Oh how we love those beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls. But you know what’s even better? Beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls that last all day.
Today we’re sharing our favourite tips and tricks with you in order to make your curls last longer!
1. Cool down those curls
One of the most effective tricks is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Take each fresh curl (still keeping the curl shape) and secure it with a clip or a bobby pin. How does this work? Well, as you wrap your hair around the curling iron, heat is transferred onto the hair strands, which is what makes them change their shape. Therefore, once your pinned curl is cooled down, it will allow the cuticle to close and set in place, making it last for a much longer period of time. Learn how to do this technique from this video.
Hint: If you don’t have time to wait 10-15 minutes for the curls to set, pin them all to your scalp and use your blow drier to blow cold air on them from a distance. Ever wondered what that 'cool' button was there for? ;)
2. Use the right products
Help your curls! Apply styling products to your hair, which will help hold the curls in longer. Depending what works with your hair, apply mousse prior to drying your hair, or simply spray hairspray before and after curling. All this is after applying heat protectant, of course - always remember the heat protectant first!
Hint: Don’t hold the hairspray too close to your hair. You want to spray mist onto it, and wait a few moments for it to dry prior to applying heat.
3. Invest in good hot tools
For years, you may think that your hair is 'stick straight' and that ‘your curls will fall apart in 20 minutes anyway’. You will think that as long as you use cheap, drugstore brand curlers. Only when you switch to better quality, higher-end tools, will you realize that the problem isn’t in your hair - it’s in the iron! Yes, they may be more expensive, however, they damage your hair less, they heat up better (so you will apply heat for a shorter period of time), and good quality irons will last you a very long time. We enjoy Cortex-4-in-1 curling wands and the NuMe 5-in-1 Lustrum set.
4. Use the right barrel size
Barrel size is actually pretty important. It’s easy to think that a bigger barrel is what will give you those sexy Victoria Secret Curls. However, we find that most of the time, a smaller barrel will do the magic. Depending on your hair, of course, try using a 1” or 1.5" barrel, and see what difference it can make! Not only will the curls look better, but they will also last longer.
5. Still doesn’t curl?
Well, my beautiful friend, this is a sign that your hair is screaming SOS. Overly damaged hair (including split ends) doesn’t curl well. Period. It’s time to give your hair some love and get a trim! If you are scared to cut your hair and missed our post about split ends, check it out here.
If you’re doing all of the above things right, but just aren't sure of the techniques available on how to curl your hair - don’t worry :) It takes some practice. Good thing we have lots of curling tutorials for you, our lovelies! Here are some of our faves:
What is your secret to fabulous curls that last longer? Please share in the comments below :)