Monday, 31 March 2014

Simple Easy Curly Girl Method Explaination

I wanted to do a really quick, easy, bullet point list about the CG method. Part of this blog is to try and be really clear and accessible whilst still being thorough, so I hope this does this!

  • The 'CG' or 'Curly Girl' method was first coined by Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: The Handbook and owner of the Devachan Salon in NYC.                                                 
  • The method calls for you to stop washing your hair using normal shampoo and replace it with 'Co-washing' or a 'Low-poo'
  • 'Co-washing' is simply washing your hair with a silicone free conditioner instead of shampoo. The CG method works on the basis that the scalp can be cleaned with conditioner and scrubbing the scalp, without the need for shampoo.
  • 'Low-poo' whilst the method states that the scalp can be cleaned with just conditioner, this does not always work for everyone, so a 'Low-poo' or a gentle, sulfate free shampoo can be used instead.
  • Sulfates are the things in shampoo that 'clean' the hair. They are chemicals that strip off oil and dirt, which makes them great cleaners. This is why they are in most cleaning products you would use to clean your dishes or bathroom with. 
  • Silicones are the chemicals that are in hair products that coat your hair strands and make the cuticle lay flat. This is why they are great for getting rid of frizz and making your hair smooth and silky. 
  • Sulfates are bad because although they clean the hair, they strip away all of the natural oil from your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. Over time, when you use Sulfates, your scalp notices that you don't have enough natural oils and goes into overdrive and mass produces them. This then increases your need for sulfates and the cycle continues.
  • Silicones are bad because they stick to your hair cause build up on your hair weighing it down and making it feel greasy if not washed away. They are not water soluble, so they need another agent to strip them from your hair, sulfates are what is used to strip them from your hair. But they also strip all the natural oils and goodness your scalp produces and your hair needs in the process. This is why you cannot just eliminate sulfates, you need to eliminate silicones as well.
  • To check you need to look at the ingredients, if an ingredient ends with a xane, cone or conol then it is probably a silicone. Dimethicone is an example and seems to be the most widely used one. Silicones are in almost all hair products that you would find in a Boots or Superdrug, so you have to be very careful.
  • BUT if the silicone has either PEG or PPG in front of it then it is water-soluble and it is CG friendly. So for instance my Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Cream has Dimethicone in it and therefor it not CG but the Styling Foam has PEG-12 Dimethicone in it so it is CG friendly :)
  • Sulfates are mostly just in Shampoo and they are a bit easier to spot and usually have the word Sulfate in the ingredient name, for example the second ingredient in Tresemme Salon Silk Shampoo is Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Now this can all seem a bit daunting to begin with. So I have made a list of sulfate and silicone free products to make it easier. I am trying to make sure that they can all be found on the British High Street. This list will start off very small but I will be adding to it when I find out more. Please always double check these yourself this is simply a guide.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Hood Dryer Review for Curly Hair

Price: £8 and upwards.

I bought a soft bonnet hood dryer recently and I am torn. I really, really want to like it. I love the idea that I can just put it on my head and then have two free hands to complete other tasks, which in the morning is badly needed. I managed to find one for £8 inc. delivery from Amazon and was so excited when it came. 

Soft Bonnet Hood Dryer.

It has a toggle that tightens to keep in your head, which I was instantly sceptical about, but it actually works really well. I had seen a lot of product reviews for other models from people saying that it would just not stay on, once they turned on the hairdryer but this one is great (as long as you don't want full speed, but I don't so its all good. I had also heard of lots of people (again of different models) saying that the tube would just melt when they used it for the first time. But I did my research (dozens of reviews on Amazon) and found a reasonably priced one that seemed legit. And it was no melting great, all good so far.

So the first time I used it I thought everything was going great ( I had seen a LOT of bad reviews, hence my paranoia and how easily pleased I am) and I was very happy. It took longer than I had thought to dry my hair but I am often too optimistic and realistically there is no reason why it should dry my hair much faster than just a diffuser. I take it off my head and as somewhat expected my hair is a bit bonnet shaped from being in the hood so I try to shake it out, nothing happens. I spray it with some water and try again, nothing happens. I try to pull the curls apart, nope won't budge. My curls were also much tighter than normal (which is fine, just not my look) and very flat against my head. My hair looked more like a hat, then a hairstyle.

 There is no faulting the product at all, it did its job really well and I'm sure the dryer works well for some it just didn't for me. I have tried it once since and got the same result. I really want it to work though so I am going to play around with it a bit more and hopefully post some pictures of the results, good or bad. I imagine that it would work great if you were putting your hair in rollers and like I said there is no faulting the product, it was just the wrong thing for my hair.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Review || Tangle Teezer on Curly Hair.

