Learn to embrace your look
It’s a cruel twist of fate that the very same feature that makes us uniquely beautiful can also be our biggest source of frustration. Others might admire your dead-straight hair, but you bemoan the fact that it feels limp by 2pm.
Or perhaps your head of curls is the envy of many, but it can be so difficult to control that you quite literally want to pull your hair out.
Here’s the answer: the secret to celebrating your unique style every day is to completely own it. And that includes finding ways to navigate those moments of frustration.
Influencer and model Shreyja Shraa discovered this for herself around three years ago. Although her gorgeous, wild hair has helped put her in demand globally, Shreyja didn’t always celebrate it.
“I remember constantly straightening my hair when I was younger because I was embarrassed of [my curls],” she says. “As I got older, I became more confident, especially in the modelling industry. Constantly being surrounded by beautiful, unique women, I guess it made me feel like I should show off my individuality.”
The right cut
The turning point for Shreyja came when she decided to truly embrace her look by getting a haircut that actually worked with her hair’s texture and shape.
“I definitely prefer my look today as I feel it suits my tomboy, carefree style a lot more. My haircut has also helped me greatly within the industry as it’s not a common style among the other models. I remember my first fashion week with the curls, in 2019; none of the designers I walked for changed my hair from its natural state, which definitely helped me stand out. Uniqueness is such a powerful tool in the modelling industry and I think we should all embrace it.”
Instead of trying to coax your hair into something that it isn’t, switch to a cut that truly enhances its natural texture, including all its beautiful quirks. You’ll be amazed at how much better it looks, and how much faster and easier it is to style.
Tools of the trade
Speaking of styling, finding the right products can take some trial and error but they are truly worth the effort. Shreyja has zeroed in on a trio of products that she knows will help her to manage her unruly locks. It starts with the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Rose Hip Oil Elixir, which she loves for its rose scent and ability to keep her hair in great condition.
“I enjoy using this product after my hair has been washed and is still damp,” Roberta explains. “So many products, curling irons and straighteners are constantly being used on my hair at work, so I find this repair oil helps my hair remain healthy.”
Designed specifically for normal to damaged hair, the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Rose Hip Oil Elixir leaves locks feeling soft and silky, without weighing them down. A small amount goes a long way – apply it to the ends only, staying away from the roots.
Once her hair is dry, Shreyja finishes with a little Schwarzkopf Extra Care Grape Seed Oil Elixir on the ends to reduce frizziness and flyaways, without flattening her signature style. In between washes, she also relies on sea salt spray to restore definition and bounce to her style.
“I don’t have thick hair, so my curls usually flatten or straighten out after I’ve slept on them,” she notes. “I find sea salt spray useful as it helps define them again.”