March 15, 2012

How to Make Your Curls Stay

Often I have clients who sit down in my chair and say "Good luck with my hair.  It's stick straight and won't hold a curl for anything."  Then I secretly do the mad scientist cackle in my mind and think. . . Oh just you wait. . . your hair will curl.
And it does!  Your hair can curl, I promise.  It's just a matter of knowing the right tricks to make it stay.     


Next time you curl your hair, take these tips into consideration:

1.  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. 

2.  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.   

3.  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!

4.  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.  

5.  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.  

6.  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.  

7.  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.    

Here are links to some of my favorite tools and products for making my curls stay, if you are interested in purchasing them:


      

72 comments:

  1. This is really helpful, thanks! How do you make these soft waves/curls in the picture? :)

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    1. Yes it is... I agree with you.

      You might like to see Home making Hair natural treatment and tips

      Thank you

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    2. EASY. Just use 1 inch curling WAND not clamp iron. Takes 15 minutes for me and the hair model and I have the same hair length.

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    3. Actually, these curls were created using a flat iron! Here's the link!
      http://blog.hairandmakeupbysteph.com/2012/03/how-to-soft-flat-iron-curls.html

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  2. Anonymous3/15/2012

    I follow the tip about spraying with hairspray before curling - and it works, but I need to know the same as Maren...how did you make the soft waves/curls? Those are amazing!

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    1. I curled the whole thing with a flat iron and then combed them out with a pick.

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    2. Did you use one of the Hot Tools flat irons? The flat iron I have doesn't heat up on the outside and is a little thicker. By looking at the Hot Tools online they seem to be the "type" you mention above - thin, and heat up on the outside.

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    3. What is you have thick thick thick corse hair and you want it to look llike the picture?

      Does a Chi flat iron work?

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  3. I loved how you curled my hair! I need to practice!!

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  4. What size curling iron do you use??

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  5. Anonymous3/18/2012

    Can you please make a demo video of how you did these curls? It is amazing!

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  6. I also would also love a demo video of these curls! They look really really awesome :)

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  7. Great tips! My daughter has very fine, straight hair and she loves curls! Unfortunately, by the end of the day, her hair is straight again... No matter what we tried. Hopefully these tips will work!

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  8. Hi Steph!

    I love this tutorial... it work soo so well.. and I Love anything unite : ) ... i wish I lived closer I'd totally find you.
    I have a color appt coming up and this hair color in this tutorial is the exact color I'm looking for ... would you mind giving me advice on how to ask for it if I'm lighter going to this shade? ... i.e. what level etc. I would sooo soo appreciate it : )... dark blonde can mean soo many things..

    : )

    Brittny

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    1. Thank you for the compliments! That is actually my hair color, so thanks for liking it! I can tell you what colors I do and then you can tell your stylist. I do an 8N on the roots all over, then I weave bleach 20vol, more blended, down the sides and back. I don't take the bleach all the way to the roots to give it a softer look. Hopefully that helps!

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    2. Do you have anymore photos of this hair color? From the front? Straight? It looks beautiful!

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  9. Stephanie! that tooootally helps thank you so much!!

    : )

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  10. I agree with the requests for a video tutorial on those curls! They are awesome! You said you used a flatiron but when I use my flatiron to curl my hair it only curls the bottom, not all the way through. I call it my Kate Middleton hair, but I don't want that I want curls like YOURS!

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    1. when you're curling you need to start at the root and work your way to the ends of the hair...twisting as you go so don't clamp down on hair just let it be between the heated sides. hope that helps.
      (ps: also clipping up while its hot like she mentioned above will help the curl harden)

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  12. Can you color my hair like that? Where are you located?

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    1. Yes I can! And I am located in South Ogden, UT

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  13. Cute! You should show how to do more curls with a curling iron, i curl my hair, but the old fashion way. I want to know how to curl around the curling iron, i guess i don't get how they don't burn their fingers while holding it there and do you have to curl them in all the same direction?

    I wanna know where you are too! I'm in layton... i need a good hair person :)

    Nicole

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  14. What is the brand and model number for the flat iron you used to create the curls in the photo above?
    Thank you,
    M

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  15. Great tips!!! My hair has nice body but regardless but curls still always fall out. I will have to try the things you've suggested. Excited to be a new follower! xo

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  16. i am soooo happy that i found your site!!!!! :) I am bookmarking your site!!! :) i absolutely love your hair in this photo!!!! i plan on purchasing Boing Cream as you recommended but can you recommend the other products so I can purachase it??? pleease.
    thank you!!!

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  17. I have very fine wavy hair. It will not hold curls. I was thinking of getting a flat iron to try curling with those. I need a good hair person and I am in Cleafield. So, really close! Yay!

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  18. Awesome post...thats really helpful...my hair is a nightmare when it comes to curling. I'm your newest follower and I have a fashion blog http://moderngirlsinvintagepearls.blogspot.ca/ follow me back if you're interested! xx Kari

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  19. Love this post! I am very anxious to try it seeing as I have stick straight hair!! I was wondering, after using the 'Boing Cream', should you diffuse while drying or dry normally? Thanks for the tips!
    Stef

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  20. You're my lifesaver!! Thank you for sharing this post, i love it! :)

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  21. Thanks! my curling iron is horrid and I have straight hair! :) I will try this out!! :)

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  22. Perfect flat iron curls! Just out of curiosity- what iron are you using for this?

