by Mia M.
I have something brilliant to share with you today - something, dare I say, revolutionary. But first, a story.
So one of the blogs that I follow, Cassixmakeup, uploaded a post that I just found really beautiful. It's linked here, but basically it's about how she takes care of her mixed race daughter's hair. I know it sounds odd, but as a mixed race girl with hard-to-tame hair it was just such a lovely thing to read. You could really tell that she had taken the time to research and invest in different products for her baby - and I know her daughter is going to appreciate it so much.
When I was younger, I was surrounded by two parents who had no clue what to do with my hair. My mother's the black parent and she was used to relaxing her hair, cornrowing it, braiding it, etc. You know, just things that would probably make mine fall out. My dad is white and... well, the only thing he knows about female hair is that you're meant to brush it. Which you aren't meant to do with curls. So we were all stuck in this kind of limbo where we all agreed that my hair was a pain in the ass and controlling it was, in every sense of the word, painful.
On top of this, I'm a '98 baby, so the abundance of information about curly hair that we have on the internet... wasn't out there when I first toddled into this cold world. I was stuck with a mop on my hair that broke combs and snapped hairbands. Every new product that did anything was a miracle.
It's weird; I've never really written about my curly hair or shared tips on how to manage it - but Cassi's post reminded me that there are first time mummas out there looking for help on managing hair. And girls with curls looking for their next solution. So I thought; hey! I've had 18 years of trial and error when it comes to curly hair; I could help a few people with things.
Today's post is one such thing.
So, without further ado, please welcome my holy grail product. The creme-de-la-creme of the cocktail concoction that goes on my hair.
Right, now, I don't know if maybe I'm living in some sort of insulated bubble that beauty-talk does not enter (wouldn't surprise me) but I never hear anyone mention Jasmine Oil. We all hear about Olive Oil (admittedly great), Argan Oil (also pretty good; not the best, in my opinion, but good) and Coconut Oil (love you, baby).
And I'm confused as to why we don't mention Jasmine Oil.
Why? Well, here are some of the amazing effects it has:
You can buy this oil in pretty much any ethnic hair store (I believe it's more of an Asian beauty product, so go for that section) - and I actually buy mine in the ethnic section of Superdrug!
Now, obviously I can tell you how amazing a product is - but I'd argue that you'd be better off seeing the effect it has.
So there's one universal rule that all us curly girls have:
Conditioner is life.
Conditioner is what keeps your hair moisturized and healthy. Shampoo cleans your hair by stripping it, which means that your hair will feel dehydrated, tangly and frizzy. Shampooed and not conditioned hair will feel and look like shit. Period.
So obviously that's the hair I was going for!
To show you the power of the oil, I washed my hair without conditioner and hated e v e r y second.
This is my hair wet and disgustingly uncombed. You can tell (I realize many of you can't, so I'll explain) because when you comb curly hair wet and with product you don't get loose, almost rat-tail waves (at least not with my curl pattern) you typically get something that looks more like this:
See the left side of head where she's worked the product in? That's what it's meant to look like.
Mine? Well, mine looked like this:
*Shudders in horror*
Okay, I know most people can't tell, but the ends should be more ringlety - each of the curls is very defined but not in a curl in a "rat tail". This is bad and dries up ugly.
So I worked a small bit of oil into my palms, then applied to the ends of my hair. The ends of your hair are the driest (so the most prone to looking frazzled) and the ones that curl the best, so they need the most attention.
I then worked a small amount (more the leftover oil) into the higher parts of my hair. This was a much lighter coverage, just to add a little definition and shine. See how gross the top looks? This is why we condition, kids.
And after a few hours?
Ta da! My hair is massive - but defined.
(I'm also a poster-child for shrinkage - look at all that length just disappearing!)
The Jasmine Oil has it looking healthy and presentable - without weighing it down. You can see patches where the hair wasn't covered with the oil and the disgusting results that were leftover, so I think you can draw your own conclusions from that.
Basically: if you have curly hair, get yourself some Jasmine Oil. It's ridiculously cheap at around £2 for a massive bottle and it will make your hair soft and beautiful. Even if you have straight hair, this would make a great hair treatment.
I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post! Do I have any curly-haired girls out there? Let me know your thoughts below.
About Mia M.
I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.
tattoo lover, plant hoarder, DIY addict and overall stoner grandma