HAIR KNOW-HOW: STRAIGHT TO CURLS, GET YOUR IDEAL LOOK
I’m lucky that my fine hair has a natural wave which gives it body. But it’s dry which means it is also prone to frizziness. Sigh! But I’m always up for a challenge so it occurred to me that, given it’s Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair time, I would have a shot at the coveted title; especially now I know how to effortlessly curl straight hair. You can enter too, so follow my tips below and you could find yourself with Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair. Give it a go.
I have tried too many brands to count, from the very expensive to the oh-I-give-up-just-grab-a-bottle inexpensive; but mostly expensive and salon-only brands. As my Mother always says “No one ever regretted buying quality”, and this is true. But quality doesn’t necessarily mean expensive.
I recently bought Schwarzkopf shampoo & conditioner; Marrakesh Oil & Coconut. I am one who reads the product description and it said, I’m paraphrasing, that these products would moisturise my hair without weighing it down! Bingo! I am always on the lookout for hair products that won’t weigh down my hair. Because having fine hair means I avoid many creams, oils, gels, mousses, sprays and volumising shampoos. The creams and such weigh my hair down and the volumising products usually dry my hair out.
Not only does the Schwarzkopf Marrakesh Oil & Coconut shampoo and conditioner smell delicious, they infuse moisture and shine into my hair without weighing it down (as promised) and it DOES greatly eliminate frizz, even after the first use.
To demonstrate, we have used a model…but I promise you the tips are all mine and these words are my experience.
I washed my hair, lightly ran some Oil Elixir Serum through the ends and also a 50cent-piece size dollop of Essence Ultime volume cream over my scalp & roots.
The first look I went for was a straight style, which was rich in volume. Taming the natural wave in my hair can sometimes prove to be an arduous task but by following the steps below, I managed to achieve that sleek hair that turns heads!
- First up, make sure to smooth the root area with a round brush (using a round brush gives your hair a smoother feel and can give you a much easier canvas to work with)
- Once your hair is prepped and ready to go, add texture with a slight bend on the ends – Schwarzkopf Extra Care Push Up Volume Powder did an amazing job of this
- Now here’s the trick, when blowdrying, separate sections so you can reach roots from front to back
- For that much desired added volume, add 2 curlers to your top section
- And voila! End result should give you that bounce and body of a healthy yet stylish head of hair
Next up, it was time to embrace that natural wave that I try so hard to contain.
- Make sure your hair is completely dry before you start this process, I tried to curl my damp hair once and let’s just say the results definitely weren’t Australia’s hottest curls…
- Curl your hair into sections, this makes the whole process much easier to get through, keep curling in layers until you’ve worked through it all
- Remember to leave it cool once you’ve finished curling, all waves will drop naturally so don’t be too concerned if it’s not right just yet!
- Once your hair is all cooled down, use Schwarzkopf Extra Care Strong Styling Hairspray to complete the look
- Leave a little Schwarzkopf Extra Care Dry Conditioner through the ends then run your hands through and give it a little scrunch to obtain that natural look.
- Apply a heat protectant to you hair (Schwarzkopf’s Ultimate Oil Elixir Serum worked amazingly for me), spray all over and run your fingers through to make sure your hair doesn’t get damaged throughout the process
The result, was a sleek, shiny and light-weight finish. No frizz, lightly curled ends and lots of soft movement. No stickiness, no weighing down.
When Schwarzkopf says ‘no weighing down’ they aren’t kidding. And I can attest that their products formulated for dry and fine hair pass my tick tests.
Top Ten Tips to Take the Trophy of Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair
- Use products that add moisture to your hair
- Use quality, rich hair repair products twice a week
- Use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to comb through conditioner
- Use oils and serums formulated for dry and fine hair, not those for normal hair
- Use a diffuser or dry hair naturally as much as possible
- Use a leave-in conditioner often but not always
- Don’t use cream styling products as they often add too much weight for fine hair. Use light spray products instead
- Don’t over-use volumising shampoos & conditioners; use those that add moisture
- Don’t use dry shampoo unless your hair is oily
- Don’t use volumising powders unless you plan to spend the next week treating your hair with moisture masks and deep conditioning products
- If you want longer fine hair to appear thicker, avoid layered styles (OK, well that’s eleven, tips, you got a bonus one)
That’s my experience and my tips, with a great result. I could definitely win Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair. Who knew? I’ve put in my entry and you can too. Just go to the Australia’s Most Beautiful Hairwebsite and choose your category.
Do your curls add a spring to your step? Or is it your sleek, straight hair that turns heads? There is a category for all strands and sizes so snap your favourite style and enter Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair today!