Gather round, children of the Kate Middleton blow out generation, for I have a tale to tell. In the noughties, way back when, there was massive pressure to have poker-straight tresses. I remember two lads shouting “She needs a bang of a GHD” at me from across the road.
Even the menfolk knew – curls were out. I used a steam-powered (I kid you not – STEAM) hair straightening tool until my older sister got a job and, as a jammy result, a GHD that I could borrow.
And so continued the taming of the ‘do. Then, two years ago, I left it curly and got a few compliments. I examined my styling habits. I’d been beating my natural texture down since I started secondary school and what did I have to show for it apart from frazzled ends, burned hands and wasted hours every day? I’m now a wash-and-go kinda gal – aside from lashing on one or two products to keep it from looking like a bird’s nest.
I like my hair to look healthy and be huge (check out the inspo I posted on Facebook) so I massage Alfaparf through the ends of wet hair. This is nicest oil I’ve tried. It’s ultra thick, so you only need a pinch, and smells lovely.
Mine was a prezzie from my fave lady ever, but I think a bottle goes for around the €30 mark. I’ve used this after every single wash for about 6 months, so you’re definitely getting mileage for money.
I brush the through with an anti-tangle brush. A regular brush wouldn’t even go through my hair, so this is a necessity. It removes knots without excess pulling, so you’re saving split ends and time in one go. The most popular brushes, by Tangle Teezer, will set you back around a €10 but I bought my heart-shaped fella in Penneys for €2.50.
My star (nearly empty, SOB SOB SOB) product is Aveda Be Curly (€24.50). I apply this to wet hair, just after the oil, making sure to cover every strand. It separates curls, so there’s no matting and hair looks lifted, full and bouncy. If you’re struggling to get your curls in check, this is a total must-have product.
Have you got any tips for controlling curls? Psst, I just started making youtube videos too – check ’em out!