Only Curls

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It has been a while since I did a post about my hair and so here we are. I got new toys to play with in mid-April and I moved away from my trusty hair products for the first time in well over a year. Which was kind of a risky thing to do because when I started to try these products it was because I had run out of my beloved Shea Moisture duo and so if I hated them or they did shitty things to my hair I had to live by that until they run out.

The good news is that they didn’t do that.

The brand that finally took me away from my Coconut and Hibiscus dream team was Only Curls. I saw them on an Instagram story one day and the branding looked kind of interesting and I was in the mood to shake up my hair products because I have been using the same products for so long now and my hair was running the risk of getting bored with them, my hair was slowly spending more and more time tied up because I was so bored of them.

They were exactly what I needed it turned out.

I’m gonna break this down into two sections, they are first impressions and then where I’m at with them now.

So, first impressions:

I have always been kind of skeptical about the word ‘gel’ due to a lot of bad experiences with them making my hair feel hard and crunchy and smelling a bit weird and so I was wary of making one of my main styling product a gel. Turned out that I didn’t need to worry about that because the gel product is actually quite liquid-y.

But when applying them it’s creme and then gel. The creme is so light and almost refreshing if that makes any sense. I’m kind of iffy about the smell, on a couple of mornings in that first week that I started using it I kind of liked it and then on some others I really didn’t. The gel is also kind of light and it does help with the definition of my curls quite a bit which is always appreciated.

The first time I used this was on freshly washed hair (well from the night before) and I also used my Denmann brush once I had scrunched all the products through as I usually do to get more defined curls. The results were good, I liked what they did to my hair. The problem that day was the fact that it was windy and so it kind of messed my curls up a bit whilst it was drying. I’ve mentioned this before but once I’m done styling my hair I can’t touch it, or move it. So that skewed things slightly, also when I went to tie it up later that day for my workout the curl pattern basically left my hair.

I’m also one of those girls who has rinse her hair out every single day that I want to style it and reapply product, which is another reason why I spend a lot of time not bothering doing it in the mornings. It does however mean that I get to start fresh each day which is kind of useful because if I hate it one day then I get a re-do it the next day. So, the following day I started again.

I didn’t use the Denmann brush this time and actually I think I liked the way that my curls dried and the definition they had a bit better than when I did use it. So I didn’t use it again for the rest of the week (and also stuck a question mark as to whether I would ever use it again for my styling…). I was still trying to figure out what the correct amount of products was on my hair to try and make it look good and not feel greasy so while I liked the results there was still some areas of improvement to really get my curls popping.

And I made my breakthrough on Day 3 and 4. My curls looked so good and in the most surprising turn of events they actually dried beyond my shoulders. This is a rarity for me. My hair dry has existed at my shoulders for over a year now regardless of what the wet length is. It never fails to make me a little sad. But it dried beyond there. It felt like a breakthrough

And then I got a haircut at the end of May.

Oh my god. The way this makes my hair look now is incredible.

I am obsessed and in love. I’ve spent a lot of time this past year and a bit trying to actually love my hair and not just fake it and I’ve made a lot of progress with that over the past year, especially since summer. But the past few weeks have been insane. I have truly been living when it comes to my hair and the combo of these two products have done wonders for that.

They leave my curls thriving and looking incredible. They are super lightweight and don’t leave my hair feeling too heavy with the perfect amount of spring and bounce in the curls. I mean some credit has to go to the fact that I have had a haircut and therefore have cut some of the deader weight removed which means that it’s gonna spring back better anyway, but these two products have also been a major game changer for me and a risk that I am glad I took.

A slight negative, I can get through the cream real quick. I think for every gel I get through, I get through 2 creams.I don’t really know that quite yet, I do know however that in this instance I am coming to the end of one bottle of gel and the end of a second bottle of cream.

Oh and also, I bought a microfibre towel from them and I love how much it just soaks up water from my hair, it’s arguably a little too good at it sometimes if I forget how long it’s been on my head. However it did not accommodate for my hair all that much when it was longer and a lot of it was hanging out before I got a haircut. It’s not a huge issue because I just clip it in the back anyway but yeah, it’s not necessarily for longer hair so I don’t know how much use it will be to me when I get the length back. It will probably just be to scrunch any excess moisture out as opposed to wrapping it up and letting it dry that way, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

All in all, I am super happy with these products. They are so good and they do such great things to my curls and they came at just the right time when I was reaching some kind of point with my hair.

Also I love the totes that you get with a delivery over £30. They cute.

Meet my new power duo (that I will have to switch up soon so my hair doesn’t get complacent, but that’s not a hurdle I’m facing right now).

