Are you tired of working so hard on curling your hair, getting it perfect, just for it to fall by lunch time making you decide to just throw it in a messy bun? If so, then read on!
SHOP THE LOOK
Every woman loves some bounce and texture to their hair. Whether you prefer beachy waves, effortless curls, 50’s style, or big poofy bedroom curls, it doesn’t matter how great it looks leaving the house if they don’t last! So what’s the trick?
1. HEAT.. then COOL
So obviously you need heat to create a curl or wave, but one of the best ways to help keep the style throughout the day is to let them cool. As soon as you release the curling iron from the section of hair, roll it up all the way to the scalp and pin it. I will post a picture of what I’m explaining below. When you allow the hair to cool before releasing it, it locks in the curl for hours. If you would prefer rollers, try THESE which are comfortable and keep the shape of the curl better.
2. Prep + Products
If you’ve read any of my makeup or skincare posts, I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me talk about “prepping”. BUT I keep talking about it because it’s important, and it works! Just like prepping your skin for your makeup, you need to do the same for your hair. This will really begin in the shower, and during damp hair. If you know you’re going to want volume in your hair, use your conditioner from mid-shaft to ends. Using conditioner on your roots will weigh it down.
So of course, getting and keeping your curls or waves has a lot to do with using the right tools. If you have an iron that heats up to 450 that’s great. If it only stays that temp for the first 5 mintures, it’s not going to help you out too much. You’ll either have to take a bunch of breaks so allow it to heat back up, or have very curly parts and not so curly parts. If you prefer to use a flat iron for your waves, THIS is by far my favorite flat iron. As for curling, or those like myself that haven’t mastered using a flat iron for curls, then THESE are my favorite. I have used Hot Tools brand ever since I started doing weddings, and haven’t been disappointed. My first one lasted me 5 years! I typically use a 1″ iron. If you are going for a loose, beachy wave got with 2+ inch barrel.
A couple more tips:
– Work in sections. Always divide your hair that way you can curl the same size piece of hair every time to keep the same look.
– If you try everything and just still cant seem to get your hair to hold any better, it may be time for some hair TLC. When is the last time you had it cut? What about a deep conditioning treatment or mask? When your hair is very damaged, its not going to want to do much of anything you want it to. Use some Moroccan Oil with every wash when your hair is damp to give some hydration back. It will also help give a nice shine without looking oily (don’t apply to roots unless you have very dry hair).
Thanks for reading!