I’m not sure if you’ll have caught a glimpse on some of my social media profiles, but I have naturally ridiculous hair.
It’s enormous, it’s knotty, it tangles easily and has a sort of semi-curl to it. It takes a lot of caring for and I’ve got it so wrong over the years. Now I’m 30 (and incredibly wise) I’ve finally got it sorted and I’m going to share my knowledge with you.
It’s really important to get your shampoo right. I can’t say I have a definitive favourite because I don’t, I change brands regularly (that in itself is a tip, if you stay too loyal you can get a build-up of product). I tend to go for the description that suits my hair.
I aim for anything that claims enhance strength, as someone who has a naturally wild mop, strength is very important. I also go for anything that claims to be ‘weighless’; my hair is so heavy, the last thing I want is a load of smoothing products weighing it down and making it flat.
Alternate between letting your hair dry naturally and blowdrying. Blowdrying adds volume and I think it makes your roots look less oily. Air drying can help with the condition of your hair, but if you go to bed with it wet, the friction of tossing and turning can make it brittle. This will cause erosion and breakages.
Be gentle with your detangling. Get the right equipment. If you go at it too harshly, you’ll definitely cause breakages and split ends. Start from the very bottom and work your way up, a little bit at a time. Coconut oil can work wonders as a natural detangler, alternatively, invest in a mid-priced serum.
As a side note, I do a hair masque once a week to help keep the moisture. Any will do but Aussie make some nice ones.
Once the gargantuan task of detangling is complete, styling is next on the agenda. You need heat protection. Don’t go without. Don’t let people tell you that you don’t. You do. You need heat protection. Don’t spend less than £4 on it and check it does the job you’re after. There’s no sense in going for volumising if you’re trying to calm those feral tresses.
I have hair that sits perfectly in the middle of straight and curly. Sure, it looks curly, but it takes the exact same amount of time to straighten it as it does to curl it. I mostly choose to curl. Whatever styling implement you use, don’t just assume the hottest setting is the best. Try it out, try and see how cool you can get away with; your hair will thank you.
When you’re done, you can stop looking fed-up and start celebrating life again. Here I am loving life because my hair is finally appropriate for life (ignore the roots, I’m getting them sorted tomorrow).
If you have any tips, I’d love to know them. Just drop them in the comments!