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One Year

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Over the past year I’ve spoken about my hair quite a bit because I decided to start giving a shit about it and my first haircut in 4/5 years at the beginning of March last year. And well we’re coming up to a year since then and my hair continues to make me feel some kind of way and that kind of way is now going to make it’s way into a post.

Firstly, it currently needs another trim so the ends of it are just being problematic because they are super broken and damaged and are kind of doing occasionally dodgy things to my hair. Look it’s nothing major, but over the past year I’ve gotten used to having healthy hair and so I notice shit like this acutely now. The problem is going to my hairdresser is a damn trek and I can’t be bothered (which is not actually the same issue that I had the last time, but yeah, it’s a new kind of problem).

Secondly I kind of forgot that what I had done to my hair is on some level considered a ‘big chop’. It kind of felt like not a lot of hair was cut off when it happened and I was so tired of dry, easily matted mess of hair that I also wasn’t all that attached to it so I didn’t really register that it was being cut off. But hair was down the middle of the back by the time I got it cut and then when that was over it fell just above my nipple. I had like 5/6 inches cut off.

In the past year it’s now at the base of my bra strap. Wet. Dry it remains around my shoulders. It has been around my shoulders the whole year. The wet length has changed. The dry one has not.

And there is a part of me that is finding it frustrating.

The reason that I didn’t get it cut for so long is because I wanted long hair and I knew cutting it would make it go out and highlight just how real shrinkage is. And I didn’t want that. But I also knew that if I wanted to get length with healthy hair then I kind of needed a reset. So that’s what I did.

And now I’m just frustrated (like I literally just mentioned). The problem is that I am not necessarily all that patient. When it comes to my hair. Or maybe I am but the main problem is that I’m bored with my hair.

It does very little.

I can wear it down and I can tie it up. Those are pretty  much my only options. I can put it in a bun, I can put it in space buns. I can kind of ponytail it, but I have to treat that as if I’m wearing it down and I always reach this danger point where once product has gone for curl definition I kind of can’t touch it until it’s mostly dry. Touching it tends to make it frizzy, so pulling it into a ponytail is a risky game. Oh, I did bunchies once whilst I was in Greece because it had dried all the way and we had just got back from somewhere and I was hot and needed to get it up but it was too big to make a decent looking ponytail and so I split it.

And currently the weather is so fucking grim and windy that the idea of actually putting effort into it sounds super unappealing. And so it currently just lives it’s live in a bun of some description because it’s just easier and I’m gonna level with you my hair is too thick for me to be bothered to want to contend with it to get it into some kind of braid. My arms get tired, my shoulders are too tight, I’m not very good at it and it never really looks all that good anyway because my hair is so damn thick it all just looks clunky.

So it does very little. It also doesn’t move. Seriously, once it’s dried when it’s down it cannot be moved. Which is annoying I can’t lie. It’s also boring. There is no flexibility and it means that I’m bored. I straightened it before Christmas and it felt kind of wild. It moved. It did what I wanted. I could do more than one thing with it. Some styles were finally possible and they sat right with no frizz. It also didn’t require being soaked through each day. It shook things up and then also made me feel so much more in love with my curls when they came back (all be it a tad heat damaged…).

But the novelty of getting the curls back wore off real quick and now I’m just bored. I’m bored of having shoulder length hair and I’m jealous of my hair when it’s wet. Because when it’s wet it’s everything that I want it to be and more. But that lasts for all of five minutes and then it’s anybody’s guess as to what is gonna happen.

And I know that the key to growing out curly hair can basically be summed up by the word patience. Which is actually something that I have. In most areas of my life.

But apparently it is wearing thin when it comes to this particular aspect of my life. I went a little bit down memory lane earlier this week and I found a bunch of pictures of when I had long hair. By the time I had it cut last year it was super long. It was unhealthy as hell, but it was long. That took 4 years to get to. So in theory it is possible that it can happen again. I don’t know what it’s actually going to look like should I ever get it to that length again with healthy hair, but I do know that it is possible.

But it’s the kind of long game that apparently I don’t currently want to take part in. Or I want to make it a super long game and cut all my hair off and then just start all over again.

I’ve reached that point with it all. I reach that point once or twice a year. I’m probably not gonna do it.

What I am going to do it get another hair cut next month and then keep on growing it out.

And I’m probably going to keep low key complaining about the fact that it’s still do damn short and shrinkage feels the need to mess with me. And also hate the fact that I once heard ‘it grows out before it grows down’ because apparently that shit is accurate.

Real accurate.

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I’ve quite liked going a bit more in depth with some of my goals for the year. I did it last week with my skin care and I’ve gone on a bit about my exercise routine (which may actually need updating…or I might do another version…or something. We’ll see) and also how that has really helped to change my mindset and made me feel better about myself.

