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,
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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.
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.
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. 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.
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 a leave in conditioner or mousse but can also weigh down waves. So if you do get one, experiment with quantity by starting with less and then adding more if you find it’s not enough.
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, Kinky Curly Knot Today Custard
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), Fix My Curls Jelly (Use TheCuriousJalebi for 20% OFF), or Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel
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 (SOTC) by taking sections of your waves in your palms and scrunching them upwards gently.
Remember to shake the hair from your crown with your fingers to give more bounce there too.
How to Choose What Products to Buy
I normally recommend wavies to start with Squish to Condish with their conditioner and then follow up with basic DIY Flaxseed Gel (or any good gel at home)
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 of them 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 products, 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.https://www.instagram.com/p/BhWaSONlkKQ/
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.
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!
Do it every morning until you feel the waves are just not bouncy and shiny anymore- means it’s time 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.
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’. A co-wash will be super gentle on your scalp and can be used now and then.
Examples- Fix My Curls Evermore (Rs.895) (Use TheCuriousJalebi for 20% OFF)
Once A Week – Deep Conditioning Routine
Wavy hair benefits a LOT from deep conditioning their hair often. You can deep condition and use JUST a gel to style your waves if your hair is already very healthy.
Deep conditioning is basically using a stronger, richer conditioner (or mix conditioner with a tsp of honey and oil), keeping it on for 30-40 mins instead of your regular conditioner under a shower cap or a thermal heat cap (or even a plastic bag!) and rinsing it off for moisturised, soft waves!
If you find your waves get weighed down by deep conditioning, wet your hair, apply it and THEN shampoo!
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!
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Until next post wavies!