It is human nature to be constantly unhappy with what they’ve got and to see mostly the shortcomings while taking the benefits for granted. What many women would regard as a blessing, other dismiss as a nuisance and sometimes, curls fall into this category. The problem with curly hair is that it looks great when everything falls into place and terrible when the rebellious hair suddenly betrays you.
Instead of contemplating radical solutions such as shortening your hair or using the flat iron to straighten it out for good, use some tricks that are known to deliver great results. Speaking of flat irons, very few know that a flat one with rounded edges can work wonders if used properly and all it takes is time and practice. Surprising as it might sound, such an iron can be used for curling the hair and even though it is seemingly defeating the purpose for which it was created, the end result is all that matters.
Obviously, using the right hair products is essential for achieving beautiful curls, but expensive ones are not necessarily the best. Old-school solutions such as clipping the curls or using hairspray before beginning the operation also work, and it is worth taking the time to perform these actions. If nothing else helps, don’t hesitate to trim the split ends to keep the hair healthy. Next time you curl your hair, take these tips into consideration from Steph:
Use the Right Product
If your hair is stick straight or freshly washed, the key to making it curl is using the right product. If you want your hair to curl, and you want your curls to stay, you can’t skip the product! Boing Cream by Unite is my favorite curling cream. Technically this product is for people with naturally curly hair, but it works great on stick straight hair or hair that never holds a curl. Styling Mousse, spray wax and curl setting spray are also good prepping products.
Flat iron curls tend to hold better than curling iron curls.
It’s tricky at first to curl with the flat iron on yourself, but once you get it down you will be amazed how well they stay in! To curl, use a flat iron that’s thin, has rounded edges and gets hot on the outside as well. When curling, if you are getting kinks that means you are holding it too tight. If the flat iron won’t slide down the hair, try brushing out the section first so it’s nice and smooth.
Hairspray is your bestfriend
If you’d rather curl with the curling iron, spray your hair with hairspray before you curl, let it sit for a second to dry (so it doesn’t sizzle), and then curl it. Once it’s curled, gently brush through the curl so it’s not crispy. The hairspray will help with the hold, but brushing it out will keep it looking soft. Best of both worlds!
Clip your Curl
Try clipping up each curl as you go to let it set in place while it cools. This will allow the cuticle to cool and close while it’s in the curl shape, making it stay a lot longer once you take the clips out.
Spray it One more time
Once all of your hair is curled, spray it one last time with hairspray and then blow dry it on low for a few seconds. The heat plus the hairspray will really glue the curls in place.
It’s time for a trim
If your ends won’t curl no matter what you do, that means it’s time for a trim. Damaged and split ends are stubborn and sometimes won’t take to the curl. Getting a trim and keeping it healthy will help it curl a lot better.
Invest in nice tools.
I use Hot Tools curling irons, and they work great. Having a nice curling iron will not only speed up your curling time, but it will be less damaging, create bouncier curls and help your curls stay in longer.