I have also done a couple of posts about my hair, because I have become one of those people that just will not stop talking about my hair. That mainly comes from the fact that I borderline hated it for most of my teen life and into my early 20s and now I finally love my hair. And I am going to continue in that vein again today and talk a little bit about my new best friend.


The bathroom is heaving with a lot of my hair products these days (which means I am on a hair product buying ban until I’ve run them all down…) and most of them include the word ‘conditioner’ in some way. I’m a little obsessed. I like to know that my hair will be well moisturised at all times and with whichever product I happen to grab in the morning.

So, this is a list of all the ones I own and what I think of them.

Starting with the actual conditioners, there is only one that reigns supreme in my life and that is:

American Cream: This product is my everything. It’s so thick and creamy and it has great slip. It makes detangling my hair a total dream as I rake my fingers through it to get rid of all the major knots after a week of doing very little of that. It’s also super hydrating which is really good and makes a nice base to the deep conditioning mask that I then put on once I have rinsed this out. I used to find the smell a tad overwhelming. I mean it was nice but it always felt like a bit too much, but over time I got kind of used to it and it’s been something like a year now and I quite like the reassuring aroma that comes with flipping the lid come wash day. I finished this beloved product of mine yesterday and so it will not be in my life again until I finish my other conditioner.

Superdrug Hydrate and Shine Conditioner with Coconut Water: Which is this one. I’m gonna be honest, I’ve never actually used this conditioner as part of my wash day process. I bought it to take with me to Greece, one just in case I did need to go through the whole wash day process while I was out there and two to take with me to the beach and rake through my hair once I got out of the sea. Because the sea is dehydrating as hell and my hair likes moisture. So I used it for that, and it was my hair’s saviour, for real. It was hydrating and kept my curls in check in all their salt water drenched glory. I’ll find out on Sunday how it actually works in my wash day routine, but I imagine it will be fine.

And those are the conditioners. Onto the deep conditioners, for which I have many. An alarming amount. It almost overwhelms me how much choice I have when it comes to putting one in my hair. Most of these have instructions that say to leave them on for 15-20 minutes. I promptly ignore all of those and just leave them on my hair for hours. I tend to just rake them in, tie my hair up in a bun and live my life for a bit. Sometimes I run errands, sometimes I go work out, sometimes I just watch some stuff on Netflix. My hair doesn’t seem to mind it.

Superdrug Hydrate and Shine Conditioning Mask with Coconut Water – I think I’ve used this once so far. It was fine from what I remember of it, but it’s never been one that I reach for come Sunday when it reaches that time. Honestly, there is no real reason for this, I prefer others to it. Next weekend I’m going to finally use the whole Superdrug Coconut Water range for the first time in conjunction with each other (I own the shampoo as well) which will be a first for me.

Shea Moisture Jamacian Castor Oil Grow and Restore Masque: I love this mask a lot. It’s really thick and again has good slip which makes detangling a total dream. The smell is a bit odd. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I feel like it is a bit medicinal and sometimes it smells just fine. Also my hair drinks this stuff up so much so I use a lot of it, but even though I use loads in one go, the tub lasts for quite a while. But to be honest that may be because it takes me a while to cycle back around to it in amongst the others that I use.

Olive Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak: I always forget how good this stuff is to my hair. The slip is insane. It is so good at detangling my hair as a result of that. I used it yesterday and left in my hair for around 4 hours and as I was detangling with a wide tooth comb my curls looked so good and revitalised. So many of these masks are really thick and I like that. This one is also really light. I put so much of this stuff in my hair and you wouldn’t even really know until I was combing it out and it all starts to collect on my ends. It also smells really good and is very, very hydrating.

As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner: I have slowly fallen harder and harder in love with As I Am these past couple of months. This deep conditioner is everything. Again, it’s so thick and my hair just drinks it up. The tub doesn’t look that big, but it has a solid 6/7 uses in it and that’s taking into consideration that I go real hard with the application of any and all deep conditioners. It coats my curls so well and again also has really good slip. I love anything that makes detangling easier. Bonus for this one, it smells ah-mazing which is in and of itself enough reason to totally love it. I think this one is my current fave, but I only have one treatment left of it, so I’m reluctant to pick it up because when I do it will be gone until I run out of them altogether…

Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner: This came in a sachet that I used the day I got back from Greece, because my hair was crying out to be washed as it had been over a week by that point. I picked up a couple of Hask deep conditioner sachets before I left just to throw one in my suitcase just in case a wash day was required. It wasn’t, but I had them and so I decided to give one a try. Oh my gosh, this product was incredible. I do not know if you’re supposed to get more than one treatment out of this sachet or not, maybe if your hair isn’t as thick as mine you can. I could not and so I squeezed every last but of product out of the sachet and let my hair soak that shit up. Which is exactly what it did, my hair on that particular day loved this product. It smelled amazing, didn’t feel too heavy and left my hair feeling so hydrated after a week in the sun, sea and sand. It was also very hydrating. I have a charcoal (surprise, surprise) one of these also knocking about my house somewhere which I am looking forward to trying just to see what that does to my hair and whether I will have found another charcoal product to add to my obsession…

