I probably get the most questions about my hair. Is it real, is it a wig, is it a perm, did you ever straighten it, is it you real hair colour, how do you get your curls defined, how do you treat them etc?. So instead of answering them all separately I thought I'll do a blog post and also show you a few photos, products and a step by step routine. But to start it all of here are a few facts about my curls.
I've had extreme curls since I was a kid although no one in my family has this kind of hair structure. Quite the opposite actually, they have super straight hair. My mum's family has been living in South Africa for decades though and sometimes inherited hair structure also skips a generation or two.
I used to hate it as a kid / teenager as people called it sheep's hair, pubic hair or simply a mess. So I straightened it up until university which takes about 2.5 hours if you do it properly and lasts until humidity hits. It was a huge waste of time... but what did I know back then. By the way I also tried to chemically straighten them. I looked horrible and it lasted (thankfully in this case) until the next hair wash.
As I started to wear it as a fro, the sun only hit the outsides of my hair making it far lighter than the roots as no light ever got through there. That's why I now dye my roots a little bit every now and then to match the natural colour outside. It does get far lighter in summer than in winter though.
I've always worn them short as it really takes forever to let them grow. They additionally get very heavy and it also takes more and more time to take care of them. You have to invest in extra treatment for them to not start locking up or drying and breaking. That's also one reason I used to wear box braids. I for once got the chance to wear long hair, but it also protected my hair underneath from sun, dirt, temperatures etc. I also had to learn though that I offend a lot of people by doing that, especially on social media. As that was not at all my intention, and to be honest I was also a little ignorant to the whole topic back then, I now try it a different way. But letting your hair grow while keeping it perfectly treated is definitely a project.
July 23, 2017
Labels: On track
This is the before look ... my hair is finally long enough for me to tie it up. It's usually very dry, and I usually wash it every ten days. I also have a special shampoo for afro hair as that has some extra conditioner but I'll focus this post on how to get my curls to look the way they do. As I'm growing them now, the structure changes a little bit and I have to adapt my ritual from time to time.
STEP 1: "Professional SEBASTIAN TWISTED" Maske
So after washing my hair and for some extra moisture I like to put in an additional mask in for some deep conditioning and leave it in there for about 15-20 minutes before washing it out again
This is the result after the mask: my hair sucks up almost everything I give it. Everynow and then I also cover them in cocnut and olive oil and leave it in over night.
STEP 2: "Professional SEBASTIAN TWISTED" Curl Magnifier
After the mask is washed out I comb my hair and let it dry for about 5-10 Minutes so it's still pretty moist. Then I use a curl magnifier and distribute it all over my head. I usually only do that with my hands and squeze the curls a little bit, to puff up the volume.
The moment the curl definer is in the hair already gains a lot of structure and volume. I do have to keep myself from constanly touching my hair though as that will just destroy the curls at the end.
STEP 3: "Professional SEBASTIAN TWISTED" Shaper Zero Gravity
To keep my hair from going frizzy, especially when I go outside with this German level of humidity, I like to put some hair spray on top of everything to keep the structure.
The longer I let my hair dry, the more volume it gets, but also the shorter it gets. The curls keep twisting and therefore growing my hair (which I'm in the middle of) takes for ever!!!
ADDITIONAL STEP: "Professional SEBASTIAN TWISTED" Curl Lifter
As sleeping tends to destroy a lot of the definition, especially when it's warm and you sweat, I sometimes need a little help in the morning. The curl lifter gives them back definition and makes them bounce again.