Hacks for curly and wavy hair types

Béibhinn Thorsch

There are always people who straighten their hair versus people who curl their hair. If you have naturally straight hair, you may bring a curling tong to it every now and then. If you have curly hair, you may spend the majority of your life straightening it into submission. 

The reality is there is also an in-between (the wavy-haired people), and there is a spectrum of hair texture that is starting to become more and more understood.

Curl range is given with a number and a letter, starting with 1A (for absolutely straight hair) and ending in 4C which is the absolute curliest. Wavy hair is typically in the 2A to 2C range, and includes some allowance for pieces of straight hair and variety of texture throughout the hair. 

It can be difficult to find your hair type, as incorrect care can lead to damage of your curl pattern and an increase in frizz. However, if you take care of your hair it may turn into the kind of which you never thought possible!

The Curly Girl method has a cult-following of wavy and curly-headed people alike. Online groups and forums sing the praises of the method while suggesting new and exciting ways of incorporating it into your life. At the basis of the Curly Girl method is one key thought: no sulfates, silicones, or parabens. 

Sulfates, often sodium laureth sulfate, are found in almost every shampoo as the main cleansing ingredient. The exact same sulfates are used in laundry products to remove dirt, but on hair they often serve to strip the natural oil which has been keeping the hair from drying out. This has many side effects including hair loss. 

Silicone is used in your hair products as a sealant against water and even air. It gives the hair the illusion of shine, but it is not the shine we want—it is a fake shine from the plastic. While we may be lured in by the look of the shine, we must remember our hair is covered in this product and can be damaged from the unnatural ingredients. 

Parabens are chemical preservatives, but there has been huge speculation of them being harmful despite little to no concrete evidence. Many believe parabens cause cancer, as they have been found in breast cancer tissue. 

Even if you use products which are free of these chemicals, the curly girl method calls for hair to be washed no more than once a week. Over time, hair learns to produce less oil and so it isn’t until just before you take your shower that your hair may seem greasy. 

Wash day is a huge part of the method. You have your shampoo and conditioner with the correct ingredients, but there is much more. Do you have a conditioning mask? A curl cream for post-shower? A heat protector if you plan on using a diffuser to dry your hair? 

The Curly Girl Method endorses mainly only washing the scalp, where the oil and residue buildup is most likely to be. While truly curly-haired people may not wish to shampoo too often (sometimes called a “lowpoo” where the cleansing ingredient in the shampoo is at an absolute minimum), most others will need to do so. 

Many who follow the Curly Girl Method have created YouTube channels featuring their haircare and showing exactly how to use all these products for the best outcome. 

People often find that using the tips from the Curly Girl Method have led to their curls reaching new heights they never saw them at before. If you’re curious about the Curly Girl Method, there is no harm in giving it a go.

Béibhinn Thorsch

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