I have naturally curly hair: sometimes you’d know it, sometimes you would never. I like that just by dunking my head underwater, I can look completely different. One day it could be wild and undone, another, sleek and pulled together.
It is said that the hair on our head and all parts of our body for that matter, is an extension of our ‘sensitive field’. Maybe that’s why, when left to their own devices, my curls remain undefeated. They are like little antennae feeling out the world for me. I love the voluminous kink and carefree whimsy that comes with going natural. Not always the case. In my uneducated Jew-fro days I was a mess.
If you’re a self-confessed curl hater, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way that may just make you embrace the allure of your whirls and twirls like I did.
- Don’t let a hairdresser near you with thinning scissors: curly hair is finer than most and thinning can make it weak and brittle. I get dry cuts so whoever cuts my hair can assess how my curls fall and where layers are needed.
- Every curly hair girl should try Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Smoothing Conditioner (for the “spirally blessed”) and then post-rinse, use the brand’s Defining Creme mixed with a tiny bit of Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Camellia Oil for loose and languid loops.
- Kerastase’s Oleo-Curl Intense Masque is the bomb. Literally. It’s jam-packed with anti-humidity oils and we all know that frizz avoidance is the number-one objective for us curly gals.
- To lengthen tight curls, Aveda’s Be Curly curl controller works a treat and dampens down any unnecessary volume.
- When in doubt, coconut oil, coconut oil, coconut oil! It’s cheap, softening, smoothing, defining, smells like Tahiti, keeps your scalp supple and leaves a glossy hold.
- If you’re near a beach I recommend doubling up on Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse and Caudalie Divine Oil. Put a few drops of each onto wet hair and air-dry for subtly perfumed waves that get better and better as the night goes on.
- Don’t brush it. Ever. Well, just comb gently through when it’s wet.