My relationship with my hair is, well, complicated.
When it goes right, it garners me plenty of compliments, and when it goes wrong, I genuinely consider chopping it off.
I, like many women, have hair that is neither dead straight, nor naturally forms into anything resembling a style. It’s wavy and curly. It’s thin but there’s a lot of it and when I brush it, it would best be described as boofy, frizzy or fluffy.
But I have found a way to tame my hair. Around five years ago, a friend introduced me to a way of styling my hair that – and I’m not exaggerating here – changed my life.
It’s so damn simple, yet so effective and doesn’t require any tools or products, except for, if I have them, a couple of bobby pins.
I don’t mean to brag, but when I told a friend who has similarly troublesome hair about it, she tried it out herself and called me a “genius”.
OK, ok. Enough blowing my own hair hairdryer. Here goes:
First, I shower and wash my hair – or if it’s not dirty, just wet it under the showerhead and comb the knots out.
I hop out and towel dry my hair till it’s maybe 70 per cent dry – damp, but not dripping. Here’s where, if you want to apply a leave-in conditioner, hair oil or smoothing hair product, you can. Although most of the time I just skip this.
Now, if you have a fringe or just like some volume like me, you’ll want to blowdry your hair. I focus on the roots, but stay away from my lengths, and only get a brush involved if I’m styling my almost-grown-out fringe.
Then I comb out any knots that have somehow formed between the shower and here and section my hair into two – one each side of my head.
And this is where the magic happens. I just twist my hair, and I keep twisting until its ringlet. Like this:
Then, I pin this tight-ish ringlet to the opposite side of my head. And repeat on the other side.