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One hair salon is teaching us how to do curls at home using just some empty loo rolls, and let us tell you it’s an absolute isolation VIBE.
Just a few short weeks ago toilet paper was a rare commodity, but now that stock levels are (thankfully) back to normal, we’re loving this trick to use empty rolls for your at-home curls.
Ozzie Rizzo, a London-based luxury hair salon, has shared the incredible method and it looks so easy – not to mention better for your hair that applying loads of heat.
I mean, can you believe these were done with loo roll cardboard?
Can you believe these curls were done with loo roll cardboard?! (Credit: Ozzie Rizzo)
To achieve the curls, you’ll need a hair dryer, some bobby pins or sectioning clips, a paddle brush, wide toothed comb, some shooting hair cream or oil, some hair spray, and the star – about 10 loo roll tubes, or less if you hair is less thick. So go dig them out of your recycling!
Start with freshly washed hair, which you should dry as flat as you can with a paddle brush.
Next, apply a small drop of small drop of cream or oil to your locks and run the product through your hair with your fingertips.
Next, you need to section your hair into sections roughly three to four inches wide.
Section the hair in 3-4 inch sections (Credit: Ozzie Rizzo)
It’s curl time. Grab your empty loo rolls and, starting from the ends, wrap your hair around the rolls continuing to the base. Once done, secure the curl with a sectioning clip or bobby pin.
A tip is to be sure to always roll backwards from face so your curls bounce away from the face when they’re taken out.
Continue this round the whole head.
Roll your curls from the bottom up and away from the face (Credit: Ozzie Rizzo)
When you’re done, apply a generous amount of hairspray, then turn your hairdryer on and hols heat on each roll for roughly 10 seconds.
After, unclip and unravel each roll slowly, continuing around the whole head until all the curls are undone.
Hairspray and add heat for 10 seconds (Credit: Ozzie Rizzo)
Finally, brush through the hair a wide-toothed comb or soft brush and finish off with a spray of hair spray.
The result: amazing curls. Amazing, eh?!
Uncurl and brush through (Credit: Ozzie Rizzo)
Ozzie Rizzo, CEO of Ozzie Rizzo says: “We are getting lots of requests for tips and advice on how to create an easy to create style at home, so we thought we’d help you all out with a step by step guide to create one of our most popular looks from your own home without the need to invest in rollers.”
“We know how frustrated our clients are that they can’t maintain their luscious locks. And, while we are unable to get ready and go out to meet people, getting up in the mornings and getting dressed will help us to maintain a positive state of mind, and will ensure we’re ready for any video calls and meetings.
“Plus a little TLC for your hair at home is a great way to pass some time, and learn a new self-pampering skill.”
They look SO good (Credit: Ozzie Rizzo)
Isolation is causing a lot of us to get inventive with our beauty routines – and for many of us, are DIY attempts are not ending up looking as great as these curls.
Tyla has rounded up the best beauty fails to come out of the lockdown, from nails to hair – because yes ladies, the struggle is real.
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New Cushelle tissues, so soft, yet strong and washing machine resistant
Using tissues to curl hair without heat has more benefits than simply protecting your hair. Strong and absorbent tissues soak up excess water, making the drying process quicker than with curlers. Plus, tissue curls are soft and comfortable to sleep in, meaning you can achieve gorgeous heatless curls overnight!
It’s so easy to curl hair without a curling iron – creating bouncy and natural-looking curls without heat – that you’ll never want to go back! Find out how to make your hair wavy without heat, overnight or a few hours before an event, right here.
How to curl hair without a curling iron: what you’ll need instead
Your checklist for tissue curls couldn’t be simpler! All you need is a packet or box of tissues, some water and a hairbrush. To keep a firm hold on the curls with the tissues while they dry, you’ll need very strong tissues, like Cushelle. If you have very long or thick hair, you may need to keep a second packet of tissues handy.
