Vicki-Honest Mum
My hair was poker straight until I hit 13 and my hormones went, well a bit well hormonal and turned my sleek locks curly!

The exact same thing happened to my Mum so it must be hereditary so in all honesty, I don’t really know if I’m naturally straight or curly.

I suppose I’m naturally curly now but there are days my hair is straighter producing waves rather than curls…an enigma!

Anyway, I often get asked how I achieve my curls and when I’m not getting my all time favourite blow dry (I call it the Hollywood wave), I have a series of go-to hero hair products to keep frizz at bay and curls enhanced and pretty at home!

The picture above shows me post-holiday with already highlighted hair, lighter than usual (it was how I had it at uni and love it) and below is a list of go-to products I use (I’ll be making vlogs soon too of my Hollywood waves with my hairdresser and one of my solo curly look so watch this space)!

My hot list for gorgeous curls:

Aveda be Curly range

1. I wash and condition my hair with Aveda be Curly shampoo and conditioner. The perfect base to clean and nourish my locks, tame frizz and help me create natural curls!

2. On damp hair, I generously apply my ALL TIME FAVOURITE miracle product be Curly Curl Enhancer. This works solo and of course with other shampoos and conditioners if you’d rather. I’d recommend the Aussie range which are less expensive and fab for naturally curly hair too!

(I also like the be curly style prep lotion also featured above but I don’t use it every time!)

Must add, I also spread 2 tablespoons of raw, virgin coconut oil through my hair once a week as an intensive conditioning mask that I then wash out before conditioning!

3. I then add Frizz Ease Extra Strength serum through my hair and especially on the ends of my hair.

Frizz Ease hair serum

4. If I’m not leaving my hair to dry naturally (how I wish I could achieve holiday-hair effortlessly in the UK) I spritz some Frizz Ease Go Curlier heat-activated spray which helps protect my locks from the effect of the hairdryer.

It’s also a great interim product along with spraying water onto my curls the following day to revitalise my look!

Frizz Ease Go Curlier


5. Once dry, I add a little more serum to the ends and spray a tiny bit of perfume into my locks too!

And there you have it.

Not low maintenance but worth it!

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23 Responses

  1. Claudine

    Your hair is so beautiful, Vicki! I totally agree that Aussie does make some great products for curly girls. I really like the results I get from the Aussie Instant Freeze gel- it has great hold and definition! I haven’t heard of the Be Curly Curl Enhancer but I’ll have to check it out. My current favourite for curl enhancing is the DevaCurl Wave Maker.
    Thanks for sharing + stay curly!
    ❤️ Claudine

  2. Michelle at Bod for tea

    As a fellow curly gal I’m always on the look out for new products to try out on my fizz-prone tresses – never used Aveda products before so I was really interested to read about them. Will have to try them out. I swear by Uniq1 shampoo and leave in conditioner – it’s made such a difference to my hair and the coconut version smells divine! I also love Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Scrunching Jelly – it makes crunchy curls that I scrunch out when dry with no frizz x

  3. Jenni at nonstopmama

    First of all, is it bad that it challenged me to work out the spam filter sum before posting this comment?! LOL 🙂 Some FAB reccs., thank you so much – will have to check them out!! From mad Med. curly mama to another, I LOVE Tigi Bed Head Small Talk post-shampooing to towel dried hair – been using and go back to all the time for defining, detangling and somehow all-forgiving of summer damage and need of trims! – and also the classic MoroccanOil hair treatment. Actually, have you tried? I need to get you onto them if not – let me know!! 🙂 XX

    • honestmum

      Oh wow much try that, yes used Moroccan oil and I like it but Aveda products work so much better on my hair! Love your comment-we’re curly haired med sisters! xx

  4. Ruth (geekmummy)

    My curls improved hugely when I learned how to look after them properly – so many products just don’t suit curly hair and coat it and weight it down. It took me 30 years to learn to love my curls, and my revelation came in the form of the book “Curly Girl”. Since reading that I’m much more careful about the product I put in my hair, and it looks so much better for it. I know I can’t use Frizz Ease in my hair as it just coats it and dulls it, but it looks like the Aveda products might be “Curly Girl” friendly so I may need to check those out.

  5. Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Your hair in the photo looks beautiful! I also have curly hair, but I was born with it (I have photos of me when I was little with little ringlets in my hair). For years I hated it because it would so often go frizzy. This was in the ’80s when perms were in fashion and I didn’t like being told how ‘lucky’ I was to have naturally curly hair. Now I know how to style it – and there are so many more products aimed at women with this kind of hair it’s a lot better. I often blow dry it straight with a bit of a wave – it’s silly trying to fight it! I do sometimes leave it to go curly. For me, my must-haves are the Aussie 60 second miracle frizz conditioner, and Argan hair oil does wonders to guard against the frizzies. An ionic hairdryer is good too – I thought it was marketing nonsense at first, but it does work! xxx