So I got a Tangle Teezer a while back from someone as a gift and I really like it. I hadn't even heard of them before, but I was promptly told I should have. Tangle Teezers are kind of strange little things really. They very much look like they are designed for children and have tiny little bristles that are super flexible (one of the reasons they are so good I think) and the bristles are also really short.

I was a bit sceptical at first, because of how they looked. I thought that the flexibility of Tangler Teezers wouldn't even touch my hair and the shortness of the bristles would not stand up to the job. But I was wrong! It is really good! I have had a couple of really big knots recently that any normal brush would have just ripped through, causing a whole world of breakage, but the Tangle Teezer just slowly and calmly worked through it and soon it was like it had never existed.

The way the Tangle Teezer works is by using two different sized bristles that are very flexible, which I have tried to show in the picture. This seems to be very effective and I never have a problem using it on my hair, which tends to knot easily. Although I do mostly only brush my hair when wet, I have on occasion used it when dry and it has not disappointed yet.

I was told that this was the medium (which I think means it is just what Tangle Teezer calls the 'Original') size and that there is a size above but it really isn't much bigger and I think that this would work for most peoples hair. I don't know exactly how much mine cost, as it was bought for me, but they are £10.99 at Boots, which is a little bit more than I would like to pay for a brush, but some decent brushes can set you back a lot more and I do feel it is worth it. Mine has seen some pretty rough action so far and is still looking as good as day one :)

Have you tried a Tangle Teezer yet?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Review || Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme.

Something I stupidly didn't check was whether it had any silicones in it, as they can be bad for curly hair, sadly it does :( I still like this product but I will be unable to use it. I still like it and for anyone who is not CG it is a great product!

I really like the smell of this product, it is only lightly fragranced but it does seem to stay on the hair regardless, it doesn't smell chemically or synthetic like a lot of products. The consistency of the product is a thicker than I would have thought. A lot of cream based products for curls that I have tried in the past are actually quite watery and thin, so this seems to be a little different, perhaps one of the secrets to it's great reviews. Just like with the Curl Conscious Holding Foam a little seems to go a long way. It spread out really well onto my hands making for easy application. My hair felt softer I think as well, making it feel in better condition.

So as I usually do I applied it to rung out hair fairly quickly after I got out of the shower. I do this as soon as possible because the longer you leave and the dryer it becomes the more you will disrupt your curl pattern. I then flipped my hair upside down and shook gently, just to break up the curls a bit and help them form. Then I left to air dry. About 10-15 mins later my hair looked like this...

The curls look well defined and springy and they seem to be holding together very well, which is something I like. They also feel soft to the touch and not at all crunchy. As I said before my hair feels healthy and not as if the product is suffocating the hair. It also doesn't feel sticky to the touch, in fact just like the Curl Conscious Holding Foam it doesn't really feel as though there is product in my hair, apart from it maybe feeling a little softer than usual.

I am really pleased with the final result. My hair feels soft and nourished and doesn't really feel as though it has anything in it. The curls are well defined and springy and soft to the touch, intact it feels downright silky- which is not something I often feel about my hair, especially when it has product in. I would very much recommend this product. I know it is expensive but again I only used about a 50p sized amount for all of my hair so I am expecting it to last a long time. Again it is an investment piece, I only have it as I got it from ebay at a very discounted price.

 I know not everyone (myself included) could afford this and I have done a couple of luxury reviews lately so I will try to do a cheap and cheerful (perhaps homemade even?) product review soon! :)

Have you tried any of the Bumble and Bumble products yet?

Let me know!


Online Resources for Curly Hair.

These are some of my favourite online resources that I go to for curly hair information, advice, product reviews, hair recipes etc. I will add to this list every time I find or remember something I think should be added.

Naturally curly really is the go to place for advice, tips, tricks and some great articles. The forums are also really great places to ask for advice from other people or find info out, such as good hairdressers in your area etc. It also has all the info you could ever need on co-washing and the CG method and hair typing (if you find typing useful, some people don't really like it, which is cool)

 - Refinery29's hair section always so some curly hair related article on its front page and there are loads of great articles in its back collection. What I really like is that a lot of them seem to be really positive about curly hair, rather than 'how to straighten' and that sort of thing. (Not that straightening is a bad thing! Its just very much over done and so many treat curly hair like its a problem that needs to be 'solved'.

These two people from NYC are more than simply product reviews and tips, they delve a bit deeper into how curls are perceived in society but still find time to deliver hair recipes and a great dictionary of natural hair products. 

