Curling your hair can change your look from casual to glamorous but keeping them in can be a bit more of a challenge. How can you make curls last longer?
Different hair has different temperaments and you cant always rely on one technique suiting all. You can curl you hair with tongs as much as you want. You can saturate it with hair spray but it may not always work. So, here are 5 ways to make curls last longer!
Change your cut
If you have particularly thick or long hair, you’ll probably struggle to make curls last longer. The longer your hair gets, the heavier it is and the harder it’ll be to get a uniform curl to stay. You may find the ends go frizzy and curly, but the lengths fall flat. You have a few options to fix this. Firstly, get lots of layers chopped in — especially around the front — to reduce weight and give the hair some bounce. You should find that these shorter sections curl better. Secondly, chop your hair a few inches shorter. The simple truth is super long hair will not curl easily if it’s naturally straight. Finally, if you can’t bear to face the scissors, try twisting wet hair into a bun (or two buns for very thick hair) and sleeping on it.
Leave it to set
One of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to make curls last longer is to use a tool like a tong, wand, or styler. These are great for ease of use and will give a nice temporary curl, but those curls will drop very quickly, especially if you have fine hair, or very heavy, long locks. You can still use your heated tools for a longer lasting curl, just add in one extra step. Clip each tonged coil to your head as you curl it, letting it sit on the head until it’s completely cooled down. Speed things up with the cold setting on your hair dryer, and only shake the hair out when it’s stone cold. Your curls will last twice as long this way.
Try hot rollers
Hot rollers are great for retro waves and styles that require lots of body, but most tutorials tell you to leave them in for only 10 or 20 minutes. This is fine if you’re using them for volume or to smooth hair ready for an updo, but if you want curls that last through a night of dancing, then you need to let those hot rollers cool completely… which in our experience can take up to a couple of hours in thick or long hair. Plan ahead and keep your rollers in as long as you can. And don’t forget to use a styling product!
Changing the state
The best way to make a curl stay in hair that is not naturally curly is to change the state of the hair as you curl; do this by going from wet to dry or from hot to cold. A wet set is more gentle and will always last the longest as the hair dries in shape. To do a wet set, wash and towel-dry hair, add your chosen holding product, then create your curls either with velcro rollers, your fingers, rags, or bendy rollers (don’t use tongs or heated tools on wet hair).
Don’t forget product!
When you’re trying to get your hair to do something it doesn’t naturally do, you need to give it a helping hand. Don’t expect a tong or ghd styler to work miracles on its own. Use some product! Firstly, for hot tools you’ll need a heat protector. You can pick up heat protectant for various prices and their easy to get a hold of. Then choose a holding product that will give added oomph. If you hair has a natural wave, a curl-enhancing mousse will be good. But if you have straight hair, you’ll need something really powerful. You can speak to your hairdresser about products that’ll suit your hair type.
We hope this helps you and let us know if you have any tips that you find work with your hair!
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