For at least half an hour of every day from my early teens to my mid to late twenties, you would find me propped up in front of the mirror styling my hair (I can still hear my parents’ furious voices ordering me out of the bathroom!). I would dedicate this time each morning, prepping my perm or wrapping my hair around a barrel curler trying to achieve those soft Hollywood curls that were all the rage! Oh how times have changed. During your save-your-hair-campaign that all comes crashing down (it’s been a nice break to be honest and might have just broken my obsessive cycle!). Fortunately, the just-got-out-of-bed hair is still trending – luckily for us! In saying this though, you can style your hair, you just need to be smart about it and play by the rules!
- Curling the hair. Wrap the hair gently around barrel curler on medium heat while supporting the hair and do not pull on the roots.
- Straightening the hair. Using medium heat, hold the hair close to the scalp before gently pulling the hair through the plates. Do not pull on the roots.
- High bun. While at home or catching some much-needed shut-eye, gather hair up in a circular bun on top of the head and secure gently with bobby pins or sectioning clips, securing your bun down at least 1-2 cm from the ends (to help avoid a ‘kink’). Gently thread some bobby pins through the bun to help secure. These buns can create a natural looking wave which create the illusion of fullness. Dampening your hair before putting your hair in the bun may help to achieve a more prominent effect. If you have a good, thick head of hair you might want to try two Princess Leia buns (Star Wars!). Thicker hair may not respond as well with the bun technique, but please try! Leave in for as long as possible in order to create this natural look. Oh, and try a low bun two if this works better for you!
- Please don’t use headbands or hair elastics for pony tails or buns as hair can tend to get caught around them and they can be rather difficult to remove from the hair without pulling.
- Always ensure there is absolutely NO pulling on the hair when you are styling, if so, re-do until you have it perfected what you are trying to acheive.
- I have fellow friends who have coloured their hair during chemotherapy with good results, however if you can avoid it please do!
- Hair styling products such as mousse, gel or wax. Try to avoid if you can as they add weight to the hair and can make detangling/brushing that little bit more difficult.
- Keep your hair dry in the shower by wearing a shower/bathing cap. Wet hair tangles easily!
- For the sake of your hair, always remember: No pulling, tugging, rubbing of the hair. Be patient when brushing. Make yourself a cup of tea, take a seat and take your time!
Things to remember:
- Curl or straighten the hair without pulling on the roots
- Bun the hair overnight or when you’re at home pottering in order to create a natural-looking wave (you may get a better result if the hair is damp before putting it up in the bun!)
- Use good quality bobby pins or sectioning clips
- Be patient when detangling/brushing
- Keep your hair dry when showering