Beauty Crush is a 24 year old blogger/ vlogger from London who is more of a general beauty blogger rather then a hair one, but she is great for anyone who uses weaves especially. She is all over the social media but you can access all her stuff from her blog, linked above. I especially like her youtube channel for advice.

Veronica meza

Veronica Meza is a musician/curly hair blogger whose hair I really like. She has some great tips and methods and what I really like is that they are all really easy and everyday. Some curly websites/ resources I see you need a dictionary with you but Veronica is really relatable and has some really simple but useful and well explained ideas.


Waterlily716 aka Sarah is a blogger who is all about her amazing 3a/3b curls. She does really easy to follow videos every week and is a great source for new info/advice on a regular basis. Her channel is also really well set out so it is easy to find advice on specific topics. She does a really good mixture of videos for curly hair from product review to methods and advice. Her channel is a deep well of new, accessible info!

Dorm Room Curly

Dorm Room Curly is famous for her explanation of the CG method and I personally love it. It is so easy and concise and really has cleared up so many confusions I have had about the method. I would recommend it as the first stop for finding out about the method and wish it had been the first place I had seen! The link is straight to the CG guide but the rest of her blog is also really great.

Science-y Hair Blog

Science-y Hair Blog is really great. It is a well of info about the science of hair and can be really informative. Not only does it have all of the science behind how our hair works and what it needs but this is put into practice with some great recipes and a great product list of different needs. She also does hair sample analysis, which I have been told is fantastic at goosefootprints on Etsy.


Hair Romance is not specifically for curly hair but the creator, Christina, has curly hair and admits to also struggling with it for a long time. It is a great place to go if you are looking for new hairstyles and ideas!


Sounds strange but Buzzfeed actually has a lot of pretty informative articles on curly hair. I am pretty sure I have read all of them by now and a lot of them have some great advice and hacks and some are just plain funny.

Huffington Post

So, another weird one but again The Huffington Post actually has a lot of articles about or useful for curly hair. Now I haven't read all of them at all but just by clicking the link you will see how many they have. What I find strange but sadly unsurprising is that they have WAY more than most long established fashion and beauty magazines.


Another Perspective on the Term 'Natural'

This. this, this!! Watch this video for a fantastic, informative, empowering good time! Shannon T Boodram, you nailed it!

  'I am unnatural because I reject myself or because I don't accept the version of me you think I should?' - Shannon T Boodram

I really love this video and I think the sentiment behind it is great! Whilst I think I use the term 'natural' sometimes in order to distinguish when I used the chemically or heat alter my hairs natural pattern and texture, maybe I shouldn't use that word. I mean who really is 'natural' anyway, how can a person be 'unnatural'? Anyone who does anything from applying hair product to twisting their wet curls around their finger is altering their hair, right? Should it matter? Of course not. No one is any better or more 'enlightened' than anyone else because they slap the 'natural' label on themselves. What we do to our hair or our bodies in anyway is our own choice and we should be free to do so without judgment or pressure from others.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Review || Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam.

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam, Defines Curls and Helps Frizz
Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam.

The first thing I noticed about the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam was the packaging was good quality. It is also quite a nice size, easy to fit in your bag for travel or everyday. I sprayed the foam and gel came out into my hand which then turned into a foam. Usually mousse (which is what the bottle and nozzle makes it look like) is somewhat watery, when left it just goes back to a watery state, but this is more gel based. 

So I hopped in the shower, washed and combed my hair through with my Tangle Teaser as normal. When I got out I squeezed my hair to get out excess water gently. Then I applied the product, when I put it in my hands I was a bit concerned that it would be no where near enough. Once I rubbed them together I found the product spread really really well and it was very easy to distribute through my hair. I gave it a little bit of help at the front by twisting some curls around my finger, but I do this anyway. So I flipped my hair upside down and shook gently a couple of times just to loosen the curls at the scalp a bit so it didn't sit flat on my head and then left to air dry. So far so good.

Within about 15 mins my hair was more defined than it normally would be and more so than with any other products I have used before. I was pretty happy, but still trying to reserve judgement for the finished result as my hair changes a lot when dry. I noticed that it seemed to weigh my hair down a little, but that is actually something I look for in a product. It's not so much I dislike volume, but my hair has no problem going big and will take to it easily whereas it will never sit down.

Overall I am pleased with the results. I feel like it gives my hair good hold and definition and really does what it sets out to do. My hair feels soft and not crunchy at all. I think what I really like is that it doesn't feel like I have product in my hair. The curls are springy and well defined. 
I don't think that you can ignore the price still but I think it is an investment product from what I can tell it should last a VERY long time, but I can't say for certain until it runs out really. Overall its great and I would buy again and I may even pay full price next time too.

