By the third hairwash, given that I had sprayed the vitamin cone laden solution all over my head on day one, I decided to give a first wash with my clarifying shampoo again - even though it's very harsh - followed by a sulfate free shampoo (Organix brand). I then conditioned with Organix conditioner but was annoyed to see some baddies on the list so made a mental note to buy the Boots Naked stuff for my next wash.
Again, I got good results and the waves were beginning to ringlet slightly although my hair still felt very dry and brittle particularly at the front. The following day I just splashed some water on it and left it but didn't look much different.
Anyway, rather than go on and on about it too much, you can see that it took me a while to get the hang of things. However, despite this things are improving.
Curly Girl Day 5 Front
Curly Girl Day 5 Back
This morning I washed with the Organix coconut shampoo, conditioned with Naked conditioner for dry/normal hair, rinsed under cool water and wrapped in a microfibre towel until less drippy. I then placed a good dollop of Naked leave in conditioner in my hand, rubbed it into my palms and finger-combed it through my hair concentrating on the ends and the dry bits at the front. I left it to dry naturally and tried not to touch it at all.
My hair is fairly long, as you can see, and it's also deceptively thick - hairdressers always get a surprise when they start to work on it - so it takes a long time to dry completely, roughly 3 to 4 hours. However, again today the waves are slightly more defined and my hair does not feel dried out at all. It feels soft and happy!
My head also feels like a weight has quite literally been lifted off it, ie my hair feels all clean and light!
Now, I know it takes about 6 weeks for the full effects to show when doing it the biblical way (in other words, if you follow the Curly Girl Method recommended by the hairdresser who wrote the book, Lorraine Massey), but, I'm more than happy already.
My children and hubby think it looks fantastic, though my mum thinks I've gone a bit mad. She prefers the sleek straightened look.
How about me? I love, love, love it. I'll follow up with my results over the next few weeks but to me at the moment, my hair feels like it's coming back to life. It's relaxing and curling up into a lovely comfortable position!
Last night, at a school event for my daughter, I looked around and saw lots of poor badly treated hair, hair exactly like mine had been until last week. I could identify silicone everywhere I looked and could instantly tell who was straightening, combing, brushing and generally torturing their locks. I felt like shouting out the good news. You can have tame, tumbling tresses without all the hard work if only you knew the secret.
Not strictly Curly Girl, but just gentle washing, conditioning, air-drying and finger combing when dry!
Why don't you give it a try and let me know how you find it? Or, if you're already a Curly Girl devotee, tell me your thoughts and how strictly you follow the regime...Curly Girl the Handbook is available now in many bookshops and online.