Hey there! In today’s post, I’ll be trying the curly girl method on my straight hair to see if it works…I’ve also included directions in case you want to try it yourself. 🙂
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to offend anyone with curly or kinky hair, I just thought it would be fun to try a different hair routine to see how my hair reacted to it. 🙂
You might have heard of the curly girl method before, but if you haven’t, it’s basically just a method of taking care of your hair (if you have curly hair) to make your curls less frizzy and more defined. The method I’m using in this post isn’t the curly girl method but it’s really similar; I ended up having to figure out what stuff to use by doing my own
googling research and watching/reading other peoples tutorials since I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a book or fancy products so the end result is slightly modified version of the curly girl method.
You might be wondering, “Um Grace…you just said your hair was straight, and this is for people with curly hair.”
It is-ish- my hair naturally has a slight wave to it which is a pain lol so while it’s definitely not curly, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it wavy either, it does have a bit of a wave.
So basically the reason I decided to try this was because I saw several people on the Internet with similar hair to mine use the curly girl method and “discover” that their hair was “naturally curly.”
Another Disclaimer: If you have to do all this to your hair to get it to curl (like me) you do not have curly hair, at least not naturally. It may work for you but if it wasn’t curly already, it’s not natural. (Sorry )
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to try just to see if it would work on my straight hair. I had really low expectations going into this; I wasn’t expecting it to work at all, so I was really surprised at how my hair turned out.
^My hair, which is actually behaving pretty well in this picture lol. (It’s also really damaged from me straightening it so much)^
^a picture from when my hair was longer (from about 2 years ago) I put this in here because you can see the waves a lot better.^
Even if you don’t have curly hair, you can try this on your hair to bring out your natural texture, or to get some beachy waves.
Another Disclaimer: This probably won’t work on stick straight hair. (sorry)
So let’s get right into it:
- Brush or comb
- Your normal shampoo and conditioner
- Some sort of curl enhancing product (I used this one, but fair warning it smells pretty bad.)
- A cotton t shirt (and a long sleeve one if you want to do the air dry version)
- A diffuser attachment for your hair dryer (or a strainer from the kitchen. I’ll explain later)
Okay so to start all you have to do is just brush and wash your hair like usual. After you rinse the conditioner out of your hair and turn off the water, use your fingers to get the tangles out, and part your hair with your comb. Make sure the part is how you like it, because it will hard to make it look nice if you change it later. While your hair is still dripping wet (Don’t squeeze it out at any point, you want it to be wet) add another, smaller amount of conditioner to your hair and scrunch it in. (There are plenty of tutorials online on how to “squish to condish” and it’s better to have a visual explanation so I would recommend Googling it.) Scrunch in your curl enhancer, using a small amount for each section of hair (the sides and the back). Add more if needed. Continue scrunching, for about three minutes, making sure to get all of your hair. This is the most important step, so don’t skip it; even just scrunching will get you a few waves. After you get out of the shower, scrunch with the cotton (the cotton helps keep your waves from being frizzy) t-shirt to soak up some of the water.
To finish drying, you can either:
A. “plop” your hair in the long sleeve shirt and let it air dry overnight. Again, plenty of tutorials online on “plopping”. I didn’t use this method in this post, but I have tried it and I found that the results were hit or miss.
B. Use a diffuser attachment to partially blow dry your hair. Since I didn’t have an attachment, I just used a metal strainer from the kitchen lol. All you have to do is literally hold the diffuser under your hair, scoop up a big section and press the diffuser/strainer/other bowl like kitchen object with holes against your head and blow dry your hair through the strainer. Repeat for your whole head, gently letting the waves fall out when you finish a section. I felt really silly holding a strainer against my head, but it worked, and I only had to dry it about 70% of the way before I let it air dry.
This was my hair when it was about half dry^ (ignore the bad iPhone pic lol)
And here’s the finished look:
Honestly, I had very low expectations for this. ;)- I was really suprised how well it turned out. While I wouldn’t want to do it every day since I have oily hair, and using products every day is probably not the best idea, I thought it was a fun way to change up my hair. It wasn’t that expensive either, I think the travel size Curl Enhancer was only about $4 but that’s the only thing I had to buy. I did like the beachy waves it created, but I feel like it would have been a lot easier just to curl my hair with an iron. While this was fun to try, I think I’ll leave this method to the actual curly girls. 😉
Be sure to let me know if you try this!
scrunching and hair washing- Curls and Beauty Diary (Blog)
discovering “naturally” wavy hair-Annie’s Forget Me Knots (YouTube)
plopping-Penny Tovar (YouTube)
product recommendation-Bryana Jordyn (YouTube)