Once I have detangled, rinsed the deep conditioner out and wrap it up in a micro fibre towel for about 10 minutes I then apply a leave in conditioner and tie it back in some kind of bun situation (sometimes I plait it). I then come back to leave ins on days when I cannot be bothered to wear my hair loose and need to know that my hair is still being moisturised while it is tied away out of sight. I’ve also ended up with a lot of these, and I have repurchased one of them because it is my absolute fave and also quite a key component to one of my styling methods so being without it was not an option.

As I Am Leave In Conditioner: This is the repurchase in question. It is so moisturising and so delightfully good to my hair. I have finally got the ratios right with this and the second styling product that I use (which is currently the As I Am Doublebutter Cream) which gives me perfect results each and every single time now and makes my hair look so good. This product is also great for when I just can’t be bothered, although I’ve been running low so I had to look at other products for that, which is why the repurchase was required. It also smells incredible. Like oranges, which I happen to like the smell of but I know not everyone does. It’s citrusy but not too in your face with it. It’s my fave.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner: I haven’t been reaching for this one as much recently, although I do still really love it. I think it just has a bit too much slip for day to day wearing for me and that means that if I put too much in by accident (which is easy to do when you scoop it out of the tub) it collects in my ends in a really big way and you have to spend more time removing all the white product out of the ends. Again also the smell is a bit hit and miss, I’m currently in a phase where this particular tub smells really chemically and not like the peppermint-ish smell that it previously has had. I’ll probably reach for this a bit more when a couple other of my go-to’s run out.

Shea Moisture Shea Detangler: This is a more recent purchase just so that I could give it a try. I don’t really know how I feel about it. On the one hand I do think that it is very moisturising and it’s great to put through my hair after I’ve gone through the whole washing process (which I did yesterday). I don’t feel like it helps with detangling anymore than other products I use. Also if it goes on slightly dry hair then it takes a while to soak into my hair and I spend a lot more time raking it through to make sure there are no white streaks then I would like to. The smell is nice and neutral though which I like and it leaves my hair feeling soft. I’ve used it in conjunction with another styling product once and hated the results so I may have to give that another try on hair that isn’t going on 10 days old.

R&B Hair Moisturiser: I gotta be honest, I forgot that I had this product until the other day when I remembered suddenly that it existed. I haven’t used it in so long. It’s just not one that I reach for all that often. I don’t even really remembered how it reacted in my hair. I know it used to do great things when my hair was really awful, but what it would do now? Haven’t a clue. I used to just coat my ends with it after the gym to keep a bit of hydration in it but it never really went beyond that. I mean, at some point I am going to have to return to it, but I think I just fell a bit out of love with it because at one point it was the only thing that worked in my hair and now there are so many other products that do such great things and so it’s fallen a bit behind.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Milk Dry Hair Mask: This is a 3-in-1 product that i have only every used as a leave in. It’s super nourishing, smells really good and is really thick. It doesn’t have too much slip which I guess is a by-product of the fact that it can also just be used as an outright hair mask, but that isn’t too much of a problem and I tend to just rake it through and then tie my hair up. This is a product that is best used when hair is damp, veering towards wet, as opposed to damp, veering towards dry as it applies better. Or at least it does in the case of my hair.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Sleek Restorer Balm: I think I impulsive bought this and I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be used as a hair mask but it has the same consistency as the other one and so I use it as a leave in. It’s not my fave, it dries in my hair a bit weird and makes my curls feel crunchy, which is probably the strongest indicator that I should really rinse that shit out instead of leave it in for 24 hours at a time. It also doesn’t smell all that nice, which is weird because it has both cocoa butter and coconut oil in it and independently they both smell lush. I’m not gonna rush to repurchase it and I’m wondering why I did so in the first place.

And those are all (I think) the conditioning products that I currently own and where I stand on them. I’m currently running them all down and then sticking to a two of each rule only (except for with actual conditioners because we all know which one rules the roost there). And I say two of each because I need options and to make sure that my hair doesn’t get complacent and start getting unruly.

And also, I’ve just written nearly 2,500 words about conditioners, so congrats to you if you made it this far!

