Rosemary Mac Cabe

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A wee hair tutorial – not a video, comfortingly

Or, you know, an excuse to show you my amazing eyebrows. That is a joke, I don’t think my eyebrows are amazing, although they are a lot more amazing since I visited the Shavata brow bar in Harvey Nichols, which …

Mon, Aug 22, 2011, 10:30


Or, you know, an excuse to show you my amazing eyebrows. That is a joke, I don’t think my eyebrows are amazing, although they are a lot more amazing since I visited the Shavata brow bar in Harvey Nichols, which I reserve the right to wax lyrical about forever. So there. That said, I did break my Shavata brow powder the other day by dropping it on the ground, and now not only am I out of brow powder, almost everything I own is somehow covered in brown dust . . . but I digress. Hair!

People ask me quite frequently – not frequently enough for me to get vain, just frequently enough for me to think it an issue worth writing about – how I do my hair. Because, honestly, curly hair is not easy. I rarely tell them, because (a) I’m a jealous type and (b) I’m lazy. Mostly (b), really. So I thought I’d do a wee tutorial. Before we begin! Here’s what my hair looks like, so’s you can turn back if you don’t like it.

Lately I’m going quite fluffy with my curls, and brushing out the parting slightly for that 1920s vibe. So it’s a little flatter on the top, fluffier at the ends, and my side parting can get a bit extreme so it’s like 1920s with a 1980s edge. But here are the steps you need to make your curls curly, rather than frizzy or, heaven forbid, straight! Stop straightening your hair! That’s my mantra. Embrace your curls!

1. Stop brushing your hair. I’m serious! Leave that bad boy alone. I comb my hair with a wide toothed comb, in the shower, while it’s soaked in conditioner. At no other time do I brush or comb my hair, much to my mother’s chagrin.

2. Condition, condition, condition. The key to making your curls look curly is the condition of your hair shaft. So, if your hair is wrecked from bleaching, straightening, heating . . . it won’t curl right. Get it cut regularly (and find a good stylist!) and condition it every day or every second day, even if you don’t shampoo. It will thank you.

3. Style carefully, but sparingly. Forget about mousse, wax, spray . . . go for a serum or a conditioning treatment. While my hair is still soaking wet, I apply one pump of John Frieda serum to the ends, and then I apply one big pump of Moroccanoil curly hair cream. I distribute it on my hands and then work it into my hair, starting at the ends. I don’t rub my hair, I kind of scrunch it on so that I’m not breaking up any of the curls.

4. Let it dry! If you have the time, let your hair dry naturally and do not touch it. Touching the curls will break ‘em up and frizzify! If you don’t have the time to let it dry naturally or fear looking unkempt at work (obviously I have none of these concerns), use a diffuser. I use the hottest heat setting, and the lowest blow setting, if that makes sense. So it’s a hot, but gentle breeze. I’m serious about the diffuser. No diffuser, no dice. DO NOT USE THE NOZZLE SETTING. No, no, no. Bad.

5. Tailor it to your preferences. Once your hair is dry, if you have followed the steps correctly, you should have quite smooth almost ringlet-y curls. Some people like these; I do not, so I add a little bit of hairspray to rough it up, and then I, eh, backcomb. Kim Wilde style. It softens up the curls and makes ‘em bigger, which I feel provides a nice contrast with my equally enormous face.

6. Leave it alone. Curly hair, especially one that has conditioning product in it, will not react well to being messed with. So once you’re done, be done! Keep your hands off it. If you’ve backcombed it you can bring a comb in your bag to re-comb during the day, as it will inevitably flatten down a bit. If not, then really, leave it alone. Curls are 100 per cent happier if they are left to their own spiralling devices.

Let me know how you get on!

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