    • honestmum

      Thanks Leigh, bet you looked beautiful with your ringlets in, ooh must check out the ionic hairdryer, sounds amazing, thanks for this-the Aussie range is brilliant isn’t it x

  6. Munchies and Munchkins

    I have naturally curly hair – mine also didn’t show up until my teens. Weird huh? I straighten it about twice a week and the rest of the time I leave it natural. I like bumble&bumble surf spray if I want the holiday, relaxed feel. I also like the l’oreal elvive extraordinary oil range for taming it and keeping it sleek and smelling amazing. Sometimes use black &a white hair wax/serum to tame the ends too.x

    • honestmum

      Oh fab will try those out, yes have used wax before on my hair but it ended up weighing it down a lot although friends with curly hair swear by it x

  7. ghostwritermummy

    I have the same waves that are sometimes curly but luckily I can get it fairly straight to (with straighteners) although the slightest whiff of damp in the air and it is curly again! I hated it as a kid as Id just brush it and it would go frizzy and that was that. I’ll have to check out the products here though as I’m always looking for more moisturising tips! x x x

    • honestmum

      I love your hair sweetie and so funny never realised it was curly too, bet it suits you that way too (love it straight as well)-I wear mine straight a sometimes too! Think you will love these products x

  8. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Oh how I love a hair post! Amazing how your hair was straight before you hit your teens. Mine has always been curly, but mum never realised, so just used to brush my hair out. And funnily enough, I hit 13 and realised that it was actually curly, and if I avoided brushing and started using a product, it was gorgeous (it really was). I’ve lost the ringlets I used to have, but it is definitely more curly than wavy if I treat it properly. Anyway, I digress… Hair heroes. I like John Frieda, Aussie and Paul Mitchell products. But, my ‘hair hero’ is more of the way I treat my hair as opposed to specific products. Conditioner is a MUST. The mere thought of running out of this results in my hair recoiling into a tangled mass of unmanageable bird’s nest. It doesn’t matter which product I apply to it, but it matters HOW I apply it – so I need to use loads of product, and ensure that it is evenly and adequately applied. Typically hair mousse, it actually makes no difference if it is expensive or not. ‘For best’ I use Kerastase Oleo-Curl before styling, and like anything, if applied properly, my curls look great, and crucially, don’t go crispy in the way hair mousse can sometimes make it. I like to leave my hair to dry naturally, preferably overnight, as gravity isn’t working against the curls, and they’re springier and prettier the next morning. Since I read about you applying virgin coconut oil to your hair, I started doing this also for an intensive treatment. Amazing – and the smell. I’d love to wear my hair down more often, but having very young boys means that it gets pulled out, or gets really gross stuff planted in it. So the standard style is the bun right at the top of the head. Your hair is gorgeous. I’m a curly girl who loves curly hair, and you’ve got some seriously beautiful hair. Oh, and Vicki, I think your real hair hero is the little black hair band around your wrist that features in a lot of your pics (o;

    • honestmum

      Love this comment Fiona-I have tonnes of those black hair bobbles so there’s always one to get my hair up. My boys never pull my hair, they love brushing it actually but it’s so long, it goes into a top knot or pony tail a lot! I’m allergic to Kerastase sadly (makes my hair itch and has the same effect on my Mum), can you recommend any other mousses. I used to use mousse a lot so this has reminded me! Love your hair, it’s seriously stunning x

      • Fiona @ Free Range Chick

        Hello lovely lady! Sorry it took me an age to respond to this – trying times at home. Anyway, hair mousses: I used a few different ones, and I find that as long as I take care to apply evenly and adequately, they all work really nicely. I like Umberto Giannini glam hair massive mousse, Charles Worthington volume and bounce mousse, John Frieda’s Frizz Ease curl reviver mousse and the Lee Stafford double blow mousse. But, the most memorable mousse that I ever used was by Paul Mitchell, and it was gorgeous because it smelt like coconut. I think you can still get it, but I haven’t bought it for ages. A then friend of mine with curly hair used to use it, and you could smell the sweet scent of coconuts in her hair from a good distance away.
        As for boys and hair, I’m hoping that they’ll soon grow out of the pulling and instead care for my hair a bit better! The top knot is a hair hero in it’s own right, as are the infinite supply of black hair bands! I think you should do a hair vlog Vicki… xx

      • honestmum

        Aw thanks for this list darling, heading to Boots this weekend! You know I was thinking of doing a top knot in another make up vlog! Must shoot another one soon! That Paul Mitchell hair mousse sounds amazing! I used to use a PM white liquid that gave me the best curls, think it was discontinued as not been able to find it for years! Thanks for your lovely comment, hope things are OK at home xx

  9. Annwen

    Really interesting, my daughter has v curly hair and I haven’t found products that work yet so I will have to try some of these and see if I can get a good combo for her hair!

    • honestmum

      Thanks Ellen. I’ve tried so many different Argan oils and while I do like them, nothing nourishes my locks personally more than the raw coconut oil conditioning treatments and that Aveda be Curly Curl Enhancer!


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