There are so many types of rollers and tongs in the shops these days, you are spoilt for choice on how to curl your hair, you’d think getting lasting waves would be easy. Many of us still struggle to make a curl hang on in there for more than a few minutes. The good news is there are usually some very simple reasons why your curls are falling out and almost all of them are easily fixable. Here are the reasons your curls might not be lasting:
The best way to make a curl stay in hair is to change the state of the hair as you curl, this means you either go from wet to dry or from hot to cold. A wet set is very gentle on your hair and will always last the longest as the hair dries into shape. To do a wet set, wash and towel-dry hair, add your chosen holding product, then create your curls either with rollers, bendy rollers or even rags. Never use heated tools on wet hair, for quicker results, going from hot to cold will have the same effect, using hot rollers, steam rollers or tongs.
When you’re trying to get your hair to do something it doesn’t naturally do, you need to give it some help. For hot tools, you’ll need a heat protector. Then choose a holding product that will help keep the curls. If your hair has a natural wave, a curl-enhancing mousse provides hold and staying power. However, if you have straight hair, you’ll need something with more impact, like an activating mousse
One of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to create a lasting curl is to use a tool like a curling iron. These are great for ease of use and will give a nice temporary curl, but those curls will drop very quickly, especially if you have fine hair or very heavy, long locks. You can still use your heated tools for a longer-lasting curl, just clip each coil to your head right after you curl it, letting it cool completely. Your curls will last twice as long this way.
Hot rollers are great for retro waves and styles that require lots of body, but most tutorials tell you to leave them in for only 10 or 20 minutes. This is fine if you’re using them for volume, but if you want curls that last through a night of dancing, then you need to let those hot rollers cool completely—which in our experience can take up to a couple of hours for thick or long hair. Plan ahead and keep your rollers in as long as you can.
If you have particularly thick or long hair, you’ll probably struggle to get a DIY curl to stay in. The truth is that super long hair will not curl easily if it’s naturally straight. Try twisting wet hair into a bun or plaits and keeping them in all night, or try headband curls. Dampen your hair, part it as usual, and put a narrow stretchy headband over your head, Starting from the front, take a section of hair from below and wind it up and around the band over and over again, adding more hair each time as you move around the head. When you pull out the band, your hair will sit in bouncy, full curls.
The other way to get beautiful curls is to get hair extensions from Trending hair, this works perfectly if you have shoulder length hair as we can add 4 – 6 inches of perfect curls or waves to you style, or if your hair is longer, just adding half a head of wavy extensions will add volume and help keep in the style on a night out.