My "Curly Girl Method" Journey: Part 1
I'm so excited to finally be doing this post! I decided a while ago that I wanted to get my natural hair to it's healthiest state. According to the chart below, my hair has always been between a 2B and a 2C (with a few 3A pieces scattered around).
I did some research and realized the best way to get my waves/curls to look bomb is to follow the "Curly Girl Method". To put it simply the Curly Girl Method (or CGM) is when you no longer use sulfates, silicones, drying alcohols, and definitely no direct heat on your hair. It may seem easy, but trust me, it's tough to get used to. If you're interested in following the CGM and want to learn more I suggest starting with "Curly Girl: The Handbook".
One thing I've heard from everyone who follows the CGM is that you need PATIENCE.. which is one thing I'm not usually very good with. Buttttt, to have gorgeous, luscious, healthy curls I'm willing to put in the time and effort. I thought it would be cool to blog about my journey to 1, help any other girls that are trying follow the CGM, and 2, so that I can look back and see how far I have come!
I figured I would do a CGM Journey post every month or so to let you guys know how it's going. I just started the CGM on January 4th and like the other curly girls mentioned.... PATIENCE! So.. I don't have any updates to give you just yet, I'm still getting into the hang of things over here.
For Part 1 of my journey I just want to give you a little glimpse into my hair history. I went though all my pictures and put together a nice little #TBT timeline to share, so get ready!
2006: Chemically "straightened"
Ugh, middle school throwbacks are never a good thing.... amiriiiight? Anyways, in 2006 I wanted to copy my sister (even though we have completely different hair types) and got my hair chemically straightened like she did. I stupidly thought I would wake up with pin straight hair every morning but um.. that's not how it went. As you can tell from the pic my hair was just wavy and frizzy. #FAIL.
2008-20012: Loooooong and curly
After growing out of the chemically straightened stage, I kept it pretty simple for the next 4 years through high school. My routine was to wash my hair everyyyy single night, put a bunch of gel in it, put it in a bun to sleep, and in the morning take it down and go. I straightened my hair once every few months (or whenever my sister would agree to do it for me).
April 2014: Ombre Queen.
I wanted to switch things up after so many years of the same hairdo so I decided to do a little ombre action. I didn't go too light which I think I was upset about in the moment but looking back I'm very happy I didn't go blonde and fry my hair off.
2014-2015: Curling wand was life.
For about a year straight, whenever I was going out I would curl my hair. I started off wearing my hair curly and just curling the pieces that needed a little help but then I was obsessed with curling my entire head and then drenching it in hairspray. Yikes.
May 2015 - Pretty much bald.
For some reason I may never know, I woke up one morning and decided to cut all my hair off. I've always had pretty healthy hair, but I would say it was at it's worst after bleaching and curling all the time so I guess it was time for a big chop. But let me tell you, going from hair that was down to my butt to hair that barely touches my nips was a bigggg change.
Summer 2015: Hair, thumbs up. Life, thumbs down.
This was a good summer for me... looks wise. My job at the time sucked, my sleep schedule was shit because of the weird hours I worked, and I got paid like $2.. but hey, my hair was really living her best life. I think my hair being shorter really helped my curls bounce more but I don't wanna believe that because I want long hair again!
October 2015-2017: New job, no time.
Thank the Lordttt, in October of 2015 I got a new job. But the downside of that was that I needed to actually put myself together early in the morning for the first time. My first job was at the bakery and I wore a dirty smock & hat everyday and my second job, I started work later in the day and there was pretty much no dress code. So since I had to wake up so early and look half way decent I started wearing my hair up A LOT, like.... everyday. I would sometimes wear my hair down and curly but only when it wasn't super cold so that I didn't freeze walking out of the house with wet hair.
May 2017: Goodbye, forever.
For my sisters wedding, I did a nice curled, pushed to one side, bang flip, kinda old Hollywood hairdo. I took like.. ZERO pictures so this is the best you're gonna get (isn't my mum the cutest!) This was the very last time I used direct heat on my hair. No more straightening and no more curling from that point on!
December 2017: Imma, imma a DEVA.
Around the end of December I got my first official DevaCut. I went to a salon in Medford called The Loft Hair Studio and the owner really helped me get my life together. She showed me some techniques to help with frizz, some products that would be good for my hair type, and just some basic things every curly girl should know.
After my visit at The Lost I decided to really jump into this CGM thing. I was following some rules without even knowing but I wanted to really give it my all. I did a bunch of research (YouTube, Pinterest, Google, "Curly Girl: The Handbook") and found some products that are sulfate/silicone/drying alcohol free and started there.
January 2018: So... Here we are.
The picture above is my hair after strictly following the CGM for a couple weeks. It's definitely nowhere close to where I want it to be but like I said.... PATIENCE. I'm still in the trial and error stage. I'm trying to figure out which products are best, what method is best to apply those products, and what drying method will give me the least amount of frizz... I'm just trying to figure it all out.
I'm looking forward to seeing how my hair has changed in my next CGM Journey. When I have my holy grail products and everyday routine put together I will definitely do a post on that. Until then... wish me luck (because I'll need it!)