Have you tried the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam yet?

Let me know!


Monday, 24 March 2014

Curly Coconut Honey Hair Mask

All you need for this super simple, super effective mask!

Now I can't really claim to be great on my science knowledge but the reason that Coconut oil is meant to be so good is due to its 'low molecular weight'. It basically means that the oil is able to penetrate the hair shaft rather than just coating or sitting on top of the hair. In theory this should be better for our hair and actually improve its condition. I have also added honey to this recipe as it is also known for its conditioning properties. I have been using Coconut Oil for about a year now and I have see big improvements.

1 Tsp Coconut Oil
1Tsp Honey 
1 Cup of Condtioner 

I usually leave the mix in overnight and wash out in the morning. Depending on your hair type you may need to adjust the ingredients slightly. I have very dry hair so I may need more oil than some people.

Afterwards the main thing I notice is how soft, when dry, my hair hair is. Honestly it feels like silk. I did one last night and as I am writing this I am just stroking my hair every now and again as it feel so silky. This just makes it feel really healthy as well and it doesn't weigh hair down too much, but I do find that it does help to control the volume and really helps with frizz. The more and more I use Coconut oil the better my hair feels and the better I feel! P.s It smells lovely too :)

Do you have any of your own homemade, hair treatments?

Let me know!


Sunday, 23 March 2014

Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil - Review.

Price: Around £10
Size: 100 ml
All Hair Types

The Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil is again a product that I have seen a lot of adverts for calling it a 'revolutionary' product but have not seen many reviews for curly hair. It claims to be a 'Sublime hair enhancer' create a 'luxurious shine' and have a 'weightless touch'. I thought the product seemed a little expensive when I found out the price but not undoable so I thought I would try it out. I really like oil for my hair and I have actually had this product for quite a long time, even longer than I have been only co-washing, so I have been able to try it both ways.

Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil - Sublime Hair Enhancer?

I actually really liked this product when I first bought it. This was back when I was still straightening my hair everyday and it was in pretty bad condition. The first thing I noticed was that it felt really nourishing and although I expected it to be heavy in my hair it wasn't. I could actually apply quite a bit before it made it feel weighed down or greasy, although I didn't too. That was the second thing i noticed you don't need a lot, which is great and actually makes the product quite a reasonable price as it lasts for quite a while. I also found that it did control frizz, which I expected since it is made from oils. It also has quite a nice smell that is gentle but does last on the hair. The Extraordinary Oil is also quite light to the touch as well, which is obviously the 'weightless touch' aspect. I think it also met the 'luxurious shine' aspect too, maybe 'luxurious' is a bit of hyperbole but it did increase shine. I also liked the way it made my hair feel, noticeably softer. It did feel healthier when using and whilst this may have just been a bit of an illusion and I didn't really notice any long term effects after use, it was still nice.

I really liked the Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil but I found that when I started the CG no-poo method I could no longer use it regularly. It just seems to build up very quickly on the hair and it was hard to get out. I still use it occasionally but not often to avoid build up. Overall I would give this product a major thumbs up and I really think it is a great product especially for those who use conditioner.

Review || Aveda Be Curly Curl Controller.

The Aveda Be Curly Curl Controller is a product that I got for christmas and have owned now for a few months. When I first got it I had high hopes. I had read a lot of good things about this range and really wanted to like it. It costs around £20 and is pretty easy to find.

My hair is mostly 3b with some 3a and 3c curls hiding in there too. I am always looking for ways to slightly loosen my curls and control the volume more. The instructions say to apply Aveda Be Curly Curl Controller liberally through damp hair and air dry or diffuse and claims that it 'lengthens even tight curls while controlling volume and combating frizz'. 

I found that it seemed to make my hair feel a bit dry, I am not sure if it actually dried it out or if the product just sat on my hair in a way that made it feel so. I don't really feel as though I saw a change in volume and I may have noticed a very slight difference in curl tightness but I am not really sure and for the price that is not really good enough. It did seem to manage frizz a bit but this could have also been achieved through a cheaper alternative.

 It may just be that this product did not suit my hair and it may work for someone else but for the cost I am not willing to buy it again. I maybe used the product twice a week for about 5 weeks and it feels as though a lot of the bottle is gone, which considering only around ten uses isn't great. Although I will admit I seem to have quite a lot of hair but as this range is aimed at people with curly hair, I would have thought volume of product would be a big consideration.

Have you tried any of the Aveda Products?

Let me know!


Hair || Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.