When you curl hair without a curling iron, you will also have to set aside at least two hours for your hair to dry completely into beautiful curls. Line up some other activities to keep you busy or prepare your hair just before you go to bed so that your hair dries into curls overnight.
Strong Cushelle tissues are perfect for this method. They are soft on hair cuticles, but they’re also really strong, so they’ll keep your tissue curls securely fastened for the best results.
Using tissues to create curls without heat
First, you’ll need to fold the tissues into strong strips.
- Unfold a tissue on a table in front of you diagonally so that a corner is pointing towards you.
- Starting from the corner, fold it over by around 1cm away from you.
- Continue folding the tissue over in this way, smoothing it down every time, until it is folded many times over into a narrow strip.
- Repeat with the rest of the packet.
Now you have your curling strips, here’s how to curl hair without heat!
- Lightly dampen a hairbrush with water.
- Brush your hair thoroughly with the damp hairbrush until your hair is damp, but not fully wet.
- Divide your hair evenly into around 8 sections. If you have very long or thick hair, you might need to divide it into more sections. Make sure each section of hair is dampened.
- Starting from the first strand, place the tips onto the middle of your tissue curling strip.
- Carefully roll the hair up around the strip by turning it over in your fingers until you get to the roots.
- Gently tie the ends of the tissue strip together with a knot like the first knot of your shoelaces, and tighten it closed over the hair, keeping it in place rolled up at the top of your head.
- Repeat with all the other sections and tissues. If there was too much hair in the first section to hold up with the tissue, you may need to divide your hair into more sections.
Now your hair is all prepared for curls, without any heat styling involved! The next step is to be patient and leave your hair alone for at least two hours. If you need to hurry the process, use a hairdryer on a gentle heat, ideally with a diffuser head. You could alternatively sleep with your hair in the tissue curlers, to get low-effort, heatless curls overnight.
After your hair is fully dry, you can take out the tissues – either by untying them or gently ripping them open. Loosen your curls gently with your fingers, and spritz your head with hairspray if you want longer-lasting curls.
Now you know how to make your hair wavy without heat, overnight or pre-event, you can enjoy a bouncy, healthy head of curls any time!
Do you want to flaunt beachy waves or amazing curls but are afraid of the damage the heat curl might do to your hair? Well, this no heat hack might be the best thing you will ever come across.
Do you want to flaunt beachy waves or amazing curls but are afraid of the damage the heat curl might do to your hair? Well, this no heat hack might be the best thing you will ever come across. The no-heat toilet paper hack is one of the most creative yet affordable trick that you will ever try on your mane. All you need for this beauty hack is toilet paper and a lot of patience. (ALSO READ: 7 Funky hair-styles for women with short hair that’ll make even Rapunzel chop off her locks!) Also Read – Tejasswi Prakash to Janhvi Kapoor, 5 Actresses Who Aced Summer Sexiness in Plunging Neckline – See Hot Pics
So if you are game for nice curls, do give it a try with a dose of patience. All you need to do is roll the toilet paper in half and then roll different parts of you hair in the toilet paper and tie it by securing the loose ends. Try not top make the knots too tight. Leave this overnight and when you wake up in the morning you will have fabulous curls! The advantage of using this beauty hack t that you will have no hair damage. Check out the video below and do give it a try! Also Read – Palak Tiwari Raises The Temperature in Mumbai’s Heat in Red Top And Denim – See Pics
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Published Date: February 25, 2016 12:11 PM IST
As someone with naturally curly hair (I’m talking corkscrew curls), I’ve never understood the struggle of trying to curl your hair. It baffles me when my straight haired friends spend hours curling their hair, only to have it go flat after twenty minutes. The drastic measures they take to get a good curl is crazy. There’s the curling iron, flat iron, hair rollers and braids. I’ve even seen a girl cut up an old t-shirt and wrap strands of wet hair in the strips to achieve curly perfection.
