What is the curly girl method?
The curly girl method starts with the hair products you’re using and making sure your avoiding things that are damaging or drying for your hair. It's here to help people with wavy/curly hair to find their hair’s true texture and maximize their natural pattern. Basically, it’s re-training both yourself on what your hair actually needs!
What to avoid?
A sulfate is a cleansing agent and surfactant that can be found in household cleaners, detergents and shampoos. The two biggies that many shampoos contain are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). These and other sulfates create the lathering effect that removes dirt and oil from your hair and scalp. Sounds great, but these harsh sulfates can disrupt the moisture/protein balance by stripping the hair of it’s natural oils. Long-term daily use of a sulfate shampoo can create dry, frizzy and undefined hair.
Parabens are added to Haircare products to promote hair growth but are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Yikes!
Silicones are polymers that are meant to provide slip and shine while taming frizz. Wonderful, right? Unfortunately, these silicones can build up on the hair over time and create a residue barrier, which blocks moisture from reaching the hair shaft. The only way to remove silicones is with a sulfate shampoo, which shows below that's not an option. Endless cycle begins and no moisture/protein balance can be achieved.
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