Earlier this summer I mentioned in one of my YouTube videos that I was not a fan of the Curly Girl method (CG) because it seemed to do a number on my scalp. I have issues with dry scalp off and on throughout the year. This year it seemed to really flare up when I started this method because of the constant conditioner only washing. Well, I’m still dealing with it now but have gone back to wearing my hair curly everyday.
I’m not following the CG method exactly but I just don’t see the point in wearing stretched styles when I know my scalp needs to be cleansed more often. However, I did learn a few things from Lorraine Massey’s book, Curly Girl, the Handbook
There is one step that I learned from the book which helps immensely with my new daily washing/co-washing routine. It’s called a, “pre-cleanse”. With this step you just apply conditioner or sulfate free shampoo prior to getting in the shower to wash your hair (book version). I altered this method a little because I prefer to apply loads of cheapie conditioner like Suave’s Naturals Coconut (my staple) instead of the amount suggested. I do this in sections and it really helps me to pull out shed hairs and tangles. It also elongates my hair which is usually shrunken up into a tight curly fro from the day before.
I’m still using sulfate shampoo and my favorite leave-in conditioner (Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner) which has silicones in the ingredients list. For this reason I can’t say that I’m abiding by the “rules” outlined in the book. Sulfates and Silicones are big no-no’s with this method but I make sure to use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses to help resolve any issues there. Not only does the ACV help remove build-up but it also helps my hair to return back to a normal pH after using the shampoo. This is important because this leaves my hair more manageable by closing the cuticle layer back down. It also helps with moisture retention. I love ACV rinses!
My hair is definitely benefitting from all of the moisture it has been getting. I have been rockin’ wash n’ gos for six weeks straight and can’t really see myself quitting anytime soon. I usually do my hair at night so I’m not too worried about having wet hair in the mornings when I head out. Hopefully I will begin to see tons of growth and length retention in the upcoming months.