Soft curls and beach waves are 2 absolutely gorgeous and simple ways to style your hair. They really frame your face and give you a lot more volume. Especially if you have fine or limp hair (like I do!). However, it’s no fun when you’ve put in the effort to do lovely curls only for them to fall out half way through the day. But it’s absolutely possible to have long lasting curls. Even if you have very fine hair. Keep reading to find out how. And I’ve even got a video tutorial for you too.
STEP 1: HAIR MUST BE UNWASHED!
Yes, you heard that right. And I know this might not be what you want to hear! But here’s the thing. Freshly washed hair is far too soft to hold any type of hairstyle. No matter whether it’s curls or an updo. Especially if you have fine hair. And if you want long lasting curls, this step is absolutely key.
Now, I hear you telling me your hair will look oily and greasy if you don’t wash it every single day. But here’s the thing. It’s actually a GOOD thing if your hair has a little bit of excess oil in it. It means the curls will have something to hold on to and it will help them to last longer.
But I have to wash my hair every day!
As a recovering everyday hair washer myself, I can tell you that you really don’t! Trust me, it’s absolutely okay not to wash your hair for just 1 day! And if you do wash it right before you curl your hair, you’re not going to have long lasting curls!
If you have oily roots, there’s a very simple solution to that. And that’s to apply some dry shampoo. Dry shampoo has a powder texture and will absorb any excess oil. Just apply a little on your roots and it will look like your hair has been freshly washed.
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How far in advance should I wash my hair?
24 hours in advance is a good guideline. But 12 hours beforehand is also okay. So if you’re going to curl your hair the next morning, you could wash your hair the night before. That way, it will still be fresh enough that there’s not too much excess oil. But also long enough so that your hair is not too soft.
STEP 2: USE HAIRSPRAY ON EACH LAYER OF CURLS
This may seem like it’s overkill, but it’s another factor that’s key to long lasting curls. Here’s how to do this. Curl one layer of hair. Then spray some hairspray on the curls. Now curl another layer of hair. Spray some hairspray on these curls. And continue to do this for each layer of curls after that.
Which type of hairspray?
Don’t use a hairspray with a very strong hold. Sure, you want your hairspray to have quite a decent hold. And it may seem like a stronghold spray will give you long lasting curls. But you also don’t want your hair to look too stiff. Unless you’re going for very tight curls, a bit of movement is okay.
So a flexible hold hairspray is just right for soft, beachy curls. And that’s one of the reasons I say to spritz each layer of curls. It will really help you to have long lasting curls. But it’ll also ensure they’re flexible and natural looking too.
STEP 3: ALLOW YOUR CURLS TO COOL DOWN
This is a big mistake that I see many people make. And it’s one of the reasons why your curls are not holding. So here’s what to do. Once you’ve finished curling your hair, avoid touching it for approximately 5 minutes or until it’s completely cooled down.
If you touch your curls whilst they’re still hot or warm, you’re not giving them much chance to hold in place. Letting them cool down means they’ll hold their curl for longer. Once they’ve cooled down, feel free to shape the curls how you want. More on that below.
FURTHER TIPS FOR LONG LASTING CURLS
Divide hair into small sections
This will make it so much easier to curl your hair. The simplest way to do this is to divide your hair into 3 sections. 2 sections at the front and one at the back. Begin at the back, as this will make it a lot simpler to see what you’re doing and so you don’t forget to curl any pieces of hair.
More is best
Another big contributor to long lasting curls is to do more curls rather than less. And this is particularly important if you have fine or very fine hair. Whilst it may look strange at first to have so many curls and you might look like Shirley Temple (hopefully I’m not showing my age too much with that analogy!), bear one important fact in mind. Your curls are going to drop and get looser as the day goes on.
If you do just a few curls, they’re going to fall out very quickly. So it’s best to take small sections of hair and do a lot of curls. Once you’ve finished curling your hair and allowed it to cool down, you can then run your fingers through it to loosen the curls. Just make sure not to pull them out too much. You can always run your fingers through them again later in the day if you still feel they’re still a little too curly or tight looking for your liking. Once you’ve got them to look like you want them to, spritz a little more hairspray to hold your style in place.
They don’t have to be perfect
In fact, the messier they look, the better. This is one of the most fun things about curls. And why they’re so much easier to do than you think. Unless you’re specifically going for a very structured or tight curl look, you can really just style them how you want. There’s no right or wrong here.
Curl away from your face
The reason why I say to do this is that it’s so much more flattering. Curling towards your face is fine if you’re going for a vintage style (think 1950’s style). But otherwise, it’s not going to look a little old-fashioned.
By dividing your hair into 3 sections as I mentioned above, it will make it so much easier for you to curl away from your face. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing without too much hair in your way.
If you find it hard to know which direction is away from your face, here’s a tip that will also help you. Before you switch on the curling iron (ie: when it’s cold), practice curling your hair. You’ll then be able to see in which direction you need to wrap your hair around the curling iron. And as it’s cold, you don’t have to worry about correcting any mistakes if you do curl it in the wrong direction. Or burning yourself (which I may or may not have done many times!!!).
Curl in different directions at the back
With that being said, I do recommend curling in different directions at the back of your head. This will give your hair a bit more volume and texture. Curl one layer of hair in one direction. Then curl the next layer in the opposite direction. Keep doing this until you’ve curled all the hair at the back of your head.
Practice Makes Perfect
Above all else, have fun with this. And don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first or even 10th time. It took me a while to get used to doing this on my own hair too. But with a little practice, you will get better. And remember the point I made above. They don’t have to be perfect! That’s the most fun part of doing curls because you can’t go wrong.
Make sure to take a look at this video tutorial where I got to style gorgeous vegan blogger Kia Lindross. Kia has very fine, short hair. And in this video, I show you how to do long lasting curls, even if you have this type of hair.
By the way, whilst you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of the videos on Kia’s YouTube channel. She’s a vegan entrepreneur and shows you how you can look fabulous and live a very healthy lifestyle with vegan products. She talks about all things nutrition, beauty and fashion related.
And she even has her very own beautiful vegan nail polish range called Kia Charlotta. As well as being 100% vegan, they’re also free from 7 of the most toxic ingredients you find in many mainstream nail products. So they’re not only kind to animals, they’re also kind to your health too. You can find out here about the toxic ingredients that are found in many mainstream products and which ingredients you should avoid in cosmetics.
Did you find this post helpful? Is curls or beach waves a style you love but find hard to do in your own hair? Let me know in the comments below. Or if you have even more tips for long lasting curls, I’d absolutely love to hear them too. xo