Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

What is the CG Method (The Curly Girl Method)
Intro to The Curly Girl Method

How to start CG
How to start CG

My hair looks good and curly when wet but after drying it is frizzy. How to retain curls for longer?
Curly hair needs styling products after wash to maintain the curl definition and to keep it moisturized. Use a leave-in conditioner after wash to moisturize and make it soft. Use a hold product like a gel to hold the curls in place for longer.

Even after using a leave-in conditioner my hair looks dry.
Curly hair is naturally dry hair and it needs constant moisture. Deep condition your hair regularly using a deep conditioner or use homemade masks like mayonnaise, banana, fenugreek, Hibiscus flowers, curd, honey, oils etc.  Homemade masks recipes
Deep conditioning options in India

I am following CG routine for quite a long now but still my definition is not good.
You might not be applying the styling products correctly. Watch the curly hair routine videos (check out Routine File in the file section) carefully and notice things like how wet hair should be while styling, not to touch hair while it is drying. Do not over scrunch as it separates the clumps sometimes.

My hair gets very frizzy after drying even when I use a gel and leave-in.
Try changing your products and switch to a better hold gel. Also, try layering two-three products instead of just two. Your current gel might not be giving enough hold to prevent frizz.

My crown gets frizzier than the rest of my hair?
That Frizz on the Crown

How to increase volume?                                   

Tips to increase volume

Do styling products damage hair?
Do styling products damage hair?

I am facing hair fall after starting CG routine.
This is the major concern after starting CG routine. It might be a misconception in a sense that, when we follow any curly routine, we stop combing our hair every day and only detangle our hair on the wash day. Now, as we shed hair every day so all the hair we have shed is up there because we aren’t combing hair everyday. This accumulated hair is what you see on wash day. Bigger the gap between your wash days, the more hair you will see in the drain on wash day.
To make out if I you are having hair fall try to wash the hair next day and then see how much hair you are shedding.
We all shed around 100 strands a day. So, you just imagine how much hair you would see on wash day.
Other causes of hair fall could be the health problems like thyroid, low ferritin, low vitamin D, stress, genetics, hormonal like post-pregnancy hair fall etc. Consult a doctor if you notice heavy hairfall. Don’t self-medicate.

My hair is damaged and can I reverse the damage?
Hair can get damaged due to chemical treatments and daily grooming habits like using combs, pins and hair bands etc. Once the cuticle layer is damaged, you can’t reverse it, it doesn’t regenerate. The damaged cuticles increase your hair porosity. If you have damaged hair then include protein treatment in your routine. Treat your hair with protein treatment around once in a month.
Know about hair damage

My hair is not damaged but still my hair has high porosity.
Your hair can still be porous if it is not damaged. It is due to genetics.

Remedy for split ends?
Trimming is the only way to get rid of split ends. Keep your hair well moisturized, don’t use heat and eat healthy to prevent split ends. Detangle hair gently.

My hair used to curl better till now but has stopped curling?
Clarify hair using a clarifying shampoo. If clarifying does not work, try a protein treatment.
Know about clarifying shampoo

How much time would it take to get my curls looking like others in the group?
It depends on person to person. Everyone’s curl journey is different. Some people could see the change in as less as a month and for others, it takes many months. The reason that it is taking you a long time could be that you are not using the right product, not deep conditioning regularly, or you are not applying styling products properly.

How often should one wash hair?
It completely depends on your daily routine. If you work out and sweat a lot then you would end up washing it more than others. If you wash hair too frequently then can opt for co-wash instead of a shampoo.

What is hair porosity? Which type am I and routine guidelines for low and high porosity hair.
Know all about hair porosity.

How to know if my hair is protein sensitive.
This is the most confusing thing. But I would say that you can only tell after trying if a particular protein does not suit you. There are different types of protein so you can’t put them all in same category and shouldn’t start avoiding all the products containing protein. Low weight protein still can benefit you even if your hair is protein sensitive. Just list down the names of proteins that do or don’t suit you. If some product doesn’t suit your hair then give it to other family members 😀
Three types of protein. Low, medium and high weight depending on their molecular size. Low weight is meant to penetrate hair and provides moisture to hair due to their water binding properties. Medium weight is helpful to hair and binds water around hair and slows down the moisture loss. High molecular weight are film formers which are good for high porosity hair. They repair the damage on cuticle layer (repair and not reverse the damage), smoothen it and protect it.
You can identify a protein with its name it will be mentioned as “Hydrolyzed ___ Protein”.

Low molecular weight protein: Silk, Keratin,
Medium molecular weight protein: Soy, Milk, Rice, Keratin, Wheat, Collagen, Pea, Corn
High Low molecular weight protein: Oat, Wheat

Depending on suppliers, protein varies quite a lot. You will see a single protein can be present with different molecular weights. This is because different firms are manufacturing them. So, it is very hard to say without trying if a protein will suit you or not.
Now you can put some of protein talk to rest. If your hair feels stiff, rough and hard after using a product containing protein, just note down the protein and avoid products containing that one.

How to detangle hair and take out knots?

Detangle curly hair

How to prevent hair tangles?

Get the regular trimming done to get rid of dry and damaged ends. Damaged ends tangles more. Use a leave-in conditioner after wash or if your hair likes oils use a little amount of oil at the ends to prevent tangles. Do not comb hair when it is dry to remove the knots. Detangle hair in the shower with the conditioner.

How to protect curls at night during sleeping?

Check the curly hair routines file.

How weather affects hair?

Humidity plays an important role in how frizzy our hair would be on a particular day. In rainy season and in summer when weather is humid the hair will be frizzier than normal humid condition. Use a hard hold gel and moisturize your hair with a leave-in to prevent frizz.

In winter, you will notice dry hair than summer. Try to include oils in your routine and can try method like LOC method. Use products containing proteins (they also work as a humectant). Flax gel will also work wonder.  Smaller to medium proteins penetrate inside and keep it hydrated. Medium to high weight proteins forms films over the hair. All sizes of protein help slow water loss from the hair. So, you can use products containing humectants like propylene glycol, sorbitol etc combined with proteins, conditioning agents and oils in a product.

No matter how is the weather, deep conditioning will always help.

Your hair curls more in humid weather than in dry climate when humidity is low.