We all love those beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls. But you know what’s even better? Beautiful, flawless, curly hair that lasts all day. In this article, we’ll tell you our best tips and tricks on how to make your curls last longer!
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- How to make curls last longer – it all starts in the shower.
How to make curls last longer – it all starts in the shower
The perfect curl starts at the very beginning – in the shower. Although it’s best to leave your curls until the second or third day, there are a few steps you can take when you wash your hair to ensure your curls are beautiful, defined, and last for hours when the time comes.
Refrain from using conditioner when you wash your hair, as it can sometimes make hair too soft and slippery, causing curls to fall out faster. The key to curls that last longer is to have enough texture in your hair so that the curls stay in place.
Don’t wash your hair right before you curl it
After all of the above, the best hair to start with is actually second or third day hair! Although we all love the feeling of fresh, clean hair, curls hold better in dirtier hair. That’s because your scalp’s natural oils give hair a coarser texture and natural hold without the need for hair mousse, so curls are more likely to last longer.
Tip: If you’re between hair washes and worried about your hair looking greasy, use some dry shampoo at the roots to soak up excess oil.
Prepare your hair
As we mentioned earlier, it’s important that your hair has the right texture so that your curls will last all day or all night. Before you start curling, you should apply a thickening mousse to your hair. Since hair mousse contains alcohol, it will remove some of the moisture from your hair, which will add to its grip and hold.
Note: Although we usually recommend using alcohol and sulfate-free hair products, this is one of the few cases where using a product containing alcohol is actually recommended! Use a generous amount of hair mousse that fills your entire palm and work it into your hair from roots to ends.
Use the right hair products
HEAT PROTECTION: This is the most important styling product to apply to your hair before heat styling, as this is the main reason most women damage their hair. You can buy a heat protectant at any drugstore or hair salon, or you can use certain hair oils as heat protectants that are all natural.
Tip: Grapeseed oil, almond oil and shea butter are some natural and effective ways to protect your hair from heat styling.
HAIRSPRAY – How to make your curls last longer: Help your curls! Apply styling products to your hair to help your curls last longer. Depending on what works best for your hair, you can apply a little mousse before drying. Or, spray on a little hairspray before, during and after curling. This will give your hair a coarser texture and help extend the life of your curls.
Tip: Do not hold the hairspray too close to your hair, otherwise your curls will become crunchy and heavy. Spray a light mist on your hair and wait a few moments for it to dry before heating it.
Invest in good hot hair tools.
You may be thinking, “your curls will fall apart in 20 minutes anyway”. Well, you’ll continue to think that as long as you use cheap curling irons from the drugstore! It’s only when you switch to higher quality, hot tools that you’ll realize the problem isn’t your hair, it’s the curling iron!
High-quality curling irons are usually coated with tourmaline or ceramic, materials that have been proven to do less damage to your hair than smooth metal. Investing in high-quality curling irons is an investment in the health and beauty of your hair – who wouldn’t want that?
Use the right barrel size
Barrel size is essential because the strength of your curls goes hand-in-hand with how they will wear and fall throughout the day or night. It is a common misconception that if you use a curling iron with a larger barrel, you will get the perfect curls. However, we have found that in most cases, a smaller barrel will do the trick. Depending on your hair type, try using a smaller barrel than you normally would. Not only will the curls look more defined, but they will also last longer.
Making curls with a curling iron and straightener – What’s the difference: It’s also important to distinguish between a curling iron and a straightener, which will give you different types of curls. A straightening iron is usually ideal for tight curls, while with a curling iron you have more freedom to customize the type of curls you want.
How to make your curls last longer – Cool them down.
One of the most effective tricks for making your curls last longer is to let them cool and harden before letting them go. Take each fresh curl (keeping the shape of the curl) and secure the spiral shape with a clip or hair clip. How does it work. Well, as you wrap your hair around the curling iron, heat is transferred to the strands of hair, causing them to change shape. Once your pinned curls cool down, the hair’s cuticle closes and tightens, making your curls last much longer.
Tip: Have you ever wondered what the cool button on your hair dryer is for? If you don’t have time to wait 10 to 15 minutes for your curls to set, you can pin them to your scalp and blow cold air on them from a distance with your blow dryer.
Keep curls tight and set with texturizing spray.
Once your curls have cooled, take them down, throw your head back and gently shake out the waves. Run your fingers through your hair to gently break up the curls, but be sure to leave the waves a little tighter than you’d actually like them to be. This way, by the time you reach your goal, the curls will likely have relaxed just enough.
Since texturizing spray is less stressful on your hair than hairspray and you don’t have to use as much product to make it effective, it will weigh your hair down less and keep the curls sleeker for longer.
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