The Curly Girl Method.
Is it worth doing? Is it not?
How much commitment do you need to give it?
Did it make a difference?
Five years on, I can now finally look back on my experiences and tell you how I found the Curly Girl Method on my straight-wavy hair. You will find lots of CGM blog posts on here as I documented my hair journey as much as I could in those years.
A Swavy intro…
Straight-wavy or “swavy” hair is wavy hair that’s defined as curl type 2A. The shape is a slight S-curve pattern so many people will confuse it with straight hair, which is understandable. For me, sometimes my hair can be straight with a few kinks and bends, other days it will be bouncy and have a more prominent S-curve. If your hair curl type is 2B or 2C, your waves will be much more defined and find that you might not need as much help from styling products to keep your waves in place. There was one point in my hair journey when my hair was more 2A/2B (straight-wavy/wavy) and I definitely didn’t need to put in as much work as when it’s more 1C/2A (straight/straight-wavy).
Straight-wavy hair gets weighed down really easily, and if you find that your hair has a fine-medium density then it can be tricky to find products that work well for you as most haircare products for wavy and curly hair contains rich, heavier oils and butters. I think there are LOADS of people who have straight hair that might actually be 2A, if your hair is not poker-straight and can hold a wave or curl for a decent amount of time, it’s probably straight-wavy.
Look at the photos below taken this Easter Sunday 2022.. these are just a day apart. The left photo I had no hair products in and it’s clearly grown since the last time I had beautiful waves and my only logical explanation is that because it’s longer, it’s harder for me to maintain my waves. I also haven’t been deep-conditioning or using a protein hair mask for quite some time now, which might also be why my waves aren’t holding up as much as before.
The right photo is me after waking up post-wash day and I have a bit of gel in my hair. The difference gel can really make!
I didn’t diffuse my hair – I just scrunched and plopped then left it to air dry and went to bed. I’m seriously low-maintenance and cannot be asked half of the time which is the main reason why I fell away from continuing with CGM, even the modified version was getting too much for me.
Products I used on my last wash day: (pictured above, right)
Noughty Wave Hello shampoo – £6.99
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-6, CocoGlucoside, Glycol Distearate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Citric Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional
Noughty Frizz Magic conditioner – £7.99
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, C15-19 Alkane, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Linoleic Acid, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Nonanoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Chlorphenesin, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, , Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyquaternium-11, Parfum (Fragrance), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate, Glycine Soja (Soyabean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silk Amino Acids, Canola Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Silk, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratisima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Benzyl benzoate, Coumarin, Hexyl cinnamal
ECO Style Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil gel – £3.00 (not my favourite but it’s all I’ve got atm)
Ingredients: Water/aqua/eau, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (linseed) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pvp, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodum Edta, Fragrance (parfum), D-limonene, Ci 19140 Yellow 5 – Love And Pride
Is the Curly Girl Method worth it for straight-wavy or wavy hair?
Is it worth the hassle? Yes, most days.
Would I go back to CGM again? Perhaps.
Did I learn a lot from doing the method? Most definitely!
If you want to try it, do it. I don’t regret the past few years doing it and figuring out things about my hair and it’s swavy antics. It’s a good learning curve and I now know how to spot hair products with alcohol, silicones and parabens.
Looking out for chemical nasties
Even though CGM was originally aimed at helping curly hair, it does teach those with wavy hair a great deal on how to look out for certain products that might really dry out your air. It made people more aware about the crap that goes into a lot of these commercial products which aren’t great for our scalp or our hair. The publicity of CGM also brought out many natural hair brands that offer amazing products.
Thanks to CGM, I’m much more conscious about the products I buy and use not only on myself, but my kids too! I know I’m always banging on about Noughty and using their products a lot as a brand ambassador but I really believe in their products. They work and they try their best to be natural and ‘clean’ as possible which gets my vote!
Understanding that gel is my hair’s bestie
The last time I really used hair gel was when I was in secondary school (high school) because it was all the rage back then! Now, I know how to use the gel properly on my hair so when I do make an effort, I can get some decent waves.
It’s taught me discipline and commitment
I know. It’s only hair. BUT… doing the Curly Girl Method is not an overnight thing, people are not lying when they say you gotta be in it for the long haul haha! It’s about disciplining yourself to keep track on what products work, what doesn’t and being committed to keep trying. Through all that, you come out better the other side.
I found out that I have straight-ish wavy hair
I found out why my seemingly straight hair was always poofy and fluffy even when I tried to brush it as straight as I could. Why blow-drying and humidity just swells up my hair and why I had those random kinks and bends that just wouldn’t straighten out.
I am sure that if I cut my hair back to shoulder/above shoulder length (I might do this next year autumn/winter) it will spring up and really wave again.
So what next for this swavy haired mama?
I will still be posting about hair stuff including product reviews. As I still occasionally do my modified CGM routine, I am going to see if I can perfect my technique, especially my diffusing technique – I just cant seem to get it right! My recent go-to wavy blogger is Emily from wavyhaircare.com who writes amazing in-depth posts on CGM and having wavy hair. It’s always good to read a wide range of reviews and wavy posts so you can get as much info and everyone’s hair is different and reacts differently to products.
I can see that she’s also recently reviewed the Noughty Wave Hello range so make sure you check that out. Don’t forget, you can use my exclusive blogger discount code: wanderingmother15 to get 15% off your order which you can use time and time again for all products (not sets). Also, the code won’t work in conjunction with other offers or promo codes too.
What are your thoughts on the Curly Girl Method?
Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts below!
More reading from other sites:
- Real Simple – another person’s experience with CGM
- Wavyhaircare – FAQ on diffusing wavy hair
- Wavyhaircare – how to get bigger curl clumps in wavy hair
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