I have curly hair. Except it usually doesn’t look like it.

So I’m taking up the Curly Girl Method. Which basically means reading the “Curly Girl” book and following its directions.

This handbook tells me how I should be taking care of my hair. What to use, how to do it. And I’m pretty excited that it DOES NOT tell me to do a bunch of work or buy specific products. I already put basically no effort in, and the increase in effort is gonna be really low.

This book has a lot of empathy for the shame we curly women get as having “unruly” “crazy” and “unprofessional” hair. I didn’t think I would identify with that, since I generally run low on shame. But some of the personal stories felt very close to home for me.

One story reminded me of the time when I was about eleven and got a terrible hair cut. Stylists always do that thing where they wet my curls down and cut my hair as though it were straight, and then it curls into chaos. With this particular chaos-cut, I *literally* didn’t smile again for the year it took to grow out. I was ashamed and embarrassed every single day from 11 to 12.

The Curly Girl Steps I’ll Be Following

  • I’m getting rid of my (brand new bottle of) shampoo and any other hair products that have ingredients that harm my hair
  • I’m going to wash and dry my hair following the steps for my specific type of curls
  • If I had a hairbrush or comb I’d get rid of it
  • When/if I get a haircut/color it’ll be from someone who knows how to work with curly hair
  • I’m going to find a curly-hair mentor that already follows this method

So far it looks like that’s the whole tamale. If you want to follow the Curly Girl Method, I highly recommend you follow the book, not me. I’m not rehashing all the info and the reasons for it here.

Also, although I think there were too many personal stories for my taste, the ones that spoke to me were enlightening. You may find one or two of them calls to you too.

I’ll check in soon and tell you how it’s going. 🙂

my curly hair at its best- pre-Curly Girl Method. It's clearly curly and could look worse, I guess
my curly hair at its best- pre-Curly Girl Method. It’s clearly curly and could look worse, I guess
my hair on most days- pre Curly Girl Method- more wavy with hidden curls underneath
my hair on most days- pre Curly Girl Method- more wavy with hidden curls underneath

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