How to Keep Curls in All Day

When you wear a curly hair style, you often face the challenge of maintaining curls all day. Too often, a head of defined, shiny ringlets turns into frizz or goes straight in the afternoon. With the right mixture of products, style tricks and healthy hair habits, anyone can keep curls all day.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild moisturizing shampoo
  • Moisturizing conditioner
  • Seamless wide-tooth comb
  • Spray bottle (for naturally curly hair)
  • Distilled water (for naturally curly hair)
  • Moisturizing leave-in conditioner
  • Jojoba oil (for naturally curly hair)
  • Styling product with extra hold (gel, mousse or styling cream)
  • Curl enhancing product
  • Hair spray
  • Curlers (for straight hair styled curly)
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair pins


    • 1

      Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and follow with a moisturizing conditioner.

    • 2

      De-tangle hair with a seamless wide-tooth comb while the hair is soaking wet and full of conditioner.

    • 3

      Wrap hair in a 100 percent cotton towel and use your palms to gently press out excess water. If you have naturally curly hair, substitute a cotton T-shirt for the towel because towels roughen up the delicate hair cuticle, which can contribute to frizz. Do not wring or squeeze the hair. Remove the towel or T-shirt.

    • 4

      Comb a moisturizing leave-in conditioner through the hair and distribute it evenly.

    • 5

      Divide your hair into four sections. Smooth a styling product into each section from the ends to the roots. Comb the product through each section for full coverage.

    • 6

      Divide straight hair into sections and roll the hair in curlers. (Use cloth or rubber curlers that are comfortable to sleep on.) Let the hair curl overnight. Remove curlers in the morning and style as desired. Use hair spray to help the hairdo last.

    • 7

      Divide curly hair in sections and finger-twirl each curl and style. Add hair spray to finish.

    • 8

      Mix 1/2 tsp. of jojoba oil with 3 tbsp. distilled water in a spray bottle and carry it with you. Lightly mist curls with the conditioning mixture when they start to droop. Twist individual curls around your finger. This method works best on naturally curly hair.

    • 9

      Gather the hair in a pony tail with an elastic when curls start to frizz or straighten. Divide the hair in sections. Roll each section into large sausage curls and pin them to your head. Arrange the large curls around your head in an attractive style that you can wear in public. Mist with hair spray. Keep the hair pinned up for one hour. After an hour, remove the elastic and pins. Style your hair.

    • 10

      Add a curl-enhancing product to your hair when you start to lose curl. Some styling products are created for curly hair and contain ingredients that enhance curl formation.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan to style straight hair into a curly hairdo, wash your hair at night so you can use curlers. Curlers are much gentler and offer longer lasting curls than curling irons, hot rollers and steam rollers. Naturally curly hair can be washed and styled into a curly hairdo in the morning because styling takes less time.
  • Cover hair with a satin scarf when it rains. Umbrellas are not enough to keep rain off hair. Curls may straighten or frizz when they get wet.
  • Use styling products that perform well in humidity. Look for products containing glycerin, which helps hair stay moisturized and curl in humid conditions.
  • Use handmade seamless combs to protect hair from split ends. Split ends create thin, frizzy curls.
  • Get a trim every six to eight weeks to avoid split ends.
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