The Secrets to Long-Lasting Curls
By Anna Jimenez, Editorial Video Director |
The truth is, some hair is meant to be curly and some simply isn’t. It’s hereditary. However, this is the 21st century and we don’t have to let pesky old genetics stop us from achieving a beauty goal if we choose. With the right tricks, tools and products we can make even the straightest strands act as if they were born to be curls.
First, it’s important to know that there are two main reasons your hair doesn’t stay coiled up—the hair shaft is either too slick or slippery (this is common with fine hair) or your hair is too heavy, which can weigh a curl down and cause it to flatten out. If your hair is too heavy, your stylist can help. The longer your hair is, the heavier it probably is, so ask for a haircut with lots of layers to keep it bouncy and light.
Here is how to make any hair hold a curl longer:
Go From Wet to Dry or Hot to Cold
If you change the state of your hair as you curl, it has a better chance of staying alive. That means you should either set your curls while your hair is damp by either sleeping overnight in a bun, Velcro curls or flexi rods and allow your hair to dry into the curl, or you should use a curling iron on dry hair and wait for the hair to completely cool coiled up in your hand before you let it go.
Pre-Plan Your Hair
If you plan to curl your hair with a curling iron while it is dry, always plan your curly hairstyle the day after you wash your hair. You want some oil and grit to your locks, as this will help the curls stay put longer. You should never curl newly washed hair. Also, if you can, skip the conditioner.