I thought I’d give you a bit of detail around my experience as if you go against the CGM you can get “told off” by the experts lol.
I initially started it last year in March and the results at first were awful. I looked scruffy and messy / mix of textures of waves but I carried on as ultimately I thought it would be better for my hair to go “natural”
After a few months my technique / results got better and I had “better hair days” than before but after Paying £120 for a “curly girl haircut” in September that I really shouldn’t have done and seriously can’t justify I think it pissed me off and I really questioned whether all this effort and money was worth it. I started reverting back to shampoo and using non CG Products (creams, gels) to get better results but after day 2 my hair would still look scruffy and I felt massively self conscious that I would be going to work looking like i was. I would have lovely shiny waves the day after deep conditioning but if I deep conditioned more than once a week my hair goes too mushy and then I need to put protein back into it. It was a constant battle. Too much moisture / protein etc
My hair has grown 5 inches since starting. Do I think the condition has improved? No. Its grown yes, but It’s still the same texture as it was before March last year. My hair would take 4 hours at least to dry on its own when I was doing it and I was planning my life around my hair. I Would cancel things if I knew my hair would need washing as I just wouldn’t have the time during the rest of the week. If I kept my hair in a bun after day 2 my hair would get so matted that I would cry In the shower whilst pulling out large clumps of hair.
2 weeks ago I decided the test the water and blow dry it straight. Once I took it out of the towel my hair (which was pretty much dry after an hour after coming out of the shower) my hair wasn’t even curly - It dried 80% straight just frizzy
When I would “curl”’my hair id get 2b hair. I blow dried my hair straight which took me about 10 minutes and it’s been super soft, shiny and light. It’s given me a confidence boost because I feel really “well groomed”. I’ve decided that I might just switch up my hair for now and alternate depending on my mood but I very much doubt I’ll be going curly full time.
It’s a lot of effort, LOTS of trial and error, and isn’t easy. Although heat is obviously damaging - in comparison to using one small pump of serum in my hair when I blow dry straight which gives me good results for a week to make it curly I would be using LARGE handfuls of gel, smoothing creams just to try tame 60% of the frizz and I don’t think using that much product for your hair is any better.
I’m not trying to put you off, if you would like to improve the condition your hair - research lots and you’ll find really great tips and products that work. You don’t need to follow this method to necessary think it will reverse anything.
There are Facebook groups which don’t follow the CGM but follow the techniques and these are a lot less bitchy and more accommodating with questions and suggestions.
Hope this helps x