Whether you have thick, long hair with a mind of its own or fine hair that refuses to hold any shape at all, you have probably tried to curl your hair and lost the results halfway through the day. The mysterious secret to lasting curls hides in the routine and products you use before you set iron to lock.
The right hair texture starts in the shower. Opt for a volumizing shampoo and conditioner if you have naturally straight or flat locks, which gives it extra lift at the roots. If you have naturally wavy or unruly thick hair, choose a curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner that will help redirect that volume into productive curls.
Never apply a heavy conditioner when you want to create lasting curls. The moisture weighs hair down and kills the curl before you even begin. Volumizing and curl-enhancing conditioners have lightweight formulas that encourage lift and leave hair light.
Protect and Prepare
The crucial point in the curling process is right before you change the state of your hair from wet to dry. The right product makes or breaks your final texture. Towel-dry your hair and apply a lightweight heat-protectant spray to your strands from roots to tips.
Follow up with a volumizing product. Ladies with thicker hair should apply a large baseball-sized handful of volumizing, curl-enhancing mousse to their damp strands. Apply the product all the way through your hair. If you have thin or stubbornly straight tresses, apply a quarter-sized amount of strong setting lotion. This setting product gives your hair powerful, lasting hold and works more effectively than hairspray. Both of these products create long-lasting, flexible hold as you heat style.
Blow-dry hair with a diffuser attachment. The gentler flow of air is kinder to your tresses and removes moisture without squashing the volume. Dry your hair flipped over your head and from roots to ends to smooth the hair shaft.
Choose the right kind of tool for your hair texture to get lasting results. Thicker hair responds well to ceramic-plated, 1-inch curling irons. The ceramic causes less damage to strands and produces longer hold. Work in 1-inch sections so that all the hair gets even exposure to the heat. Thinner hair or pin-straight locks respond best to hot rollers, which produce a sustained, milder form of heat. Leave the rollers in until they are cool to get the best results, which can sometimes take up to 2 hours.
Pin each hot curl into a neat jellyroll directly after curling. Allow them all to cool before releasing for long-lasting hold.
Once you have released your cooled locks they should be relatively stable because of the mousse or lotion you used earlier. Leave the hairspray out of the equation, even if you're itching to use it -- hairspray weighs curls down and creates an unsavory, crunchy texture.
Instead spritz your locks with a texturizing spray, such as a sea-salt spray, which is lightweight and encourages long-lasting volume and playful texture. Keep the application light and spritz just enough to simply graze each curl.
Heat style your day-old tresses for lasting hold. The natural oils in your hair encourage your locks to retain their shape.