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  1. Thanks for this! I have what I think is probably medium porosity, fine, thin 2b/c hair. I’m using the Trader Joe’s tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner 2-3 times a week and a light gel. It’s not terrible but it’s not great either, I can’t get good definition or keep my wavy/curly hair. Is there anything you would suggest I add to my routine to get better definition and keep my curls? I get easily overwhelmed with all the deep/leave-in/co-wash/regular conditioner options and don’t really understand when (in the daily routine and in the month to month routine) to use each of those options. I got a free sample of the ouai air dry mousse, wondering if you know anything about this product as well?

    1. Ouai isn’t curly girl friendly. By the sounds of it your hair is lacking in protein. So I’d look at your routine and the ingredients in your products and make some adjustments. I’ve got a blog post, YouTube video and IGTV on protein moisture balance. Alternatively, I offer 1:1 Curl Clinics, they’re a 30 min consultation via video where we go through all the products you’re using and the issues you’re experiencing. I then put together a routine and recommend products to suit your hair’s needs, your budget and any other requirements you have. If that’s something you’re interested in, please fill out this form, and I’ll get back to you via email with all of the details. http://www.curlycailin.ie/contact

  2. Marie Tieleman says:

    Thank you so much for this post, so informative and well written. I started with the CG method a while ago, and your posts have made it fun instead of confusing 🙂

    I would love to get your heat cap on Etsy, but I don’t have a microwave, only an oven. Is there any way to make this work without a microwave?

    Thanks!

  3. Hi Gabriela,
    Maybe you could help me! I am following the CG method but I changed the shampoo to a coconut one and it doesn’t work for me, It gives me itchy scalp even my face got red too.
    Which co-wash you would recommend me to start using?
    Thanks

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Mireya, hmm….that sounds interesting. You may be allergic to the coconut, or the product may contain the itchy m’s – which are two really long ingredient names that begin with the letter m. My favourite co-wash is the As I Am Coconut Co Wash – but that may not work for you, if you’re allergic to coconut. Other co washes and cleansers I like are from MopTop and Bounce Curl or Jessicurl. Hope that helps x

  4. Bella Testa says:

    Thank you for all the info you share! Your curls are beautiful and consistent. I follow you for advice because even after 18 months of CGM my curls are not consistent. I know you love mousse but it always seems to break up my clumps and I get stringy curls. Does anyone else have this experience? I am always interested to try mousse because it’s lighter than gels. Thank you for any advice!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Bella, what mousse are you using? And what other products are you using on wash day and styling? Because that doesn’t sound at all like what mousse tends to do to hair. x

  5. Hello! I too have curly hair and only like to wash it two or three times a week. If I use mouse or gel, my hair feels icky and weighed down. I want to go two or three days with clean looking curls before I wash it. What are your tips for refreshing day 2 or 3 curls?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Katie, I would ask what type of mousse and gel you’re using, and from what brands. Because they are not all the same, some mousses aren’t as nice or as good as others, some gels are thick and sticky, others are light and watery. My tip for refreshing day 2 or 3 curls is to wet it down a little with water, and then apply more styling product – most of the time I’ll use a gel to refresh. Hope that helps. x

  6. Melanie Geogehgan says:

    This is very helpful, have been following CG method for 2 weeks, problems im finding I think my hair is 2B wavy with some curl. Fine, damaged from dyeing and heat tools so I imagine high porosity. In two weeks I have noticed the issue im having is worse frizz than ever and I cant go more than 4/5 days without needing shampoo (low poo) and conditioner again. Also advice what do you do to enhance curls on non wash days. I tried co wash and ended up with frizz and weighed down hair. Do you just get water and conditioner and spritz every morning and add more leave in conditioner. I’m also wondering if its worth getting some oils. So far im using Jessiecurl- low poo, Giovanni leave in conditioner. Deep conditioner Jessie curl once a week conditioner and a mousse/ Gel (Giovanni gel i think the same as in your post). Using microfiber towel on wash days. Is there something else I should be trying to help enhance wave and reduce frizz??

