Welcome back Lovelies and Happy New Year!
I know it’s been some time since I’ve published a blog post; the Christmas and New Year period was one which included divulging in food, family, friends and taking a moment for myself as well…
The first thing that I said I wanted to do for myself, was essentially “big chop” which actually was a lot easier than I had anticipated. I’d thought over this for months, sought the advice of my fellow friends and admittedly shied away from the fact that it was something which I knew would inevitably increase the health of my curls, but I was just too scared to do it.
As a blogger, I was conscious that shorter hair would mean less engagement and potentially would mean that the content of my blog would be limited; this is completely false! Now having done so, my curl pattern has changed drastically, the health of my curls have improved and I’m finding that there is a completely new freedom with styles and products which previously I hadn’t experienced with longer hair.
But why did I really do it? Well, I felt like a change was necessary. I’d allowed myself to become ‘trapped’ in my curls in which I thought that the longer your curls were, the more ‘beautiful’ and healthy they were – also extremely false. Over the last year in particular, I’ve met women with much shorter curls and simultaneously much healthier curls, too! It was odd to me that the foundation of my hair journey was centred on growth rather than health and I found that the longer my curls were growing, the less defined they were which was a sign that my curls needed some serious chopping. As a Curly, I’ve promoted regular trimming whilst also being completely fearful of having an inch too much removed from my own curls…this year I’m conscious to promote health over length and what you’ll find, is that no matter how long your journey might be, if you do it the right way, the health of your curls will speak volumes!
The beauty of having curly hair, which I’ve learnt through the chop of my own curls, is that curls are an ever changing form. I’ve discovered that my curls encounter more shrinkage now that they’re shorter and more defined. I’ve also discovered that my curls struggle with frizz more than they did when they were longer. I put this down to two things in particular; I assumed that shorter hair required less product, which isn’t true. In fact, my curls require the same amount of product and the technique of application has stayed pretty much the same as well. The second thing is of course, the gruelling Winter weather which is always quite harsh on curly hair, but has become particularly worse over the last month and as a result has stripped my curls of its natural moisture. If you are also struggling with this element, don’t be shy to deep condition regularly. I incorporate hair masks in my weekly hair routine, whether that be following my wash routine or a more vigorous hair mask over the weekend, it’s a vital step in my hair routine which if I don’t follow, my curls suffer.
Overall, I’ve found that styling has been the simplest element so far. My hair dries drastically quicker which allows me more time to style…
As my hair is shorter it’s not as heavy as it once was, meaning my curls don’t drop but rather have much more volume. I personally feel that volume creates more character and a more profound ‘look’ for your curls, however if you prefer that weighty look then use a thicker consistency gel for styling, such as the Curling Gel Souffle by SheaMoisture which defines your curls, controls frizz, whilst also holding your curls down!
If you’ve chopped your curls for the sake of health, then I recommend the following products:
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil (my fave!)
- Coconut Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Almond Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Protein Masks
- Intensifying masks focusing on replenishment, nourishment and moisture
For anyone considering a “big chop” no matter the length of your hair, be completely bold and confident in your choice, find a few styles you feel comfortable with whilst adapting to your new length and remember no matter how long it takes, hair will always grow back!
[NOT THAT KINDA CURL]