For the last few years, I've always used straighteners to curl my hair. Sounds counter intuitive, which it kind of is. If you have thick, stubborn hair like me the process can be quite time consuming, which is why my straighteners have always been safely tucked up in a box and only brought out for special occasions.
So when Octer invited me to try out their site and choose something to review, I knew that a curling wand was at the top of my list. I did a fair bit of research on what kind to buy, as I knew exactly how I wanted my hair to look. My 'dream hair' if you will; very loose, relaxed waves that could pass as natural. I wanted a wand that could give me this boho everyday look as well as polished, tight curls for weddings and parties.
It also had to be a cruelty-free brand of course, so Paul Mitchell for me was an obvious choice. I picked the Neuro Unclipped Styling Cone* which has turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. The large barrel is tapered so, depending on your hair length, you can get that really natural finish or a tighter curl if you only use the top end.
Curling my hair has become much quicker and easier than using my straighteners. I feel like I have much more control over how I want the curls to look and I don't have to worry so much about what size of sections I'm curling.
I love the results and am much happier to style my hair more often now. Unfortunately for me the results don't last until the next day, however it would be unfair to expect them to when my hair is so naturally straight. I'm looking forward to trying out some new styling products to see what effects I can achieve - a new cruelty-free mousse or curling cream is next on my shopping list. Let me know if you have any favourites!
I also wanted to share with you three vegan products that have been regulars in my hair routine for a year or more now. I've just repurchased my third bottle of Yarok's Feed Your Ends, which is both a heat protector and leave in conditioner. I can't rave about it enough and it's one of my all time favourite products. The smell is lovely and it works wonders for the condition of my hair, even with heat styling.
I don't feel Yarok's Feed Your Shine is quite as effective but it is worth a mention. A rich coconut hair serum, I only need one drop to smooth through my mid length hair and it also offers heat protection. The bottle is tiny but after a year of using it I'm only halfway through, which certainly makes up for its size. However for the price I would expect more shine so I'll probably look for something that packs more punch once it's finished.
Lastly, Lush's R&B hair moisturiser is like buttery goodness for your hair. It's particularly nourishing for dry hair and I originally bought it for my split ends, which are long gone now. As only a teensy amount is needed, it's another super long lasting product and this pot has been going strong for a year and a half with no chance of being finished any time soon. I had such a frustrating time with frizziness before I started using these products and now I wouldn't be without them. Three to try if you have unruly hair!
What hair products are you loving right now? Any styling tips I should know about?