We all love those beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls. And if there’s one complaint curly-haired people have, it’s that their curls just don’t stay put. They may use rollers or curling irons to ensure each curl is perfectly perky, but it seems as if as soon as they turn around…. and BOOM!, their curls have turned into a random, shapeless something or other.
If this is a problem you have, you’re in luck! Today we’re sharing our favorite tips and tricks with you on how to curl your hair to make it last all day! By the way, all these tips also work for hair extensions as well.
1. Start in the Shower
The key to curls that last longer is to have enough grit and texture in the hair to keep those curls in place. It’s best to curl hair two or three days after showering. After a shower, your hair may be too soft to style and curls will lose shape quickly. When it comes time to wash your hair, you can take specific measures to guarantee that your curls are gorgeous, defined, and last for hours.
When washing your hair, skip the conditioner because it might make the hair overly soft and slippery, causing curls to fall out faster. The natural oils in your hair that build up after showering will provide a grittier texture which gives curls more of a natural hold.
2. Get Prepared
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. Certain hair products on the market actually work to provide this texture. Mousse, in particular, has the potential to be very effective. 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 holds.
3. Use The Right Hair Products
a. Heat Protectant
This is the most critical style product you may apply before heat styling your hair. In order to hold curls, you will need to use alcohol-based products and skip the conditioner. This will cause your hair to become dry and brittle, so you’ll need to preserve it with a heat protectant. It will protect your hair from the damaging effects of straightening and curling irons.
Hairspray can be used before, during, or after curling your hair to give it a grittier texture and to help keep it in place.
When applying hairspray, avoid getting it too close to your curls. They will get crunchy and heavy as a result of this. Instead, hold the can away from your head so that the spray falls in a fine mist around your hair. This will maintain your curls in place while also keeping them smooth to the touch. If you use hairspray before curling, wait a few minutes for it to set before adding heat.
4. Invest in Good Tools
a. Curling Irons
A good curling iron will also be less damaging to your hair. Look for curling irons made of pure Tourmaline Ceramic, Ceramic, or Titanium, these are higher quality those that are just coated. These materials have been proven to be less damaging to your hair than standard metal.
Tip: For curling action, set your iron to 300 degrees. If you are curling extensions, turn the heat down to 250 degrees. Extensions are brittle and aren’t able to stand up to heat as well as real hair does.
b. Use the right barrel size
Curling irons are available in a variety of barrel sizes. Small barrels will give you a tight curl, while bigger barrels will give you loose, wavy curls. This is why most ladies choose a larger barrel. They believe this will give them the loose, seductive curls they desire. However, curls that are too loose tend not to hold as well as tighter curls. Tighter curls, on the other hand, will release to provide the desired wavy. Curls will be more defined and last longer as well.
5. Cool Your Curls
One of the most effective tricks on how to get your curls to stay is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Once hair is curled, pin the curls in place with a clip or bobby pin. The heat from the curling iron makes your hair change its shape. 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. After unclipping hair, give it a few more minutes to cool before brushing it out. This process also works for hair extensions.
Tip: If you have a cool setting on your hairdryer, this is a great way to help your hair set. This way, you won’t have to wait 10 -15 minutes to ensure your curls stay in place as they cool.
6. Leave the Curls Tight
Run your fingers through your locks once they’ve cooled and been unclipped. They may be a little tighter than you’d want, but don’t try to brush them out or loosen them. The curls will loosen on their own over time, and brushing them out will only cause them to lose their shape faster.
7. Use a Texturizing Spray
A texturizing spray is a lighter version of hairspray. Therefore, it will keep your curls in place without weighing them down and causing them to lose their bounce. It also works like dry shampoo by eliminating oils from your hair and adding volume. You can also use hairspray before, during, or after the curling process, but the texturizing spray will hold the curls without dragging them down. It will also give hair a great, full look.
8. What if My Hair Still Doesn’t Curl?
If your hair still isn’t curling, this is a sign that your hair is screaming SOS. It may be that your hair is too damaged to hold its curl. Dry, damaged, brittle hair will not have the amount of moisture needed to hold curls. You can eliminate damage by getting haircuts regularly and by deep conditioning. Masks can also be a great way to boost hair health.
If you love that curly look but just can’t get curls to stay, these tips will help you achieve the look you’re going for. So, what do you often do to help your curls retain their shape?