Back in October, I started trying out the Curly Girl method for curly hair at my friend Amy’s recommendation.
I thought I’d just do a bit of an update as to how that turned out.
Hurray for the Body Shop. Why are there so few in France?
Part 1: Shampoo: At the time, I decided to try not washing my hair at all except with conditioner. Previously I washed my hair twice a week with regular shampoo and conditioned it every day. Well, this did not work out so well—after two weeks without shampoo my hair was very curly but also very greasy.
Conclusion: I bought a sulfate-free shampoo at a specialty hair shop but it turned out to have silicones in it. I used it for a while but ended up buying the Body Shop’s Rainforest Shine Shampoo (when I was in Spain) which is sulfate- and silicone-free. I wash my hair twice a week with it though if I’m traveling I can go a week without it so that I can leave the bottle at home. It doesn’t lather up like shampoo typically does but it smells v. nice.
Just all right
Part 2: Conditioner: I had been using Timotei’s “pure” conditioner which is still a perfectly decent choice. However I did switch to L’Oréal’s EverLiss conditioner which is the only one of their “Ever+weird word” brand that doesn’t have sulfates OR silicones (and the shampoo version of EverLiss does have silicones). I use this conditioner every day and I like it better than Timotei’s because it’s richer and helps detangle my hair better especially after shampooing when it typically turns into a million knots (probably not exaggerating by more than ten fold there).
Conclusion: EverLiss seven times a week or whenever I’m in the shower. Wins all around.
Pretty great though I can’t buy its twin shampoo
Part 3: Plopping: I have continued plopping and am a big fan. It seems to smoosh my hair into curl form while allowing me to get ready for work in the morning. I don’t know if J fully realizes that I have co-opted certain t-shirts for this.
Conclusion: Plopping for the win, for ten to fifteen minutes, and not more, or it seems to frizz.
Part 4: Styling: Well feck it all, there are no curly hair styling creams without silicones to be had in France. I switched to a cream because it seems to dry my hair out less, and if the silicone is still the third ingredient in the list, I mean, balls. The system’s not perfect. I do buy a higher quality cream though, which I get at the salon supply store in our supermarket.
Screw you silicones
Conclusion: A nickel’s worth of Artist(e) Create Curly Cream in my hair right after getting out of the shower (where I’ve wrung it just a tad dry though it’s still fairly soaking) and just before plopping my hair in the t-shirt.
Part 5: Drying: Still with a diffuser to about 80% dry.. I changed nothing.
And there you go. I find the Curly Girl Method pretty difficult to follow in France. It would be easiest if I could do everything au naturel because “sans silicones” is pretty difficult to come by here.