Just cut it!

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Just cut it.

Sounds simple, but sometimes it’s so hard to get rid of something that is so attached to you. Such as, your hair.

I don’t know why I’ve always felt like I need to have long hair. Like, I’ve actually felt ugly and insecure if it was short. Maybe it has something to do with the two times I’ve cut my hair super short and immediately regretted it. Like, I’ve done it without giving it much of a thought. Which, though, sounds like a typical Charlotta.

But a while back I got to the conclusion that my hair was just not doing me any favors. Cutting my hair much shorter was something I actually had thought about for a longer time – even though the decision happened quickly (like, do you know the feeling when you just need something to happen NOW?). You know I’m all about those natural curls, but my hair was so long and the ends were so damaged, they hardly managed to curl at all.

So I guess I did it for the curls. 

big chop before after
Before and after!

And I have no regrets! I love my shorter hair. Which is still long. It’s like short long hair. Or long short hair. Or a long bob? Be it whatever – it curls so much better now and actually that’s what’s making it appear shorter than it is. My hair can now lift itself up.

And I feel quite lifted as well. Making a change to your hair is quite a powerful thing to do, as superficial as it sounds. I am so happy I made the big cut. I feel quite relieved. I don’t need my hair to be long – I just want it to appear healthy and nice.

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In these photos you see my hair in it’s natural state – there are no curl creams whatsoever used. Susanna just washed my hair and used some moisturizing curl cream and a light oil. Then she diffused my hair and let it live it’s best life. She even used a sulfate-free shampoo, because she knows how I am. So if you have naturally curly hair and are thinking of going to a hairdresser – I can warmly recommend Susanna.

Thank you Susanna for once again taking care of my hair!

Hair artist | SUSANNA POMÉLL | Healthyhair.fi
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Lapinlahdenkatu 21,
00180 Helsinki
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*I got a small blogger-discount from Susanna for this hair cut. 

Natural curl styler – aloe vera gel

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I have breaking news! I have found a very simple, affordable and natural curl styler option,  aloe vera. Aloe vera works great as a curl gel for wavy or curly hair types. It gives definition and hold to your curls – while still feeling very light on the hair. So in other words: it’s perfect for curls.

I have tried a few curl creams and gels before and my problem with them has been that they can feel a bit heavy. I don’t like the feeling of feeling like I have something in my hair.  That said, the curl cream mentioned in this post was still pretty awesome. The problem with that, however, was that it contained silicons and after some time I felt like it started to build up in my hair. I use a mild shampoo, so my shampoo wasn’t really doing the job at removing the buildup from my hair. However, if you’re not that strict about ingredients and you have a shampoo that is a bit more effective, I think you should check that option out.

But I was determined to find a natural option for a curl styling product. And I’m so happy I tried the simplest product first: pure aloe vera gel. What wouldn’t aloe vera do? It’s one of my favorite ingredients in beauty products and now I’m even more impressed by it. I use it after sunbathing, on itchy mosquito bites, to soothe my skin if there’s redness and sometimes just as a moisturizer for body and face. And now – as my curl gel.

Aloe vera contains vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, which are not only great for your skin, but also for your hair. You can also treat your scalp with it – be the problem itchiness, dandruff or dryness. So aloe vera treats your hair, while giving hold and definition to your curls.

It’s especially great for curly and wavy hair, since it’s so lightweight and watery. It doesn’t weigh down your curls. It’s easy to wash off and it doesn’t build up in the hair.

If you’re new to curly hair routines and products, you should check out my post with lots of information about treating naturally curly or wavy hair. I explain on the post why you should use mild shampoos and why silicons aren’t that great for curly hair:

Naturally curly and wavy hair 101 – Curly hair routine

curly hair curl gel

And then, let’s see how to use aloe vera as a curl gel!

How to style your curls using aloe vera gel

  1. Shampoo your hair as usual and follow up with your conditioner.
  2. Squeeze the most water out of your hair with upward movements. Use a towel and do the same. (Always, always squeezing and scrunching upwards with curly hair!)
  3. While your hair is still damp and slightly wet, take some aloe vera and scrunch it in your curls.
  4. After you’ve applied your curl cream (aloe vera), use the towel one more time to scrunch out the hair.
  5. Let air dry and enjoy your beautiful curls!

I use Urtekram’s aloe vera gel, which is pure and organic. But the brand is not necessarily important. What’s important is that the gel is mostly pure aloe vera gel. Here are some good options from amazon:

Have you tried aloe vera for your curls?

More about aloe vera, check out this great article on Naturallycurly.com:
6 ways to use aloe vera gel