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How to Start CG Method on Wavy Hair

January 21, 2019
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You’re here because you want to learn how to start CG Method on your wavy hair. You’ve tried the routine for your curly hair sisters- but you don’t get those kinda results!

This is because you’re doing it wrong– let me explain how.

I did this post because so many wavy hair people would try my routine and message me disappointed because it did not give them ‘results like me’.

Now, natural hair comes in SO many forms. From wavy to loose curls to tightly coiled kinky hair, there is no one routine that will suit everyone.

It needs to be modified according to your texture, thickness, porosity, length. It needs to be modified according to the result YOU want.

(Psst- You can learn more about Natural Hair Types and also learn what type of hair you have.)

If you already know you have thick waves or loose curls but don’t know how to start the CG Method, keep reading! 🙂

What is CG Method Anyway?

CG Method, also called as Curly Girl method was created by Lorraine Massey.

It has it’s rules (sometimes I think it can be too strict) but there is a lot of positive change in your hair when you follow it.

In this routine, you stop using any product that has harsh drying sulphates, silicones, drying alcohols, mineral oil, wax and more because these ingredients over time, build up on your hair leading to dryness and frizz.

Learn more about this movement and what ingredients to avoid in this post – CG Method for Natural Hair

Otherwise, take a look at my simple steps below to start following it for YOUR hair. But first,


How to Start Cg Method on Wavy Hair

Day 1

Step 1- Pre Poo

Lightly oil your waves with a light oil like Jojoba, almond or argan oil. Use your fingers to detangle gently. Heavy oiling will not suit your waves and make them flat so remember to be cautious with the amount and the oil you choose.

Step 2- Clarify

To remove the build-up of previous products from your hair (to start with a clean canvas), you need to use a shampoo that has sulphates but no silicones. Use Pantene lively clean (Rs. 120) if you’re in India and rinse off.

If you’re from the states, use Suave Essentials Shampoo Daily Clarifying Shampoo, TRESemme Purify & Replenish Deep Cleanse Shampoo or any Vo5 Shampoo. You’re off to a fresh start!

Psst – Wavy hair gets oilier faster and product build-up happens faster than for curlier hair, which means you should clarify your waves at least once a month to keep that bounce and shine!

Step 3- Condition

Next, apply a light but moisturising conditioner to your waves from crown to ends. Take your fingers and detangle gently and follow with a wide-tooth comb. Rinse off well.

Try Enliven Conditioner (Rs.300), Reequil Conditioners (Rs.350)  or Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner (Under Rs.300) if you’re from India.

People in the states, you can start with SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl & Shine conditioner or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner.

Step 4- Squish to Condish Method

Reapply a small amount of conditioner to your hair and rinse out with this technique called Squish to Condish. Watch the video to learn how. This will help in forming bigger clumps of waves and loose curls which is always slightly difficult with this hair type.

Step 5- Praying Method

After this, smooth on a leave in conditioner or styler on all your hair (skip the crown) with hands clasped as if in a prayer. DON’T use your fingers to rake in or comb after applying anything now, it will break your clumps. Just smooth on the product on your hair, like how it’s done in the video below.

Types of Products to Style Waves

Light Leave-in-Conditioner (For slightly wavy hair)

What Is It– A light, hydrating product. Also sometimes called as styling milk, lotion etc.

Examples- DIY- Any normal conditioner+ water in a spray bottle
or choose from
Ashba Botanics Leave in Conditioner (Rs. 949), As I Am Naturally – Leave In Conditioner (Rs. 1500 – You can use my code CURIOUSJALEBI for a discount on NaturallyYouMe) or any leave in conditioner within your budget.

You can skip a leave in conditioner if you have done Squish to Condish. If you didn’t do it, then only use a leave in conditioner.


Mousse  (For very fine, light waves)

What Is It– This is lighter than a leave in conditioner and often used WITH another styler. But for 2A, 2B waves, a light mousse after a good session of conditioning can deliver the right amount of lift, bounce and moisture for fine, thin waves.

Examples- Giovanni Foaming Mousse (Rs. 595), Herbal Essences Mousse (Rs. 1189), Mielle Organics – Brazilian Curly Cocktail Curl Mousse (Use my code CURIOUSJALEBI for a discount)


A Curl Cream (For very wavy, thick hair)

What Is It– This is a thicker, more richer product that you leave in your hair until you wash again. It will give more definition and clumping than leave in conditioner or mousse but can also weigh down waves.

Examples – Arata Hair Cream (Rs.599 – Use my code CURIOUSARATA for 20% OFF on orders above Rs.999) or Cantu Curl Activator (Rs. 1562) or Cachos Brazil Brazilian Combing Crème (Rs. 1899)

A Custard (For more wavy hair)

What Is It– A custard is a mix of leave in conditioner/curl cream and gel and is called as a one and done product. 

Examples- Mop Top Curly Hair Custard, Cantu – Define & Shine Custard, Kinky Curly – Curling Custard, Curls – Curl Souffle, Aunt Jackie’s™ – Curl La La – Defining Curl Custard  (Use my code CURIOUSJALEBI for a discount)


A light gel

What Is It – A product that is jelly like and forms a light cast around your wavy curly hair. Gels helps the definition to last longer and becomes another barrier against frizz.

Examples- DIY Flaxseed Gel (Cheap and super easy to make), Arata Hair Gel (Rs. 599 – Use my code CURIOUSARATA for 20% discount for orders equal or above Rs.999),  Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel (Rs. 1950- Use my code CURIOUS10 for discount)


Hard Hold Gel

What Is It– This will create a harder cast around your clumps and will hold up against humidity better. Once your waves dry, it will feel crunchy but that is normal. You can softly scrunch out the crunch then (SOTC)

Examples- Taft Gel (Rs. 389), Giovanni Gel, Devacurl Ultra Defining Gel (Rs. 2615 – Use my code CURIOUSJALEBI for a discount), Aussie Moist Instant Freeze Gel (Rs. 2456)

How to Choose

I normally recommend wavies to do Squish to Condish and then follow up with basic DIY Flaxseed Gel.