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The Halfway Point

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Given that I did a two month and a four month update on this it seems only fitting that I would do a mid year check-in. Although it is totally insane that we are now at the halfway point of the year, did it not just start? With that in mind, here we go then…

1) Take Better Care of My Hair – I’m due another hair cut at the end of the month, which is progress given that generally speaking once I get a hair cut I then don’t go back for years on end. And in this year alone I’m due about 3 of them…so, it’s going well. I mean I say that, I have also not untied my hair in three days and it’s coming up to two weeks since I last washed it and it’s weirdly straight and so dry right now, but this is a blip and is mainly because I’ve been busy and it needs at least a couple of hours to so which I just haven’t had this week after work, but like I said, it’s a blip. Other than that, it’s going well. This is the healthiest my hair has been in a long while.

2) Take Better Care of My Skin –  I’ve added an SPF to my routine in the morning and Vitamin E facial oil at night, but honestly there’s not all that much I can really do. Except stop picking at my face when spots do appear. But yeah, I feel like just being consistent in what I’m doing is the best thing that I can do for it. I have also increased the frequency with which I exfoliate my skin, from once to twice and I’m gonna see where that leads me. But yeah, I am making progress with it I guess.

3) Tone The Hell Up – So, I’m still mostly off sugar, but that gets harder the hotter it gets because I want ice cream alll the time. I still tweaking with my diet in a general sense and I eat more fruit and veg than I used to, but there are parts of it that could definitely be better. I also dropped off cardio for the past 6 weeks (I started introducing it on Monday again) for a couple of reasons and switched to do more low impact exercises. So pilates, yoga and barre. It all burns. It all works. I feel stronger, I can get deeper into a push-up, my arms have some shape to them, there are hints of defined back muscles. I actually feel good in my body. Look, I can’t lift, I don’t do strength training and I don’t know if I want to, but I can hold solidly hold a plank for 60 seconds and I can finally touch the floor with straight legs. And currently my legs feel like a really heavy weight and my glutes burn and I still have a barre class to do this week which is going to make it worse (and yet also better…), but this is going well. It’s completely changed my attitude to myself and has helped with my mental health in a huge way that it didn’t before recently. And yeah, I don’t hate my body anymore, I had a breakthrough with it recently and came out the other side with an attitude that me 4/5 years ago would never even have dreamed of. I’m gonna up my cardio again at some point to two/three times a week again, but currently I’m mainly focused on low intensity, isometric workouts that really help me tone up and burn sooo much.

4) Start Saving Properly –  Can we not talk about this one please? It’s not gotten all that much better, I transfer money, sometimes I forget about, sometimes I need to transfer it back in. That plan that I was talking  about a couple of months ago will happen, I just don’t know when…

5) Get Better Organised – This comes and goes to be honest. Sometimes I get proper to-do listy and feel like I can conquer the world, but most of the time it is all just organised chaos in my head. I’m trying, probably not hard enough, but I’m trying nonetheless.

6) Try And Be More Creative/Just Write More – Again, I don’t really know how to assess this one. I’m going to try and rectify that this month, but I’ve made no progress with that so far, but I’m gonna have to for tomorrow and I’m almost excited for this.

And there we go. The halfway point update. To be honest, it’s kind of going the way that I thought it would go. Number 4 and 5 are proving grey areas of difficultly because I’m me. 6 is kind of following the same vein as before given that I put it on the list in the first place because it wasn’t happening all that much. The first 3 are going in directions that I didn’t necessarily think they would, I mean skincare is, the fact that I actually got a hair cut for the first time in years still surprises me and my new attitude to exercise has also caught me off guard. I mean I started doing it just to be a bit healthier, but now it’s almost paramount to keeping me sane these days.

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Styling Products

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I am talking about my hair again. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done that, so I’m doing it again. It’s been 4 months now since I got a hair cut and completely revolutionised my attitude to my hair (I’m getting another one at the end of the month) and in doing so I also gained a new appreciation for all things product.

Pre-hair cut my hair was pretty much a product free zone. I occasionally raked some leave in through it just so it remained marginally more moisturised than the Sahara, but it spent 95% of its time tied up. But now there is a shit ton of products just all collected in my corner of the bathroom. A lot of them are to do with the conditioning of my hair, but then we reach the products that I have tested on these curls.

I do it pairs and I’ve tried 3 pairs of product on my hair now so here’s my thoughts, based on using them for around 3-4 weeks and not just once or twice.

Pair 1

Bb Curl Pre-Style/Re-stlye Primer and Bb Curl Defining Creme

Okay, so initially I quite liked these, mainly the curl defining creme but this was just after it had been cut and it was basically desperate for anything. It was just being cared for and so at first it drunk this stuff up. But then after a couple of weeks it started to really dry my hair out. It was so dry. I couldn’t finish the creme in the end because my hair just does not deserve that. In terms of the primer, I hated the bottle because it was spray bottle and I could never tell what parts of my hair were coated and which ones were, so there were also dry spots and that just compounded the issue. The way you apply the product also meant it didn’t really work as a re-styler either, it might do if you have fine hair, but I do not. I only tried it a couple of times, but in both instances I had to emergency flip my hair over the bath tub and rinse it through to style it again. For the price, I wouldn’t recommend them, high street stores are working far better on my hair than these did.

