Finding hair products to suit my long, thick, wavy, coarse Asian hair is no mean feat.
Post-puberty, my hair tripled in density (thanks hormones) and went from dead straight to wavy. Horrified that I had completely different hair to all my friends, I desperately searched for ways to flatten, smooth and straighten my ten billion strands of kinky hair.
In my teens, I even had it chemically straightened a few times. While the process worked really well and left me with completely flat, straight hair, I stopped when I realised how much damage it was causing and I also hated the fuzzy regrowth.
Ending the battle with my hair
Now, at 38, I’ve finally made peace with my hair. I haven’t used a hairdryer in years (although I do get a blow dry when I go to the hairdresser, just for a change!). This is partly due to becoming a mum and no longer having 40 minutes to spend styling my hair each morning. But mostly, it’s because I’ve learnt that my hair is happiest when I let it do its thing. It isn’t meant to be dead straight. For me, natural hair is happy hair.
The natural hair movement, which is so popular right now, speaks volumes to me. It’s a little bit about saving time but most of it, for me at least, is about identity (and that’s a whole other post!).
I use a good quality shampoo and conditioner, and I deep condition once a week. I let it air dry, and then I sleep in two plaits to stop it getting tangled overnight. When I wake, I run my fingers through it, pop half of it up in a band (mostly just to keep it out of my face!), and I’m good to go.
I appreciate some people will want to spend longer on their hair to achieve a more groomed look. But I kind of like the slightly messy, wavy, just-got-out-of-bed vibe. And it saves me sooo much time in the morning.
Honestly, try it. Embrace your hair in its natural form, whether that’s dead straight or corkscrew curls – chances are, that’s what will suit you most. Let your hair move.
Dizziak Deep Conditioner
As I’ve mentioned, I don’t use many products but it’s important to me that the products I use are good quality and actually work. If possible, I try to choose sulphate-free and with as few nasty chemicals as possible.
‘Dizziak Deep Conditioner’ kept popping up in reviews as a hot new conditioner to try. It caught my attention because Dizziak is marketed as a “multicultural haircare brand”. It was created by its founder, Loretta De Feo, to fill a gap in the market for haircare products designed for Afro hair. Previously, she had to resort to getting products shipped across from the States. While I don’t have Afro hair, my hair is certainly thirsty like Afro hair. I’m always on the lookout for a super hydrating, nutrient-rich deep conditioner to help nourish my locks.
There are no nasties in the Dizziak Deep Conditioner – as well as being cruelty-free and vegan, it’s free from parabens, sulphates, silicones and mineral oils.
What it does contain is a lot of good stuff…aloe vera, argan oil, babassu, castor oil, coconut, inca oil, quinoa and shea butter. Quite the line-up, eh?
It’s recommended that you use Dizziak at least once a week – I tend to use it twice. You leave it on for five minutes or, if you have time, twenty – for the full deep-conditioning experience. Rinse off with cold water, leave to dry naturally and you’ll be rewarded with super soft, shiny hair.
I notice it less now (because my hair is in better condition) but when I first used Dizziak, I felt like it had almost transformed the texture of my hair, making it so much softer and more manageable.
I’m a total convert and recommend it to everyone. Plus, it’s eye-catching design means it’ll look awesome in your bathroom.
Find out more
Dizziak Deep Conditioner costs £22 for 200ml. It’s not cheap, but neither are the ingredients. You only need to use a little so one tube will last you quite a while. I do believe it is worth it.
You can find out more on the Dizziak website.
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