Are you as addicted to hair straighteners as I am? Ever since I first used them about ten years ago, I’ve never looked back. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with my thick, wavy hair – curls are cute when you’re a child, but when you become a teenager frizz is much less appealing.
Discovering hair straighteners suddenly allowed me to have sleek, smooth hair – to feel tidier and more pulled-together. But then you become totally reliant on them – you’re always the one hiding behind a hood and an umbrella when it rains, feeling desperately self-conscious when your carefully styled hair turns into a crinkly thatch at the merest hint of moisture.
It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t let my hair be natural and do its own thing in pubic for at least a decade. Since having my hair cut short a few weeks ago, it’s been a struggle to keep it under control. It feels like it’s really fighting the style. So I decided to ditch my straighteners for a week and embrace wavy hair.
How I achieved my style: I used this serum to tame it a bit, then gently blow-dried it a little whilst scrunching the hair up to make it curlier. I then left it to dry naturally to avoid too much frizz and volume. Later on, I used tongs to gently encourage a bit of extra curl in the right directions.
Things I liked: After feeling a bit self-conscious at first, I began to really enjoy how different it looked. Shorter, bouncier and, for once, I didn’t have to worry about bits sticking out in the wrong direction. Not needing to wash it very often – only twice during my experiment.
Things I didn’t like: There’s something a bit quirky and messy about a wavy bob, and it makes me feel like I have to tone everything else down. I find that clothes have to be more simple and plain to avoid straying into looking kooky and eccentric. It felt a bit wiry and helmet like – once it’s been ‘set’ in a wavy style, you can’t really change it unless you wash it. It was also a bit House of Eliot at times – which I love, but everyday? I’m not so sure.
Overall, I really enjoyed embracing my wavy inner-self. I think my hair felt happier too, if that’s possible. I think I’ll relax my iron-grip on the straighteners from now on, but sleek and smooth will always be my preferred style!
What about you? Do you embrace your natural hair, or are you always fighting against it?