1. What’s your name and where are you from/where do you live?
I’m Máiréad Doyle and I’m Irish, but have lived in Melbourne, Australia for eight years now.
2. Have you always worn your hair curly/natural?
I have worn my hair natural for most of my life, mostly due to laziness! Over the years my hair became less and less curly, and my hair care routine got more and more complicated. I changed to the Curly Girl method about five months ago, and it’s been brilliant.
3. How would you describe your curl type?
I have wavy curly/wavy whirly (2b/2c) hair if you follow the CG method, or s-wavy if you follow Devacurl. I have not come to a landing yet about porosity etc. because I have only recently gotten my hair to optimum moisture levels.
4. What’s your hair care routine?
I wash my hair no more than twice a week. I usually co-wash every time (although I am about to revisit this, as I think I might be over-moisturising now!). Then I use a strong conditioner like Sukin for dry hair or the Devacurl deep treatment cream. Between washes I apply a little more conditioner in the mornings, either straight or mixed with water in a spray bottle.
I have started to do a gelatin treatment between the co-wash/shampoo and conditioning stages in recent weeks, and that is working for me. When the weather is warm I like to slather good quality coconut oil on my hair – it really makes it shiny and well-moisturised.
I have about 80% grey hair so I have to have my hair dyed every four weeks. I have to have it properly shampooed as part of this process. The hairdresser uses sulphate-free and silicone-free products on my hair.
5. When you wash your hair what is your routine and how long does it take?
I plop-dry my hair in a micro-fibre towel, then mix a bit of gel/product into yet more conditioner and apply evenly through my hair, helped by a wide-toothed comb. My current products are either the Devacurl volumising foam (their gel is too drying for me) or KMS Curl Up control creme. When I have time I leave my hair to dry naturally, otherwise I turn my head upside down and point my trusty diffuser at it! All up it takes about 20 minutes tops – compared to over an hour before I went CG.
6. What products couldn’t you live without?
I’m still finding my way but at the moment the Sukin moisture restoring conditioner for dry hair is great for me. And your very own gelatin treatment!
7. How often do you get your hair cut and where do you go?
I used to get my hair cut once a month but since I went CG the famous Neel at Cherry Bomb told me to come back and see him no more than once every three months. I still have to go to the salon for my colour job once a month though. I have been with Neel at Cherry Bomb and will follow him to his new place, but I will continue to go to Cherry Bomb for my colour.
8. Any tips/words of wisdom about your curls that you want to share?
Relax (pardon the pun) and don’t fret too much about your hair. Only you see the particular state of frizz/curl definition/shape you woke up with this morning. Everybody else just sees a fabulous head of natural curls and are probably jealous.
Don’t slavishly follow any set of rules – find what works for your uniqueness. Expensive products don’t necessarily work better – talk to other curlies and get their advice on what they use. You could end up like me and discover letting the natural curls shine through also saves heaps of money!
You can read Mairead’s own blog post about her curls here