au naturel

earrings – primark
lipstick – mac victorian
curls – all natural baby

It is true that you always want what you haven’t got. When I was little, I use to envy my friends with poker straight hair, so tame and shiny, whilst I was stuck with an awkward mane of unruly curls. I went to all costs to rid myself of the curls, avoiding the crusts on my sandwiches for fear they would make my hair grow even curlier and attempting to suppress my ringlets under a sea of kirby grips and scrunchies. Needless to say, the discovery of hair straighteners in my early teens was the start of a spiral of endless straightening and reliance on my trusty GHDs. It is sad but it isn’t until recently I have started to embrace my natural waves and accept I am never going to have super straight hair.
It is now my pledge to wean myself off the straighteners and wear my hair au naturel. I am off to Egypt next week so this will be the perfect time to start. I certainly do not fancy singeing my hair whilst I fry in 40 degree heat! To enhance and define my curls I use Trevor Sorbie’s beautiful curl cream on wet hair. It is really good and doesn’t leave your hair crunchy or sticky, just bouncy and moisturised. I gently twist random sections of my hair and then let it all dry naturally. And that is all, no mousse or hair spray. Now my hair literally takes half the time to style as i use to; as I previously slaved over the straighteners for a good hour. Madness!
My hair certainly feels a lot healthier and happier and I have surprisingly become quite captivated by my curls.

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55 Comments

  1. 29th August 2011 / 11:45 am

    Wow, they're your natural curls? They look fab! I've been going au naturelle too, I just can't be bothered faffing around with straighteners every morning. My ghds have been resigned to the cupboard for ages now! xx

  2. 29th August 2011 / 11:46 am

    Wow it looks gorgeous Millie! I've given up straightening my hair recently too and have embraced au naturel xxx

  3. 29th August 2011 / 11:46 am

    You are so lucky to have gorgeous natural curly hair, i have to rely on my Conical Wand to achieve lovely curls like yours!

    xx

  4. 29th August 2011 / 11:47 am

    I think your natural curls are beautiful. So true that you always want what you don't have; I would love naturally curly hair!

  5. 29th August 2011 / 11:49 am

    I got my hair permed to make them look like yours! ๐Ÿ˜› You look so glowy, what are you wearing on the rest of your face?

  6. 29th August 2011 / 11:51 am

    Your hair really is gorgeous! I'm another one giving the GHDs a bit of a break at the moment, my hair seems to appreciate it…

    xo

  7. 29th August 2011 / 11:54 am

    I am the reverse of you, I ate all my crusts in a vain attempt to have to curly hair just like my mum and was still given dead straight hair. I love your curl, so natural and beautiful! Mel xxx

  8. 29th August 2011 / 11:56 am

    amazing Milly, you look gorgeous.
    Your hair is amazing.
    I DID have naturally curly hair, it has got less & less through the years of straightening and my ringlets aren't any more. Since bleaching it last year (colour SOS!) It has lost the curl altogether, which makes me super sad.
    I don't believe we've never (I don't think) seen your natural hair before.
    It is beautiful xx

  9. 29th August 2011 / 11:58 am

    I would be so happy if my natural hair looked like yours! x

  10. 29th August 2011 / 12:00 pm

    you hair looks great like this – wish I had naturally curly hair! xo

  11. 29th August 2011 / 12:09 pm

    I have naturally poker straight hair, but what I ould give for curls like yours! x

  12. 29th August 2011 / 12:11 pm

    Your curls are gorgeous… I'm the exact same as you though, always wanted straight hair and then straightened it religiously, but now I do embrace the wave now and again lol!

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    x

  13. 29th August 2011 / 12:17 pm

    Your hair is lovely natural! I'm the complete opposite, I think straight hair looks awful on me and I make my self wash it every two days just because on day one I always have natural, wavy and big hair. I use curlers to create waves too!

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  14. 29th August 2011 / 12:17 pm

    Your hair is lovely natural! I'm the complete opposite, I think straight hair looks awful on me and I make my self wash it every two days just because on day one I always have natural, wavy and big hair. I use curlers to create waves too!

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  15. 29th August 2011 / 12:33 pm

    Aw your girls look amazing.
    I'm like you in that I have naturally curly hair but am a chronic straightener. I really cant bring myself to love my natural curls even though I'll happily create waves/curls with a hot iron – crazy I know. x

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  16. 29th August 2011 / 12:41 pm

    TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Really, really suits you hun-looks lush xxx

  17. 29th August 2011 / 12:46 pm

    wish i had naturally curly hair! so lucky! x

  18. 29th August 2011 / 12:50 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous!
    I am exactly the same as you.. have the thickest of thick hair, and even now avoid the crusts (weird right?!) and even went to lengths of permanent straightening!
    But sometimes (depending how the curls go) i tend to leave mine natural.. best way! the curls are lovelyyy!
    It makes me want to leave mine natural more.. although the volume is so immense i probably could sweep floors!
    But however, you look lovely as always!

