*AD – gifted: this post contains products that were gifted to me in exchange for a review
Since getting a few inches cut off my hair a few months back, I’ve fallen back in love with curling my hair. I used to have hair down to my hips and it took roughly two million years (only a slight exaggeration) to curl it all. I’m lazy with my hair as it is, so I feel that deciding to get it cut was a wise decision. I’ve slowly started to get into a routine every morning of trying making an effort with my hair again so I thought I’d share this with you. It’s very quick and easy, trust me I wouldn’t do anything that took too much effort. I was also recently sent some hair products from Design.ME that I’ve started incorporating into this daily routine which have quickly become holy grail products for me. Please note that I am by absolutely no means any kind of hair connoisseur, this is just what I do personally.
I wash my hair first as I like to get it looking fresh, shiny and silky smooth (just like my personality). I’m forever changing which shampoo and conditioner I use but my current favourites are the Garnier Ultimate Blends Almond Crush Shampoo & Conditioner. I’ve had so many compliments on how shiny my hair looks since using these to wash my hair, massive thumbs up to the Ultimate Blends range. I’m sure we all know how to wash our hair but it’s worth mentioning that I only apply a small amount of conditioner to just the ends of my hair to avoid product build-up.
Once I’m out of the shower, I give myself a pat on the back for making it this far out of bed and then brush all of the knots out of my hair. Here’s where I should tell you to use a heat protection spray but if I’m being real, I don’t even own one – oops. I have recently starting using a hair lotion in a form of a spray though as it helps to keep my hair looking soft and shiny. The spray I’m currently using is called Fab.ME* and it’s from a brand called Design.ME Hair. Design.ME are a vegan and cruelty free brand that originated in Quebec and have recently become accessible in the UK via Sally Beauty. Their products are used religiously by hair professionals and I think it’s so refreshing to have such a reliant hair care brand that doesn’t test on animals. This seems pretty hard to come by in the UK unfortunately, so luckily it’s now possible to get their products delivered to your door without raking in a big customs fee.
After applying the hair lotion, I dry my hair completely using the Remington Power Dry Hair Dryer; my other hair dryer recently broke on me so I grabbed this from Argos on a whim, I’m convinced it was a blessing in disguise. This hairdryer is super powerful, drying my hair in minutes and has an ‘eco’ setting to avoid my hair from frying. Plus it was only £14.99 which I think is an absolute bargain for how well it performs.
In between drying my hair and styling is when I apply my make-up so that I can keep my hair out of my face without wrecking my fringe – if you know, you know. Then it’s onto curling my hair; I use straighteners to do this as I find them so much easier to use on shorter hair than curlers. I find that the curls last a lot longer as well, although I’m not sure what the science behind that is. My straighteners are the Remington S8500 Moroccan Argan Oil Shine Therapy Straighteners (what a mouthful) and they’re absolutely incredible. They’re only around £30 and they make your hair look like literal silk as the plates are infused with argan oil. It also means that when I’m using them for curls, it’s way easier to glide them through my hair.
I like to just do a few really loose curls for my everyday hair. However, if you want more defined curls then you can section your hair off and curl it in layers; the less hair you use in each curl, the more defined it will be so if you want looser waves, just use bigger sections. If you’re not sure how to do curls using straighteners, I will do my very best to explain it in words but there are lots of YouTube tutorials if you’d like a visual tutorial. Just put your section of hair in between the plates (don’t clamp them together yet), twist the hair upwards so that it’s wrapping around the plate nearest to your face, clamp them together and then twist your straighteners in a full circle until the hair is poking out at the bottom again. Slowly glide the straighteners down your hair, make sure to take your time as going too fast won’t produce a proper curl. I repeat this all the way around my hair until I’m happy with how the curls look and then roughly run my fingers through them to make them looser and more natural looking.
To make sure that my curls are going to last all day, I’ve been using a hairspray which is also from Design.ME. Their hairspray is a 3 in 1 spray called Hold.ME* and it’s literally the coolest hairspray I’ve ever seen. The nozzle has three different settings depending on how much hold you want it to give. The lightest setting is perfect for holding my fringe in place without making it look crispy and taming fly away hairs. I like to use the medium setting over the rest of my hair which is perfect for holding my loose curls but if you’re going for tighter, more pristine looking curls then I’d go for the highest setting as they will not budge.
I also like to make my hair look as voluminous as I can with this hairstyle. This is where Design.ME’s volumising powder mist comes in as it really helps to add a bit more texture and body to my curls. This is a lot similar to dry shampoo in terms of giving your roots extra volume but I often find that dry shampoo can make my hair feel tangled and brittle. Puff.ME* is perfect for giving your hair a lift whilst still feeling nourished and healthy. I only wish they did this in a huge bottle as I’ll definitely get a lot of use out of it!
After a little shake of my fingers through my hair, it’s done! I’ve done this hairstyle for a while now so I’ve practiced it to the point of being able to achieve it within a few minutes. I hope you find this useful if you’re looking for a cute hairstyle but don’t want to spend hours in front of the mirror.
Have you ever tried any Design.ME products?