(The first picture is 01/01/2016 and the second is 19/06/2016)
I grew up having my hair blow dried straight every single day. My mum was a hair dresser and did a very good job of straightening my frizz. In my teens, I discovered straighteners and rocked straight hair ALL the time. I never washed my hair and left it natural. Ever.
I didn’t even know I had curly hair. I thought I had frizzy hair, and no one else in the world had this awful hair type. Nothing could control it. If it rained at school I would be SO self conscious of my frizz. I was the kind of girl who wouldn’t go swimming (or out in the fog, let alone rain) because I didn’t want to ruin my hair. I would be mortified if anyone saw my untamed tresses.
When I hit about 22 years old, I discovered products to enhance curls, not fight them. They were full of silicones and they did give me kind of curly hair, but the curls were crispy and SO dry. They wouldn’t last a day and the curls weren’t chunky and soft. I actually think these products made my hair even more dry!
However, seeing that I had some kind of curl encouraged me to start researching curly hair and trying to understand what my hair needed. I think I realised it wasn’t normal for it to be that much of battle between me and my hair, surely we were meant to be a team?
I took a gamble and bought some sample products for curly hair, I had no faith in these natural ’shampoo free’ products. I was totally amazed to find that by not shampooing my hair and keeping it hydrated, I had natural curls!
I would like to say I never looked back, but I did. I loved my curls for ages, learnt how to handle them, found some awesome products, discovered British Curlies and the forums. I took so much advice and then I got the bug for change and I dyed my hair pastel pink. I was too self conscious to wear it curly. I felt like I would look like a clown. Cue nearly a year of straightening my hair again. My hair responded terribly to this and it was even more damaged than before.
1st January 2016. New Years resolution. ‘Do not straighten your hair!!’ I started using my natural products again and banished heat styling and at first I hated my curls. They were stringy and undefined and matted. The worst I’d ever had. I persisted with lots of treatments and no straighteners and it worked. Now I have amazing curls. I never thought I’d get my curls back but I did. Without a BC too. I was amazed.
I recently had my hair straightened at a salon and I just didn’t feel like me.
My curls are my identity and everyone else agrees. I love them.
Please love yours too. They are all awesome. Every shape, size and colour.