5 Easy and Effective Ways to Prolong Your Curls
Beautiful curls are hard to resist! True enough, these gorgeous things add definition to your face by giving your hair a significant lift. If you have long, straight hair, curling may even take hours to achieve! And while it seems like the curls form perfectly upon the release of the iron, there is still a chance that it won’t even last long. It can be horribly frustrating to think that the curls you work so hard for won’t even last two hours!
Holding them to last the entire day is not impossible. If done properly, your curls would look flawlessly fabulous from morning to night! In this article, we will be sharing tips that can surely help you make your curls last longer. This applies to extensions as well!
Use products that work effectively
Curling your hair using an iron alone won’t really do the trick. Of course, your curls need to be backed up by top quality products to really give it a nice hold. First, know your hair type. With your texture, length, and thickness in mind, you may start finding the right styling products that work accordingly. Prior to curling your hair with an iron, make sure that you apply a heat protectant first.
You can use a volumizing mousse before doing the curls to keep them in place. On the other hand, if you have thicker hair, you’ll need something with a stronger hold such as a spray. Moreover, sprays can be a little tricky to work with so make sure you hold the bottle far from your hair to prevent product build-up.
Invest in high-quality tools
Low-quality heat styling tools are not only inefficient but potentially dangerous as well. On the other hand, premium curling irons from reputable salon brands are specifically designed to produce the proper amount of heat needed for your curls. They heat up faster and these high-quality hair tools also allow you to be in total control of the temperature. To get your curls bouncy and flawless, set your iron to 300 to 350F. However, if you’re using extensions, 250F and below should work perfectly.
Consider the barrel size to suit your length
The size of the barrel of your curling iron is just as important as the heating temperature you use in styling. Whether you are using an iron or a wand, considering the size will notably make a difference in the longevity of your curls. Usually, barrels that come in 1” or 1.5” are safe options to suit any hair type and length. Smaller curls hold much longer and they are much easier to manage, too. Of course, if you are looking for huge, bouncy ones then you may opt for bigger barrels for your long locks. Just always remember that it will take more time to achieve. Another tip you may want to consider is to curl your hair in smaller sections then set it one at a time.
Let your curls cool down
One common mistake most women do when it comes to curling their hair would be letting the curled section go as soon as it leaves the barrel. By doing so, the heat from your hair will immensely weigh the curls down and therefore easily lose their shape. To prevent this from happening, take the freshly curled section of hair and use a bobby pin to secure its curl while you wait for it to cool down. This trick allows the natural cuticle of the strands to seal first. After unclipping all the pins, you should also take note that you will be needing a few more minutes before brushing them out. As the cuticles set, the form of your curls will surely stay intact for a longer period of time.
However, let’s say you don’t have much time to spare. No worries! You can actually clip all the curled sections close to the scalp all at once. Then after that, set your blow dryer to ‘Cool’ and give your curls a quick run. This will do the trick!
Unmanageable hair that can’t be curled? Here’s what you need to do:
So, you did all these tips but nothing seems to actually work. Well, you may need to evaluate your hair this time and check it for possible hints of damage. It is quite a given that working with severely damaged hair may not give you the results you are hoping for. Consider giving it a quick trim and see if it can resolve the problem (most particularly for split ends). On the other hand, if the damage is worse than you think, consider getting yourself an intensive treatment to restore your hair back to its healthy state.