The Curly Girl Method: The Good, The Bad, The Confusing


I have followed the Curly Girl (CG) Method off and on for about a year and a half and I get questions about it all the time. Here are the pros and cons (based on my experience) and a few FAQs. Hopefully, this helps answer all, if not most, of your questions.


  • Great curl definition with minimal effort
  • Hair retains moisture longer
  • Hair is more manageable and shiny
  • Curls were more springy and had plenty of bounce and movement
  • Washing and detangling went by a lot faster
  • Pocketbook friendly (conditioners I used were under $5)
  • CONS

  • You run through A TON of conditioner, especially if you have long hair
  • It can take a while to see results (2 – 6 weeks)
  • New products you may want to try aren’t always CG friendly
  • And now for the FAQs…

    Do I need to purchase “Curly Girl: The Handbook?”

    Not at all. With all the YouTubers and bloggers talking about it, there really isn’t any mystery left. It’s up to you, if you would like to read it.

    How do I follow the Curly Girl Method?

    Natural Hair Rules has a step-by-step guide to following the CG Method.

    Do I have to wash with conditioner only?

    No, the whole point behind the CG Method is to stay away from harsh sulfates and products containing silicones and other artificial ingredients that cause residual buildup that can only be removed by sulfates. That said, you can use other no-poo products, such as Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, yucca root shampoo, tea rinses, or clay powders.

    Do I have to wear a wash-n-go all the time?

    Nope, you can style your hair any way you choose. The author of the book simply encourages the reader to wear their natural curls, but it isn’t a necessity.

    How often should I co-wash?

    That depends on you and your schedule. You can wash once a week, three times a week, biweekly, etc etc. However, most who follow the CG Method co-wash between twice a week and biweekly.

    The creator of the Curly Girl Method, Lorraine Massey, uses silicones. How can she tell others to avoid them when she uses them?

    Lorraine Massey actually uses products that contain water-soluble silicones. The silicones she discourages are the non water-soluble ones that coat strands and can only be removed with sulfates. has a great article that lists and breaks down which silicones are water-soluble and which ones are not.

    Does the Curly Girl Method work for kinky (type 4) hair?

    Absolutely, but results will vary with curl type. You can see a few examples and read about other’s experiences on this topic in this article written for BGLH.

    If there are any other questions about the Curly Girl Method or you want to share your experience, please leave a comment below. Peace & Love

    2 thoughts on “The Curly Girl Method: The Good, The Bad, The Confusing

    1. I tried the method and although I love the products, the technique just did not work for my crinkly, cottony-top 4c hair. Glad you got good results. The only curls I get are my fro…from a wash and go. Loved your article.

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