The Curly Girl Method (CGM) has been my staple for almost a year. I started in January of 2013 and have found success with the method, moisture retention, and hair growth. Lorraine Massey, a curly girl expert and the owner of the Devachan Salon in New York, created the Curly Girl Method and co-wrote Curly Girl, The Handbook. I have been documenting my progress, changes and challenges and as I draw closer to my one-year mark, I have found some clear pros and cons to the method.
- Moisture retention /Length retention. I immediately noticed less dryness once I started this method! Less dryness means less breakage and that means length retention.
- Less tangles during Washdays. No longer using harsh shampoos stopped my hair from being stripped of its natural oils. In the past, it would tangle like crazy. Washing with a cleansing conditioner is much gentler on my tresses leaving me almost tangle free.
- Better looking curls/coils/kinks. My hair LOOKED better. I had better curl definition with curl clumps. It was noticeable right away and it became a big push to keep it going.
- Using tons of conditioner. I go through conditioner like a mad woman and although most naturals do, with the CGM, you have to slather it on and some may see this as a waste.
- No longer using shampoo. This is either a con or a pro according to whom you’re talking to. Some naturals just feel they need it and if you fall into that category this will stop you from liking this method. I have gone a year without shampoo. I use cleansing conditioners instead. I haven’t noticed any build-up. But its recommended that you use a clarifying shampoo as needed regardless of the CGM. Read More: 5 Reasons To Use a Clarifying Shampoo
- Different from traditional methods of hair management. It is not the way many of us were taught to manage our hair and if you like, traditional methods then this may not be the technique for you.