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Old 11-17-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
 
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I'm kind of confused on what the curly girl method is. Can you only use products that have no silicone or sulfates in them? Is Suave, Aveda, or Kinky Curly any of these products?
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
 
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It can be tweaked to how you like it the best. But the gist is:

Silicones - things ending in -cone, cyclopentasiloxane being the heaviest, followed by cyclomethicone, dimethicone, and Amodimethicone being the lightest, and somewhat more soluble - need to be washed out with shampoo or they build up on your hair. The heavier silicones need a more cleansing shampoo, the lighter, a less cleansing one.

Silicones coat your hair in the process of sealing it to keep out moisture and keep it from frizzing so it appears shiny. But it continuously coats the hair shaft so moisture can't get on. Ultimately your hair dries out by not getting enough moisture in.

CG is based on the idea that one does not need to use actual shampoo to cleanse their hair. Cleansing can be done with a combination of a light, clarifying conditioner and water along with vigorous scrubbing to wash your hair. Consequently, if you're not using a shampoo, you cannot use silicones on your hair, since you're not actually shampooing it out. Instead you would opt for natural moisture with silicone free conditioners and products and oils.

You also would take care of your hair gently, not brushing, finger combing in the shower while conditioned, not using heat, etc, so your curls are allowed to fully form.

People tweak this a little here and there using a sulfate free shampoo, or cleansing cream, or allowing amodimethicone, or shampooing on occasion. But strict CG is no shampoo, no sulfates, no silicones, no heat, no brushing.



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Old 11-17-2011, 09:12 PM   #3
 
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Here is a good link.
The College Curly: Laura Lee's All In One Guide to Going CG: Now Revised and Updated!
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:03 PM   #4
 
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Thank you for this link! I loved this site then couldn't remember!

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Old 11-20-2011, 07:57 AM   #5
 
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Thanks so much! Lastly, what does this method specifically do to the hair?
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:33 AM   #6
 
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Originally Posted by SwirlyCurly24 View Post
Thanks so much! Lastly, what does this method specifically do to the hair?
The best answer to that question is this thread
Post your before & After CG pics
CG helps hair retain moisture, which most curly hair desperately needs. It reduces damage to the hair's cuticle, which makes hair look better.
For me personally, I have shiny hair for the first time in my life, my hair is now longer then I could ever grow it before, my hair feels soft for the first time, I used to have a 1/4 inch of split ends every 2 months and now I have almost none, my hair got curlier, there is probably more, but I can't think of more ATM.
CG doesn't work for everyone, but it has a high success rate. Even if it doesn't work, you will still learn valuable things about your hair and how to style it that you can apply later.
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What about "water soluble" silicone (such as Dimethicone Copolyol)? Are they still CG?
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:44 PM   #8
 
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Water soluble silicones are definitely CG. Some people with fine hair find water soluble silicones weigh down their hair and avoid them. Most people can use water soluble silicones with zero issues.
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