Note : Although I have titled this as a curl defining method for type 3 hair, it can be used by any hair type which clumps. Hair typing is not a science, so if you consider your hair to be type 4 and it naturally clumps, this method can work for you too. If your hair does not naturally clump, this method is not for you.
The Curly Girl Method to achieve defined curl is based on recommendations by Lorraine Massey’s book Curly Girl. The book has since been updated with additional recommendations and further technique information. Here is the basic information on how to achieve a very defined curl using this method.
1. In general shampoo is discouraged by the curly girl method although some very mild cleansers are acceptable. Co washing is encouraged and additionally only water soluble silicones can be present in the conditioner.
2. After co washing, more conditioner is added to hair and hair can now be finger detangled. It is then recommended that not all the hair conditioner is rinsed from the hair as some will act as a leave-in.
3. The excess water in the hair is then squeezed out with a towel and a silicone free hair gel is used to define the curls on damp hair. This should be done in sections appropriate to hair density and curl tightness.
Here is a video tutorial.
Curly Girl Techniques
-Heatless styling is encouraged but you can use a diffuser on a blow dryer at low heat.
-Shampooing is discouraged unless using a very mild cleanser
-Combs and brushes are discouraged
Curly Girl Products
-The biggest demand of the curly girl method is to know the ingredients in your hair products. Notably, you must look either for silicone free or water soluble silicones in all products.
-Very mild shampoo or none at all
-No leave ins, your hair conditioner is used as the leave in.
-Silicone free hair gel for styling
To refresh the curls in the morning, wet hair slightly and use a little gel to reduce frizz. The actual wash is repeated once every 1-2 weeks.
Ladies, have you tried the Curly Girl Method? What were your results?