A series of articles where you, our British Curlies members, can tell us how you keep it real with your curly hair.
Let’s take a moment to get to know SwedishCurly.
British Curlies: Have you always worn your hair with its natural texture? Tell us about your journey to curly.
SwedishCurly: No, I have done various treatments on my hair for about 20 years. I used to do curls and texturisers, which are two different perms. I started my natural hair journey in January 2009 and that is when I stopped doing texturisers. My reason for transition was simple, I was moving to a place where they had no hairdressers who could perform the texturisers, so I had no choice but to stop doing them. I was also curious to find out what my real curls looked like. I transitioned for one and a half years before I got tired of all the tangles between my new growth and the texturised hair and just had to cut it. I did my big chop in July 2011 and have been natural ever since.
BC: How often to you wash/cowash your hair?
SC: I cowash twice a week because I have discovered that my hair thrives when I wash it every three days. Also washing my hair takes quite a while to do and I don’t have the time to wash it more than twice a week.
BC: What’s your wash day routine?
SC: I’m lazy so I have now cut out a lot of the things I used to do when I first became natural. I cowash twice a week with Tresemme Naturals, which I also use as my rinse out conditioner. When my hair is soaked in conditioner, I comb it using my fingers. I sometimes use a seamless comb if my hair is really tangled. While still in the shower I apply my leave in, Kinky Curly Knot Today, which is my favourite conditioner. I step out of the shower with soaking wet hair and seal with coconut oil – although sometimes I do skip this step. I then divide my hair in small sections and apply my favourite gel, Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I leave my hair to air dry, which usually takes the entire day.
BC: 2nd day hair – myth or reality?
SC: With the Kinky Curly Knot Today and Kinky Curly Curling Custard I get three day hair, so very much a reality.
BC: Who cuts your curls?
SC: A hairdresser who is not specialised in cutting curly hair but she does a perfect job every time, I am so happy with her – I found her through recommendation. I live in the countryside on a small Island in Sweden and I couldn’t find a stylist who is specialised in curly hair. But my friend assured me that this lady wouldn’t mind cutting my hair dry and that she is very sensitive to her customer’s feelings. My stylist listens to what I have to say and how I feel my hair needs to be cut and then she cuts it accordingly. I know my curls are safe in her hands – all of you curlies know how nerve wrecking it can be to go to a stylist. Thanks to this lady I don’t have to worry.
BC: Top three desert island must haves (products or tools)?
SC: I would bring Tresemme Naturals Conditioner because it is so easy to detangle when my hair when I have my hair soaked with it. My favourite leave in is the Kinky Curly Knot Today because I only need a little to make my hair feel untangled and soft. I would also bring my favourite gel – Kinky Curly Curling Custard which, when used sparingly, makes my curls clump together in a very nice way. In my opinion, it is nothing short of a miracle gel because my curls stay clumped for three days!
BC: How do you protect your hair at night?
SC: I gather my hair in a pineapple using a loose scrunchie. That way my curls stay clumped while I sleep. Using this method elongates my hair a little which prevents tangles.
BC: Complete the sentence – “I love my curly hair because …”
SC: “… they’re a part of me; my curls are a part of who I am.”