What’s your name and where are you from/where do you live?
My name is Lou, I’m from Edinburgh in Scotland but I for now I call Melbourne, Australia home.
Have you always worn your hair curly/natural?
Yes! I did straighten my hair a couple of times years ago but I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t look or feel like me! Plus it took absolutely ages and since I was living in Scotland at the time it inevitable rained and it went curly within 20 mins anyway. Such a waste of time.
How would you describe your curl type?
I’d say I’m a 3C, porous, fine haired curly who needs a mixture of both moisture and protein.
What’s your hair care routine?
I try to keep it as simple as possible. Once I found out what worked for my hair I have pretty much stuck to it – I haven’t deviated from this for a long time. I wash and style my hair twice a week and do a protein treatment on at least one of my wash days, sometimes on both wash days depending on how my hair is looking/feeling. That’s it!
When you wash your hair what is your routine and how long does it take?
I co-wash my hair twice a week (normally on Mondays and Fridays). I co-wash and then I’ll do a protein treatment. I do a very simple, cheap and quick protein treatment which you can read about HERE. After a co-wash I use a creamy moisturising conditioner and detangle my hair. I would say use your fingers only if you can but my hair gets so tangled it would take ages so I use a wide tooth comb to detangle. I always make sure I do the ends first to put less strain on my hair to prevent breakage. Once it’s all detangled I leave my conditioner in while I finish in the shower and then I rinse my conditioner off with cool water. I rinse most of it out but normally some is left in my hair, especially at the ends. Next I squeeze out excess water but leave it dripping wet. I have my leave in and curl cream in the shower so I can apply them to soaking wet hair as I get the best results like this. So while still in the shower I spread a leave in through my hair making sure to also apply underneath and then I apply a curl cream on top for hold. I get out of my shower and then start to individually smooth each curl as you can see in the video I made HERE. After this I plop my hair while I get dressed/put makeup on and then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer. I just bought a hooded drier from ebay which I LOVE! I normally dry to about 90% dry and then air dry the rest. Sometimes I clip my hair for volume before drying, other times I just leave it be. To shower, co-wash, do a protein treatment, condition and style my hair I’d say it takes about 45 mins. Then to dry it another 10-15 mins.
What products couldn’t you live without?
I have used the same products for ever. I love Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner and Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in conditioner. I would also be devastated if the curl cream I have used since I was about 13 was ever discontinued. It’s from ‘Boots’ in the UK and you can’t get it in Australia unfortunately but I stock up every time I make a trip home.
How often do you get your hair cut and where do you go?
I go every 6 months, very rarely do I go more than twice a year. I go to Neel Loves Curls in Melbourne and have done ever since I moved to Australia.
Any tips/words of wisdom about your curls that you want to share?
I can’t speak highly enough about spending a bit of time working out your hairs characteristics and noticing changes to your hair when you try new products. I used to blindly try SO MANY products, my cupboards were full of them! But once I was able to figure out why my hair was reacting in a certain way I was able to make the right choices. For example, I never used to be able to distinguish the difference between ‘over moisturised’ frizz or ‘lacking in moisture’ frizz – once you know why your hair is reacting in a particular way you can start to choose the right remedy without just trying anything and everything that might work for someone else!
Also, even when you think you are having a bad hair day I can guarantee you that most people are still looking at your hair with envy so just be proud of your curls and work them!