My friend Emma (also the designer behind Khepri) is one of those girls who always looks effortlessly, naturally gorgeous. If she were not so smart and witty it would be easy to hate her. But she’s both of those things, so you just love her even more. Anyway… recently her hair started to look even better than usual, so I asked her what was going on. She immediately launched into this whole diatribe about The Curly Girl Method. I had to learn more.
The first premise of the curly girl method is that you must eliminate sulfates. Besides being bad for you, they strip hair of it’s natural moisture. This is especially important for us curly-haired girls, as curls are more fragile.
Most of us use products with silicone in them as they make hair shiny! The problem (that I didn’t know) is that the only way to remove silicones is with sulfates. So, if you quit sulfates, you sadly must quit silicones too – or they will keep building up, resulting in dull, weighed-down hair. (Who knew?)
Once you make the decision to go sulfate + silicone free, it’s important to do one last cleanse with a shampoo that has sulfates… roots to ends, to get rid of any remnant silicone build-up! And check out this site – an amazing resource… it explains how silicones end in cone, conal, or xane… which is how you will identify them in products.
I asked Emma to share her routine (she’s probably tried more organic hair products than anyone, so I trust her on this.)
Shampoo: Beauty without Cruelty Shampoo – Rosemary Mint
Conditioner: Everyday Shea Conditioner (her words: It’s very rich, plus comes in a huge bottle which makes it really economical)
PS – Check out these before & after photos… kinda crazy!