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 … Continue reading

Tea & Herbs // An Organic Shampoo Alternative?

Sadly, I’m almost out of bentonite and rhassoul clay -ultra sad face- after God knows how long (seems like it took forever to get dangerously low) and as much as I love my clay wash and its fabulous results, I … Continue reading

I Want to Shave My Head!

-Siiiiiiiiigghhhh- My nemesis returns. The incomplete split. Incomplete splits are a PLAGUE on my strands! I’ve searched and searched for the cause, but I can’t find reliable, consistent information. Some sources say it’s from using high heat frequently, but I … Continue reading

Back on the Curly Girl Wagon + Hair Porn, Baby!

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Yaaas, honey, yaaaasss! As most readers may know, I used to follow the Curly Girl Method to the T for several months. Over time, I had to modify it to fit my busy schedule, but I ended up modifying it to the point that I was no longer following the CG Method. I loved the results I got from it, but the frequency and time it took for me to co-wash and get those results was too much, which is what led to the modifications. In a previous post I mentioned that I wish to resume utilizing the CG Method, but I will still need to make a few changes so it doesn’t take up hours of my day and I can still do my protective styling challenge.

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When I removed my yarn twists (3 days ago), I decided to start co-washing again. The results were made somewhat disastrous by an overabundance of oil in my leave-in mixture so I had to co-wash yet again yesterday, but this time when it came time to moisturize, I completely saturated my hair with SN coconut conditioner and only added just enough water to provide a little more slip and to work in the conditioner. Once I was done finger combing, I flipped my hair upside-down and carefully (so as not to disturb the curls), but briefly wrapped it in a large sheet of cotton T-shirt fabric to soak up the excess water and product, then I gently shook my hair (still upside-down) and used a headband as a hair tie to keep it out of my face while I let it air dry. The pictures you see are the results of that; my hair is, I’d say, 95% dry in these pics. I didn’t seal with any oils or add any to my conditioner. I didn’t even use gel (I don’t even have anymore gel, but I have one that’s CG friendly I’m looking to do a product review on so stay tuned). These are pretty much “half-naked” curls and they came out beautifully and surprisingly less frizzy than I expected, to say I didn’t use any type of holding product. I’ve got the wash and detangle time down to about 45 minutes (= breakneck speed for kinky-curlies) so I’m in it for the long haul now. I will still be using my Elixir as a refresher and detangler, however, since it mostly consists conditioner and water. I’m extremely happy with the results. To think, the longer you do the CG Method, the better your hair looks. Frizz, be gone!

I believe I’m seeing results more quickly than the first time I started using the CG method because I really haven’t been using any sulfates (save the Queen Helene Cholesterol deep treatment I used recently) or silicones. I’ve also been washing with clay, which is often used to detox the hair of those types of ingredients so I guess my hair won’t go through that awkward “adjusting period” where the hair looks worse before it gets better like some people do. My only complaint about the CG Method is how much conditioner I have to buy and use since I have more hair. Yes, the conditioner I buy is superhero cheap, but I can easily use up between 1/3 and 1/2 a bottle of SN in one wash so I really need to stock up. Know what? We should all petition Suave to make huge bulk-sized bottles of their most popular conditioners. I’d buy three and four at a time, trust.

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Now that I’ve enjoyed my wash-n-go for a few hours, it’s time to put it into a protective style and continue with my challenge and figure out how to combat my nemeses, incomplete splits. Le sigh. Oh well, I’ll have to find a cute textured updo and keep up the struggle against hands-in-hair syndrome. My hair is whipping like a pom-pom; the curls are holding firmly, but they’re soft and springy. So bouncy and free. Girl, lemme stop ‘fore I start playing in it again. As always, Peace & Love.

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Kitchen Chemistry // Tweaking My Clay Hair Wash Recipe + Revisiting the Caribbean

I’ve been using clay to wash my hair for nearly three years and I love it. I went from purchasing Terressentials online to using similar ingredients to make my own and the recipes have changed many times. The mixture I … Continue reading

Is it Time For a Trim?

OK sooooo… I confess, I haven’t washed my hair (as in a full-on wash day) for perhaps slightly over a month. Partly because I’ve been being lazy about it, partly because… well, no, that’s pretty much it. What finally lit … Continue reading

Rhassoul vs. Bentonite: Is There a Difference?

So you’ve more than likely read a post or two where I mentioned my fav hair wash, Terressentials Organic Pure Earth Hair Wash and my personal recipe meant to copy and improve said hair wash. You may also have wondered, … Continue reading

Kitchen Chemistry // Recreating Terressentials Organic Pure Earth Hair Wash

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know how much I love Terressentials Organic Pure Earth Hair Wash. If you’ve never heard of Terressentials, it is a USDA certified organic hair wash largely made up of … Continue reading