Pair 2

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk and Curl Enhancing Smoothie

These two products are my shit. I love them so much. They do such great things to my hair. They help cause some serious definition and they leave my hair feeling so soft. They also work in perfect conjunction with one another. I go so hard with this products, my hair just drinks them up and then lets them do their thing. I think a couple of times it has left my hair a bit dry but that was also more to do with the weather and also the fact that I was pushing wash day back and so what it really needed was a wash. My one gripe is that the milk is a bloody nightmare to squeeze out of the bottle, I spend more time getting it out of the thing then I do raking it through my hair, but that’s it. It also makes my hair smell delightful.

Pair 3

As I Am Leave-In Conditioner and CocoaShea Whip Styling Cream

These are more recent editions to my hair styling life because I am wary of the fact that my hair is gonna get bored of products if I use them for too long and so I need to interchange one with my Shea Moisture routine. I chose these products just because I saw them recommended. I love them. They create good definition, although it is slightly softer than with the Shea Moisture products. They also leave my curls feeling softer, because the leave in isn’t as thick as the styling milk and so they aren’t as weighed down (that’s not the right word for it, but it’s all I can think of right now). My hair is also slightly frizzier when I use these products, but I am kind of fine with that. It’s not all that bad. The styling cream is sooo nice, it’s super thick and it feels super moisturising on my hair. Again, the leave in is annoyingly hard to get out of the bottle, but because it is more liquidy it is easier to get out of the bottle by banging it against my hand. And also as this product is lighter than others that I put in my hair it requires a lot more product to get as much moisture in as the others do, meaning that I am going through it at a more alarming rate then I usually do. I’ve had this product for about 3 weeks and am almost finished with this bottle, which is annoying, but thankfully they aren’t super expensive so it’s not that big a thing. They smell so good as well. I am all for products that make my hair smell and look good.

Shout out to my leave in conditioners that I rake through my hair close to wash day and also just when I can’t be bothered in the morning to spend a lot of time on my hair, which are the As I Am one as mentioned above, Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner and R&B Hair Moisturiser. And then also OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Mist, which helps with the flyaways at the beginning of the day (which was me this morning when I just could not be bothered).

And those are the styling products that I have used and mostly love. I am low-key always on the look out for new ones to try especially because I am a product junkie these days. That’s happened and I do not know when that became the case, but there you go.

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My Curly Hair Routine

My Curly Hair Routine

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I swear I am going to stop talking about my hair at some point, I don’t know when, but I will. It will probably be after this…for a little bit anyway.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but I got a haircut…

And with that haircut came a new found love for my hair. I pretty much just about washed and conditioned my hair each week and then I sometimes bunged some product into it just so it didn’t feel like total straw. It got the job done, I mastered the tying it all up into a bun and leaving it there every single day. Sometimes I would let it loose, but I did that so infrequently that it just got very annoying very quickly and so I would chuck it back up and watch this bun get ever bigger on the back of my head.

But it was not a pretty sight most of the time and it was so very damaged and the curl pattern was all over the place and even though it was super long, it was super long at a cost. And the cost was that it was gross. So I got over my slight fear of the hairdresser’s and got it cut for the first time in over 4 years.

And then I started investing in it. In a big way. And due to that, I have now developed a routine of sorts. It changes on a week to week basis depending on what mood my hair is going to be in after wash day. Sometimes it co-operates all week, sometimes it doesn’t (this week has been half and half), so I’m just going to go through a general idea of what my routine is on wash day and then the various variations that I go through over the following 6/7 days.

Side note, I always work with wet hair, so although I only wash it once a week (yes, really) I (usually) rinse it through with water each morning.

Wash Day

Wash day is a long ass exercise and because of that it currently always takes place on a Sunday. It begins with this:

So I basically started watching a lot of YouTube videos one weekend (and I mean the WHOLE weekend) and took various inspiration from them. The first being giving this products from OGX a try and also introducing oils into my hair routine just for that extra bit of moisture. I start my wash day with OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil. I just massage it onto my scalp after I’ve untied my hair and ignored the day 7 mess that it is and I do that for a couple of minutes making sure that I cover my whole scalp. It smells soooo nice and prepares myself nicely for the arm workout that is about to ensue.

