I’m on a crusade to get the ladyfolk to stop styling curls out of their hair. My main tactics are sweet-talking friends, so crusade might be a strong word, but I already have one convert. The lovely Jen Gore of Film Jam asked for a few tips on transitioning from styled-straight locks to natural curls.
I’ve written about my usual routine to keep curls in order but decided to do one with new (more affordable!) products and some general tips that I’ve discovered over the last few years.
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Naturally textured hair is doesn’t retain moisture as well as wavy or straight hair, so selecting a shampoo and conditioner that’s gentle, nourishing and taming is key. My current poison is the Mark Hill MiricOILicious range, €8.99, – a beautifully scented and heavily moisturising selection of argan-infused cleansing and conditioning products.
Whatever your budget, look out for shampoos and conditioners that are formulated with curls in mind. My favourites are Aveeda’s Be Curly range and Umberto Giannini Curl Friends. These offer targeted treatment and help out with style maintenance.
A conditioning mask, used as often as needed, is what keeps my hair from going full on Phil Spector. Again, I’ve am all over Mark Hill’s MiracOILicious 2 Minute Mask. If you’re only just putting down the GHD, look out for products that are designed to restore hair back to full health like John Frieda Full Repair Mask.
My all-time favourite treatment is Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment Mask, a wonder mask tames frizz and injects a world of shine and softness. If your budget doesn’t extend to a whole new haircare wardrobe, this should be first on your shopping list.
Rub two drops between your palms and then smooth it from the mid-section of your hair to the ends. Go tobann, cosúil le draíocht, gruig DEAS! Nice shine, less split-ends and locks that are actually manageable. Such good results, I couldn’t just detail them in one language and had to butcher another.
I’m head-over-heels for L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil, currently on offer in Boots for just €8.53. This rids my hair of tangles, making brushing totally pain-free. Its formulation isn’t as pure as other, more expensive oils that I’ve used, but its efficacy is incredible. I couldn’t want any more from it, such a great statement to make when you’re getting change from a tenner.
Finally, brush through oil with a tangle teaser. Mine is a heart-shaped job that I picked up in Penneys for just €2.50, but different brands are available everywhere, in even the smallest chemist.
Once brushed, I let my hair sit until it’s only damp. This lets curls form their natural shape. For extra volume, I flip my hair over my head, The Ring style, and use a low-heat, high-speed setting on my drier.
That’s my entire routine. Got any tips I missed out on? Share!