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  1. I would love to be able to go 7 days without a wash. My scalp gets insanely itchy after 3 days. Any tips on being to lengthen the time between washes.

    1. Hey Mary, I don’t…and I’ll tell you why. I think that washing your hair twice a week is the ideal amount of time. I don’t believe it’s good for the hair or scalp to try and push wash days out longer and longer. The focus should be on a healthy scalp and healthy hair, not how long you can go without washing your hair, and suffering in the mean time. Hope that helps x

  2. This like everything else on your website is very useful.

    For these types of headbands that wrap all around your head (https://bizzybcrafts.com/), how do you stop them from slipping off the back of your head? I can’t get them to stay in place, whether I’m wearing a top knot or just my hair down. I’ve tried bobby pins but that didn’t work.

    Thanks for any tips you have

    1. I have Bizzy Bee Headcrafts stuff and I’ve never had them slip off. Maybe get the long scarf tie and then you can make it as tight as you want/need.

  3. Do you put products in your hair for day 2 onwards?

    1. I don’t, I very rarely refresh my hair at all.

  4. I was so excited to see the puff cuff, it looks like a dream come true for someone trying to not ruin their hair with elastics!! Sadly when I went to purchase them it said they are no longer available. I am in the US, not sure if that is the problem, but do you have any suggestions? I am just starting the curly girl method and see how so many of my bad habits have taken a toll on my curls, making them merely waves. Thank you for posting so much about all of this, it has been a huge help and has answered a lot of questions for me. Still trying to figure out what to do to keep my hair out of the way while exercising though, the loose pineapple doesn’t last make than a few minutes for me due to my layers…

  5. This is EXACTLY my hair style routine over the week! Do you refresh your hair regularly or just any other week? Love your curls and your website 🙂

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hiya, I actually very, very rarely refresh my hair. I put in extra time, effort and attention to my hair on wash days so I don’t have to refresh in between wash days.

  6. Love, love this post! So super helpful. Thank you for sharing all your curly hair wisdom.

  7. I have heavy thick hair like you and length is just a little longer than yours after your haircut. When I try to wear my hair up, the bun or pony is so heavy that it pulls the top slick to my head and hangs in the back unless I pull it tight. Then I look like like I have an old lady bun. Ive tried using a medium sized clip under the pony to help “lift” it, but that doesnt work either because its no enough. Ideas?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Susie, I would consider getting layers in your hair to lighten the weight of it. If you don’t like to wear your hair up tight, then I would use open bobby pins to hold your bun in place. They’re really long u-shaped pins. Stick them into the edge of your bun to catch a little of the hair/bun, and then twist them back away from the bun and secure into place. That’s what I do, if the bun isn’t staying in place, as I have thick hair too.

    2. I also have thick hair and found a method; two points tails on top of one another and pull the lower one through. It looks like a banana clip, then I saw this post with a banana clip. There are a lot of videos on buns or ponytails from two or three ponytails. The weight of the hair gets spread out so doesn’t weigh you down as much, or give headaches.

  8. Nichole Stell says:

    Hello. I have 2c/3a baby fine hair. There is no way I can go 7 days in between wash days. I usually get 2 days and then my roots are looking greasy and I need to wash. Is there any product or technique that will help me spread out my wash days?

    1. Gabriella says:

      I usually wash my hair twice a week, so don’t feel pressured to go 7 days between washing it. If you suffer from greasy roots, check out Innersense Organic Beauty Dry Shampoo, it’s curly girl friendly!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hi there! I LOVE the headband you wear in these photos, could you please share where you got it?

  10. I think this is the perfect post to accompany the one about how to care for your curls when you have depression and anxiety. It’s easier to wear a headband or put my hair in a bun when I’m feeling anxious/depressed and it looks like I made an effort.

    Thanks so much for these posts.

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Renee, you are so right! I hadn’t even thought of that. Thanks for pointing that out. I’m actually going to go back and link those two posts together. Have a wonderful day, and of course you are very welcome! I’m glad you find my content helpful. xoxo

  11. Hi Gabriella!
    I need help! I just started the CGM… When I crunched out my cast, my hair was soooo oily and greasy, like it had loads of product in it.. I had to wash it again the next day! It was my first wash, using the cgm and I washed with baby shampoo to clarify and put in shea moisture conditioner, which I washed out (as fully as a low pressure shower can on my thick hair!)… I have low porosity hair. I thought I used too much gel, but looking at some cgm videos, I don’t think I did. What did I do wrong?? Trying the same thing again today but with much less gel. Help?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Fee, so you maybe had too much product/conditioner still left in your hair before you applied your styling product. But also, I suspect Shea Moisture is the problem here. Those products are full of cheap quality, heavy oils and butters which will weigh your hair down, and make it look and feel oily and greasy. You need to use a different conditioner and swap it out for something that’s more botanical and light. I have a few posts on my favourite curly girl products and how to build a curly routine which will help you with that. Hope that helps! x

  12. Hi Cailin
    Need some advice. I’m growing out my long pixie it’s short on one side than the other. The long side is just above my jaw the shorter side is by my ear. I’d love to get 3 days out of my hair as I was it every second day as it’s.limp no volume. I have 2b curls and have started using shampoos gels and conditioner you have recommended. Can you recommend hairstyles while I’m growing it out

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Ailbhe, beautiful name btw. My name is Gabriella, not CailĂ­n – don’t worry, I get that mistake all the time. Pixi cuts are really hard to manage while they’re still growing out, especially if it was shorter on one side. You want to grow it out, but still look cute but not style it in a way that’s going to damage or pull out the curl. I would recommend loosely pinning back the shorter side, in a side sweep half up style, until it grows long enough to balance out the longer side. When that happens, get a trim and shape to even up both sides. Hope that helps x