    Also what do you do to improve it after exercise, swimming in ocean? pool and chlorine?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Melanie, 2 weeks is such a short amount of time to start the method, you’re really not going to see results that soon. It took me 3 or 4 months until I saw positive results and progress. It takes time, you didn’t damage your hair over night, it’s not going to heal overnight either. The only way to truly get rid of heat or colour damage is to cut it out, if you want quicker results and even that it will still take some time unless you go super short. That’s totally fine to not go longer than 4/5 days without washing, I’d say that’s pretty normal. I don’t really refresh between washes, I focus my time on wash day so I don’t have to refresh. I don’t use oils either. From the products you’ve listed there, you’ve not included a conditioner – which may be the cause of your frizz if your hair is not sufficiently moisturised. Microfibre towels cause my hair to frizz, maybe it’s the same for you? I’ve got a few posts on how to reduce frizz, beat halo frizz and encourage curl definition, have a browse around my blog. As for swimming, you need to clarify – again, I’ve got a post on that too so check it out on the blog. Do some research and educate yourself so you get to know your hair and what it needs, likes, wants and doesn’t do well with. Hope that helps x

  7. SHRADDHA HOODA says:

    Hi Gabriella,

    Excellent post and amazing reviews of the products. Which is the best place in Dublin that I can find these products. I have been on hunt for some of these but no luck.

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hiya, it’s hard to find products easily available in Ireland. Boots is the best place, or TK Maxx – which is hit and miss because you never know what you’re going to get. I buy almost all my stuff online, which I link thorughout the posts, and in the side bar and the Where I Shop section too. Hope that helps! x

  8. Sonia Fox says:

    Absolutely loved reading this. So very informative over everything else I have read! Thankyou so much. Going to find you on insta. Thanks lovely. Much love Sonia x

  9. Any insight on the Noughty Wave Hello line? I have long bobbed really fine, wavy-curly hair that likes moisture, but hates weight. And, I really don’t like having to throw things out when they don’t work. Thanks.

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi, I’m still trying it. I’ve used it a couple of times, but need to really test it properly. Sorry that’s not really much help x

  10. Hello! Great post I have very straight hair so this is all new to me but my daughter has her Daddies very curly hair! So here I am learning all about the best way to start for her hair journey in an unknown new world to me! Would you recommend just using the As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner on her weekly (I currently only use baby shampoo once every 1-2 weeks, she’s 2)
    Thank you I may be way of so thanks for your help x

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Tina! Welcome, and fair play to you for being such an amazing mom trying to do the best for your daugther’s curls. I wish my mom had! ha ha. Yes, the As I Am Co-Wash is perfect, leave a little in if her hair feels a little dry. But for now, what you suggested is perfect. x

    2. WAIT!! As I Am Coconut cowash contains Methylisothiazolinone which is toxic and completely banned in several countries including Canada and Germany. Try the Boucleme Curl Cleanser which is non toxic, synthetic fragrance free and excellent. Or the Inahsi cowash which is also nontoxic and excellent. I know you want the very best for your baby girl so always check the ingredients before using a product on her. Best wishes xx

  11. Hi, I’m thinking about starting the Curly Girl method. I live in the US and I can’t afford expensive items for hair. Is there must have items that I can find in the US that are a reasonable price? I hope you can help!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Yes, of course! Many of them mentioned in this post. As I Am Coconut Co-wash as your cleanser, Sally’s GVP Conditioning Balm as your conditioner, deep conditioner and leave in, Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner, Pantene Defined Curls Mousse, Aussie Instant Freeze Gel. You could get all of that for around $20-25!

  12. Hi, I was wondering if you have tried the LUS hair products?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Yes! I have. Review coming soon! xoxo

  13. Hi Gabriella, I love your blog and all posts are very helpful.
    Would you please let me know from where I can get you heat cap and whether you ship within the EU. Thank you

    1. Gabriella says:

      I’ll send you an email Selvana, thank you!

  14. This post is a godsend! My hair is very similar to yours (though I hear when you said curl type doesn’t matter, it’s more about what works for your individual hair) – but your hair’s response to certain things is similar to mine. I’m off to try a few new things, particularly a shea-free washday, as I have suspicions.

    1. Gabriella says:

      ooohhhh, keep me up dated on how that goes!!

  15. Are you serious about the KY Jelly? That is a lubricant for your lady parts! But I guess if it works!?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Absolutely 100% serious! I get the glycerin free version in my local pharmacy, and honestly, I’m never without a bottle of it! It’s soooo good for taming frizz and flyaways, and the hold is insane!

  16. Hi Gabriella,

    I’m really glad I found your blog. I’m new to this CG method and was almost in despair on what to do with my hair because it’s wavy/curly, but really silky, and every product I’ve tried, weighs it down a lot. Asking around in every product store they only have products for curly “dry hair”, because most people think that curly hair is always dry. Reading about your case, gave me some hope.

