Confessions of a curly head

By admin
03 July 2013

Thank goodness products and treatments have come a long way since the ’80s . . .

I sometimes wish my hair and I had been born 10 years later. Being a child of the ’80s was not easy on my poor mad, curly hair. Yes, we had great music (we did, we really did) and apart from the shoulder pads I loved the bright colours of the fashion but the hair products were few and far between for curly hair.

It was okay when I was little and my hair was long, that meant plaits and easy wear. But I decided to cut it because I desperately wanted a “Lady Di” (for people born much, much later it was a short cut with a flippy front bit which she always had variations of through the years). It was a hard lesson to learn that my hair was nothing, nothing like Princess Diana’s; it did not fall into a cute flippy bit and swimming lessons at primary school left me with a frizzy mess. No wonder my hair started hating me.

It would have been easier to simply go for a wash-and-wear back then except the gels were all gloopy and thick to give you a Michael Jackson wet look. It took me years to figure out that the best way to control my hair was to use my conditioner as a styling product to get softer curls. And the only treatments or special products that I can think of back then to try to help curly hair were hot oil treatments. I did have relaxers or straighteners, but that was not about embracing curly hair.

Now, hair products are amazing. You name it and someone will have brought out a product. The gels are light and brush-out-able and there are products for all sorts of hair types. My favourites are masks and leave-in treatments.

I love applying them once or twice a week and either reading a book while lying in the sun (in summer) or lazing in the bath while it works (in winter). My demanding hair likes me a little more after a treatment and is less inclined to punish me with a bout of frizz. I tried two recently and liked the results.

I had never heard of the Gary Rom Hair Care range before, which is made by the said hairdresser in Gauteng. The Hydro Boost range is for dry hair and I was keen to try the Hydrating Treatment (R345 for 200 ml). It’s applied after shampooing and left on for 10 minutes. It doesn’t say how often it should be used but I’m assuming once or twice a week like other leave-in treatments. It was light and my hair felt soft afterwards. I’d definitely use this again, especially to support a local range, though the high price will have me using it very sparingly. There’s also a Hydro Boost shampoo and conditioner and various other ranges. I tried a mask from Wella’s System Professional Hydrate range for dry hair too. I have used products from this range before so I had high hopes for the mask. And it didn’t disappoint; it was absolute heaven and my hair felt silky and smooth when I rinsed it out after leaving on for about for 10 minutes (they recommend five minutes). It is pricey at R237 (Wella Hydrate Mask 200 ml)  but a tub should last quite long as not much is needed; in fact, when I went a bit mad and applied too much my hair felt a little greasy afterwards so less is definitely more and it clearly won’t work on oily hair. I also tried wrapping a warm moist towel around my hair after applying both products and it felt like a good home spa treatment. If dry hair is your problem then either of these products should help, especially in winter. Treat yourself. -Natalie Cavernelis

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