As you can see from our picture, Iâ€™ve got very curly hair. When I was young, my mum used to brush it, which any curly-haired person will know is madness. It turned it into such a frizzy mess that she had to cut it really short in order to keep it under control, and there were more than a few questions from other kids wondering whether I was a boy or a girl. From there began a love-hate relationship with my hair that involved several dodgy hairstyles and hours of straightening.
Some of you reading this might think Iâ€™m a bit crazy/ungrateful, as people love to tell me how theyâ€™d kill to have curls like mine (yet another thing people with curly hair are tired of hearing). But! I am slowly coming to love the curls. After a lot of trial and error, I finally know how to keep them under control. So here are my five top tips for styling curly hair. To all you other curlies out there – you’re welcome.
1. Donâ€™t brush it
Youâ€™d think this would be a no-brainer, but lots of people donâ€™t realise you should never, ever brush curly hair. I only ever comb it carefully using a wide-toothed comb when Iâ€™m in the shower.
2. Ditch the heat
Iâ€™ve given up on straightening my hair because (a) it didnâ€™t look very good, (b) it took ages, and (c) the faintest hint of wind or rain would see it curling right back up. Nowadays, I just Â leave my hair to dry naturally – mostly out of laziness, but it does make it look better too (if I donâ€™t touch it too much) and it means itâ€™s in much better condition.
3. The miracle cream
This super-cheap Curl Creme from Boots is an absolute must-have for me and has been for about 10 years now. Having tried lots of other curl creams – both cheap and expensive – I can confidently tell you that this one is by far the best: it defines curls and tames frizz with no crispiness or residue. I recommend it to anyone I meet with even vaguely curly hair. I donâ€™t use any other products on my hair except for a bit of serum if its looking particularly frizzy.
4. The right cut
I think this is different for all curlies, but my hair just looks better when itâ€™s short; if it gets too long, it becomes big and unmanageable. Itâ€™s sad, as Iâ€™ve always dreamed of having really long hair, but itâ€™s never gotten past the stage of being a huge frizzy mess, so Iâ€™ve given up trying. Make sure you get your hair cut by someone who knows curly hair, too, as this makes a real difference. I find I need lots of layers cut into it, otherwise my head looks like a mushroom.
5. Donâ€™t wash it
Curly hair looks better when itâ€™s a bit greasy; washing it too often can make it even more dry and frizzy (actually, straight hair can benefit from being washed less often too). I still rinse mine with water every day and apply curl cream, as it looks crazy when I wake up. I wash my hair about once a week (using Curly Wurly shampoo and Retread conditioner from Lush). I canâ€™t recommend this hair maskÂ enough either.
Anything Iâ€™m missing? I’d love to hear any tips from fellow curly-haired readers!