How To Get Long Lasting Curls That Hold
If I had a nickel for every time a client has made a comment about how their hair NEVER holds a curl - well, I wouldn’t be a millionaire but I’d have a lot of nickels! Right now curls and beach waves are in and personally, it’s a style that I can wholeheartedly get behind. It’s effortless, it’s sexy, its...easy? Not so much. The reason people go see a professional hair stylist is because they know that their style will last - and no, it’s not because we know how to defy gravity or have some sort of magical power. Despite what you may think, creating curls that last is not as difficult as it looks. Here are my tips and tricks on how to get
that blowout to last all week!
Tip #1: Use Product
This may seem like an obvious answer, but adding product to your hair before blow drying it will really prolong the life of your curls. You want to add air and body to the hair to help keep those curls up, so stay away from heavy creams and serums. If your hair is fine, add a silver dollar size amount of moose through your mid lengths to the ends. If your hair is more dense or long, add in a volumizing mousse or texture spray. My recommendations: try this Volumizing Mousse from Kenra or this Texture Spray from Sexy Hair
Tip 2: Make Sure Your Hair Is Dry
When I say dry, I mean Sahara Desert dry. Like 1990's chardonnay from a box dry. Hair that is still wet or even remotely damp will not hold a curl. Not only that, but applying a curling iron or flat iron to your hair when wet (or damp) will seriously fry your hair and leave it a hot, frizzy mess. Most at home blow dryers don’t get hot enough to completely dry your hair in one go - so if you’re in the habit of doing the ol’ “flip your hair over and blow dry it til the ends are dry” approach, try blow drying your hair in smaller sections. If you want to play it super safe, blow dry your hair the night before and curl it in the morning. This helps all
of the residual moisture to leave your hair before going at it with hot tools.
Tip #3: Dry Shampoo Your Roots
Okay...I know what you're thinking. WHY would you put dry shampoo on your freshly washed hair? Well, besides the fact that I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo, there is sort of a science to it. Remember what I said about staying away from oils? The same can be said for the natural oils that your skin and hair produce. Adding just a bit of a light dry shampoo on your roots will help absorb oil before your hair even has a chance to get greasy. Not only that, but it adds volume to the root area which will help prevent your hair from getting weighed down. This dry shampoo from Living Proof is my all time favorite, but if you’re on a budget try Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
Tip #4: Use a hairspray, but go easy!
And no, I’m not talking about the $4 can of Aqua Net that has been sitting in the back of your bathroom cabinet since 2003. Ideally you want to use a lightweight yet firm hold aerosol hair spray, spraying it only from the mid shaft to the ends. After letting the spray dry down a bit, curl your hair in one inch sections. My favorite hairspray has got to be the Tresemme Extra Hold Hair Spray.
Tip #5: Let It Set
Letting your curls cool after using a curling iron plays a huge role in how long your style will last. I won’t go deep into the science of it, but the pattern (and ultimately, the hold) of a curl is formed during the process of when the hair heats up, and cools down. Brushing your hair out before your curls have had a chance to cool will leave them looking sad and droopy, whereas letting the curl become completely cold allows for maximum style retention. For soft waves, try brushing your curls out with a soft bristle brush and for beachy waves, a wide tooth comb.
Bonus tip: My favorite way to curl hair is all in one direction, away from the face, using a 1.25 inch curling iron. For finer or heavier hair, I like to use a 1 inch curling iron and alternate curling away from the face, and toward the face to create a lot of body and texture.
I’d love to know your favorite styling products - leave a comment down below with your hair styling must haves.
Stay beautiful, friends!
Photo: Anastasia Chomlack Photography