This is why your hair won’t hold a curl, according to a celebrity stylist
You’ve seen them. The picture perfect, super bouncy curls everyone seems to be wearing. And you just really love them. But you cannot seem to get a hold of it. Your shelf is full of various oils and creams and conditioners guaranteed to give you your desired curls. You’ve read countless hair styling blog posts, spent a lot of time on YouTube watching videos upon videos of how best to curl your hair. Worse, you’ve spent more time actually practicing all the various techniques, whipping your hair this way and that, enduring the terrible pain that comes with twirling your hair round a scalding hot iron. And nothing, absolutely nothing seems to work. It is exhausting, I tell you.
Since this is a serious enough issue,I went searching for answers, most of which I’ll share benevolently here.
First things first, every hair type can hold curls. According to Sarah Potempa, “Now, with modern technology, any hair type should be able to hold a curl!” Quick information, Sarah is the creator of The Beachwaver. To her praise, Sarah has styled countless celebrities including but not limited to Lea Michele, Hailee Steinfeld, and Margot Robbie for major events. She has also been the lead stylist at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show quite a number of times. So she can be safely regarded as an expert in hair styling and similar matters.
Basically, if your hair is not holding curls, it’s probably because you are not using the right tools. Modern technology has made for major improvements in effectiveness of tools and machines, curling irons inclusive.
You should do away with your high school curling iron already. It has well served its purpose and should be laid to rest. Most curling irons now come in a variety of materials including ceramic, tourmaline, gold, and titanium. Ceramic and tourmaline irons are the most popular as they have even heat distribution, control frizz, and do less damage to your hair than the other alternatives.
Most people think that their curling irons need to be burning hot to get the best curls. If you have very thick hair, you’ll need higher heat than someone with finer or thinner hair.
According to Sarah, “It’s important to be educated on the right heat setting for your hair. For example, if you have thick hair, you’ll want to use a higher heat setting than someone with thin or fine hair. Adjusting the heat setting to your hair type will ensure that your curls hold…If you use tools with an analog (dial) heat setting, you don’t know what temperature you’re using on your hair, and the heat may not be evenly distributed throughout the iron. If the heat is inconsistent, then the curl won’t last.”
It is also important to pay attention to the size of the barrel. A thinner barrel would work better for thinner hair as you can wrap your hair around the barrel more times and you are compelled to divide your hair into smaller sections which will consequently make the curls tighter from the start so they fall throughout the day.
However, if your hair is fine, limp, or just plain refuses to hold a curl, hot rollers would be a much better alternative. It is advisable to leave the rollers in your hair for at least 10 minutes or more if you have extra time.
Another major thing I learned is that the prep game has to be top-notch! It is actually almost as important as the real process of curling your hair! Sister girl, before curling your hair, deal with the texture first! Your hair has to have the right texture to hold a curl all day or night and it is absolutely achievable with the right hair products. It is advisable to curl your hair on the second or third day after shampooing. And dirty hair holds curls way better than squeaky clean hair. Yes, it does.
Before beginning to curl your hair, you should use a thickening mousse and heat protectant on your hair. Basically, hair mousse has alcohol as one of its main constituents. This would help remove some of the moisture from your hair,thus improving the hair’s grit and hold.
Prepping with a setting spray is also wonderful if you would like to lock in your curls. Personally, I prefer the dry texture spray to hair spray because it gives the hair some grit. And this allows the hair to stick to the curling iron rather than sliding off and then, it adds a nice messy texture to the hair.
After curling, you need some magic girl! In this case, magic refers to pins and clips, most especially clips which by the way are quite useful during pre-curl and post-curl. Since curls aren’t set until they cool, you could pin them to your head while they are still hot.
By the way, I learnt a new trick. You know, that ‘cool’ button on your hair dryer actually has a purpose. If you’re too much in a hurry to wait for the curls to set, pin them all to your scalp and use your blow drier to blow cold air on thm curls from a little distance.
We’re nearly done. Once your curls have cooled down we’ll, gently remove the clips, toss your head backwards and gently shake the curls out. Pass your fingers through the hair to break up the curls, but make sure you leave the curls a little tighter than you really want them. Although your curls will fall out as time goes on, when you leave the curls a bit tighter while you’re getting ready, longer lasting curls are almost guaranteed.
Texturizing spray is amazing because it adds volume to your hair would help hold your curls in place. It will give your hair more body and texture, making your hair look fuller overall.
Well,if your hair still doesn’t curl, it is a sure sign that your hair deserves some emergency care. Call 911 girl! But seriously, overly damaged hair (including split ends) can’t curl. So, it’s time to show your hair some love and get a trim!
Regular trims actually lead to faster hair growth. You should also do deep conditioning treatments for your hair with a hair mask, and this is a great short-term solution to dry, damaged hair. These hair masks can be made with your everyday kitchen ingredients and literally do wonders to your hair. Your hair would become much more softer, healthier and shinier. I mean hair absolutely perfect for curling.
I know I’ve been such a great help to you today. You’re welcome!