How to make sure your curls stay in place
You know how sometimes you spend an hour in front of the mirror trying to curl your silky smooth tresses into the perfect curls and then less than fifteen minutes later, your curls fall flat? At my salon, I get a lot of women coming in asking me how they can get their curls to just last a little longer. If you have trouble keeping your curls in place, here’s how you can make your beautiful springy curls last a lot longer. These are tricks I picked up as a student at Marinello and I’ve continued to use them at my salon to date.
Start with day old hair
This is the simplest trick in the book. One that might make you frown, but if you think about it, day old hair doesn’t have the silkiness of freshly washed hair and actually makes it easier for your hair to hold a curl. If you’re still feeling apprehensive about stepping out of the house with unwashed hair, use a dry shampoo to avoid running the risk of greasy hair.
Use the right shampoo if you choose to work with freshly washed hair
If your hair is freshly washed make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner that is not heavy and will not weigh your hair down.Then prep your hair for hold with just a drop of hair oil (I use argan oil) and a stamp of mousse. You could also use curl enhancing products to give your curls the perfect texture without the crunch. I’m a big fan of the Schwarzkopf Osis and Twin Curl Cream and Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Gel for soft, hydrated curls, but feel free to use whichever works for your hair type.
Before you begin curling your hair
Once you’ve prepped your hair with the right products, it’s important to protect your hair with a heat protecting spray before you actually begin curling your hair. This will lock in the moisture and prevent it from drying out and becoming brittle.
Choosing the right curling iron barrel size
Always pick the right barrel size depending on the texture of your hair. For fine hair, use a 3/4th inch curling barrel; for wavy hair (likely to hold a curl better) use a 1 inch curling barrel. Once you curl your hair, pinch the curl between your index finger and thumb and pin it against your scalp as you continue curling the other sections of your hair. Spray the curls with hair spray and only release once you’ve curled all your hair.