|My hair. Actually, also my make-up|
On the day that I wash my hair it curls beautifully. But if I have to go outside (entirely likely) it begins to frizz. Come day two after the hair wash and I look like I've been fighting (unsuccessfully) with badgers in a hedge. From there on in, I scrape it back into a pony tail. Although I've never seen a pony with a tail that looks like my hair.
I have had it straightened in the past - a keratin treatment which is actually quite good for your hair for reducing frizz - but I still had to do a lot of straightening. And straightening isn't good for your hair. And then there's the time. And the cash.....
Reader. I. Have. Had. Enough.
*stands up in manner of AA meeting* My name is Hestia Slattern and I HAVE CURLY HAIR.
MAN, that feels GOOD!
Since deciding that I need to work WITH my hair and not against nature, I have been acquainting myself with forums that exist PURELY FOR GIRLS WITH CURLY HAIR. I have learned about twist outs, bantu knots, spray gels and PATIENCE. I have signed up for curl-hair newsletters and watched a gazillion youtube videos of latte-skinned beauties demonstrating their nightly hair regimen.
It has been a revelation.
The first thing that I tried, was sleeping with my hair up, rather than just au natural. The coloured girls with gorgeous spirals of natural hair favoured sweeping their twist outs up into a pineapple on the top of their heads, secured loosely with a scrunchie and popping on a satin bed cap to keep it all in place.
Since satin bed caps are kinda hard to come by on this remote rock, I opted instead to do a do-rag (think Rosie the Riveter) and retire to my boudoir looking like Hilda Ogden.
The divine Rosie
The slightly less divine, Hilda Ogden from TV's Coronation Street
Surprisingly, the head-scarf stayed on all night, In the morning, I unknotted the scarf, swished it off and shook out my hair. O.M.G.
Reader, swear to God the Hallelujah Chorus was sung by dimple-bummed cherubs in my ears as I surveyed my still-perfectly-in-tact curls!
Since then, I have put the scarf on every night (Tartarus was away, so there was no-one to see my new look) and every day my curls were in tip top condition! Now Tartarus is home you might think that I should be ditching the do-rag for something black, sheer and maybe with marabou feathers. Not a bit of it. What Tartarus and I do in bed is.....read books. So he was not in the least bit phased when I appeared from the bathroom with my head-square on. Truthfully, I don't know whether to be pleased or insulted about that.....
The second thing that I tried was abandoning shampoo.
Our hair doesn't actually NEED those gazillions of sweet-smelling bubbles to get itself clean. This is something that has been sold to us by those clever people at the advertising agencies. So, I thought I would ditch the poo and see how things progressed.
I was a bit sceptical about stepping into the shower and washing my hair in conditioner, but that's me been poo free now for two weeks and my hair feels in the best condition that it's ever been in.
So, if you are a curly girl that's two things to try:
Get your curls in place and sleep with them piled high in a Hilda Ogden stylee head square.
Abandon shampoo and cleanse in conditioner.
Yesterday I hit the mainland and stocked up on various moisturising sprays for curly hair and I'll be letting you know how that pans out.
Bet you can HARDLY WAIT :-D