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 Damn Gina, Curly Girl Method 101
Find Out Everything You Need To Know About The Curly Girl Method
Image Source:   Lilli Schaub
By Shilpa Bhim
Welcome to the guide you’ve all been waiting for: the Curly Girl Method 101.
Here, you’ll learn everything you need to know, and more, about taking care of your curls to keep them healthy and as defined as possible.
The Curly Girl Method is more than just a process, it’s a lifestyle, Ginas!
So, get ready to learn the what, the why and the how behind the Curly Girl Method and get set to live your best curly hair life.
What Is The Curly Girl Method?
Created by Lorraine Massey, the Curly Girl Method is about treating your curls (or waves or texture) with love, care and respect.
It encourages healthy hair habits to let your natural curl pattern shine. This means ruling our nasties (aka the things that don’t give your hair the TLC it deserves) like drying shampoos, heat, silicon and brushes.
The term  ‘co-washing’ is also attributed to the Curly Girl Method which means you skip the shampoo as it could be drying your locks out and stick to conditioner for a ton of hydration and bounce instead!
Tell Me More!
You got it, Ginas!
The Curly Girl Method consists of three general key steps to keep your hair full of life:
  1. Cleanse: massage your scalp gently using your fingers and a little bit of conditioner. Rinse out and follow up with a sulphate-free shampoo (aka a “no-poo” shampoo).
  2. Condition: section your hair and massage conditioner into each section.
  3. Style: the key here is to avoid the heat! Wrap your wet hair in a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to allow some water to soak up. Then twist or scrunch your damp strands into place before leaving to air dry.
While the general method can be used by all hair textures, I’m going to break things down a little further for you.
The Curly Girl Method According To Your Curl Type
To make the most of the Curly Girl Method, you want to tailor it to your curl type. Not sure we that it, we’ve broken all the curl pattern types here for you.
On to the finer details, starting with you wavy Ginas:
Wavy Hair
  1. Cleanse: If you’re a wavy hair gal, stick to cleansing your locks weekly. To do this, wet your hair, put some conditioner through it, rinse out, then follow up with shampoo.
  2. Condition: Once you’ve shampooed, pop some conditioner in your hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. Rinse out, but not fully - leaving a little conditioner in your hair will keep it protected and hydrated.
  3. Style: scrunch or twist your waves into place and leave to air dry. If you’re after a little extra hydration, rub a little bit of oil or a water-based mousse into your palms or hair before styling.
Curly Hair
  1. Cleanse: You curly girls should be cleansing weekly too - using water and conditioner or a creamy cleansing balm.
  2. Condition: Run conditioner through your hair and rinse out. Leave some conditioner in if your curls are particularly dry.
  3. Style: Let your hair dry naturally, nourishing those curls with some leave-in conditioner or an anti-humectant styling cream depending on your type of curl. Once your hair is dry, add a little volume by flipping your hair forward and fluffing.
Coily Hair
  1. Cleanse: Stick to cleansing only when you really need to (around every two weeks) if you’re rocking gorgeous coils. Start by wetting your hair, then move to deep conditioning at step two.
  2. Condition: Spread conditioner through your hair, before wrapping your hair in a towel or hair turban. Blast your wrapped up hair with a hairdryer, at a medium heat, for around 5-10 minutes. Be sure to move the hairdryer around all over your hair during this time. Then, rinse your conditioner out.
  3. Style: You will want to style your hair based on the type of coily hair you have. Avoid using any heat directly on your curls and use a moisturising curl cream or a creamy leave-in hair moisturiser to keep your coils hydrated and happy.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
There is, Ginas! Some additional tips to nailing the Curly Girl Method Include:
Say yes to a no-poo shampoo. This means shampoos that contain sulfates. Sulfates are extremely drying and since curly hair tends to be on the dry side, it’s good practice to avoid ingredients that will further dry your strand out.
No more combs or brushes. Use your fingers instead! Your fingers are less rough on your strands as you can slowly work through any tangles instead of ripping through them - which leads to damage and breakage.
Say bye to heat and basic towels on your hair. While the conditioning step for your coily ladies involves using some heat through a towel, do not, I repeat do not, apply heat directly to your curls! This will undo all the hard work you’ve done in hydrating and nourishing your hair. Similarly, use a microfiber towel on your hair instead of a regular towel. A microfiber towel creates less friction on your strands which can help to limit damage and frizz. Plus it does an excellent job of absorbing water from your hair!
Give your styled curls the TLC they deserve. The Damn Gina signature silk hair accessories are created to nourish, protect and gently caress your hair. So show your curls you care and treat them to a turban, scrunchie, pillowcase or all three (go on, you deserve it!).
Will you be trying out the Curly Girl Method? Share your thoughts with us, and don’t forget to share your sassiest and most fabulous curl moments with us via  Instagram!
Shilpa is a freelance beauty, health and travel writer from Melbourne, Australia. When she’s not writing, she’s out and about exploring places around Australia and the world. You can keep up with her adventures over at @skb.ontherun and check out her latest articles here.

