Growing up, I used to hate my curly hair. Well, who wouldn’t? As a kid not knowing any better, I would brush it till it got big, frizzy, uncontrollable. The only time I liked it was right after my shower, dripping wet, sleek and straight.
For 10 years in my life, from when I was 15 till 25, I tried everything, from relaxers, rebonding, flat irons, and even the Brazillian keratin straightener (did not even last more than a week!). Finally, tired of endless visits to the salon, curly root regrowth, damage from the heat and chems, I let my curls grow out.
Today, I have a curly bob and I’m totally loving it!
Most people think I’ve used a curling tong, or permed my hair, but all I did was embrace my curls. Here are my shortcuts to getting frizz-free curls in this crazy weather (where humidity goes up to 90% on a normal day! )
1. I use shampoo and condition for curly hair
The Luscious Curls range by Fekkai with grapeseed extract and moroccan oil, helps define curls and control frizz. Available at Sephora in Singapore
2. Once a week, I use a deep conditioning treatment
My hair has been coloured, dunked in chlorine when I swim, and suffers UV damage whenever I’m out playing (sorry, I mean working on a shoot ;P) in the sun. Although it contributes to the whole “surfer vibe”, the ends of my hair do really take a beating. So once a week, especially after swimming, I use L’Oreal Absolut Repair Cellular hair masque to restore moisture and it does help to soften and smoothen my hair.
p.s. I think surfer Rob Machado could use a little of this, but whatever it is, DAMN, I love his hair!!! And I love surfers 🙂
3. A curling cream really helps to enhance and define curls
Where was I before using Moroccanoil? Pretty much living in frizz.. Seriously though, only this curl cream does it for me so far. Although I like to use Redken Ringlet 07
for work as it is perfect with a curling tong, for my own hair, Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream
both conditions and defines curls. Sometimes I mix in a drop of Moroccanoil Treatment
for more shine. And you know what? It smells perfect too, no yucky ol’ hair gunk situation here.
4. Some wax and styling products won’t hurt
In fact, they’ll help hold your hairstyle, add volume and polish. I use Hoyu 3210
Neutral Wax, which I bought at the salon (more details next!). It has a natural, matte finish.
I rub it between my palms and fingers, then finger curl sections of my hair, which helps enhance the curls, making them more spiral, bouncy, and prevents them from frizzing and messing up throughout the day.
Sometimes if I want lots and lots of volume, I scrunch it all in, pushing my hair from the bottom up.
5. A good haircut is essential
Without my hairstylist, Ivan from Insquare Salon
, my hair would probably still be an unmanageable mess. I first met him at a photoshoot back in….2007? But it was only in 2010 when I went to him, with my hair half grown out from a rebonding, that I saw the possibility of having curly hair again.
With decades of experience, Ivan is still amazingly humble, friendly and gives excellent suggestions. Unlike hairstylists who insist on chopping off inches of hair, Ivan respects his client’s styles and wishes, which is what I really, really love about him. If you would like a creative cut, leave it in his stable, precise hands, and you’ll always walk out of his salon always feeling beautiful, with a cut that always grows out well.
Andrew & Kenny, the awesome designers of Depression
, also trust Ivan with their hair!
In Square Salon also stocks Hoyu, so give them a call if you’ll like a makeover for your hair, then follow my easy, easy, easy steps and start loving your curls 🙂
In Square Salon
24 Sin Ming Road
Tel: 6554 0916 / 6554 0917