Curly Hair: Looking After The Locks

My hair has been both my best friend and the bane of my life for as long as I can remember. In its natural state, it’s a curly, tangle-prone mess that often resembles a bird’s nest. It’s not a fan of humidity or rain and can’t be brushed when dry without exploding into a frizzy, fluffy eyesore.

We’ve been on a long and turbulent journey together, through many different lengths and styles and colours. There was an interesting “emo” phase when I was 13 (a pin-straight fringe that covered my eyes, back-combed roots and way too thin ends), blue hair one week, purple the next and an awful bleached blonde for two days (I refused to leave the house until my mum bought brown hair dye to cover it up). When I cut my hair into a bob, I was lovingly given the nickname “hat hair” after the ridiculous shape it would mould into when rain touched it.

The dyeing and burning and tugging for so many years eventually took its toll and I was left with an unhealthy, damaged head of hair by the time I started uni.

Buying hair products had always been lower priority for me than things like makeup and skincare – I didn’t want to spend £20 on a nice conditioner when I could buy a new contour palette instead! But when I realised how damaged and crap it looked, I decided it was time to get to grips with my curly barnet and figure out a way to maintain it (on a budget, if I could).

Today’s post is going to be about the products that saved my locks and restored my appreciation for my curly mess.


Curly hair is typically drier than straight hair because the natural oils produced at the root don’t make it down the full length of the curl. When curly hair gets dehydrated it often goes frizzy and one of the best ways to tackle this is with masks!

I’ve tried countless masks over the years but the Kérastase Oléo-Curl Intense mask is the one I end up re-purchasing.

It smells yummy and has a gorgeous creamy texture. It’s pricier than your average pot of goo so I save this one for special occasions or when my hair is feeling particularly brittle. I try to leave it on my hair for at least five hours to get the ultimate conditioning treatment. It’s magical – even after coating my hair in dye and burning it with straighteners this mask restores moisture, shine and smoothness after just one session.


This Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Cream came free with a pot of the Kérastase hair mask and I fell in love immediately – I’ve got another tube waiting for me when this one runs out! It has a gorgeous clean scent and works like a leave-in conditioner. You can apply it to damp or dry hair (I prefer damp!) to it adds moisture and nourish.

This cream is meant to be particularly good for fine, sensitive hair but I’d recommend it for any hair type!


The first thing you’ll notice about this amazing MoroccanOil Treatment when you unscrew the lid is its smell – ooooh I could bathe in it, it’s heavenly! When I first tried this oil though I wasn’t the biggest fan – it’s a little pricey for such a small bottle (£12.50 for 25ml) but after using it a couple of times I was quickly converted. You only need a tiny amount to cover your hair so the bottle lasts an age and it adds the most amazing shine to your locks.



My heart broke a little when I found out that this Umberto Giannini Silky Curls Smoothing Balm was discontinued but I couldn’t resist including this dreamy product in my hair-saving collection.

I’ve been savouring this bottle for ages and am on the final dregs, but smoothing balms designed for curly hair are a product to consider if you’re looking for a cheap ‘n easy way to tame your locks.

It works a bit like the Kérastase cream but instead is only applied to dry curls to add shine and smooth down frizz. While this product isn’t available anymore, Shea Moisture and Percy & Reed also do great balms for curly hair.


If you’re a straightener / curler / blow dry fanatic like me, it’s really important to keep your hair protected whenever you put heat on it.

Heat protectant sprays or shampoos help prevent the natural moisture in your hair from evaporating when heat is applied. It forms a kind of protective coating around the hair’s cuticle, stops it getting damaged and maintains its natural shine. These special formulas can also make your hair less porous and subsequently less prone to becoming frizzy when it’s humid or rainy.

While protecting your hair from heat is important, I wasn’t ready to spend more than a fiver on a spray so I scoured the Superdrug shelves and picked up this bright pink VO5 Heat Protect Spray (NGL, it was the packaging that did it for me 🙊). It does the trick perfectly – maintains shine and moisture, and makes me feel a tad less guilty about giving my hair a heat-beating every day.

I hope my curly-haired pals enjoyed this post, and maybe discovered a new product or two to try!



2018: What now?


I’m writing this post from the comfort of my duvet cocoon on the first morning of 2018, surrounded by jugs of water to detox from the sour wine we drank last night and many packets of crisps we ate afterwards.

