CG Approved Haircare
The Curly Girl Method is an approach to haircare designed for naturally curly hair that has not been chemically relaxed. Among other things, it calls for no unnatural silicones (commonly used in conditioners and styling products), no harsh detergents, no parabens, no sulphates, the use of a diffuser when blowdrying, and no combs, brushes, or terrycloth towels. The aim in general is to treat naturally curly hair gently, minimising damage to the hair cuticle, to keep hair moisturised (as curly hair is more prone to dryness than straight hair), and perhaps most significantly, to accentuate rather than interfere with the hair's natural curl pattern.
The method was first introduced to a wider audience in 2001 by hairstylist Lorraine Massey, founder of the Devachan Salons, in her bestselling book, Curly Girl: The Handbook. People with various hair textures have since adapted the method to their needs. Popular variations include the use of sulphate-free shampoos, which are more widely available now than they were in 2001, and occasional blow-drying with the use of heat protectants.
The method is also used by males. The name "curly girl" reflects the relative importance of haircare to women and girls due to societal expectations. The method can also be used on kinky, coily, and wavy hair, which are often treated as curly hair types or "curl patterns" on haircare websites and in hair typing systems.