After I massage the oil it’s time to shampoo. I rinse my hair with water (which does nothing to get rid of the oil funnily enough) and then I wash my hair for the first time. I’m never that fussed about shampoo so I was still using Daddy-O from Lush which was working just fine (I am gonna move onto the OGX Coconut Curls one this week though). I massage that into my scalp just to lift the oil out of my hair and then rinse it through, which just basically leads to a lot of purple tinted water making its way down the drain as the oil means that it doesn’t lather. Then once it’s rinsed through I go back in again and massage more shampoo onto my scalp (and only my scalp) and my arms and hands get another little work out as I really work the shampoo into my hair to get rid of a week’s worth of products. It lathers the second time so it really feels like my scalp is getting clean. Then once a month a go in with a clarifying shampoo (which I did last Sunday), the one I’m currently using and quite like is Bumble and Bumble Bb Sunday. It smells nice and my gosh does it strip my hair clean, I’m still not quite used to it and the amount of moisture I need to put back into after I’ve used it.

After I’ve washed my hair, I go in with a shit ton of conditioner. I am still using American Cream from Lush because if I swore by it when my hair was a mess I will definitely swear by it when my hair is healthy again. It’s still great, I’m wary to change it when the bottle that I have is finished so I will keep up with it. I apply this liberally to the middle and ends of my hair and then rake it through and then finger detangle, which some weeks takes no time at all and sometimes takes ten minutes. Once it’s detangled I then rinse that out and then we move onto deep conditioning.

The ones that I am currently using are Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Grow and Restore Masque. I rake this through my hair, do a bit more finger detangling and then I wrap it up in a bun and clip it there and leave it for a few hours. Sometimes I wrap it in a shower cap and a towel and use the heat from that to really get that deep conditioning in and then sometimes I have errands to run and so I leave it in while I go and do that. I am really liking this treatment, the smell I can take or leave but it leaves my hair feeling so soft and moisturised and I really feel like I can take on the week (hair wise). If I don’t use that one then I use Olive Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak which I like and was really good when my hair was terrible, but since I found the Shea Moisture one and that is doing real great things with my hair I’m not reaching for it as much.

Once I’ve left the deep conditioner on for a few hours I then detangling it with a wide tooth comb and you’d think that it would be the final time that I detangle my hair for the day but you would be wrong. I then rinse the deep conditioner out and wrap it up in a microfibre towel and leave it to dry. Once it’s been about 20 minutes I take it out of the towel and then rake the Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner and then detangle it yet again. That’s pretty much it for wash day, I just tie it up and leave it.

Rest of the Week

So the rest of the week differs from day to day. on Mondays I tend to go use the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk and Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I go in with the milk first and just rake that through my hair and then I apply the smoothie, raking it through my hair and then once I have been quite liberal with that I then get a bit more smoothie in my palms and start scrunching my curls up. I do that for about five minutes and then leave my hair to air dry, which can be a bit annoying because it’s mostly soaking wet and once I’ve finished applying product I tend not to touch my hair until it’s mostly dry. If it gets too bad then I just scrunch it a bit more with a microfibre towel and that tends to do the trick with minimal frizz. I also then tend to repeat this process on a Tuesday. Side note though, I don’t know if it’s just this particular bottle that I have or not because it’s the only one that I’ve ever bought, but the milk is soooo difficult to get onto my hair. The bottle is really stiff and I can’t get a good enough squeeze on it and then the formula is really thick and so doesn’t appear to want to leave the bottle…it’s all a bit of an ordeal to contend with, but I have another bottle that I will move onto soon so we’ll see if it’s a one off or not. I hope it is.

Come Wednesday my hair is not quite holding the same way, and it’s usually the point where I start tying it up in some capacity. I usually go back in with the Shea Moisture leave in and then I use the Bumble and Bumble Bb Curl Defining Creme, again I rake it through and then scrunch away. If it’s tied up then I will just spritz OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Oil Mist on any fly aways and to just get rid of potentially frizzy parts. I usually do that on Thursdays and Fridays as well. Sometimes on Saturday I am handed a random gift and my soon to be washed hair acquires a new lease of life and I can go in with my Shea Moisture Milk and Smoothie again. Mostly I can’t though (honestly the above has happened twice in two months now…) and I just fall back on my good old reliable R&B Hair Moisturiser just so that my hair doesn’t dry out completely.

There are days when I go to the gym (4 of them actually for the most part) but I only really require showering after that twice a week. When I just rinse the product (and the sweat) out and wrap it in a microfibre towel and then once it’s damp and I just spritz it with Bumble and Bumble Bb Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer. I don’t ever actually use this as a primer and I tried to restyle with it once and that just didn’t work so I now mostly use it to put a bit of moisture in my hair before the morning. And then once a week I co-wash my hair with American Cream which works to reset it a little in between washes, but I don’t do that every week.

And then we get back to Sunday and I start the process all over again.

