Start here! Beginner info & weekly “no question is dumb” thread! – Nov 07, 2019


Welcome! We are a subreddit devoted to caring for curly and wavy hair.

# Where do I start?

__The “I just want to get started” package:__

* [Super simple beginner routine](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q6Dj9WAZxlfBhJSyS5on2rw3-if5cOV3oV-dQ3B0AHA/edit#heading=h.t37f7kwlj2xe)
* Only drugstore products, total cost: ~$15
* Teaches curl-enhancing techniques
* Build a foundation first and then tweak it later!
* [Infographic version here](https://i.imgur.com/FA7kPST.png)

__The “I want to read everything before I start” package:__

* Check out our [CG guidebook](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q6Dj9WAZxlfBhJSyS5on2rw3-if5cOV3oV-dQ3B0AHA/edit#), starting with these pages:
* [Intro to the Curly Girl/Guy method](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q6Dj9WAZxlfBhJSyS5on2rw3-if5cOV3oV-dQ3B0AHA/edit#heading=h.59rpcbd5bmmf)
* [Super simple beginner routine](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q6Dj9WAZxlfBhJSyS5on2rw3-if5cOV3oV-dQ3B0AHA/edit#heading=h.t37f7kwlj2xe) & the [infographic](https://i.imgur.com/FA7kPST.png) that goes along with it
* Sidebar links (*on reddit mobile: this is the “About” tab*)
* [Holy grail product list](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dlc52yoWdMo4p7RWcVERJS_Lo5NSeDCtV2gWyTBllAw/edit?usp=sharing)
* [International (non-USA) product list](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/3/d/e/2PACX-1vTbVtl5RKQyRwtOlctXVt4f8HovDNVjRUkXBMt3l_DpnkSS0Q-wQ3d77_nf20EJ2yPEFpsuvb6Aa52c/pubhtml#)

# I’m confused! How can I get help?

* __Ask a question in this thread!__
* __Check the [FAQ](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q6Dj9WAZxlfBhJSyS5on2rw3-if5cOV3oV-dQ3B0AHA/edit#heading=h.di5dez2gnjq5)! __
* __Make a new post__ Tips to get useful responses (help us help you!):
* Let us know whether you read the wiki & beginner routine (and share what you tried!)
* Ask specific questions.
* Give us lots of info about what you currently do to your hair. Your goals, specific current products, and how you wash/style it are all useful to us.

# What is the Curly Girl/Guy method (aka CG method)?

The CG method is a haircare method that is specifically geared towards curls and waves.

Curly hair tends to be super dry, thanks to sulfates, the harsh detergents in shampoo. So we remove sulfates from the routine.

The problem is that only sulfates can wash away certain ingredients, like silicones, so we remove those too, leaving only ingredients that can be washed away with JUST water.

The CG method mostly focuses around __removing both sulfates and silicones__ and replacing them with gentler products, along with some techniques to help our curls form and stick together!

Saying a product is CG then says that it follows these guidelines. Check out the wiki & sidebar for more info!

# How can I tell if a product is CG-approved?

* __Copy/paste ingredient checkers:__ These will tell you if your product’s ingredient list is CG-approved and why.
* [IsItCG](http://isitcg.com/)
* [Curlsbot](https://www.curlsbot.com/)
* __Pick a product from our lists:__ All the products in the [beginner products list](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q6Dj9WAZxlfBhJSyS5on2rw3-if5cOV3oV-dQ3B0AHA/edit#heading=h.jogrfujs2zru) are CG. Products in the [holy grail list](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dlc52yoWdMo4p7RWcVERJS_Lo5NSeDCtV2gWyTBllAw/edit?usp=sharing) are marked as CG or not.

__Wishing you many wonderful hair days! :)__



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