For the last few years, I’ve embraced my hair in it’s natural state. Not because I’d fought against curls in the past, but my hair was always more wavy and full of kinks than actual curls. I’ve kept it in an asymmetric bob cut for some time now, as I think it suits me and my lifestyle. However, as I’m getting closer to 40 (!!!), I’m finding it easier to adopt various regimes and approaches – skin care, hair care, nails, bags, you get the idea!
Up to today, I’ve simply washed my hair in a standard shampoo, occasionally I’d condition as I found it weighed my hair down if I did it every day. I’d then put in some ‘curl defining’ serum/spray and let it dry naturally, sometimes I’d diffuse dry it. It worked, kind of. Some days were better than others. Some days I’d have lovely curls, other days it’d be more frizz and fluff.
Then, last week, I was on Instagram, watching some stories, when @rosemarymccabe mentioned a hair product she’d started using as part of the curly girl method. Now, before I go further, let me point out, I’ve a hazy memory of reading/hearing about the low/no poo method some time back. I let it wash over me (as I do with a lot of things), and thought no more about it. Anyway, Rosemary’s story linked out to a few ‘curl girl’ IGers (namely @curlycailin and @orlasheridanstyle) and I went off down the Curly Girl (CG) rabbit hole! At this point, I’d like to note I was off sick with walking pneumonia, I was drugged up and spend-happy!
Some period of time later (let’s say 24 hours, and that I slept on the prospect of investing in new hair products and giving it a bash), I made a purchase on lookfantasic.com using @curlycailin affiliate links (and the code LF15 for 15% off some of the products) for some ‘basic’ CG method products.
The products I went with are as follows:
- As I Am Curl Clarity Shampoo (the recommended Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo was out of stock, I’ll try that when I need to restock).
- As I Am CoWash – the smell of this is something to behold!
- As I Am Leave-In Conditioner
- Matrix Biolage HydraSource Conditioner
- Bouclème Curl Defining Gel – another divine smelling product, really fresh!
As I said above, I used Curly Cailín’s affiliate links for these products – she has a great post on http://curlycailin.ie/favourite-curly-girl-products-2018/ that I recommend you have a read through.
I have a pretty full bottle of John Frieda Curl Reviver Mousse here, and I saw that it was recommended elsewhere for the CG method so I didn’t bother buying any new mousse product. Once this is finished, or if I find it’s simply not ticking the box for me, I’ll get the recommended Pantene Pro-V Defined Curls Mousse No. 5.
I think this is more than enough to be getting on with for now. I’ve to get my head around plopping and squishing – I might invest in the Bouclème towel yet. The scrunching out the crunch was like an epiphany to me, though. So since I put in my product order, I’ve taken a few small steps to change my hair routine. I’ve washed my hair ‘upside down’ to see if it helped the frizz halo – IT DOES hugely, and I’ve put in more mousse than I’d usually use as I didn’t like the ‘crunchy’ look. Little did I know I was meant to scrunch that out once it had dried fully… EPIPHANY I tell you! Those little changes alone made a difference to my curls, so I am optimistic!!
FINALLY, the parcel of goodies arrived yesterday, and this morning I stepped into the world of Curly Girl hair method… more to follow!
* I don’t have any affiliation with Look Fantastic, but if you want to use my referral link https://www.lookfantastic.com/referrals.list?applyCode=ANNA-RPN1 for any future purchases, it’d be very much appreciated!