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Getting Started with Wavy Hair Care

How to get started with the wavy hair care by following the Curly Girl Method.

If you associate your hair with terms like “frizzy”, “unmanageable”, “poofy”, “thin”, “dull”, “lifeless”, “flat”, “always greasy”…”limp”, you are not alone.

Dear friend, I have used all these terms to describe my hair in the past. I say in the past as something helped me overcome these hair issues. Of course, it was not the chemical treatments – Hair Straightening or Hair Smoothing. In fact, these worked as a stop-gap arrangement to ‘fix’ my hair.

Straightening, Smoothing…on repeat

And I had to do the treatments often, sometimes at the drop of a hat to ensure that my hair felt silky, smooth, non-frizzy…almost perfect. I used to think that looking ‘perfect’ with not a hair out of place was being truly ‘professional’.

It’s not surprising that most Salons, hairdressers, image consultants/coaches, media, social media and society at large portray woman having sleek, shiny, straight hair as the norm. Being a corporate trainer and communications coach, it didn’t take me long to go down the rabbit hole.

I thought the chemical treatments were my only solution to look presentable and ‘acceptable’, and therein lay the danger. I continued to do these in spite of the damages it caused to my hair – excessive hair fall, not to mention the frizziness and fraying at the roots where the effect of the smoothing treatment waned.

MY HAIR STARTED THINNING…it stopped growing too. And, I lost a significant amount of hair. Stopping the treatments didn’t help. It took almost a year to grow out the damaged bits of hair. Having altered the texture of my hair for over a decade with heat and straighteners, the new growth didn’t have any resemblance to my original hair.

The new hair was extremely dry, brittle and a poofy mess. No amount of coaxing with Champi (Indian oil massage for scalp), random Gharelu Nuskhe (home remedies), fancy protein-rich diets helped. I was just unable to understand my hair, until…my curly-haired cousin sister, Pavithra Rajkumar (Instagram: @lifewithpurelycurly) came to my rescue.

She convinced me to try the natural way of maintaining hair aka “Curly Girl Method.”

The Curly Girl Method

The Curly Girl Method (CGM), from Lorraine Massey’s book “Curly Girl: The Handbook,” is a method to take care of your natural hair without resorting to damaging hair habits (using heat for styling, shampooing with products containing harsh and toxic chemicals). Healthy hair habits like following a wash routine with natural or curly-girl approved products, maintaining a healthy balance of protein:moisture in your hair can nourish and nuture your hair.

I have been following this method since April 2018, and two years hence, these are my results.

In a strict sense, Curly Girl Method recommends no shampooing (no-poo) of hair at all, only co-washing (conditioner washing), no brushing of textured hair, no using of any hair care products containing silicones, sulfates, alcohol, parabens and mineral oil. Even excess oiling of hair is a strict no-no. It promotes a simple wash routine – Cleansing, Conditioning, and Styling. And of course, NO HEAT to style your hair!

I know what you are thinking. What happens to all the expensive hair care products that you picked up based on your hairdresser’s suggestions? What happens to the Ionic hair straightners, the dryers and stylers? What happens to the professional hair masks that you so lovingly bought to restore your frizzy hair, coloured hair, dull or damaged hair? They go to the trash!

Wait, why should “Curly Girl Method” be right for wavy hair?

  • Because it doesn’t strip your hair of moisture like how sulfates did
  • Because it restores hair with natural shine and moisture not like how silicones did
  • Because it transforms hair to your natural texture, unlike the chemical treatments
  • Because there isn’t a ‘Wavy Girl Method’, and waves are a form of curls too. 🙂

While strict adherance to CGM has produced some amazing results for many curly friends (2c, 3a, 3b, 3c and Type 4 hair), it has also shown some fascinating results for wavies. It would be the biggest LIE if I said, that CGM will make your wavy hair turn curly!

But I will definitely say that following CGM has helped transform my hair from a frizzy, dry mess to soft, natural waves. Besides, there is no one size that fits all or one solution for all your hair problems, but it certainly helps you understand your hair requirements and empowers you to nourish and nuture in a natural way. And once you get the hang of it, go ahead and modify the method to suit your hair!

Are you ready to embrace your natural hair?

If you have a similar struggle with your hair, day in and day out, managing dry, frizzy and lifeless hair, you are ready to take the right steps now.

Making Waves Easy – is an initiative to help you embrace your natural hair, wavy or swavy. This is also a collection of wash routines, tips, products, techniques, trials and tutorials that I have followed as part of CGM.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • How do you feel about your current hair?
  • If doing chemical treatments/straightening, why are you doing these?
  • What has caused you to stop them?
  • What do you expect of the Curly Girl Method?
  • If you follow the CGM thoroughly the entire year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

If you can, you should write down the answers for the above questions. Understanding your goals and articulating them will help you plan your own natural hair journey better.

And if you have come so far, start by reading the following blog posts. I will try to simplify the method as much as possible. Trust in the process, document your progress and check for yourself how your hair is transforming.

Wish you all the best!

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Want to follow my wavy hair journey, connect with me on Instagram: @chitrachaudhuriwavy

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10 comments

  1. Could you suggest any products for CG. My hair falls in between 2a to 2b. There are so many products out there I am feeling it is so difficult to choose any! Somehow I feel like your curls are as same as mine. So I am reaching out to you with an expectation that you will help me to choose products! I really want to start the CG journey but I am stuck! Please help me hun! 🥺🙏😇💫

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    1. Hi Arpita, I can totally relate to the feeling. ut, my suggestions of products may not directly help you. I would request you to read my Wavy Hair Guide post to understand your hair properties and then start choosing products as per your hair properties. Pallavi Juneja (thecuriousjalebi) has a fantastic post on CG products for beginners. Connect with me when you have shortlisted products (based on availability/cost) here.

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  3. Hi… this is very informative guide blog… can you please suggest me something that helps to maintain my curls for longer duration which turn frizzy or wavy when I comb them.

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    1. Thank you Hina. Your curls could be losing their texture because of it lacking moisture or protein. You would have to use a styler – a curl cream or a gel to retain moisture and thus prevent it from turning frizzy. Also, please don’t brush your hair when it is dry, brushing increases frizziness.

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