Whats your name and where are you from?
My name is Lauren: I am from South Africa, but live in Perth, Western Australia
Have you always worn your hair curly/natural?
No. Growing up, I struggled with identity. Raised in the western world, my hair was something that set me apart from others; I always wanted to fit in and conform to an idea of beauty that no matter how hard I tried, I could never meet. I used to subject my hair to regular heat damage with hair straighteners before going natural.
How would you describe your hair type?
3c curl pattern. Defined S shaped curls, tightly coiled. Although very thick and dense, my strand is fine.
What is your hair care routine?
- wash with moisturizing shampoo
- condition whilst finger detangle in the shower [no rinse]
- squeeze out excess residue and water [no towel drying]
- apply a little rosehip oil through the hair
- to style, apply generous amounts of organic styling gel or conditioner
- add definition by sectioning hair and twirling the curls in the direction of the face
- do not touch until dry
- when dry scrunch hair upside down to add volumeOnce a month
- Deep condition with heated organic virgin coconut oil
- Trim the ends to keep hair healthy and bouncy
When washing your hair, what is your routine and how long does it take?
- Apply shampoo only to the scalp, not the length of the hair.
- Only detangle with the fingers when conditioner has been applied
- For styling, once product has been applied to the sectioned hair, I twirl each curl around my finger towards the direction of my face
Takes between 30-60 minutes to wash and style.
What are the products you could not live without?
- Lush- Curly Wurly Shampoo: Natural products will only work on my hair; this shampoo is a moisture injection!
- Enchantrix Organic Conditioner: It’s made with rosemary and lemongrass. A product found in South Africa only unfortunately. One you can find in Australia which is dirt cheap and works just as well, is the “organics care” range; You can find it in most grocery stores like woolworths, coles and IGA.
How often do you get your hair cut and where do you go?
I cut my own hair. Because I enjoy my long hair, I usually just trim my ends once a month
Any tips/words of wisdom about your curls that you want to share?
– With curly hair, you need to reverse your thinking process. Many people have the idea that frizz is caused by moisture. Not true for curly girls! Without moisture your hair will go looking for it in other places [i.e. the atmosphere which = frizz!] Spend time keeping your locks as moisturized as possible and you’ll never have a bad hair day! This also means, reading the ingredients list of your hair products! Stay away from Sodium Laurel Sulfates [SLS’s] and Parabens which will strip your hair of it’s natural oils!
– Embrace what God gave you! What you are born with suits you best! Be proud of what makes you different, and you will radiate beauty from the inside out!