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How to Make Straight Hair Hold Curls

 

 

By Tiffany Moore

 

Why is it that when you want your straight hair to hold curls, it doesn't? No matter what you do, it looks limp, flat and lifeless by the end of the day. If you're anything like me, constantly waging war on stubborn hair when trying to get it wavy or curly, here are a few simple tips that will help you make curls on pin-straight hair stay longer.

 

Make Curls Stay All Day

Whether you're using a curling iron or hot rollers, you need to prepare your hair for the curls.

 

One of the best ways to really hold curls or waves is to use various types of hairstyling products such as a volumizing mousse, gel or spray. It acts as a primer, and provides volume and lift.

 

However, be careful not to apply too much or you've waves that are too stiff to style properly, or with sticky, messy hair.

 

When you wash your hair, use only half of the conditioner you would use normally, and towel dried it before applying the curl enhancing styling product. Use your palm as a measure of how much to use, and apply it evenly throughout your hair.

 

Next, blow-dry your hair and avoid using a brush. Instead, use your fingers to comb your hair through, smoothing out the tangles.

 

When your hair is still damp, divide it into many sections and start curling from the back. Smaller sections allows the heat from your curling iron to penetrate super straight hair better.

 

Before placing the ends of the hair at the base of the curling iron, you want to spray it with a heat activated styling spray to help create and maintain longer lasting curls.

 

Now, hold the hair in the curling iron for a few seconds and then release. Instead of letting the curled hair fall, coil the curl with a pin or clip it in place as you finish. That way, it allows your hair to cool and really create the hydrogen bond within the hair shaft so your curls hold longer.

 

Repeat throughout your entire head. Blow-dry once more and spray your whole head with some hair spray. Leave the curls to set, at least 20 minutes, until they have cooled down.

 

Remove the pins one by one and use your fingers (not a brush or comb) to loosen the curls.

 

You also want to avoid shine, or anti-frizz products because they tend to weigh down the hair.

 

And, try not to touch your hair. The less you touch, the longer the curls will hold.

 

In a matter of a few steps, you can make straight hair stay curly and wavy all day long!

 

 

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