1 comment

  • I have got an oily scalp by my curly hair length is dry and frizzy. Pls suggest me the products .

    Sheenu Singla

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569 reviews
Flat curls, uncomfortable and falls off

I have a 54cm head and lots of long thick hair so I thought the medium would be perfectly snug however it was super loose on my head, it moved around even when I wasn't sleeping. Lying down with it on it was quite uncomfortable around the ears. It also didn't stay on my head at all, and I'm not a very restless sleeper.
I contacted damn gina and was given plenty of tips to keep it on, one of which worked however involved it being super tight on my head which gave me headaches and made my curls flat and point in odd directions, so this is probably a better product for girls with straight hair.
I sent this product back to Damn Gina for a refund however am unfortunately out of pocket for shipping and returns, despite it not being a change of mind refund. I really really wanted to find a way to use this product.

On a more positive note, it does look cute and the damn gina team are very quick to reply to emails.

Hi B,
Thank you for reviewing us. I am sorry to hear that our turban was not a right fit for you.
I understand every woman's head and hair is unique and our turban may not be a right fit for everyone - however, we have created a product that helps and works for the majority of our customers.
In instances where it is not a good fit, we always refund and we have agreed to refund you too once we receive the turban. Our refund policy clearly states that we do not refund shipping when the product is not faulty. If we have to refund the shipping, we will have to add it to our product price - which is not fair on 97% of our customers who love the product.
As per your review, one of the methods we shared helped you tighten the turban but it ended up being too tight - but all the methods we suggest are adjustable and not permanent and you can adjust the level of tightness as per your liking.
And thank you for appreciating our timely response to your queries. Means a lot.

Really really nice!

Great quality material and really really nice customer service. Work really well at protecting my hair when I sleep. Thanks

The only scrunchie in proportion with my head :P

I have a big head. No, really, like... huge. Gigantic. When I was six, everyone in my class had to measure our skull circumferences, and mine was the largest of all the girls. Hats look small on me, if they fit at all. Scrunchies are lost to my gigantic cranium. Where are my sunglasses? Lost forever in the vast desert of my forehead. But when I put this scrunchie on, you.... can actually see it! And it's so much gentler on my hair than all those tiny ones you can buy - even the ones that say they're designed to damage your hair less. Plus, they're just so damn cheerful.

Of course, you tiny, I mean, normal-headed people will like them too - but for us ladies designed to headbutt our way into history, this scrunchie is really, really welcome!

You may need to pin it on if you have fine hair

I have below-waist length, straight, fine hair, which is the natural enemy of all caps like this - everything slides off it like water!

To make this cap work for my specific hair situation, I pin my hair into something that barely would qualify as a loose bun, but let's be generous to me and call it that. Next I put on the cap, then add two very thin, gentle-but-grippy clips to either side of my head - basically just far enough towards the back of my head that it they won't press into my scalp when I sleep (I'm a side sleeper). My hair is so fine that even mild clipping can damage it, so I'm trying to find some fabric-coloured clips to reduce the bend the current ones put into my hair overnight.

For less fuss, of course, you can buy a silk pillowcase. For me, I like the option of using one or the other - I have one pair of silk pillowcases, but when they're in the wash, I wear this cap. Plus, the cap is good if you are travelling and will be sleeping on normal pillowcases, but still want to minimise breakage to your hair - which, at my length, is a real concern! I do feel that using these caps, silk pillowcases, a good weekly 10 minute hair treatment routine and a lightweight leave-in conditioner is the only reason my fairy floss fine hair has managed to get below my waist and still look healthy.

Anyway, yes, it might be a bit trickier to wear if you have hair like mine, but overall, a great sleeping cap. Lovely construction and beautiful materials!

My hair has never looked better!

I wish I had one of these years ago. My hair looks and feels so much better and I don’t have to use nearly as much product to reduce my frizz. Absolutely amazing! 10/10 will recommend