Welcome to our blog where we delve into the secrets of maintaining stunning, long-lasting curls. For all the curly-haired beauties out there, we understand the constant struggle of achieving curls that stay put throughout the day. But fret not! In this guide, we’ll share invaluable tips and tricks to help you embrace your natural curls while ensuring they last longer than ever before. By the way, all these tips also work for hair extensions as well. So, bid farewell to fleeting curls and get ready to unlock the secret to enduring curly perfection!
Tips To Make Your Curls Last #1: Proper Hair Preparation
To embark on this quest for long-lasting curls, we must first address the foundation: proper hair preparation. The perfect curl starts from the very beginning – the shower. Starting with the right shampoo and conditioner formulated for curly hair can make a world of difference. Although it is best to curl 2nd or 3rd-day hair (see tip #2), you can take certain measures when you do wash your hair, to ensure that when the time comes, your curls will be beautiful, defined, and last for hours.
Skip the conditioner when washing your hair, as this can sometimes make the hair too soft and slippery, leading to curls falling out faster. The key to curls that last longer is to have enough grit and texture to the hair to hold those curls in place.
Tips #2: Don’t Wash Your Hair Right Before Curling It
As we said above, the best hair to start off with is actually 2nd or 3rd-day hair! Although we all love the feeling of fresh, clean hair, curls tend to hold better in dirtier hair. The reason for this is that the natural oils from your scalp give the hair a grittier texture and natural hold without needing hair mousse, so there’s a better chance the curls will last longer. If you’re in between washes and are worried about your hair looking oily, try using some dry shampoo at the roots, to help soak up any extra oil.
Tips To Make Your Curls Last #3: Use The Proper Products
From mousses and gels to serums and sprays, the world of hair care products can be overwhelming. As we mentioned earlier, it’s important for your hair to have the right texture to be able to hold a curl all day or night, which can be achieved with the right hair products.
1. Hair Mousses
Before beginning to curl your hair, apply a thickening mousse to your hair. Since hair mousse contains alcohol it will remove some of the moisture from your hair, which further enhances the hair’s grit and hold. Although we usually preach using alcohol and sulfate-free hair products, this is one of the few times that using an alcohol-based product is actually recommended! Use a generous amount of hair mousse filling up your whole palm, and work it through your hair from roots to ends.
2. Heat Protectant
This is the most important styling product you can use on your hair before heat styling, which is the number one way that most women damage their hair. You can purchase a heat protectant at any drug store or hair salon, or you can go au-natural, using certain hair oils as heat protectants.
3. Hair Spray
Depending on what works with your hair, apply a tiny bit of mousse prior to drying your hair. Or, spray a bit of hairspray before, during, and after curling. This will give your hair a rougher texture which will help prolong the lifespan of your curls. Keep in mind that do not hold the hairspray too close to your hair as this will make your curls crunchy and heavy. You want to spray a light mist onto it and wait a few moments for it to dry prior to applying heat.
Tips #4: Use The Right Barrel Size
You should start with a good hot hair tool that is coated with tourmaline or ceramic because these materials have proven an even heat distribution, control frizz, and cause less damage to your hair than straight metal. Look for a quality tool that has components like an adjustable digital temperature and ceramic rods or plates. It’s also important to be educated on the right heat setting for your hair. Adjusting the heat setting to your hair type will ensure that your curls hold!
Besides, barrel size is super important because the tightness of your curls goes hand in hand with how they will wear and fall throughout the day or night. Depending on your hair type, try using a smaller barrel size than you normally would. Not only will the curls look more defined, but they will also last longer. Sometimes, using a larger barrel simply leads to the curly hair loosening up into waves faster and falling out.
Tips To Make Your Curls Last #5: Cool Them Down
One of the most effective tips to make your curls last is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. You can also use the same technique when curling your hair extensions.
Take each fresh curl (still keeping the curl shape) and secure its spiral shape with a clip or a bobby pin. As you wrap your hair around the curling iron, heat is transferred onto the hair strands, which makes them change their shape. So, once your pinned curl is cooled down, it will allow the hair’s cuticle to close and set in place, making the curl last for a much longer period of time.
When unclipping your curls, be sure to let them cool down for a couple of minutes prior to brushing them out. If you break the curls too quickly, they will lose their form in a shorter amount of time.
Tips #6: Leave The Curls Tight
Unclip your curls after they have cooled, then toss your head back and gently shake the curls out. Gently rake your fingers through your hair to break up the curls, but leave the curls a little tighter than you want them. It is unavoidable that your curls will fall out over time; however, leaving them a little tighter while getting ready will ensure that the curls last longer than they would have otherwise. The added benefit is that by the time you arrive at your destination, the curls will have relaxed just enough.
Tips To Make Your Curls Last #7: Finish With Texturizing Spray
Due to the fact that the texturizing spray is lighter on your hair than hairspray and requires less product to be effective, it will weigh your hair down less and allow the curls to stay bouncy for longer. Texturizing spray is great for adding volume and acting like a dry shampoo by neutralizing the oils in your hair. Hairspray can still be used before or during the curling process, but finishing with a texturizing spray will help hold the curls in place without dragging them down too much. It will add body and texture to your hair, making it appear fuller overall.
Say goodbye to fleeting curls and hello to long-lasting curly bliss. Armed with the knowledge and techniques shared in this blog, you’ll be able to effortlessly maintain your curls throughout the day, embracing their natural beauty and flaunting your radiant confidence. So, whether you’re headed to a special occasion or simply want to rock those curls on a daily basis, remember these effective tips to make your curls last longer, and let your glorious curls become the crowning glory of your personal style.