Benefits of Curly Girl Method and Bright Colored Hair

I received a few requests for this one.

I try to avoid these questions because some people are so set on associating long lasting color with expensive products or unwashed hair as dirty.  It's not true. Products that claim to maintain color usually don't.

I do not use products containing sulfates or oils. These are the quickest way to get rid of your vibrancy. The curly girl method works for all hair! I don't use shampoo. It takes away my moisture and gives me unruly hair (see first picture of the mop of knots).  I only wash my hair with conditioners that don't contain sulfates or silicones. I do not use curl creams or anything, I personally hate product residue and stickiness :(

Get a conditioner that contains some kind of protein and use it once a week.

Here are pictures to show my transitioning. I actually saw change immediately.  All four pictures were taken in 3 days.  I had over-processed long hair that had weird kinks instead of waves.  I chopped my hair off in the second photo, started washing with conditioner only and did an overnight olive oil mask :) 

Yep! Honestly this whole process was an absolute pain.  I've always had scalp issues with being too itchy or oily but this was SO greasy.  I had raided's CurlTalk forum for before and after photos, I KNEW it would be worth it. There were days of unpredictable nice, soft waves then curls to limp and an oil mess.  It took 4-5 weeks to adjust to no shampoo.  It may be less or longer for others.

My hair had gotten so much more moisturize I experienced some shrinkage.. but that means tighter waves and curls! I didn't use any heat at all during the transitioning period but I did darken my hair using an ammonia-free dye.

One month of the Curly Method vs the second month!  Isn't it amazing?  Normally I would have been an ultra poof head by now. The last two photos are two years later.  I conditioner wash my hair only and haven't experienced any scalp problems since.

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

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!)


  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