    I now know that my hair is low porosity, but I’m a little confused on what my routine should be. I was aiming to try a routine that has some protein in it because, (i’m not sure) but i think my hair might need some more strength and I think It’s ok, when it comes to moisture.

    I’m confused on the “cleanse / clarify” – should I, for example, use the Bounce Curl Clarifying shampoo” or the ”Bounce Curl moisturizing Shampoo”? Should I co-wash in between with the “as I am coconut cows”? Should I stay away from conditioners?
    I already have the hairfinity Strengthening amino mask to try your modified Rice water rinse…

    Could you please give me a more specific idea on what to try?

    Thank you!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Monica, I’m so glad my content and journey has given you hope with your own. Yes, it’s a common mistake many people make that curly hair = dry hair. But that’s not always the case, and often once your hair/curls reach a healthy state, and your moisture levels are fine. You don’t need to treat it as dry hair and constantly do moisturising deep conditioning treatments. Using products with protein will definitely help. Have you read my post on how to build a curly girl product routine? I think that might help answer your questions, I’ll link it here> https://staging3.curlmaven.ie/how-to-build-a-curly-girl-hair-routine/

    2. Geraldinee says:

      Hi Gabriella,

      Your blog has given me some great info as I begin my Curly Girl journey. However I am not ready to embrace my grey hairs so still colour. Due to lockdown I will have to resort to a box dye. Do you have any recommendations?

      1. Hi Geraldine, that’s totally understandable and of all the things you could be doing during lockdown, colouring your hair is the least of them so don’t stress about it. I would recommend you do a good clarifying shampoo before hand with Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo, then apply your colour, and deep condition afterwards – preferably using your own deep conditioner, rather than the one in the box dye as that most likely contains silicones. If you’re looking for a suggestion for a box dye, I know Naturtint are a popular one that I believe don’t contain any silicones, but I don’t dye my hair and haven’t in quite some time so I’m not the best person to ask I’m afraid.

  17. Hi Gabriella! Your blog is absolutely precious and I love the content. Thank you for all the great tips!
    Love from India.

  18. Just came across your website through Pinterest! I have 3B curls, low porosity, fine in texture but a lot of it, very similar to yours. I somewhat follow the curly girl method. Definitely no silicones but I do use a sulfate poo and I sometimes straighten my hair (only in the winter though). I’ve been using for many, many years Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee. It’s CG friendly all the way. It’s my holy grail product. I plan to work on my clipping technique with no part because I have the same problem with parting my hair and then it’s flat where parted.

    Thank you for the great content!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Sherry, I also use a sulfate shampoo once every 4 – 8 weeks, because I have to clarify with a chelating shampoo due to living a very hard water area. I occasionally straighten my hair, never poker straight, but only a couple of times a year. Thankfully my curls always seem to bounce back to full health. I’ve not heard of the Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, what country do you live in? I must see if it’s available online, especially as it’s fully CG! Gabriella xoxo

  19. Thank you for this awesome post, Gabriella! I’m going to bookmark it for future reference. I’ve been following your blog for a while. I’ve learned so much from your tips because I have low porosity curls too!
    I bought the As I Am Cowash because of your recommendation and I’ve almost finished a whole tub! It’s definitely the best curly cleanser I’ve tried.
    Next I want to try the Aussie Instant Freeze gel because you’re always talking about it! 🙂 I haven’t found it in-store here in Canada but I’ll just order it online.
    Keep up the great work! Definitely appreciate it!!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Aww thank you so much for your kind, sweet words Claudine! I’m so glad you’ve found my content helpful. I still adore the As I Am Co Wash, and buy it regularly, or as presents for my friends. I still think it’s the best co-wash on the market, I’ve not found any other one as good at actual “cleansing” if you know what I mean. Like my hair (and scalp!) feel clean without feeling stripped or dry or squeaky at all. I just love it! Definitely check out the Aussie Instant Freeze Gel if you can, I’ve not found another gel like it, certainly not in texture/consistency. Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog posts, and comment xoxo

  20. Dear Gabrielle, this is so very helpful, thank you. Have you ever tried the Boucleme Curl Creme? Did you like it?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Rebekka, yes I have the Boucleme curl cream. Personally I don’t really like creams in my hair, but my daughters curly hair seems to love curl creams, and the Boucleme one works great on her hair. You don’t need a lot though. Hope that helps. xoxo

  21. Excellent Post Gabriella. I loved reading it. Thank you.