Bad Hair Day
Or wild hair day. Whatever. I have that every day. Maybe I should talk about bad hair, or wild hair, and just leave out the day part…
OK, it was windy. It’s always windy in my photos. It’s just usually windy in Helsinki (at least by the sea). And it’s certainly windy if we’re having a photo shoot on a tiny island.
Still, my hair seems to be extra wild in these photos…
Have you heard of the Curly Girl method?
I’ve been doing the Curly Girl Method for the past few weeks. Or, rather, my version of it. Anyway, the idea, in a nutshell, is that if you have naturally curly hair, you should avoid shampoos with non-water-soluble sulphates as well as conditioners and styling products containing (non-water-soluble) silicones. And ditch the hairbrush and hairdryer.
Actually, the method advises you to stop using shampoo altogether, but that goes a bit too far for me. As the method also seems to promote using a ton of different hair products (leave-in conditioner, curl cream, mousse, gel, you name it) all at the same time, I think a proper wash is a necessity. There’s no way a co-wash (= washing using conditioner only) is going to get rid of the build-up resulting from all the product the Curly Girl enthusiasts use.
So, I’ve been doing my own version of Curly Girl method. What can I say? I can’t follow instructions. I hate ‘rules’. Nobody tells me what to do, or how to do it. And I grew up in a hair salon, and thus I’m a bit sceptical when it comes to achieving ‘perfect hair’.
OK, so I use shampoo, but I try not to wash my hair every day (the operative word here being ‘try’: so far, my failure rate is quite high…). And I make sure my shampoo is sulphate free (which it was, by the way, even before…). And I use a ton of container (which I’ve always done), silicone-free, of course. And I started using a leave-in conditoner instead of the oil I used before. And I’ve even tried the weird-smelling banana mask everyone in the Facebook Curly Girl group is raving about (but I don’t get what the fuss is about). And I use (a tiny bit) of gel when styling my hair (= scrunch the gel onto the hair, head down)
But I have ditched the hairdryer, and the hairbrush. Of course I brush my hair when it’s wet. But only when it’s wet. And I’m definitely not going to start concocting any self-made hair products in my kitchen. Or wrapping my hair in an old t-shirt.
Please, that’s just way too much work. I don’t have the time (or enthusiasm) to make this a full-time hobby. Did I mention I grew up in a hair salon? Trust me, having spent my childhood watching my mother (and my aunt) work, I have zero interest in fussing over my hair…
So, I’m adapting the Curly Girl Method to suit my needs: plenty of moisturising, no heat styling. In other words, I have stopped trying to make my hair do something it clearly doesn’t want to do. And what happened?
MY HAIR WENT CRAZY!!!
That’s what happened. My hair went totally, utterly crazy. As in curly. Really curly. We’re talking about corkscrew curls all over my head.
Whether this is because of my version of the Curly Girl Method or something else, I don’t know. It is possible that hormones have something to do with it. I mean, when I hit puberty, my previously only slightly wavy hair suddenly became a frizzy, curly mess. So, now that I’m hitting menopause, I suppose I can expect something similar.
Or maybe my hair just loves its new-found freedom (= that I’m not trying to force it into a sleek and tidy ‘do’ with a blow dryer and a round brush). Who knows. Who cares?
I’m far from giving you a verdict on the Curly Girl Method (early days, I’ve been doing this for just a few weeks, remember), but I will tell you this: my hair feels soft and (a bit) less frizzy than it used to be. And it’s incredibly curly. Don’t ask me if like that. What I like or don’t like is a moot point; this is the hair I have to live with, and I’d better learn to accept it.
Outfit details (all old):
top: Part Two / trousers: Noom / bag: Marc Jacobs /
shoes: Clarks / earrings: Aarikka
location: Uunisaari, Helsinki
What’s a ‘bad hair day’ for you?
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