I never realised how my curly hair was a strong statement of who I was until I lost them to straight, blonde hair! Having thick dark curls most of my life seemed like such a hassle when I was young with cuts and colours taking longer than my peers and having to condition and care for my hair constantly, it all seemed like time wasted in my youth.
As most curly girls can appreciate, having big curls is something of a statement and becomes a part of your personality. It wasn’t until I moved to London in my late teens where the water is much harder and the air pollution much thicker that I realised how fortunate I was to have curly hair. Instead I was left with very blonde, very straight hair- even when I diffused it.
Here are a few things that I learnt throughout my stay in London which helped me regain my curly hair and my statement look!
1. Cut your Hair
Getting the big chop of about 6 inches off my hair took off all the unhealthy ends and brought a new, bouncy life to my barnet. My hair slowly started to lift and regain waves first then curls later.
2. Stop Bleaching
I stopped bleaching my hair because it was flattening and pulling out my curls. Once I went back to my natural brown hair the curls started to lift again.
3. Treat your hair better
Use a deep conditioning treatment weekly to lock moisture into your hair because curls are naturally drier than straight hair.
Note: Avoid using sulphates when shampooing and conditioning as these cause products to foam and strips the oils from your hair which makes hair frizzy not curly.
4. Filter water:
Attach a filter to your shower head and it will strip out more than 99% of the chlorine and other contaminants found in tap water. It also preserves iron, calcium, magnesium that you can find naturally in tap water which creates healthier looking hair.
5. Do Yoga:
Hair can change because of a hormone in-balance or stress, I found taking time out to relax and gain perspective can have a very big affect on your internal and external health.