Me and the boyf spent the first moments of the new year on top of Primrose Hill in North London, in front of the most stunning view of the city. The annual fireworks displays around the London Eye and along the Thames were mere sparks in the distance but it was a magical atmosphere and a night I won’t forget in a hurry.

I normally spend New Year’s Day in pyjamas in front of movies surrounded by yummy treats (starting the year with a salad has never been my thing…) and today will be nothing different ☺️

I love setting New Year’s Resolutions and normally spend the end of December and first day of the new year refining and writing them up. This year I’ve been a tad slack though and am still reflecting on the past year and thinking about what I want to achieve over the next 12 months.


Nonetheless, I’m going to talk about some of the resolutions and goals I know I want to resolve or accomplish in 2018, with the hope that publicly announcing them on my blog will make me more motivated to achieve them! 😂

I can imagine that most of us who make resolutions will have their own personal, private ones they like to keep under wraps so this post will be dedicated to the more generic (perhaps slightly more superficial) little things I want to do this year!



My skin has been the source of massive insecurities for the past six months so 2018 is going to have a focus on detoxing, inside and out. Whether it’s filling up on superfoods, monthly facials / dermaplaning / dermabrasion sessions, or investing in an effective luxury skincare product or two – I’m determined to get my skin bothers under wraps this year.




It’s natural to grow out of interests with age, but creative activities like painting and photographing and writing and designing, even makeup and baking and sewing up clothes, have always been a massive part of my life. 2017 was definitely the year for excuses though – “I’m too tired to get all the paints out“, “I’m not creative or clever or imaginative enough to think of cool new designs for the blog“, “I just can’t be arsed“.

IMG_4536.jpgBut this year, I’m shutting them down! I know that when I let my creative side shine I’m a happier and more chilled person, and that’s all I can really want for this new year.



I’m guilty of eating almost every meal in front of a movie or TV programme, whilst reading a book or typing away on my phone. It often means I get to the end of a plate of food without realising I’ve even eaten it or feeling particularly full.  Mindful eating has its roots in Buddhist teachings – something I also want to learn more about this year – and aims to reconnect us with the experience of eating. The goal is to listen to our body’s physical cues, for example distinguishing between feeling hungry and feeling emotional. It’s also about focusing more on foods’ texture, taste and aroma. Mindful eating is thought to help you build a healthier and more positive relationship with food and your body too!

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I’ve already mentioned that a major skin detox is in the plan for 2018, but I also want to have a good clean-out of other areas of my life. The main focus will be on materials – I’m planning to donate / sell / chuck a lot of the junk that I’ve acquired over the years. While it can be sad to get rid of things that hold sentimental value, detoxing also feels massively liberating and it’s so much nicer to spend time in an environment that isn’t bursting with things I don’t need or use anymore.



Apart from a phase during my late teens, I’ve never been a big fan of exercise or working out.

For six/seven months during sixth form I was working out every other day – doing Zumba in my room, using my brother’s weights, jogging in the evenings – but I gained muscle on my legs, someone said I looked fat and I used this as a reason to stop.

I then got diagnosed with a heart condition about a year ago and used this as another excuse not to work out or do anything active. I spent most of the summer in 2017 making a dent in my couch, gaining weight and feeling more and more gross every day. I noticed every little cardiac symptom and dwelled on the fear that it was going to get worse.

But then I got a job and was forced to walk to and from the station every day, run up and down tube escalators and dart my way through the rush-hour crowds from platform to platform. Suddenly my heart symptoms started getting better – I wasn’t swaying from dizziness or struggling to breathe or worrying about my heart going mad half as much as usual! I definitely put this down to getting off my arse and giving my body the activity it deserved and needed. Even just an hour of walking each day has helped, so what magic might a half-hour workout on top of that do?!? ☺️


I want to ignite a love (or at least a ‘like’) for working out and moving my body and then hopefully other areas of my life, like my skin, weight and mood, will feel the effects too.

These five goals are amongst others that I want to, and am excited to, achieve over the next 365 days. I hope you all had a wonderful start to 2018 – I’d love to hear about your resolutions and goals for the next year!



Self-Care Sundays

Hiya lovelies 👋

Can you believe we’re only four weeks away from Christmas?! This final quarter of the year has flown by so quickly; Xmas 2016 still only feels like a couple of months ago! 