To add to this madness, beauty vlogger Nicole Skyes has found a way to curl your hair with toilet paper. Can we just take a second to think about that? Forgot the fact that she uses a product we use on our asses. Think about how much more money you’re going to spend on toilet paper. I’m broke and hardly have enough money to buy three rolls. I can’t go putting it in my hair when I could be using it for shittier situations…
From her video, it doesn’t look like the makeshift rollers stay in very well. Although I have to hand it to her, they don’t look half bad. At least they’re not just waves and she’s claiming their real curls (you know who you are). I have a high standard for curls though. Did I mention my corkscrews? Think Shirley Temple hair, only brunette.
Her reasoning for this method is that it saves your hair from the heat. I can totally get behind that. Even one percent humidity in the air and my hair is done for. I’m just not sure I would go to such lengths for something as simple as curls. Of course, it comes down to personal preference. Do you care that you have toilet paper in your hair and that it may not come out exactly how you want? If not then go for it. If you’re in a rush and want to make sure you get that perfect curl, I’d stick with the curling iron. .
Introduction: Heatless Overnight Paper Towel Curls
Hello! If you want to know how to have beautiful, HEATLESS curls, made only with paper towels, then you have come to the right place! I will show you how to make these gorgeous curls with a few simple steps.
Step 1: Materials
For the Heatless Overnight Paper Towel Curls, you will need:
A Brush, to ensure there are no tangles
As you can see, I have cut each paper towel into thirds, since you only need small strips. 🙂
Step 2: Hair Prep
This hairstyle is best done on wet hair. My sister had just washed her hair in this picture, and let it dry a tiny bit, so it would not drip during the styling. If you have naturally curly hair, you can do this on dry hair. You could also spray some water on the hair as you go. Comb out the hair so that it is smooth and tangle free. Part the hair wherever you want the curls to be parted.
Step 3: Making the Curls
Take a small section of hair and separate it from the rest of the hair. Comb it out. Take a paper towel strip and place it onto the hair strip. Wrap the ends of the hair around the paper towel, and then wrap the paper towel upwards, continuing to wrap the hair around it. When you reach the top, use the ends of the paper towel to tie a knot and secure the curler. Don’t pull too hard, or the strip will break. Repeat for the rest of your hair. If you run out of paper towel strips, you can just cut more.
P.S. – They are reusable! When you take them out the next morning, you will notice that they are curled in the center and then more flat on the outside, so that you can tie them! Save them for next time!
Step 4: Undoing Them
The first picture is what the hair looks like after a night’s sleep. Start by undoing the curls at the front of your face, and then undoing the ones near the neck. Continue until you have removed all the paper towels. You can spray hairspray now if you like, to keep the hair in place.
Step 5: The Finished Style!
And voila! You have beautiful hair, and it was SUPER easy to make! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
You all know that we love posting no-heat curls tutorials from time to time! This one is inspired by a rag curls technique our grandmothers may have used when they were young. My own grandmother used to do them!
Rather than used a cut up t-shirt, we decided to use something just as effective, but something you would definitely have around the house… paper towels!
To see your recreations featured below this video in our CGH App, please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHPaperTowelCurls
These paper towel strips work nicely, because they wick excess moisture from the hair and help set the curl. My girls wear them to sleep, but for this video we filmed the before and after on Brooklyn the same day, after about 5-6 hours at home.
These curls are beautiful and voluminous. They are perfect as is, or as a base for a hairstyle combination with braids, buns, twist backs, etc. You can also get about 2-3 days worth of curls/waves by doing this.
Hope you love the curls as much as we do! Enjoy!
Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 roll of paper towels, hairspray and accessory
Time Requirement: 30 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
- Begin by tearing paper towels sections into 4 equal strips
- Now part hair where you normally would…
- Then, gather the large majority of the hair, except the bottom layer, into a clip and secure it out of the way…
- Take a 1-2 inch section of hair
and spritz it with water. If your hair is already damp that is fine too, but it is important that they hair is not super wet.
