Happened just the other day.
It was getting kinda long….
Ok. Enough with the terrible Crosby, Steele, Nash, & Young puns (Apolgies to their fans).
I’ve blogged a number of times about my journey into the realms of no & low poo in the pursuit of taming my curly hair. And with all credit to Lorraine Massey, the creator of the Cirly Girl Method, it really has worked. I’ve gone from looking like this:
Now I know that Merida is not known for her uniform beach waves, and frankly neither will I be. My hair is an extension of my personality, and as such is wild, unconforming, has a mind of it’s own, and is more often than not an alarming mess. But, it’s now doing what my genetics meant it to do instead of being dried out by sulphates and brushed into a frizzy mess. It’s now a curly mess!
This isn’t it’s finest hour (or mine – this was 1.30am New Years Day!), but it was at least behaving. So, why the post title? Well…
I’ve used a number of help groups online to guide me through my curly girl journey and learnt so many new terms that I almost speak a new language. It’s been a journey to find out what makes my curls ‘pop’ (look defined) and which conditioners & products work for me – and the kids, and interestingly there isn’t much crossover despite us all having wavy/curly hair. In the end, I’ve got a list of what works for me and it’s not wholly faithful to the strictest methods.
One particular product has an alcohol listed waaaay down the ingredient list and inadvertently posting this on a CG group was met with almost apoplectic rage reactions (I’ll post the routine below). Don’t poke the hornet’s nest? Why not? Fanatics annoy me & announcing I now also used sulphate free shampoo to negate hard water in addition to the evil styling product was just too much for some. It was akin to running into a room of hard line vegans smothered in nothing but bovril & shouting “I love bacon”.
So why is my routine still working? Probably because I follow the foundations of no sulphates, no silicones, & no brushing without being terrifically obsessed by having perfect 3c curls. Because I don’t. And it’s just hair.
(✔ = hardcore CG friendly)
- Small amount of Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Shampoo (sulphate free) ✔
- Cowash & detangle with Sainsburys Coconut Oil Conditioner & wide toothed comb ✔
- Condition with Shea Moisture Coconut oil & hibiscus conditioner (leave in) ✔
- Add a bit more by squishing in Organic Shop Honey & grape conditioner ✔
- Squish in a tiny 2 peas worth of Cantu curl activator ✔
- Squish in some Boots pink Curl Creme (….eviiiiiiiiiil – has a bit of alcohol, but removes all frizz so fuck it)
- Squish in some Shea Moisture curling custard ✔
- Plop for an hour
- Diffuse until crunchy
- Replop into a buff/satin cap & sleep
- Scrunch out any final crunch in the morning
*My hair is super thirsty, so this much conditioner will not suit everyone.
This only happens once every week. All other days I sleep in a buff & if need be wet, re-diffuse, thenlargely ignore.
I’m looking forward to getting a bit more length so I can properly channel Merida.
For now, have you found what works for your wavy/curly/coily hair? Share the love!