I thought I liked it kinky…
…that is, until I discovered just how gratifying it could be to stay on the straight and narrow.
For as long as I could remember I’d always ticked the “straight hair” box. I remember back in high school when I really thought there were two types of hair – curly and straight. I associated with the latter. How foolish I was! I discovered that I was kinky (in the hair sense of the word – mostly) around the same time as the advent, the rise and rise, of the hair straightener.
Since then I have gone through two distinct stages: over zealous straightening with the fury of all the Gods (or women) scorned; and embracing my waves (my kinky side).
It really is amazing how straightened hair can change your look.
Introducing Sunsilk Co-creations Expert-Perfect Straight. Created with the help of “Straight Expert” Yuko Yamashita. I Googled Yuko.. On her website she has an entire section dedicated to her “feelings about hair”. I figure anyone who has that many emotions about, well… hair, must know her stuff.
On the back of the product there is a brief spiel about how MY LIFE WILL BE TRANSFORMED (or, you know, how basically my hair will be straight after using).
The shampoo: smells shampoo-ey – it smells nice. Slightly floral. Not chemically. It is more runny in my hand than other shampoos. I’d waited until my hair was quite in need of a wash (so, 30 hours as opposed to my normal 24 MAX) so I could experience the full benefits (disclaimer: this is not scientific) of my new shampoo. I felt it had done a satisfactory job of cleansing at the time.
The conditioner: again, slightly more runny than other conditioners. Seemed to glide quite well through my hair and made it easy enough to finger detangle while still wet. I did wonder to myself whether the more runny consistency might be part of the claimed straightening effects.
BUT DID IT MAKE YOUR HAIR STRAIGHT? I hear you. And I’m getting to it.
I used this product on a Saturday afternoon. If possible, on the weekends I like to let my hair dry naturally (stop yawning, I am getting there, I promise) to give it a rest from the working week hairdryer grind. So this is what I did. I can’t tell you if whether I’d used the hairdryer straight after, it would have made a difference…
My hair, once dry, was still kind of kinky. Maybe it was slightly straighter than normal but to be honest, if it was, I couldn’t tell.
I ran the hair straightener over my kinky locks (after taking a few selfies for you all to note the amazing transformation) and really do think my straightening time was cut down. (Seriously.) The other thing I noticed was this: normally when I straighten my hair it comes out looking a bit limp and almost greasy looking – even straight after a wash. I noticed that after using the Sunsilk exper-straight products and taking a few minutes with the straightner, my hair had more life. It looked less limp. I went to a family dinner afterward and got comments on how nice my hair looked. Whether that is because I actually put some effort in or whether it is because of the magical effects of Sunsilk, I don’t know (further testing pending).
As I sit here, the next morning, typing this in my dressing gown and PJs, my partner has just left for work. His departing words and my final recommendation? “I’ll see you and your nice hair later.”