when you wash the shampoo out, and that will do the trick perfectly,” said Craig. 

Keep your cool

Heat and curly hair are not always a great match. Excessive levels of heat can cause breakage and split ends – and we don’t want that. The Curly Girl Method advocates for as little heat as possible. If embracing your curls is on your list of goals then we suggest putting down your flat iron for a while and picking up a diffuser. It may make a world of difference. 

Craig commented: “I’m a big fan of plopping. If you haven’t embraced this fantastic trend and you have curly hair, then now’s the time to jump on the bandwagon. After wrapping your hair in an old t-shirt, use a diffuser on medium heat to dry for a few minutes. Then, let your natural oils work their magic.”

Condition your curls

“If you’ve got curly hair, the best tool in your arsenal is your conditioner. Invest in a good one and your hair will thank you for it. Look for deeply moisturising conditioners with ingredients like honey and argan oil, and use it liberally to tame frizz and give your curls definition. A good conditioner won’t create a white residue on the surface of your hair shaft when it’s dry. What you’re looking for, are products that don’t cause build-up – conditioners that you can leave in during the day to maintain volume. Do a bit of research as to which ingredients will suit your type of curls – knowing the facts will save you time and money,” said Craig.

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