The weather has become (a lot) chillier, so I’ve been transitioning from denim skirts and Bardot tops to layers (and layers, and layers…) of jumpers and long-sleeved tees and thick socks. The gloves and scarves have come out of hiding, and now it’s out of the question to leave the house without the thickest coat I can find! 🙅 

The past few weeks have been a bit busier and more tiring than usual, so I was looking forward to spending some time with the doggo, catching up on lost sleep (daytime naps FTW) and doing some blogging.

Now that weekdays are taken up by that employment jazz and week-evenings are spent eating / netflix-bingeing / sleeping, my dedicated pamper time has had to be confined to a couple of hours on Sunday afternoons.

As a natural introvert I love spending time alone each day to reconnect and rebalance. Today’s post is going to be about the routines and habits I’m trying to practice every week with the aim of boosting those happy vibes and reducing any anxieties or stresses that have followed me into the weekend.



Candles and fairy lights ain’t just for romantic evenings with your boyf/girlf, and treating yourself well is just as important as treating others well. Don’t save candle-lit rooms and boxes of chocolates just for loved ones – you deserve a night of pampering too. 


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If my stress levels are particularly haywire, I’ll add a couple of drops of essential oils to the bath water, play soft acoustic tunes and just float for half an hour or so. During my work experience at a mental health clinic I learnt about the power of grounding and how effective scents are at rebalancing emotions. Lavender can be particularly good – hopefully a blog post will be up about this soon! ☺️


I used to be a terrible hoarder – I’d keep every magazine, every pair of ripped tights, every broken picture frame and crinkled photo. My room usually looked like the aftermath of a hurricane.

I’ve worked hard to break that crappy habit and nowadays prefer a much more minimalist lifestyle (oh, how vogue). Clean surfaces, colour-coordinated bookcases, walls reserved for pop-art canvases rather than ripped-out zine pages… *drool*

A tidy space means a tidy mind

A tidy space = a tidy mind

There’s something so satisfying about a clean, ordered bedroom, made even more special with a bunch of fresh flowers and burning incense.


Whether it be creating blog content for work or scribbling in a journal, I looove writing and have done for as long as I can remember. I’ve kept diaries since I was about 10 years old – the early books are hilarious(ly embarassing) – and I’ve always used journalling as a form of ‘soft therapy’ when life gets stressful.

If my brain can’t switch off and I feel a little wired, getting all the thoughts jotted down on pages of a notebook can feel like a relief.

It’s fun to read back on times that made you happy, or when things were tough and you came out at the other end having learnt how to deal with a new type of situation.

Writing gratitude lists are also great for times when you feel a little lost or empty. Reminding yourself of all the lovely things around you, which you might not always see or take much notice of, can give you a new perspective and lease on life.



While I might be a lazy gal at heart and have zero desire to ever join a gym or dedicate time to strenuous exercise nowadays, I’m learning to love a good walk.

As well as long dog walks across the countryside every weekend, I’m starting to enjoy the short journeys to and from the tube station each morning and evening, and trying to make the most of my lunch breaks by taking mini tours of the area.


The music I listen to as I ramble around can really influence the mood I will be in afterwards. Sometimes there are days when you just need to wallow in your bad mood with those sloooowww saaaadddd songs. Other days, a couple of fast-beat motivational tunes are all I need to get me going for a workday or a night out. Choose the right playlist and you can feel like you’re in a movie – I looove that weird feeling of detachment from reality.



Just like sounds / smells / images / etc. can trigger crummy thoughts or memories, they can trigger happy ones too! Dedicating time to figuring out what those things are is important – the things to perhaps avoid, and the things to have around you in your space to keep you feeling sweeeet.

Simply seeing a candle flickering on my desk when I’m working on something a bit tedious at home makes me feel more at ease. The sound of crunching leaves under my feet when I’m walking the pup. The smell of a perfume that reminds me of someone I love. Putting on a warm sweater that’s fresh off the radiator.

Holding onto the little things that trigger those lovely feelings of warmth and/or nostalgia helps bad moods and stress pass quicker. 


So, when you’re next feeling rough or run-down, try running the bath, surrounding yourself with things that make you smile, taking a walk and jotting down any funny or annoying thoughts that are whirring around in your head. Establish a pampering routine to engage in at least once a week that helps lift you out of negative moods and return you to your happy place✨.