I have thick, curly hair that I straighten every day. I iron out my beautiful ringlets and then tie my hair in a ponytail. I have been doing this for years and I need to stop it. Not only is subjecting my hair to temperatures exceeding 200°C brutal, it’s a travesty to not let my bouncy locks run free.
When I was a teenager, I wanted a sleek, straight bob just like the girls in Mizz magazine. Instead, I had loads of curls that I smothered with mousse until they looked like uncooked Super Noodles. For my end of school ball, I longed for glamorous hair so I sought help from my local hairdressers. I sat in the seat and to my dismay, she looked at me like I had just walked in with a fish tank on my head.
“It’s too thick. I can’t do anything with it”, she said.
I went home and cried, cursing my rubbish hair.
Not long after my visit to the worst hairdressers in Cornwall, I discovered GHDs. I couldn’t believe it. In just one hour I could have poker straight hair. My prayers had been answered. I didn’t look back.
Straight hair makes me feel polished and put-together but like most things in life, it’s bad for me. So I’m taking a leaf out of Rita Ora’s book and putting the straighteners down. It’s actually a lot easier and quicker than it used to be. I just needed to know how…
Three steps to good curls*
- Get a curly cut. Different curls require a different cut. I have thick hair that curls from the root so a mid-length layered cut is better for me. Layers work well on curls as they remove some of the volume.
- Curly hair needs less shampoo and more conditioner. Over-shampooing strips the hair of its natural oils while conditioner locks in some much-needed moisture. It’s best to wash your hair every other day or less and spritz it with water in between washes to revive curls.
- After washing your hair, squeeze out any excess water and either run your fingers through it or comb it using a wide tooth comb before applying a curl cream. Leave it to dry naturally. For more defined curls, twist sections of your hair around your finger to create curls and leave it to dry. Avoid the hairdryer as it will create frizz and add volume.
*These tips are for naturally curly hair only. You could probably recreate the look with curling tongs but they’re just as bad for your hair as irons. Soz.
Creams of the crop
I love Aveda products. Yes, they are expensive but they last such a long time. This cream is light and not at all sticky. It smooths frizz while defining curls. Apply a small blob to wet hair or if you’re having a mad hair day just smooth a little over dry hair.
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer, 200ml, £21.50
Again, expensive but it contains argan oil which is every curly girl’s friend. This wonder cream helps to detangle hair, tame curls and smooth frizz while the argan oil gives your parched locks some love.
Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream, 250ml, £25.45
This is a cult classic that has stood the test of time. Nobody uses mousse anymore but they do use this. It controls curls and nourishes hair. And it’s less than two quid.
Boots Essentials Curl Crème, 250ml, £1.99