I am currently using the same products at the moment but I know that my hair is gonna start to get used to them and I am going to have shake it up…which means that I might fall back down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos. I am also open to suggestions as to what you find works for your hair, mainly styling products and deep conditioners because I am pretty much fine for shampoo and conditioner?

And that’s my current curly hair routine, which took up a lot of words and also marks the end of me talking about my hair for the time being…maybe.

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Top 10 Beauty Buys

Top 10 Beauty Buys.

This just happened because for some reason recently I have been taking stock of the beauty products that I couldn’t bear to be without (I am exaggerating a teeny tiny bit here). And I got a list and now they list is here. So yeah…

  • B. Micellar water

I used to be shocking at getting into a routine when it came to skin care because it never seemed to work and things never seemed to get better no matter expensive the product or how often I used it. Then I stumbled across this as a recommended product in a magazine I happened to be flicking through and thought I would give it a go. It is affordable and so easy to use that I have no reason to not use it twice daily. I definitely noticed a difference pretty quickly and my skin has cleared up significantly in the time that I have used it. Plus it removes make-up without any extra faff (eye make-up included). I incorporated the whole Phase 1 skin care range into my life and the day cream is super light and it is also reassuring that it has an SPF in it. The exfoliator is good as well and despite feeling quite gentle does definitely leave my skin feeling fresher afterwards.

  • Superdrug mousse (most other mousses as well probably but this is the one I am currently blitzing through)

So I have thick and densely curly hair that I have spent a lot of time trying to manage and maintain because I finally decided to embrace rather than hide my hair. This means that there has been a lot of trial and error with products and the like. I have crossed many things off my list as things that while they work don’t do so in the way I need or want them to, and finally I reached mousse as something to try. After spending a good while assessing my options I went with this one on the basis that if it doesn’t do what I want to achieve it wouldn’t be the end of the world (or my bank balance). It works. And it works well. It tames fly aways and feels light so my already fairly heavy hair doesn’t feel weighed down at all. It defines my curls really well and because sometimes these things are important, it doesn’t smell chemical or gross.

  • Aussie miracle moist shampoo and conditioner

Again there has been a lot of trial and error when it comes to shampoo and conditioner, some (or a lot actually) dry my hair out and some claim to be good for curly hair but felt too chemical and also didn’t make that much difference to my hair. This however does make a difference and my typically dry-ish hair does definitely feel like it has more moisture to it which is always a bonus.

  • Aussie luscious long 3 minute miracle

While this is a lifesaver in the desperate times where my hair needs a really good shot of conditioner and usually a thorough detangle it also works quite well at keeping my hair protected in the sun, which came up a lot over the past few weeks (also meant that it didn’t just dry completely out which is super useful for me because that would have been an actual nightmare to deal with). It also creates really defined curls which is always a bonus.

  • Vaseline cocoa body butter

Again I was really indifferent to the idea of mositurising every day for years even though I also knew that I probably should as I have skin that is prone to cracking and drying out. I went through so many different lotions etc. and usually just became quite bored with the monotony of doing it every day so would stop and then start up again with a different lotion that I would never like. I stumbled upon this one because I had used the Aloe Vera one but wasn’t a huge fan of the smell primarily so I thought I would give it a try as of all the lotions I have used the smell of cocoa butter bothered me the least. It smells great firstly (to me anyway) and is nice and thick without feeling heavy which leaves my skin feeling soft for the whole day. Plus a little goes a long way, so it’s cost effective too.

  • Vaseline in general

I have tried other various lip balms and such but I always return back to this classic. It keeps my lips super soft and is generally multi-purpose which is handy. It’s one of the only things that I always make sure I have a reserve of because I would be semi-lost without it.

  • Maybelline eyeliner

I’m a liquid eyeliner kind of girl, mainly because I could never quite get to grips with pencils in a way that give me the eyeliner shape that I want. I tried gel eyeliner but that either went really well or really badly so I thought that was best left alone. This is the best liquid eyeliner I’ve tried and it does exactly what I want with very little error unless it comes from my own stupidity.

  • Maybelline colour show nail varnish

I own A LOT of it. It gives really good colour and lasts for a few days (unless I get bored and start picking it off). It is also reasonably priced and there are a whole heap of colours available which I will slowly acquire for my collection.

  • Superdrug Vitamin E exfoliator

It works quite noticeably and that works just fine with me. You can feel it work as well which is a bonus and my skin is left softer. It also doesn’t dry skin out which I have experienced before with some exfoliators.

  • Water…

Is this a ridiculous thing to put on a list? I feel like it is, but I ran out of things and couldn’t leave it on a 9…so I put it on here. In all fairness it does work some way in making me feel like I am being somewhat healthy (I definitely cut down on the amount of food I eat and the amount of juice/coke I drink over the years) and in a general sense my skin and body probably thanks me in some ways.

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