Is Your Straight Frizzy Hair Secretly Supposed To Be Wavy Or Curly? Find Out!

Straight frizzy hair was supposed to be wavy or curly

In August of last year I shared my Frizzy Damaged Hair Products blog post. I talked about how I had hair that appeared damaged and frizzy, with a frizz halo all the time. My hair has always been straight, yet when looking up content about frizzy hair, I kept finding information about curly hair or wavy hair.

Then I found out that to maintain their naturally curly hair, many people have to treat it in a certain way. For example, some people with naturally curly hair will just have frizzy, poofy hair if they use a brush after washing their hair because it breaks the curl patterns.

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I started reading about the curly girl method and found out that many people with straight frizzy hair actually have curly hair if they treat it right! I was intrigued – but I didn’t want to purchase curly girl approved products yet because it sounded expensive. Someone told me to just use my normal hair products, but to squish to condish while in the shower, then to plop my hair, and then to NOT touch my hair until it is 100% dry, and to not use a comb or brush on it at all.

If you look up squish to condish and/or plopping, most tutorials will talk about certain hair products, or doing things like leaving conditioner in your hair. If you are just trying this the first time, you do not have to do that. Just wash with shampoo, rinse, then use conditioner, rinse, and then “squish” your hair up to your scalp to see if waves form.

I did this, and I saw more waves and more defined waves in my hair than before, but the difference was fairly subtle. From there, I added a gel and I saw a lot more shine, less frizz and better-defined waves.  If you do this and see more waves and/or curls in your hair – then you likely have hair that wants to be curlier than it is able to be based on your current method. If you have truly straight hair, it will remain straight despite these methods, according to what I have read.

In the photo below, the top left is my hair after just doing ‘squish to condish’ and plopping. I was did not use any hair styling products, and I fully rinsed out my shampoo and conditioner (which had silicones and sulfates so they were not curly-girl approved products). The top right is my hair with my old shampoo and conditioner (again, not curly-girl approved) but I added in a hard-cast gel while plopping and then ‘scrunched out the crunch‘ when dry).

The bottom left photo was my hair on an average day when I was still washing my hair as usual and brushing. The picture on the bottom right is my hair after a deep conditioning treatment back before squish to condish or plopping.

straight to defined wavys with squish to condish and plopping

Once I saw some improvement with just squishing and plopping, I decided to try curly girl method in its entirety. I’ve seen a bit more improvement but I have a lot of learning and experimenting to do before I can share more. I am still just in shock that my straight hair is naturally wavy and I never knew.

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Comments 7

  • Cassie VanMiddlesworth

    Testing this out! I would love more volume:)

  • felicity

    i love this method. its really nice and pretty decsriptive. thank you!

  • Emily

    Wow! This makes so much sense. I’ve had horribly frizzy hair my whole life and when I was pregnant my hair got super wavy 2b. Outside of pregnancy its 2a. And after I’ve been to the salon and had app the good hydrating products and then the next day I take a shower BOOM my hair is wavy from root to tip. I can’t wait to explore this new knowledge and hydrate and gel cast my hair

    • Emmy - Author of Post, FrankLovesBeans.com

      That’s awesome, I hope it goes well for you! It’s been about 13 months since I started the curly girl method and I’m still so glad I found it. I feel so much better about my hair now vs a year or so ago. It had gotten so frizzy I was wearing it in a bun all the time even though I’ve never liked how I look with my hair pulled back. I have so much more confidence with letting my natural waves out…so much so that even when I get the occasional comment about my hair being ‘big’ or ‘wild’ or something like that, I can brush it off pretty easily because I am so happy with it myself that I really don’t care what others think. It has shown me that there really are some stigmas around curly hair though. Some think that anything less than perfectly straight, sleek hair is ‘unkept’ or something. Kind of frustrating. I have a natural side part and my hair is naturally wavy so it’s never going to look like doll hair or anything but I like it. 🙂

  • Christina

    What brand of gel did you use?

    • Emmy - Author of Post, FrankLovesBeans.com

      If you have any gel on hand, I would use any one that you want for the first try. Even one with silicones should help with waves/curls definition. Then if it works well and you decide to try the curly girl method you can switch to one that is curly girl approved. If you need to buy one though, I’d recommend LA looks brand gel. They are about $2 and available at walmart, target, basically everywhere and it is curly girl approved. I’m about a year into CGM now but I still use the LA looks gel becuase it’s so cheap and works just fine, I see no real reason to try anything more expensive.

  • Gemma Coughlan

    Thank you so much for this post 😍 I had baby curls and then frizzy slightly wavy hair but I always considered it was straight. I discovered the curly girl method for my hair and thought about how my hair has been over the years and decided to give it a go, it was great at first but my hair is currently looking awful 🙁 just a big tangled frizz ball. I have been trying to find out if it was worth me continuing but now I will continue!

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