- Next, take the hair and wrap the last few inches upward over, and around, the paper towel strip to secure the strand’s ends…
- Then continue to roll the rest of the strand upwards toward the head…
- When you reach the head
, To secure the curl, tie the paper towel as though you are tying the first step of tying a shoelace…
- Continue to repeat Steps #4-7 until you have completely wrapped all the hair, section by section, into paper towel strips.
- Now, allow the hair sit over night to achieve maximum curl
- The next morning take the paper towels out of hair by either untying them or gently ripping them…
- Separate the larger curls carefully with your fingers so that you do not create frizz…
- Then, if needed, use a tiny spritz of water to tame any super tight curls…
- Then add any hairstyle combo
, accessories, or hairspray to the hair .
Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these No-Heat Paper Towel Curls! Do you have any other ideas for fun no-heat curling techniques? I am all ears!
This week, Brooklyn uploaded a natural, everyday makeup look on the girls’ BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. I love that she did that, because it teaches young teens that makeup should enhance natural beauty, not cover it up. Simply click below to view the video…
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Home > Tutorials > How to Achieve Heatless Waves
If you aren’t naturally blessed with gravity-defying, glamorous waves, don’t fret. Even the heat-averse among you can make waves. Wavy hair is on-trend, and it’s possible to achieve the look with minimal heat, effort, or expense.
The benefits of heatless waves
Styling your hair with heat every now and then shouldn’t cause too much damage. Of course, that’s provided you maintain a healthy hair routine and don’t overwash your hair. Using a curling iron every day can burn or harm hair, leading to split ends, breakage, and dullness. Heatless waves are an awesome alternative to deploy at work or school for that casual, yet put-together look.
On the days you give your hair a rest, consider the following heatless styling ideas . Most require setting overnight, but when you wake up in the morning with picture-perfect glam waves, you’ll be oh so glad you did.
1. Heatless twist waves
Heat wave? No thanks. Heatless waves? Yes, please! In just a few, quick steps you can achieve bouncy, voluminous waves without compromising your hair’s health to heat damage. Let beauty influencer and digital creator, Tara of @tarmarz show you the ropes.
2. Heatless paper towel waves
For this look, all you need are some hair ties, a roll of paper towels, hairspray, a hairbrush , and a spray bottle of water:
- Prepare the paper towels by ripping off as many lengths (around twice and long as your hair) of paper towel as you need.
- Dampen hair with water, and divide into your chosen number of sections. Larger sections mean bigger, looser waves, while smaller sections lead to tighter waves.
- Braid a paper towel into each section and secure each one with a hair tie.
- Finish with hairspray and leave overnight. Unravel in the morning for classic heatless waves.
3. Heatless french braid beach waves
For these heatless beach waves, all you need are two hair ties and a French braid tutorial if you can’t already do them:
- Wash your hair as normal. Follow up with a custom leave-in conditioner to battle humidity and help set your waves perfectly.
- Split wet hair into two sections and tightly french braid each side.
- Loop the ends and tie with a hair tie so the ends have a cute curl.
- Sleep on your braids overnight and reveal tidy waves the next morning!
4. Heatless silk roller glam waves
Find rollers with a silk coating for extra-glossy heatless waves. Use hair clips, hairspray, and a spray bottle full of water, and you’ve got everything you need for this heatless ‘do. Expect big, loose waves that add volume to hair and frame the face. To get the look:
- Either add rollers after washing hair or spray hair with water until it’s evenly damp.
- Section your hair and carefully roll each chunk around your roller, wrapping each curl away from your face.
- Use a hair clip to secure the curl at the top of your head.
- Spray generously with hairspray and leave for 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on how much time you have.
- Spritz again with hairspray and unleash your gorgeous waves.
Il Bazar, 1869.