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  23. Great tips! My cousin has a curling iron that I've been meaning to try and hopefully I'll get it right with your tips!

    My Own Project

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  24. This is amazing!!! I agree with all the suggests! Please make a tutorial on how to curl the hair like you did on this picture! I have tried so many times... It's always the bottom that became curly, but not the top part of my head!

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  25. You are so helpful. I'm trying to follow your every advice because that's totally me. But I looked up Boing cream. The video says to put it on wet hair. Do you use it on dry hair?

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    1. No, I put it on when it's wet. You can't really feel it in your hair but it helps the curls stay a lot better.

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  26. How big should each section of hair that you do be?

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  27. You should make an article about naturally curly hair :)

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  28. Wont the hairspray make it hard to comb through and make it frizzy ???

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    1. It depends what kind of hair spray you use. I use Kenra 25, it's really brushable but still has a good hold.

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  29. Can I get this Kenra 25 at a Salon or at a Target ???

    I was wondering were you learned to do your unpdos were you just always good at it or did some one teach you ???

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    1. You can get it at a salon or Ulta. I learned just from a lot of practicing and trial and error.

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  30. Thanks for getting back to me so soon !!

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  31. Anonymous11/18/2012

    could u use a wand

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  32. Is the hair on the picture above layered? I am considering layers to make my hair look a little bit thinner, and I love the way this hair looks.

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  33. Anonymous12/07/2012

    Thanks for the tip, but with my hair it dries curly aready, but I like curls.I need them to stay in so Ill try hairspray and blow drying next

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  34. Hi. I have few questions for you. So, do you use curling cream when you curl your hear with flat iron and hairspray when you use curling iron, or do you use both products at the same time for both, flat iron and curling iron... ?! I bought both products and not sure when to use what :). I have long straight hair, and it doesn't want to stay curled :). I'm hoping your tips will help!

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    1. I would use both. I use curling cream before I blow dry, and then hairspray before and after I curl.

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    2. Ok. thank you so much!!! And Happy New Year!

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  35. My hair is naturally curly, and for some reason whenever I straighten it, it refuses to to hold a curl. I tried all of these things and they helped a little bit, but the curl still fell significantly. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. Did you curl it with a flat iron?

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    2. no i haven't quite mastered that yet

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    3. I would try that, or curling it with a curling wand. Flat iron curls and curling wand curls last SO much longer than basic curling iron curls.

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  36. Hi steph.. what size flat iron should I use to get these soft curls

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    1. I would use around a one inch flat iron.

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  37. Where can one buy boing cream??

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  38. Amei. Achei lindo esse cabelo, cachos maravilhosos! Gostaria de saber que cor de cabelo é essa. Obrigada.

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  39. Loved. I found this gorgeous hair, beautiful curls! I wonder what color hair is this. Thank you.

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  40. Thanks for these tips, I have very straight, thick hair that resists curling too. I also have A LOT of hair and it takes ages to get through it all with a wand or iron - do you have any tips how to get the wavy effect over the whole head that doesn't take an hour?! I can't skip sections because it's so obvious :/ Thanks!

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  41. Hi, i wanna to know what hair spray is good for curling im using a 1 inch wand.
    Please help.

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  42. I didn't have enough time to get the unite product. What about redken ringlet 07?

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  43. Hi the curly hair are looking amazing! I dream to have this Awesome Wavy Hair

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  45. Found your website while searching for tips for stubborn straight hair.
    Even when I use curling product, use hairspray before curling it ánd clip the curl in place to let it cool, my curls only last for about 1,5h.
    Do you have any idea what I'm doing wrong? I used the L'Oréal Elseve mousse styliste for curls and L'Oréal Enette Hairspray.

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    1. I would try curling it with the flat iron. That's the only way I can get really stubborn hair to hold curl.

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  46. I have the really, really, really stubborn hair that will not hold a curl no matter what! I even had the salon curl it for my wedding, after having it set and pinned overnight by them, and it only lasted 2-2.5 hours. I'd like to try the flat iron approach you suggested on here, but don't want to invest in an expensive flat iron only to find out there's no improvement.

    Can you suggest a flat iron with the curved edge that gets hot on the outside for around $40? I saw the "T3 Volumize .75 inch Dome Plated Hair Styler" and the "Trinite Professional Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Flat Iron" both on overstock.com, would either of these be good choices?

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  47. Stephanie what about if you wash your hair at night and then curl it the next day how would you use the cream? any tips for products for When Curling dry hair washed:WasheD The Night Before:)

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  48. All wonderful tips! Getting my hair to hold a curl is almost impossible, but the tips you provided definitely do help. I haven't tried the flat iron curls (mainly because I never saw the need to invest in a flat-iron) but I'm curious to try them out sometime!

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