I recently embarked on a new hair adventure in which I seek to learn about my hair type. I have had curly hair my whole life and at times it is very difficult to embrace it because of its unknown characteristics and way of behaving. I thought I was alone in my adventure, but as it turns out there’s a high percentage of women that also have curly hair. This is the first of a series of blogs I will be presenting in my journey of discovery for healthy curls.
My Journey began when I ran into a blog post from A.Steed’s Life titled Curly Girl Method- Before and After. In her posts, she discusses the curly girl method as it is introduced to her in The Curly Girl Handbook. She explains the curly girl method and the steps required to “detox” curly hair from the harsh chemicals found in shampoos. I was intrigued by the valuable information found in the book so; I proceeded to purchase it, and my adventure began. I changed my routine and followed the steps below as explained thoroughly in the book.
I. Wash Hair With Only Conditioner
The first step of my trial began with me washing my hair with only conditioner. According to this book, the sulfates found in shampoos are very harsh for your hair. The no-poo (no shampoo) method is a way of restoring your hair from all the harsh chemicals.
My Experience: Because my hair felt odd after not using shampoo, I opted for the sulfate-free shampoo instead (also an option in the no-poo challenge). I used Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and so far the result has been great. My hair feels soft, and the curls are starting to redefine.
II. Dry Your Hair with a T-shirt
I know what you might be thinking with this step. Really? An old T-shirt? How? Why? Bare with me. When I first heard of this, I thought it was absurd. How will drying my hair with a T-shirt benefit my hair?! Believe it or not drying your hair with a T-shirt helps prevent frizz. When rubbing your hair dry with a towel, you cause frizz and hair damage.
My Experience: I noticed a change almost immediately. My hair had less frizz and did not look dry and brittle at the ends. When I used a towel to dry my hair, my ends would dry up quickly and look brittle with a wire like texture (not cute). My hair now dries evenly and with just the right amount of water needed to style with gel.
III. Use fingers to untangle wet hair
In the book, it explains how using only your fingers help minimize hair breakage. Your hair is most fragile when wet, therefore, extra precaution must be taken to avoid causing more damage. It felt odd to untangle my hair with just my fingers, but I did it anyway. I applied leave-in conditioner to help with the process, but it still took me longer than expected.
My Experience: I used only my fingers to untangle my hair after the first wash. When I washed my hair again, I had a very difficult time untangling it. My hair was more tangled than usual (I did not know this was even possible), so back to using my wide tooth comb I went.
I have been following the steps above for about three weeks now (half way through the six week challenge). The difference in my hair is still not noticeable to others, but it feels and looks a lot healthier to me. Before, the ends of my waist length hair looked brittle, straight and unhealthy. I would style my hair in the morning and it would look fine, but by the end of the day my hair was a frizz ball! Some sections would be curly, and others would be straight. I am still in the process, but so far I am very happy with the results.