Styling curly hair
My hair has been curly my whole life (apart from a brief period when I was a baby where I had jet black straight hair…) and over the years I have picked up lots of ways to style it in a way that keeps the curls defined without overloading it with products. That said, styling my hair when I leave it curly has always been a bloody pain!
When I was a teenager the range of products available for curly haired girls was pretty naff, and the good stuff was really limited, so I would rarely wear my hair natural. Instead, I used to just tied it up in a bun and leave it like that (which, if I’m being honest, was seriously unflattering and not a look I’ll be repeating anytime soon!!)
Luckily for us, the range and quality of curly haired products has vastly improved over recent years, so now instead of struggling to style my curly hair, I’m finding it easier and easier. I’m lazy AF during the week, I’m definitely NOT a morning person, so I’ve got myself together a little set of products that really help to keep my haircare routine to a minimum and easy to manage so I can hit my snooze button on repeat with no worries about what my hair will be looking like when I finally decide to hop out of bed and get ready.
Finding the right shampoo and conditioner
Now this really is key to keeping your locks in tip top condition. I used to use a certain brand on my hair (I won’t name names, because I know people who absolutely love them) and it would honestly leave my hair so dehydrated and frizzed out it was just horrendous. Luckily, I’ve found some shampoos and conditioners that really work wonders for my hair. Every time I use L’Oreal Extraordinary Oils, Pureology Hydrate, Philip Kingsley Re-moisturise/Moisture Extreme or Rita Hazan True Colour on my hair it feels like silk, which makes it so much easier to style and I can wear it curly for 2-3 days before i have to wash it.
A tip I was told recently at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic was to use a wide tooth comb to gently brush conditioner through my hair and since I have done that I have again started to notice that my hair feels a lot softer and is shinier.
Hair masks that actually work
A good hair mask can really work wonders for curls, but you have to find the right one for your hair texture. I know my hair craves moisture, so anything thick (and fairly heavy duty) is good for me. I tend to saturate my hair with a mask, then leave it on for 15-20 minutes while I’m in the bath (or watching Game of Thrones) so it can really work some magic.
Using a hair mask regularly really helps to give my hair the boost of moisture it needs, and when my hair is hydrated it’s a lot softer and therefore easier to style without having to work more product into it or tie it up. My current favourite masks are Maui Shea Butter hair mask and Philip Kingsley Elasticiser.
Oil is key
I honestly do not know how I survived without hair oils, because I rely on them so heavily now! I use 5-6 pumps and work them through the ends of my hair, and if I do that when I wake up all I have to do is tie the front third of my hair up and I’m good to go!
When I’m trying to hold off on washing my hair, working some oil through the ends of my hair really helps to keep it looking fresh and the curls defined. Literally takes me 2-3 minutes and I’m good to go, easy peasy. My current favourites are L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil and Andrew Barton Gloss Serum.
If I really feel like my hair needs more, I’ll also go in with a serum to keep it moisturised. My current go to is MINU Hair Serum from Davines.
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