Introduce yourself!My name is Lou. I'm from Edinburgh in Scotland but moved to Melbourne, Australia nearly 5 years ago. I'm an office manager for an Architect firm and I run Love Your Curls in my spare time.
How long have you been wearing your naturally curly hair?I have always worn my hair in its natural state but I only properly started to embrace my hair and wear my curls 'out' about 5-6 years ago. Before then I only ever wore it tied up!
Who or what inspired you?I wouldn't say it was a particular person/thing as such. I struggled with my hair for most of my life, I always liked curly hair and although I was always told how lucky I was (and that I’d save a fortune on Perms when I was older!) I just didn't see it that way. I thought that my hair could have potential is was just that my curls didn't want to sit the right way, or they were too frizzy and bushy. I had no idea what to do with them so I just tied them back as tight as I could. I was also badly bullied over my hair which really knocked my confidence and shaped how I thought about my hair for years--I thought if I wore my hair down I'd look like an idiot and get laughed at.
I thought that my hair could have potential... my curls didn't want to sit the right way, or they were too frizzy and bushy. I had no idea what to do with them so I just tied them back as tight as I could.
What changed that?Going travelling. I visited New York a lot and then lived in Vancouver for a while. I think being in big cities where there are so many cultures and different looking people has opened my eyes. It feels so refreshing to be in a city where everyone looks so different and nobody cares what anyone else looks like. I started to wear my hair down a bit but wasn't really fully embracing it. What really made a big difference was a longer trip travelling and a bad accident. I set off on an around the world trip where I took the smallest bag I could. This meant I wasn't armed with the many products I used to control my hair and because I didn't want to be spending the amount of time I normally did to carry out my routine I just let my hair do its own thing.
In Melbourne, I think it's much easier to embrace your curls--as like most big cities, there is a diverse mixture of people living here with people from many backgrounds.To my amazement, the world did not stop, people did not point and laugh (well actually in Asia I did get a lot of pointing and people coming up and touching it!) and I found I really liked my hair big and free. I broke my back while I was on this trip and I spent a year recovering where I had a lot of times on my hands. I wanted to be able to keep wearing my hair down, so I started to Google everything I could find about curly hair. That’s when I came across the ‘curly girl method’ and all the forums/blogs etc on the net. It really opened my eyes and it sounds silly and dramatic but it really did change my life.
Describe style and trends in your area.
I live on the North side of Melbourne which is the more arty/muso/grungy part of the city. I guess some people might say it has a hipster vibe too--it depends on your definition of a hipster. Definitely a lot of black, skinny black jeans are a staple. It is quite a laid back place. I think that comes across in people's style. Lots of very quirky unique hairstyles, undercuts, colours and bold shapes. I'd say people aren't afraid to try things out with their hair! People really like to spend time outdoors in Melbourne, whether that means having a beer or a coffee in a nice courtyard or spending time in a park. Oh and breakfast--it's all about going out for breakfast in Melbourne!