Can the curly girl method make some people’s hair straighter?
Sometimes the curly girl method does make people’s hair look straighter, rather than curlier. Adjusting techniques and/or products may make a difference in results.
Many people see the curly girl method as a way of making your hair curlier. So, I occasionally see people post in wavy/curly hair groups sharing that they’re upset because their hair seems to be getting straighter, not curlier.
Some of the techniques used in the curly girl method do result in many people’s hair looking curlier than it used to. For me, getting rid of my hair brush, diffusing my hair instead of air drying, and using gel made a huge difference in the appearance of my waves.
However, hair type can really vary a lot. For me, diffusing helps my hair to dry much tighter because the weight of water pulls down my waves. Yet for some others, diffusing somehow makes their hair straighter than if they air dry. I can’t wrap my head around how or why that is…but I know it is true for some people. Similar things are true with many other wavy/curly hair techniques.
If you find that as your hair gets healthier, it gets straighter, you may have to decide if your goal is curlier hair, or healthier hair.