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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