The Bowl Method: How to do it and why it works, from the experts
As you can see, this is not the fastest or easiest laying process. With that in mind, lush, defined and clean curls are definitely worth the effort. But why does it work so well?
“The bowl method works because it distributes the product evenly throughout the curls and allows the product to absorb,” explains celebrity stylist Harry Josh. “Some curly hair can have a hard time absorbing moisture, so by submerging it in water, you’re giving yourself extra time to give your locks extra moisture.”
As with any styling method, it won’t work the same for every hair type. “The bowl method tends to work better for loose, low-porosity curls that have a hard time absorbing moisture and product,” curl expert Badria Ahmed, founder of curly hair care brand Holy Curls, tells mbg.
She adds, “For high porosity, tighter curl patterns, this method may not be sufficient, as more product may be needed to seal moisture into the cuticle.” So, if you have coils (also known as type 4 hair), you can choose another method that provides deeper nourishment, or be sure to apply leave-in moisturizing products to your strands.