Is Your Real Hair Type Curly? Find Out with the Curly Girl Method

The curly girl method could help you reveal your true hair type.

For many of us, our hair care routine consists of brushing our hair and using products to help tame frizz and relax strands. It’s common to assume your hair type based on relaxing your strands and possibly making them as straight as possible. But, what if we told you that leaning into your texture could reveal naturally curlier hair? The curly girl method encourages using products and techniques that enhance curly textures, perfect for girls with wavy hair who always assumed they needed to try and straighten their hair when styling. Follow these tips and you could find that curly hair is your true, final form!

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Find out if you actually have a curly hair type with this method!

The origins of the curly girl method come straight from social media. Girls have started posting videos of themselves ditching their normal styling and hair care routines for more curly-focused methods such as hair-plopping and scrunching. What they found after trying these methods was that their hair really wanted to be in a more wavy or curly pattern, but their previous techniques weren’t allowing it, leaving it frizzy and difficult to work with.

There have already been hundreds of girls trying out the curly girl method and posting their results to social media. Some even loved the results so much that they decided to completely switch to the new routine. If you’re interested in testing the curly girl method out, it only takes three easy steps.

How to Bring Out Your Natural Curls

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Changing up your hair care products can help bring out your natural curls.

1. Only brush your hair in the shower.

The first step is to stop brushing your strands while they’re dry. While you should be really careful when brushing wet strands to avoid breakage, it can be better for avoiding frizz and changing your hair’s natural pattern. While you’ve got your conditioner sitting in your strands, take a brush or comb and brush through, very, very gently.

2. Add a serum and a mousse to wet hair.

Once you’re out of the shower, it’s time to apply some product to damp hair. Start with a serum formulated for curly hair, like Emerge Glow Off Oil SerumWe love this serum for its highly nourishing formula, perfect for battling frizz and dullness.

After applying the serum, you can also add in a mousse to help hold your curl shape. Add Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse Cream to the mix and you’re good to go!

3. Plop your hair with a T-shirt.

Instead of using a hot tool or a towel to dry your hair, use the hair plopping method. Using a t-shirt to help dry your hair will preserve your true hair pattern as it air dries.

Once your hair is done drying you’ll be able to reveal your true hair type! Don’t be surprised if it’s much wavier or curlier than you thought.

Editor’s Tip: If you do discover that your hair type is curlier and want to use a hot tool to help dry it in place, you can use a diffuser.

Products to use on your newfound curls.

If you’ve decided you want to lean into your curly hair type, then it’s time to revamp your hair care collection.

For starters, your shampoo and conditioner duo need to be curly hair friendly. Try out Nexxus Curl Define Shampoo and Conditioner for a gentle cleanse that will leave your curls stronger and silkier.

Post-shower, don’t forget to add in your serum and mousse. Make sure they’re products that cater specifically to curly hair types, to make sure you get the most out of it.

You can also help keep your new texture thriving until your next wash with SheaMoisture Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Milk Gel.

That’s all there is to the curly girl method! What started as a fun social media trend has helped so many women discover their actual hair type. Have fun with the curly girl method, whether you do it just as an experiment or to help you completely re-vamp your look.

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