Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Curly Hair; A blessing or a curse?

Hi everyone!

Guess what I'm going to be talking about today? Hint, it's in the title.

I am, I don't know whether I should say blessed or cursed, with curly hair. When I say curly, I don't mean spiralling out of control frizzy locks, I mean nice, loose curls, which worn right could look amazing. However, I don't think I'm wearing them right. My whole life I have had a constant battle with my "luscious locks." I would look at other people, with their curly hair floating down their backs and ask myself, why isn't my hair like that??

My whole life I have experimented with so many different products...

But I know exactly what my problem is, my hair is too short. My hair is about 10cm past my shoulders. Some would say that that is quite long, but it's not long enough. My main struggle is that it is beyond gravity defying puffy. Anyone that knows anything about the laws of physics will know that the heavier something is, the more force there is to drag it down. The same goes with curly hair. The longer it is, the heavier it is, meaning the more it will be forced down and bye bye puffiness.

Why don't you grow your hair out, you may ask? Well, I'm trying! But here's the other problem with curly hair, it's impossible to grow! When straight hair grows, it grows in one direction.. down! When curly hair grows, it grows down and then curls back up again, meaning it takes 10x longer. I have tried everything: not going to the hairdressers too often but this results in ungodly split ends, so about 10cm needs to be cut off, and going to the hairdressers all the time, but this way my hair doesn't get any time to grow at all. It's impossible to find an equilibrium!

I have come to the conclusion that I am going to give up and forget about growing my hair out and will instead try and tackle the problem of puffiness some other way. After doing a lot of research I have come to the conclusion that I need to prevent any chemicals coming near my hair as much as possible. Curly hair gets dry, and I mean DRY. This dryness contributes to the puffiness. And what's causing this dryness? Dangerous chemicals. Most shampoos contain harsh, drying sulphates that are extremely damaging for you hair. As curly hair is especially sensitive, it is even more damaging.

The solution to this problem? Stop using shampoo! When I first read this I thought it was disgusting, you're not supposed to wash your hair!? I then found out that you're supposed to substitute the shampoo with conditioner. After having read multiple blogs and what other people had to say, I decided to give it a try. After the first week, I could see major improvements to the quality of my hair. It was no longer dry and had a silky feel to it. Then the second week came. I could feel my hair starting to get a bit greasy, but they do say that it can take up to 5 weeks for your hair to adjust so just decided to keep going. I kept continuing, even though my hair felt disgusting. By the time it was the third week, I couldn't take it anymore. I needed to use shampoo!

After my first failed attempt at the no-poo method, I tried again a few weeks ago. This time I decided to use shampoo once a week. I thought that using it only once compared to four or five times a week would still be a lot better for my hair, and I was right! The dryness of my hair has disappeared and it feels great. I am still not completely content with it, but baby steps. However; I'm never going to give up on my secret dream of having looooong hair, but at least it's better than before.

For anyone else with the same problem, I would DEFINITELY recommend this. And if you have any secret tips and tricks for coping with curly hair, I would very much appreciate it if you talked about them in the comments section or we can discuss our hatred of curly hair together!



Charlotte Hitchman said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I have really curly hair and ask the same question all the time.

I have followed your blog, will you follow mine back? x

Visa said...

love curly hair and wish you all the best in growing your hair out. also, thank you for taking the time to drop by my blog and for following. followed you back and looking forward to your updates.


Lamey X said...

Great post, love the blog so far, keep up the good work! Thanks for following x

Olivia Shields said...

ALthough I don't have curly hair this was a great post, very informative! Your blog is great so far!

I've followed you, could you please follow me back? :)

LeeLi said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :). I am a curly girly I don't really maintain my hair. I just wash it and let it dry naturally. It does look frizzy sometimes, but I just go with the flow. I have fairly long hair especially when I straighten it. It can be done! Persevere!

plovesfashion said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I have curly hair too. The only thing that irks me about my hair is that it can become really frizzy especially when its's humid outside.

Kira Bassett said...

Nice tips x

Becky Fearn said...

This is such an interesting tip!

B xx

plovesfashion said...

I also tagged you in a repost, check out my blog for morr details!

Catriona❤ said...

I'll be sitting here... waiting for my long hair. xD

Catriona❤ said...

I have the same problem. I guess it's just something we're going to have to live with. -.-

Stacey Nguyen said...

Hi ! I have always thought having natural curly sounds so nice! But thank you for sharing this!
would love to have us follow each other :)
♥Stacey Nguyen