Benefits of Curly Girl Method and Bright Colored Hair

The reason why my hair color lasts so long is that I've been following the Curly Girl Method. This means I've cut out shampoo completely because it dries out my hair too much. My hair has always been wavy, frizzy and unruly with knots underneath. I only wash my hair with conditioner and avoid products that contain sulfates, silicones, and oils.

Images above were all taken within 3 days. I did a big chop because my long hair was over-processed and I wanted to start fresh. The second picture I did an overnight olive oil mask which helped bring moisture in but the day after was a huge improvement. If you are interested, then read about the curly girl method.

Honestly, this whole transitioning process was a pain at first. My hair felt oily and dirty for about a month then it went away for good. I've always had scalp issues like being too itchy, dry or oily. I don't deal with that anymore.  Many people can't handle the transition and quit but it's really worth it if you have wavy, curly or natural hair. I had raided naturallycurly.com's CurlTalk forum for their before and after photos. Very amazing results which helped motivate me. 

There were days of unpredictable curls: pretty, nice waves or a limp, oily mess. The amount of transitioning time varies from person to person. I continued to grow out my hair and only dyed it with a demi to match my roots. Very minimal chemicals and no heat tools. The first image I started to get slightly defined waves and a month later, the second image, was the curliest I've ever seen my hair before.

These last two photos were taken two years after starting the CG method. I normally don't use heat since air drying for Curly Girl Method is great. 

A few good ways to manipulate your hair for more curls:
sea salt + water in a spray can.
soaking wet hair, twice as much gel/product & wrap your hair for hours.
several French braids or pin curls
extremely messy bun or sleep with a Turbie Twist

If you can't handle not being able to use shampoo then go for a product that contains no sulfates. Those harsh ingredients will fade your hair color so fast. Oils are not good for bright colored hair because it will pull the color out.

The best thing you could do is buy a shower cap, get dry shampoo,  mix drops of dye into a cheap sulfate free conditioner and wash in cold water :)

You can also read this bleaching guide!!

How do you get your color to last? (Natural colors too, I'm curious!)

2 comments so far

  1. Nice so your using a no-shampoo routine too! So how long do your manic panic colors last using only conditioner washing?

    1. It's a long time. I've had red last over 6 months before going bright orange and purple lasted a year. It really depends on the color and brand


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