During much of the 1860s and 1870s, hair arranged in artfully placed curls and ringlets was all the rage. But for ladies with naturally straight hair, those curls weren’t always easy to achieve. Who can forget the scene in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women when Jo burns off her sister Meg’s hair with a pair of hot tongs?
Meg wanted a few curls about her face, and Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks with a pair of hot tongs.
“Ought they to smoke like that?” asked Beth from her perch on the bed.
“It’s the dampness drying,” replied Jo.
“What a queer smell! It’s like burned feathers,” observed Amy, smoothing her own pretty curls with a superior air.
“There, now I’ll take off the papers and you’ll see a cloud of little ringlets,” said Jo, putting down the tongs.
She did take off the papers, but no cloud of ringlets appeared, for the hair came with the papers, and the horrified hairdresser laid a row of little scorched bundles on the bureau before her victim.
Alcott’s description was no dramatic exaggeration. Hot tongs were heated directly in the fire, making the temperature difficult to control. As a result, when used carelessly, or incorrectly, they could not only scorch a lady’s hair, they could also blister her fingers and burn the delicate skin of her face and ears.
Ivins’ Patent Hair Crimper, 1865.
(Godey’s Lady’s Book)
Nevertheless, ladies continued to use hot tongs and crimping irons throughout the nineteenth century. According to Sylvia’s Book of the Toilet (1881), the safest method for using curling tongs was to wrap slightly dampened hair around a pair of hot tongs that had been wrapped in “thin brown paper.” Alternatively, paper could be wrapped directly around the hair before application of the tongs—as Jo wrapped Meg’s hair.
A paper barrier was meant to help protect the hair from being scorched. However, it was no protection against a pair of hot tongs that had been applied too long, or to hair that was fine and brittle.
A Hairdresser Burns a Woman’s Locks with Curling Tongs, 19th century.
An 1859 edition of Godey’s Lady’s Book warned ladies not to use hot tongs at all, calling them “destructive agents to the nourishing property of the hair.” Instead, Godey’s advised its readers to employ a gum solution, such as one made from gum Senegal. This was applied to the hair before curling it in papers or pins, rather like a modern-day setting lotion. As Godey’s states:
“The least harmless [sic] mode of curling hair is to moisten it with a solution of gum Senegal in water, turning it round paper squibs, and after letting it so remain for a few hours, dressing the hair as usual, by which means it is kept in a perfectly natural condition.”
Gum solutions like those made with gum Senegal were not overly difficult to make at home. In his 1876 publication Archdeacon’s Kitchen Cabinet, William Archdeacon provides a recipe for “Hair-Curling Liquid for Ladies” which contains gum Senegal, borax, wine, and camphor.
Archdeacon’s Kitchen Cabinet, 1876.
For those who didn’t have the time or skill to fuss with hot tongs or gum solutions, there was always false hair. Ladies could purchase a variety of hair pieces—from clusters of false curls to pin at their temples to frizettes to wear at their foreheads.
False Hair and Accessories, 1873.
(Godey’s Lady’s Book)
Curls have never truly gone out of style, nor have the methods by which we procure them. Hot irons and setting solutions are still around today. Which hasn’t made the former a great deal safer. After all, who among us can’t relate to that scene in Little Women?
*Author’s Note: If you’d like to learn more about Victorian hair care and hairstyles, please see these articles from my archives:
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. Boston: Robert Brothers, 1868.
Archdeacon, William. Archdeacon’s Kitchen Cabinet. Chicago: W. Archdeacon, 1876.
Godey’s Lady’s Book, Vols. 58-59. Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, 1859.
Matthews, Mimi. A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty. Barnsley: Pen and Sword Books, 2018.
Sylvia’s Book of the Toilet: A Ladies’ Guide to Dress and Beauty. London: Ward, Lock, and Co., 1881.
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Let’s make this really cute (& royal) toilet roll Leprechaun King craft!
