It's fair to say, women often have a love-hate relationship with their hair.
When our locks are sitting nicely (always days when we don't plan on leaving the house) we can feel sexy and confident, and other times we're reaching for the straightener because 'it's just not behaving!'
I'm Australian/Mauritian. I have brown eyes, tan skin and very wild, frizzy and curly hair - some liken it to an afro when it's left to its own devices.
I like to think of it as similar to Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw à la season one, but with twice the body and permanent frizz.
When I was younger, I was not hair-confident. And why would I be? I convinced myself in my school days that nobody liked curly hair, but really, did anyone care but me?
I'd batter my very bouffy hair with straightening irons and blowdryers in an effort to fit in and feel 'normal'.
I'm done with this now. Rather than rejecting what makes me unique, and in turn hiding my culture, I choose to emphasise and embrace my natural curls.
I encourage all women - no matter their hair texture or shape - to love and embrace their natural hair (looking at you, Meghan Markle).
It can be done, sometimes it just takes the right products to help you treat and manage the quirks (hello cowlick and humidity-induced-frizz).
I'm not sure what sparked the 'aha' moment where I decided my curls shouldn't be hidden anymore.
Perhaps it was the kind words from my supportive partner ("I love your hair even more when it's curly!") or that I didn't want to waste hours of my week blow-drying and straightening my hair anymore.
But I slowly stopped caring - and nobody gave a rat's behind when I left my hair curly (cue shock).
I'm not going to spend hundreds of dollars on chemically straightening my hair anymore. I'm not going to get up a couple of hours earlier on work days to do my hair. And when I have children, I want them to love the way they look - I need to show them they should.
That's not to say I don't have days when I wish my hair was easy to tame (how do some of you wake up, quickly comb your hair and go?!), but I'm learning to appreciate that my hair has other perks.
This applies to you too. You may not have wildly curly hair, you may have fine, bouffy or no hair! But the point is, you were born with it, and it's special to you.
I've found that looking after my hair and using products that are hair-type appropriate help (kind of a given, but when you're in high school, who has the money?)
Start by washing your hair with a good shampoo and conditioner - sorry ladies, you may need to splurge a little for this - and finish your shower with ice cold water to seal your hair follicles (read: less frizz later).
My hairdresser recommended Matrix products to me years ago and I haven't budged much since then. Try: Matrix So Long Damage Shampoo and Conditioner.
I spray Kérastase Essence d'éclat on towel-dried hair for shine and a bit of nutrition (curly hair needs all the help it can get so it doesn't dry out).
- RoyalsDid Prince William just accidentally reveal his nickname for Princess Charlotte?
Now To LoveToday 12:30pm
- RoyalsAll the times Prince Louis looked just like his big brother Prince George
Now To LoveToday 10:25am
- FamilyA foster family's heartbreak as the young man they took in as a baby develops more and more serious health problems
New Zealand Woman's WeeklyToday 9:22am
- CompetitionsWin a 6 months’ supply of ChildLife vitamins and supplements for a healthy winter
Good Health ChoicesToday 8:00am
- Diet & NutritionLow calorie and dairy-free ice creams that'll satisfy all your frozen dessert cravings
Now To LoveYesterday 2:30pm
- RoyalsRoyal wedding 2019: The official photos from Lady Gabriella Windsor's wedding have just been released
Now To LoveYesterday 12:30pm
- FamilyAmy Schumer is 'mom-shamed' for returning to work two weeks after having her baby
Now To LoveYesterday 12:05pm
- BodyFrom losing 100kg to gaining a wife: Auckland man Brad Wheeler's incredible weight-loss journey
Woman's DayYesterday 11:45am
- RoyalsDuchess Catherine looks pretty in pink at the latest Buckingham Palace Garden Party
Now To LoveYesterday 9:00am
- TVOur top three moments from Dancing With The Stars, week six
Now To LoveMay 21, 2019
- FamilyGemma McCaw on navigating the first few months of motherhood
Woman's DayMay 21, 2019
- BodyMeet the inspiring Kiwi mum who battled bowel cancer while pregnant
Woman's DayMay 21, 2019