Over the last two and a half years, I feel like I’ve perfected my styling routine for my curly hair using The LMG Method. No matter what brand I use, or whether I mix and match products from different brands. I get consistent, long-lasting results and great wash days every time, using a Leave-In Conditioner, Mousse and Gel.
The LMG Method: Leave-In, Mousse, Gel
The LMG method follows three simple steps of my styling routine to moisturise – using a leave in conditioner, define – using mousse, and create hold – using gel. I like to mix and match my products across a few brands, especially when I’m testing out new products. But I always stick to the LMG method. And when I say mousse, I also mean foam. The only time I don’t use this method is when I’m using a custard – MopTop and Boucleme are my favourites. Or when I’m doing an all-Jessicurl wash day – which you can read about here.
Mousse – not just for the 80’s & 90’s
I’ve been using mousse to style my curly hair for 20 years! For 17 of those years, I used Pantene Defined Curls Mousse, currently £2.99 at Boots, and buy one get one half price! It’s still one of my all-time favourites. So I feel like I know my stuff when it comes to mousse. Although admittedly, it wasn’t until I discovered the curly girl method that I realised I was supposed to scrunch out the crunch once my hair had dried. For all those years I’d been walking around with crunchy curls on wash day! Wondering why I always preferred my hair on day 2 and 3 – after I’d SOTC in my sleep! But mousse is not just a thing of the 80’s and 90’s, don’t let those mental images and flash backs put you off!
Switching out & testing new products
Since discovering the curly girl method – which you can read about here if you’re new here. I’ve tried many different styling products and combinations. The LMG method means I can switch out different products with confidence, knowing that the combination of a leave-in, mousse and a gel works every time. Whether I’m testing new products, or using products with more or less protein, depending on what my hair needs that day. Some foams can feel quite gritty and drying on the hair, which is usually because they contain protein. But by layering it over a leave in conditioner, and under a gel, curls stay hydrated and moisturised, with a good protein moisture balance.
Consistent results, every time!
The LMG method means wash days aren’t such hard work. It doesn’t feel like a gamble, playing Russian Roulette with your styling products, cocktails and combinations – never quite knowing if it’s going to be a success or not! If you’ll make it until the next wash day, throw it up in a pineapple for the rest of the week or do the whole thing again tomorrow! You can play around with different products within the LMG method, and get consistent results every time. I advise changing one thing at a time to see what works best for your hair. Eg: try pairing different leave in conditioners with the same mousse and gel combo. I’ve got some LMG product combination suggestions at the end of the post.
Every time I use this method for my styling routine, I get hydrated curls and juicy clumps. With long-lasting, frizz-free curl definition that lasts for days! I can go 5-7 days between washes now, with no refreshing in between! I’ve been working on a really exciting project all Summer with a good curl friend of mine, where we tested out the top 10 curly girl friendly mousses and foams. I’m looking for good definition and my curl friend (can you guess who it is?) is looking for volume. That’s coming next week so if you haven’t subscribed, make sure you do so you don’t miss it!
The LMG Method Product Combinations
I’ve recommended this method to so many people, and they have all said it’s been a game changer that gave them great wash day results as well as curls, clumps and definition like they’ve never had before! Here are a few of my favourite product combinations for the LMG method if you want to try them yourself. If your hair is feeling a little over-moisturised, just skip the leave in conditioner.
Mix & Match Budget LMG Method: Leave in conditioner: Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner. Mousse: Pantene Defined Curls Mousse. Gel: Aussie Instant Freeze Gel. See my Amazon USA and Amazon UK shops to purchase these products.
Mix & Match UK/Ireland LMG Method: Leave in conditioner: Flora & Curl Leave In Detangler. (Available online-only here in the USA). Mousse: Dippity-Do Curls Boosting Mousse (I get mine in TK Maxx or Naturalistic Products). Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly (currently 3 for 2 at Boots).
All-Giovanni Budget LMG Method: Leave in conditioner: Direct Leave In Conditioner. Mousse: Natural Mousse Air Turbo Charged Hair Styling Foam. Gel: LA Natural Gel. See my Amazon USA and Amazon UK shops to purchase these products. Or get 20% off when you shop on Look Fantastic, using the code LF20. (if that doesn’t work, use LF15 for 15% off.)
All Innersense LMG Method: Leave In Conditioner: Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner. Mousse: I Create Lift Volumising Foam. Gel: I Create Hold Gel. If you’re in the USA, you can get 15% off your first purchase by signing up to their email list, and FREE U.S. shipping over $75. If you’re in Ireland/UK/EU you can buy Innersense from The Clean Beauty Edit and get 10% off using code CURLYCAILIN10. You also get additional discount if you purchase 3 or more Innersense products. For the rest of the world, or any of the territories mentioned above, you can purchase Innersense from Cult Beauty. They do FREE world wide shipping on orders over £40 and you get a FREE Innersense Hydrating Hair Masque when you spend over £50 on Innersense.
If you have any questions about the LMG method, or you’ve tried it and want to share your product combo and how you got on, please share it in the comments below and we can all help and inspire each other. I’ll be back next week with what I’m hoping will be a really helpful and informative post on the top 10 curly girl friendly mousses and foams. Something for all budgets and locations around the world. So definitely stay tuned for that, it’s a post you won’t want to miss! Gabriella xoxo
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