This fun Leprechaun craft is perfect for celebrating:
- St. Patrick’s day on Wednesday, March 17, 2021
- National Leprechaun Day on Thursday, May 13th, 2021
- Any day…because leprechaun crafts are great fun!
Let’s start by making this toilet roll leprechaun king and a group of his leprechaun friends for some shenanigans with your kids!
Oh the mischief we will get into with this fun leprechaun craft!
Leprechaun King Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Being from Ireland, I just couldn’t resist sharing a little bit of leprechaun crafting mischief with you.
This craft is made with a humble toilet paper tube and scraps of paper!
Caution! Have your kids keep their eyes peeled on this wee fella. Leprechauns are smart, mischievous little faeries who’ll do anything to escape capture, even if it means turning them into a frog!
This post was inspired by MollyMooCrafts.
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How to Craft a Leprechaun King from a Toilet Paper Roll
Feel free to use what supplies you have on hand for this fun leprechaun craft!
Supplies Needed to Make a Leprechaun
- a toilet paper roll (or craft roll)
- a rectangle of green paper for the King’s suit
- a rectangle of orange paper for the beard with slits cut all along one side
- two longer strips of orange paper for the hair at either side of the beard
- a strip of gold paper, cut into a crown shape
The Leprechaun King needs just the right amount of curl in his beard…
How to Make a Leprechaun King
Curl the orange beard and hair strips around a pencil (or pen) to give it a lovely ‘bounce’.
Glue the green paper suit, beard, and hair into position on the toilet paper tube.
Start dressing your Leprechaun!
Then, glue on the crown.
Finally, draw little dots for the eyes, nose, and mouth. I used a mini brown pom pom for the nose for added cuteness!
How cute is your Leprechaun King craft? SO CUTE!
And that’s it! You have finished your Leprechaun King craft…you may want to make a royal Leprechaun court to serve him…
Your kids will love making this toilet paper roll leprechaun king, and a group of his leprechaun friends, for some Leprechaun shenanigans!
- a toilet paper roll (or craft roll)
- a rectangle of green paper for the King’s suit
- a rectangle of orange paper for the beard with slits cut all along one side
- two longer strips of orange paper for the hair at either side of the beard
- a strip of gold paper, cut into a crown shape
- Curl the orange beard and hair strips around a pencil (or pen) to give it a lovely ‘bounce’.
- Glue the green paper suit, beard, and hair into position on the toilet paper tube.
- Then, glue on the crown.
- Finally, draw little dots for the eyes, nose, and mouth. I used a mini brown pom pom for the nose for added cuteness!
More Leprechaun Crafts & Ways to Celebrate from Kids Activities Blog
- This Handprint Leprechaun Craft is so much fun! And it only requires a few on hand supplies.
- Make a simple leprechaun craft out of a toilet paper roll. This is great for preschoolers!
- We love eating this easy Leprechaun bark recipe…you have to taste it!
- Have you read the story, Leprechauns Never Lie? Check out this fun leprechaun story for kids with coordinating play ideas.
- Download & print our super cute Leprechaun pictures to color.
- Check out these adorable Leprechaun preschool worksheets you can print at home or school.
- Design and customize your own paper doll with this St. Patrick’s Paper Doll Printable.
- Or take a peek at these 20+ Shamrock Crafts and Activities!
- Reward yourself for all of that fun crafting with this yummy St. Patrick’s Cinnamon Rolls Recipe!
Did your kids enjoy this mischievous leprechaun king craft?
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Welcome to Kids Activities! My name is Holly Homer & I am the Dallas mom of three boys…
Sportsmanship Award winner Laurie St-Georges • Andrew Klaver-Curling Canada
Our writer tried to Let It Go. He could not.
I watched more of the Scotties this year than any other. I was home, we still had an 8:00 p.m. curfew, and pretty much everything was still closed. So having some curling to watch was amazing … and what a week it was.