Or just condition your hair generously and then one by one, add a product to the routine. First just do a leave in conditioner. Then once just do gel alone. Once, do both one after the other. What results did you like more?

Some wavies LOVE a curl cream or a custard to help clump their waves. Some need a hard hold gel after a leave in conditioner. The wavier and thicker your hair is, the creamier and more stylers you will need.

Remember, all of this is trial and error. You will need to try and experiment and find the right amount of conditioning for your waves.

Step 6- Scrunching Method

After applying your leave in conditioner, mousse or gel, take sections of your hair and scrunch up, gently so as to preserve the clumps but also encourage them to shrink.

You’ll hear a very satisfying squelch. If you don’t, spray some water and then scrunch.

Follow next by scrunching with a t-shirt.

Step 7- Plopping Technique

Take the t-shirt and wrap your hair inside as shown in the video. Keep it like that for 3-5 minutes as this helps the waves to shrink and look more defined.

Step 8- Air Dry or Diffusing

For more volume, I’d recommend diffusing your waves but air-drying also works! Simply let it be and don’t touch it until it fully dries.

Step 9- Srunch out The Crunch or SOTC

After your hair fully dries, take some light oil in your palms and scrunch out the hard gel cast and fluff your roots for more volume.

Every Night

Step 10- Protect Your Waves

Okay so you have to learn if you have wavy hair, that your hair will get flatter faster than curly hair. It will be difficult to retain shape – and that’s okay! I know many wavies get upset with this but honestly, this movement is help you learn more about your hair and love it how it is.

If you find it get’s flatter faster, keep some handy hairstyles up your sleeve!

But if you do want your waves to last as long as possible, you have to protect them at night. Tie your hair into a pine-apple or a loose bun and cover it with a satin cap or scarf.

Day 2, Day 3

Refresh Your Waves Each Morning

The next morning, take your hair out of the pineapple, and shake it around. Apply some water to your hair with a spray bottle or use your leave in conditioner spray and then apply some custard or gel to the frizzy sections and go about your day! You can also comb after the leave in conditioner if Do it until you absolutely feel the need to wash again.

See the video below to see how Liz takes care of her daughters wavy hair.

If you find your hair gets frizzier, with water, try a Dry Refresh as shown below in the video!

Day 4 – Wash Day

Wavy hair gets flatter faster. You will need to wash it faster than your curly sisters. Accept that fact about your hair & modify your routine accordingly.

So the next time you wash your waves after the first wash, you will switch your shampoo from a clarifying one to a CG Friendly shampoo, that is, one without sulphates and silicones. Rest of the steps are the same.

Examples – Indian wavies choose from Reequil Shampoo (Rs. 350), Vilvah Goatmilk Shampoo (Rs. 590), Plum Goodness Olive and Macademia Shampoo (Rs. 675) Giovanni Smooth As Silk Shampoo. (Rs. 600)

International wavies try Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine ShampooNature’s Gate various shampoos or Not your Mother’s Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Shampoo.

You can also once in a while, choose to ‘co-wash’. If you find you need to wash your hair too often, instead of a CG Friendly shampoo, choose a Cg Friendly ‘Cleansing Conditioner’. Read more about this here.

Examples – As I Am Cowash,  Camille Rose Naturals – Caramel Co Wash  (Use my code CURIOUSJALEBI for a discount!)

Once A Week – Deep Conditioning Routine

Wavy hair benefits a LOT from deep conditioning their hair often. They can often deep condition and use JUST a gel to style their waves.

Deep conditioning is basically using a stronger, richer conditioner (or mix conditioner with a tsp of honey and oil), keeping on for 30-40 mins instead of your regular conditioner under a shower cap or a thermal heat cap and rinsing it off for moisturised, soft waves!

If you find your waves get weighed down by deep conditioning, do it first and THEN shampoo your hair!

You can read more about deep conditioning in this post.


And done! I hope this step-by-step blog post helps your understand more about your gorgeous wavy hair and how to start the CG Method for bouncier, healthier hair.

If you want more tips about wavy hair care, check out these AWESOME tips by my favourite Wavy Hair Blogger on Instagram!

I’d love to see you until my next post on Instagram @thecuriousjalebi or simply subscribe to my email list below.

Until next post wavies!

  • Reply
    September 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Are we supposed to follow this each week, for example: Day1, day2, day3.. day 6, each week ? or after does the routine change each week ?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      September 12, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      Day 1- Wash Day
      Day 2 Morning- Refresh Night- Protect hair in a pineapple/loose bun with satin/silk pillowcases or hair cap
      Day 3- Repeat
      Day 4- Repeat or Wash day again. (How long you go without washing completely depends on your hair type, the humidity, how physically active you are during the day etc)
      Day 7- Shampoo+ Deep Condition instead of condition+ Rest routine remains same

      Washing and styling routine remains the same

  • Reply
    Seema Yadav
    August 25, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Can i use mama earth conditioner and products ?? Is that cg approved ?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      September 9, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      most are but only the masque has decent slip I’m afraid

  • Reply
    July 21, 2019 at 2:05 am

    GURL this post was so helpful and gave a wavie some hope. 😊 thx for making this rlly helpful and thorough cg guide.

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      September 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you lucie, so glad it helps!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you so much Pallavi this is so helpful for us wavies.

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      July 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      yay! Let me know if they work for you!

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