  19. 29th August 2011 / 12:50 pm

    We basically have the same hair and I'm just beginning to embrace the curl again too, It's so much easier than frying my poor ringlets ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  20. 29th August 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Why would you bother straightening your hair when it looks this pretty naturally!!? I love it.
    x

  21. 29th August 2011 / 1:57 pm

    Your curls are lovely! I have poker straight hair and I'm forever curling it xxx

  22. 29th August 2011 / 2:09 pm

    Your curls are gorgeous! My mane is just an unruly frizzy mess when its au natural lol! You look fab!
    xx

  23. 29th August 2011 / 2:26 pm

    I too have banished the straightners recently! Cheers to healthy hair!

    Vicky x

  24. 29th August 2011 / 3:10 pm

    ah girls thank you all for your nice comments, you have given me the confidence to wear my hair like this more. It is quite a mane and I have always felt conscious of it, but i've now realised…its not so bad!
    Pleased to hear many of you are also putting down the straighteners and going au naturel. ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx

  25. 29th August 2011 / 3:14 pm

    Your curls are incredibly beautiful, Milly! I wish mine did that! x

  26. 29th August 2011 / 3:50 pm

    your curls are fab!! I used to always leave my hair au naturel when it was longer because the weight of it made the curls look beachy rather than random spirals lol i may follow your footsteps when mine grows a bit more!!

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    xx

  27. 29th August 2011 / 5:54 pm

    your earnings are amazing… the turquoise looks stunning next to your bronzed skin. jealous much about your hair mine is poker straight and limp so won't hold a curl xx

  28. 29th August 2011 / 6:28 pm

    AU NATUREL TU ES SUBLIME <3

  29. 29th August 2011 / 6:28 pm

    AU NATUREL TU ES SUBLIME <3

  30. 29th August 2011 / 6:34 pm

    Wow, your curls are gorgeous! I have to use my GHD's to get this look! I may have to go au naturel myself soon as I noticed a little bit of frazzle on my ends this morning! x

  31. 29th August 2011 / 6:54 pm

    Cute curls! xoxo

  32. 29th August 2011 / 7:19 pm

    WOW!! your hair is stunning & I was about to ask what curler you use until I read underneath the pics lol. xx

  33. 29th August 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Your hair looks fab au naturel…love it xx

  34. 29th August 2011 / 7:43 pm

    OH WOW! I would love my natural hair to be curly like that. I would never have to style my hair again haha =D x

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  35. 29th August 2011 / 8:18 pm

    I love your earrings and your hair is just amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. 29th August 2011 / 8:40 pm

    I love your hair au naturel! Mine is quite similar and I left the ghds behind a good two years ago now and my hair has grown and unbelieveable amount and has never looked healthier! ๐Ÿ™‚ X

  37. 29th August 2011 / 11:22 pm

    You have gorgeous natural hair! I'm so jealous – my hair is naturally horrible! It is pretty straight but tends to flick out unattractively on my shoulders, it's just terrible! You look beautiful in the photos xxx

  38. 30th August 2011 / 6:50 am

    Hi Milly ๐Ÿ™‚ my hair is too naturally curly and I used to work against them rather than embracing them. You do always want what you don't have! Where did you decide to stay in Egypt then? Angela x

  39. 30th August 2011 / 9:51 am

    Love this look, your natural hair is gorgeous. Have fun in Egypt x x x

  40. 30th August 2011 / 2:00 pm

    Your curls are beautiful xx

  41. 30th August 2011 / 5:59 pm

    WOW! your hair colour looks beautiful.. curls look beautiful. LOVE the earrings!

  42. 31st August 2011 / 2:23 pm

    Your hair is stunning!! Why would you ever want to straighten it?

  43. 31st August 2011 / 3:49 pm

    your curls are beautiful. they add nice texture and volume!

  44. 31st August 2011 / 7:37 pm

    Your hair looks gorgeous natural, my curls are frizzy and out of control! I'll have to try the beautiful curl cream xx

  45. 31st August 2011 / 9:19 pm

    i have naturally wavy hair that i'm always trying to enhance a little bit, so i might invest in this product – was it expensive? i love your hair curly, too, i think it suits you so much better than it straight! xx

  46. 25th August 2013 / 2:52 pm

    Gorgeous hair colour!

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