Few beauty endeavors are more frustrating than spending the morning curling your coif only to catch a glimpse of yourself with straight locks just a few hours later. Here’s a round up of why our curls fall flat and how to give them the best shot of staying intact for a couple of days.
Weather Works Against Us
I wouldn’t trade Manhattan living for the world but “island” life has done a number on my hair. The constant humidity and gusts of wind through concrete tunnels are the perfect formula for frizz. In humid climates our hair cuticle expands to absorb moisture but this causes styles to hold poorly and our curls to collapse.
We Pick the Wrong Tool
Does your curling iron or flat iron have a heat setting? If it doesn’t, try one that lets you kick up that heat because thick hair often needs a higher temperature to truly lock in curls. Gals with very thick, coarse hair can get away with heat up to 415 degrees, but we all have to remember that heat protectant to keep hair healthy!
You may also have better luck with the flat iron technique or choosing a barrel size smaller than your preferred “finished” curl, because it will fall out a bit as the day goes on. If you know that a beachy waves doesn’t hold well for you, try an iron that’s 3/4” or smaller to start and know that you can get multiple looks with just one curling iron! A textured wand might also help your hair hold a little stronger shape.
We Work Too Fast
For those of us whose hair has trouble holding a curl, we have to invest a bit more time than our wavy-haired counterparts. On styling day, that means give yourself plenty of time to work like a hairstylist. Start by sectioning out prepped hair (bonus points if it’s second day hair with a little grit!) and work in pieces no bigger than one inch to ensure that you’re getting heat through the whole section. Taking another hint from the pros, go to the trouble of pinning or gently cupping strands while they cool to help set the curl and boost staying power.
Planning to keep your curls for a few days? Instead of doing the universal lazy girl top knot with an elastic (guilty!) take a few moments before bed to prevent frizz and creasing. Use an elastic that doesn’t crease your hair and tie a loose ponytail on the very top of your hair so the curls are untouched all night!
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