Both Kerri Einarson and Rachel Homan had been outstanding all week, and clearly deserved to play in the final. Einarson looks to be the most complete team in women’s curling right now; they are consistently outplaying their opposition by 10% or more. Homan is also outstanding, and Rachel is a steely-eyed missile woman. I gave a slight edge to Einarson before the final started, but I figured it would be a tight one.
Despite those two teams, I felt the big story of the week was a team that finished a mere 6-6. Okay, I am a bit biased here, but my highlight—as a curling fan—was Team Quebec.
Team Laurie St-Georges’ ended up 6-6, but that was the most inspiring run I had seen from a Quebec women’s team in a long time. Curling-wise, they played well beyond anyone’s expectations, especially given that they were barred from practicing anywhere but dad’s frozen swimming pool since January 8. Laurie, the skip, was lights-out amazing, throwing big shot after big shot, and seemingly without any fear.
Full disclosure, again, I am biased here. I know this young team very well and have watched them develop for years now. It was fun to watch the rest of the country discover what I already knew.
Yes, they still have a lot to work on. Their percentages were not where they needed to be to play the big game. And as would be expected, they made some bad strategy calls that cost them dearly. But that is how you learn. Commentator Russ Howard referred to “scar tissue” that you get from losing tight games at this level. I think the only way to learn how to play such games is to live and learn. She will learn volumes from her games against Sherry Anderson, Homan and Laura Walker. Those losses are invaluable for a young team.
But enough about their curling. Let’s talk about attitude for a second. This is where Laurie and her team won legions of fans. The Quebec girls were just plain fun. They were positive. They were engaging. They were authentic. They were fearless. As the week progressed, I could not help but think of a past Quebec team that won its fair share of fans.
The week had a Guy Hemmings circa 1998 feel about it—although Laurie was not yet alive when Hemmings was appearing in back to back Brier finals.
(Just typing that made me feel old.)
And like Guy Hemmings, hair was a big part of the story. Guy was known for his out-of-control hairdo, and it became his trademark. Laurie and her platinum blonde hair became Elsa the Ice Princess from Disney’s Frozen. And it became her trademark. It was her hook.
I have written about something a few times previously: The delicate balance between being fun to watch and being good at curling. Very often, the best teams end up looking a bit robotic and unemotional. Look at Brendan Bottcher, Brad Gushue, Homan. They are icy-cool. They stay in control of their emotions, and that is a big key to their success. Great for their curling, but less engaging to watch. Often the more emotional, engaging teams struggle with controlling it, and it affects how they play. But a few teams manage to do both.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing the big teams. You need to control your emotions to win at curling. It is a delicate balance between leveraging emotion and it becoming a distraction.
Guy was fun to watch. He was funny. He got angry. He engaged with the crowd. You had to cheer for him. Somehow his team managed to be both fun AND good.
Then you get a team like St-Georges. Emily smiles from ear to ear after making two peels. You can feel the big-sisterly love when Laurie talks to Cynthia. And then they effortlessly switch to English to bring Hailey into the conversation. They laugh when they make shots, and they laugh when they miss shots. Like the catchy toilet-paper commercial keeps reminding us, we are HUMAN (that was stuck in my head all week). As fans, we love the humanity of this team.
Even though Guy never managed to win a Brier, he likely did more to grow the game than any player of his generation. So much so that Curling Canada hired him to travel on cross country tours, bringing out fans. I competed at the 2018 Brier representing Quebec, and the most common question I got from every fan in Regina was “What is Guy Hemmings doing now?” Being good AND fun is such an amazing, unique gift for a curling team.
Laurie and her squad pulled that off in Calgary. Will they be able to keep this up as they continue to grow and develop into a competitive team? I sure hope so.
I know those are big shoes to fill. But damn, the Quebec ladies were fun to watch. And it was great to be reminded that we are only human after all.
Argh … I still can’t get that song out of my head!