What the Curly Girl Method Got Wrong

If you’re familiar with the Curly Girl (CG) method, you know the basic principles—that you don’t wash your hair with standard sulfate shampoos but wash with conditioner, apply product when your hair is super wet, don’t touch it while it’s drying, and so on. These are all great foundational principles to follow in your curly hair care routine.

However…like anything else, this method isn’t perfect. As it has evolved over the years, curlies have discovered a few things here and there that could be better—and that not all curls are created equal.


When I opened my first salon back in 1999 (20 years ago this year, woohoo!), I was beyond PUMPED to focus on curls. I had researched, gathered, and concocted what I thought would be the ideal combo of products from several different lines to tame frizz into curls. When I heard about some of the brands tailor-made for curly hair, my mind was blown! I was so excited that we were finally getting attention.


But then I tried them on clients, and they took them home and used them. My ideals were suddenly not so ideal. Nothing lived up to my admittedly high standards—and if they had, I wouldn’t have had to create my own product line!


The fact is, you can’t put every curl in a box. While CG warns us all to stay far, far away from silicones, sometimes that just isn’t possible. Besides, not all silicones have the same effect on hair! Some of them are actually beneficial. There are some silicones that are water soluble and some that aren’t…and trust me, if you use the non-water-soluble ones and try to “no-poo” your hair…just ew.


So while CG isn’t all bad, I’m a firm believer that you have to do what works for you and your curls. That’s why I created the Controlled Chaos product line—to bridge the gap between full-on CG and harsh shampoos and products intended for straight hair. My Controlled Chaos Hair Cleanser gently washes away impurities and excess oils without stripping; the Hair Moisturizer provides just the right amount of hydration your curls need; and the Curl Crème styles effortlessly with no crunch or weight.


No need to have gunky, weighed-down curls or to avoid silicones like the plague. Controlled Chaos allows your curls to be the best version of themselves—your best curls ever! Control your chaos today at https://controlledchaohair.com.


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