Lately I have been making a conscious effort to stop pulling my hair into a topknot everyday. It’s the easiest and most practical style to pull off for all busy women with long hair but especially for mamas like me who have a kid attached to their hip and absolutely no time in the morning to make their heads look presentable. So here’s what’s been inspiring me lately to be a tad more creative with my hair. Five minute hairstyles, ladies!
For years I hated my curly hair. I know ‘hate’ is a strong word but that was exactly how I felt growing up. I would straighten it, cut it, tie it up and use a ridiculous amount of hair products to control my wild mane, to tame the beast. Obviously nothing worked mainly because no one bothered to explain how curly hair requires very special treatment. And back then (!), finding information on matters such as these was no easy task. Being a first child, followed by five more, my parents (bless them) had very little time for my hair problems and absolutely no means to help, anyway. As if having to deal with school, growing breasts, acne and boys wasn’t bad enough, there I was worrying about my hair. And when I say ‘worry’, I mean tears, tantrums, pleads to God to change my hair and give me smooth, straight, frizz-free tresses.Tragic and sad, I know. But also very common among curly-haired girls and most importantly, totally avoidable.
1. First time at the movies! It was such an exciting Monday for both of us because I love little more than a cinema theatre and taking Georgie through the doors, into that dark world and seeing the amazement in his eyes, was just so cool. ‘Mummy, it’s magic!’ Something that will stick with me forever. We watched The Lego Movie and left after an hour. He’s only three after all. (Taken with my iphone camera hence the shit quality)
I was sprinting through some dry hair treatments on Pinterest, when I picked up something along the lines of ALCOHOL and NOT GOOD FOR DRY HAIR. I decided to check my hair products. Not a single one was alcohol-free! Isn’t this something I should know? And yet I seem to forget about it everytime I’m in a shop. Dry and unruly hair can be such a nuisance. With some things like my hair, I really don’t want the hassle. A few weeks ago, around the time I decided to put a mashed avocado all over my head and get the freakiest allergic reaction, I stopped using products and started using ingredients from my kitchen-and ones that I am not allergic too. I am very new to the natural hair treatment world but since doing a little research -plus discovering food I can eat to nurture my hair- I have found that honey and olive oil works absolute bloody wonders for my super dry hair! Honestly! It is amazing, so cheap, so easy anyone can do it! Mix as much honey and olive oil as you think your hair may need. I need loads! make sure your hair is damp and clean and then apply from top to bottom- mainly bottom if you have dry ends like me- and leave for 30 minutes. Tie it in a bun and relax. Then all you do is rinse. I don’t shampoo or condition after because I find my hair agrees with just these two simple ingredients. I am so excited about trying out other natural hair and body treatments. But maybe not avocado ones.
When S came over the other day-bearing delicious homemade peanut butter cookies, I should mention- her hairstyle quickly got my attention. Courtesy of Tania at Curlisto, this is the perfect alternative for these hot humid days that doesn’t involve a bun. Let’s face it, most of us just pile it on the top in a messy bun or tie it all into a ponytail when washing the dishes or out and about on errands. If you can’t master this yourself-even after consulting a video online. I certainly couldn’t!- ask your hair stylist to do something fun and romantic instead of the usual blow-dry next time.