1. What’s your name and where are you from/where do you live?
My name is Sara. I live in Melbourne, in Albert Park. I’m originally from the states – New Mexico – but I’ve been in Australia for six years.
2. Have you always worn your hair curly/natural?
No, my hair only turned curly in high school! I still tried to wear it straight until I moved to Houston for uni, where it is very humid and hot, so I had to accept and learn to live with the curls. It wasn’t a nice curl originally – more ‘kinky’ – but after wearing it natural for long enough the curls fell into a nice spiral. Now I haven’t bothered straightening it in years!
3. How would you describe your curl type?
I think my curl is a 3A – at least around the crown. For some reason some of the under layers are more 2A, which is terribly annoying! It’s also somewhat fine and normal porosity.
4. What’s your hair care routine?
I wash my hair about every other day, and shampoo only once a week. On the off days I just spritz it with some water and a bit of re-curl spray (L’Oreal tecni.art Curl Memory Up Spray) and it’s good to go.
5. When you wash your hair what is your routine and how long does it take?
I use a conditioner for curls by Matrix. After, on damp hair, I use a little bit of mousse at the roots to give some lift (Garnier Curl Control) and a styling creme throughout, but only a small (dime-size) dollop mixed with water to help it cover evenly. I’ve also recently started using Moroccan oil on the tips – only the tiniest bit to avoid feeling greasy but it really helps the ends stay healthy. Then I scrunch my hair with a towel and let it dry naturally for a while. To keep the hair from laying flat at the top I flip all my hair over in an extreme side part while I’m putting on makeup and keep switching it from one side to the other as it dries. Finally, just before I leave the house I use a hair dryer with diffuser to finish it off.
6. What products couldn’t you live without?
I’ve been using a product by Living Proof, a curl shaping creme in their No Frizz line, for years – it was the best I’ve ever found! So I was gutted to hear they’ve discontinued it. Their other No Frizz products may work similarly without being specifically for curls; I haven’t tried yet because I bought every remaining bottle in Melbourne!
7. How often do you get your hair cut and where do you go?
I get it cut about every 6 months. I’ve had some absolutely horrendous cuts (one I dubbed the jellyfish) so am truly scared of going to a new stylist. Thankfully I found one who specialises in curls – Neel at Cherry Bomb in Collingwood. He is hilarious and passionate about curls. Check out his blog at http://neellovescurls.
8. Any tips/words of wisdom about your curls that you want to share?
Love them. Even on a bad hair day, when your curls just aren’t cooperating, every straight-haired girl still wishes she had your curls!!