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.


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