1. What’s your name and where are you from/where do you live?
My name is Sharon Tierney. I live in the fabulous city of Newcastle, in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
2. Have you always worn your hair curly/natural?
Yes, always! Curly hair lets me be a little wild & crazy, I feel like a totally different (more serious) person if I have my hair straightened.
3. How would you describe your curl type?
According to The Curly Girl Handbook, I’m more a wavy than a curly (2C). My hair is thick & coarse and, like most wavy/curlies, it has a mind of its own! To be totally honest, I’m still trying to work out the exact makeup of my hair. I’ve hated it most of my life, so the love affair has just begun.
4. What’s your hair care routine?
I wash my hair with conditioner twice a week (usually Wednesday and Sunday). Once a month I add a Curly Girl friendly shampoo to my routine, and on special occasions I like to make up a honey and avocado mask for my locks.
5. When you wash your hair what is your routine and how long does it take?
I usually give it two applications of conditioner. The first application is to remove build-up and the second application is applied to the midsection/ends and combed through with my fingers. On the final rinse I use cold water while scrunching my hair upwards. I dry with a microfiber towel and let my hair dry naturally. It doesn’t take me too long – I have a demanding toddler to attend to.
6. What products couldn’t you live without?
At the moment… Kinky Curly Curling Custard!
7. How often do you get your hair cut and where do you go?
I usually have it cut every 6-8 weeks. I’ve just discovered Sophie at Suki (Newcastle). She has naturally curly hair herself, so she’s a little more understanding. She dry-cuts my hair curl by curl!
8. Any tips/words of wisdom about your curls that you want to share?
I grew up with a mother that didn’t (and will never) understand curly hair. She used to brush it everyday and I was presented to the world with frizzy, ugly hair. I hated it! It’s taken me years to be confident enough to take control of my curls and learn to love them. I now have a daughter with exactly the same hair and I feel I have a chance to make it right for her. She will grow up with beautiful, naturally girly hair she loves.
My advice, burn your brushes!