Heat and humidity – a girl’s worst enemies – are what we associate with Dhaka city. No matter how we choose to style our hair, the minute we step out onto the streets, all we’re left with is a Monica-esque hairdo (with the exception of those blessed with luscious, straight, majestic hair). Under such circumstances, having, or nurturing, our natural curls may be a task we aren’t ready to take on. That, coupled with the unavailability of products meant for curly hair in Bangladesh, makes it impossible to embrace our natural curls.
But, wait! The Curly Girl Method (CGM) is here to cure us of our hair dilemmas. Bringing you all the information you need -- about how to repair the damage you may have caused to your hair in the process of trying to make it look presentable in the not-so-friendly weather conditions, and how to maintain, style, and enhance your natural curls -- Kazria Kayes is here to assist.
Frustrated with having to straighten her hair every day just to keep it tame, Kazria began her research on how to take proper care of her natural hair. That is when she stumbled upon the Curly Girl Method. Women from all over the world follow this method - consisting of a few, simple rules, some strict restrictions, and a whole lot of love for your hair. A book by Lorraine Massey, Curly Girl, is considered to be the bible for women following CGM. With an abundance of videos on YouTube about the method, Kazria embarked upon her curly girl hair journey.
But just learning about the method wasn’t enough. She noticed how so many women around her were unable to embrace their own natural hair because of a lack of the appropriate products and/or lack of knowledge about the issue. That’s when she decided to form the Facebook group Curly Girl Bangladesh by KazriaK– a community for curly- haired women in Bangladesh – to educate and encourage others to make some changes in their hair-care routines, and go curly.
Kazria’s hair-care routine involves using a sulphate-free shampoo, a silicone- free conditioner, alcohol-free hair gel, and mousse to tame her hair. She washes her hair twice a week, and sometimes just uses conditioner to clean her hair. She says it’s important to have a balance in the moisture and protein in your hair, so she advocates deep conditioning your hair every week, and getting protein treatment done once every month. Applying any form of heat is an absolute sin for curls. She uses a cotton t-shirt or micro-fibre towel to wrap her wet hair for 20 minutes, and then air dries. At the end, she scrunches her hair to keep the curls in place – a method that’s called “scrunching out the crunch”.
Through the group, Kazria intends to not only inform women in Bangladesh on how to efficiently maintain curly hair, but also help source the CGM approved hair-care products that are scarce in the city. By analyzing your hair type, she can help recommend what routine you need to follow, and give you tips on how to achieve the kind of healthy hair you always desired, naturally.
The Curly Girl Method does, however, require some major changes in your routine. This might, inevitably, discourage some from attempting to get on board with it. To this, Kazria says that any positive change calls for a few months of struggles and compromises, but the end result is bound to make you feel great. “This is the age of fully accepting who you are, however you are,” she says, “and accepting your natural hair is just one of the steps towards achieving that.” Curly hair is unique, and she wants to encourage more women to flaunt it.
Amongst all the tips and tricks you need to manage your beautiful, natural curls, Kazria says that you need to be patient. When you decide to commence on this hair journey, you have to fully commit; the outcome, she says, will be one you won’t regret. Kazria also suggests you test your hair to find out exactly what it needs, and how to repair any damages caused.
For more advice on how to nurture your curly hair, join the group Curly Girl Bangladesh by KazriaK on Facebook.