I love Apple Cider Vinegar for my hair. It has a couple of different uses, it is used to naturally cleanse, detangle and believe it or not condition hair. It is also has the ability to close the hair cuticle making the hair smoother and shinier. So it is an all round win really. It is also great to remove build up, which is often overlooked but a very important part of a good haircare routine. As with all vinegar it has a strong smell but once the hair is dry the smell completely vanishes.

You will need:

1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Cups Warm Water

It's as simple as that!

For the rinse, just pour the mixture over your hair in the shower, massage the scalp with it, to ensure full distribution, then rinse after a few minutes. I don't fully rinse my hair afterwards as I like to leave a bit in there, I usually just half rinse. I find that ACV cleanses the scalp and removes little bits of build up that accumulate over time. It also leaves hair feeling a lot fresher. You may need to experiment with the amounts slightly, dry hair likes less ACV whilst oily likes more.

Using ACV on your hair may seem strange and but it can be a really good way to add some shine and softness to the hair and also cleanse the hair. It is also very cheap and economical, which is always a plus. My favourite thing about ACV is that it is so versatile and can even be used as a natural facial toner and make-up remover. I really think it has some great qualities and is a great alternative to expensive products.

Would you give ACV rinses a go?

Let me know!


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Pure Argan Oil - Does it Work for Hair?


I have heard about a lot of products containing Argan Oil the past few years and have seen mixed reviews about products containing the oil but I have not seen many from people who have used the 'pure' oil themselves. Having tried products that claimed to be a 'revolution in haircare' due to their, probably minimal, inclusion of Argan Oil. Sorry if it is a bit long but I wanted to try and solve the question of whether Argan Oil is worth the hype/price.

Argan oil is an oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, endemic to Morocco. It is said to contain vitamin E, essential fatty acid and antioxidants and has been used in Morrocco for centuries for its nourishing properties for both the hair and skin.
I got from mine from TKmaxx very discounted as there was no way I was paying £20 and up a lot of the brands such as the Moroccan Oil can set you back. Mine was no more than around £6 or £7 for 120ml. It is from a brand called 'Creation's Garden' which I have not heard of before but as it is simply the oil I don't see brand as an issue. 

The very first thing I noticed about the oil was that it smelt almost cola which is something I found quite pleasant. The second thing I noticed was how light it felt to the touch. Most oil, such as olive or coconut, I would describe as being quite heavy but this felt like it would sink straight into the skin. So far so good.

Now when it came to the actual application to the hair I tried a few methods. I did a couple of times apply directly to the hair as I assume that it would be most beneficial rather than mixing with other things such as other oils or conditions, but I thought that considering the price of the oil this seems very unsustainable and unless one of the ingredients of the oil is pure magic, somewhat wasteful and something I could just never afford to do. 


The conditioner I mixed the oil with was from the Tresemme Naturals collection. I tried it with about a tbsp of oil (which I think it very generous) and about a cup of conditioner. I Applied to my hair after showering and left on as a mask for a few hours. When I washed the mask of my hair I allowed it to air dry and applied no other products. My hair was definitely soft and felt nice after the application but I didn't really notice any great benefit over other oils. One of the things I like about oils is the noticeable difference straight away. My hair felt soft and all and perhaps there was a bit of extra shine but considering some companies claims about its drastic frizz reduction I was left somewhat unimpressed.

I thought that maybe it would be beneficial to try a much smaller amount (usually around 10 drops or so) into my conditioner and maybe over time I would see an improvement. I noticed no real improvement that I would not have got just from conditioning masks. I think I tried this for around 6 weeks. I didn't use it every time I washed my hair but I used it at least 2 times a week and I think that should be more than enough. 

I did apply the Argan Oil alone twice as a mask and I tried a few times to use it to smooth away frizz, as I would a serum, but was still unimpressed. As with all oils it was a bit tricky to wash out when I used it as a mask but I expected no less. For using it as a frizz serum, sure, it worked okay, but I noticed a lot of build up and it worked no better for me than any frizz serum I could get from Boots for a fifth of the price.


Overall I was unimpressed. There was nothing wrong with the Argan Oil and perhaps it is just my hair type, but I found no benefits that I would not get from the much cheaper Coconut Oil, which is something that I use a lot and have thus far found no better alternative. My advice, go to your local health food store or online and buy a tub of Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. I bought mine from Amazon for £8.50 for 500ml. I usually use about a tbsp the same was I used the Argan Oil conditioner mix. Coconut Oil comes as a solid but melts at room temp so I usually melt mine by placing it in a cup and placing that cup in a shallow sink full of hot water whilst I shower. 

Have you tried Argan Oil yet?

Let me know!

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