I have struggled with my hair since forever. It is naturally quite curly but not pretty, bouncy curly or even ringlet-y curly. The curls don’t follow a pattern, they are just completely haywire but also the top of my hair is straight and quite flat and only starts to curl from about the tops of my ears so I look like a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and Rick James. Plus it’s quite fluffy so even if it starts out looking o.k it just turns into a frizz fest after a couple of hours.
I’ve blow dried or straightened my hair for as long as I can remember. I mean, it must have always looked crap because my parents used to blow dry my hair straight for me when I was about 6, no joke! I used to have really long hair down to my bum and then they cut it all off into a jaw line bob (I was quite ill as a child and my mother had a theory that it was because all my vitamins and minerals were being absorbed by my hair so cutting it off would help… Like a reverse Sampson, if you will.) What those fools failed to realise is, you can’t have a jaw line bob when you have fluffy, Cocker Spaniel hair so they then had to blow dry it for me to make it look sleek. NO WONDER I HATE MY NATURAL HAIR!
The thing is I have no idea how to style it to make it look semi-decent when left curly. I do when I’m on holiday and stuff because ‘aint nobody got time for straighteners if you’re going in the pool/ sea everyday but I usually just have it tied up all the time because it looks shite. It’s neither here nor there. If it was that full on, proper springy, nicely formed type of curl I’d probably leave it curly a lot more. Or I’d love to have slightly tousled, beachy waves that look great natural but are also easy to straighten but I was lumped with neither and both of those all at once. I don’t even know how to describe it really, I’ve never seen anyone with curls as rubbish as mine!
The fluffiness also means that just blow drying won’t actually straighten it. Well, it does if a hairdresser does it properly but I have no skill in that department what soever so I just use the hair dryer to speed up drying time. I recently asked for a super-duper one for my Birthday and because it’s so powerful it does actually help with the straightening a bit. It’s an ETI Turbodryer 3500 (sounds v. high-tech) and comes with the proper thin nozzles that hair dressers use. My friend recommended it to me as he bought one for his girlfriend. Back in the day, before fancy hair dryers and amazing straighteners my mum used to blow dry my hair straight for me every time I washed it, probably up until I was about 19! I was so picky about it having ANY kinks she even considered doing a hairdressing course so she could get better at it hahaha! Oh God, my poor mum.
After drying I use straighteners. I use the wide plated GHDs, which are the BEST I’ve ever used and I bought my pair back in, like, 2004 and they still work fine! (Touch wood…) My first pair were by Daniel Hersheson and they were amazing at the time. My mum read about them and bought them for me, probably praising the heavens all the way to the shop. It used to take me an hour to an hour and a half to straighten my hair because it was so thick and long (and frizzy.) It was SUCH a ball ache. I used to have to set aside an entire afternoon if I was washing my hair. Then I discovered the amazing GHDs and haven’t looked back since. I used to have my hair POKER straight, so it still took a fair while but now I prefer to leave a bit of a wave in it so it takes less time it used to, especially since I cut all my hair off a few months ago. I still envy those who can just wash and go though.
I’ve been through a billion different hair products in my life time but always in the form of a cream and then a serum. At the moment they’re both Frizz Ease as I do find it is the best for taming my frizz (funny that). Though with serum you can use any old cheap stuff as they’re all the same thing really. I try to use a hair oil now and then to save it from drying out from all that heat. My mum used to put good old fashioned olive in my hair when I was younger and it works a treat so no need to splash big bucks on something fancy there either. To get the tousled beach look I so desire I’ve just started using Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. It is a bit pricey but it’s the best salt spray I’ve found. The others leave a residue or leave my hair crunchy. Gross.
I’ve tried using different products to tame the curly beast but to no avail. Mousse makes it way too crispy. Serum helps tame the fluff a bit but doesn’t help with the curl structure. If anyone can recommend any good products available in the UK then PLEASE let me know as I’d love to be able to leave my hair natural more often and be happy with it.