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November, 28 2018

How do I get my hair to hold a curl?


Sam @JdeV Stewarton store

Curls are definitely a favourite but have you ever tried to get the perfect ringlets with your tongs only to find that those loose, angel curls you’d envisioned fall flat within an hour? Unless you’re blessed with naturally curly locks, getting a curl to last can be difficult, especially if your hair is very fine and stubbornly refuses to hold so much as a wave. That’s why today I’m here to discuss the best way to get a curl into your hair and how you can go about making it last! 

How to make curls stay in fine hair

Fine hair can be notoriously difficult to style as it’s typically softer than thicker hair types and can be easily weighed down by oily products. This means that achieving that perfect curl can sometimes feel like a very distant dream however, it doesn’t have to be this way! Below, I’m going to outline a few of my top tips to help fine hair hold a curl.

Step 1 – Volumising shampoo and conditioner: If you’re trying to achieve the perfect curl, your preparation should start long before you whip the curling irons out. If you’ve got straight hair or hair that’s finer, you really want to invest in a volumising shampoo and conditioner to help prep your hair – the better the volume; the more likely the curls are to hold! Jason’s Volumising Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner come into their own here – not only are they natural products that contain only high-quality, nourishing ingredients, they’re also excellent for giving your hair a bit of a lift.

Step 2 – Mousse: If you’re planning on your curling your hair, applying a bit of mousse can do wonders. The problem is that most mousses contain a plethora of harsh chemicals that can easily irritate or upset your hair. That’s why I’d opt for Naturtint’s Styling Mousse as this product not only helps to add extra volume to your hair and definition to your curls, it’s also enriched with pro-vitamin B5 which helps to protect your hair against humidity, leaving it soft and silky rather than dry or sticky. Remember, if your hair is fine a small, tennis ball sized amount should be plenty!

Step 3 – Protect your hair from the heat: Okay, the next step on your part will probably involve some degree of thermal heat; however this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. In her article ‘How do you curl your hair naturally?’ my colleague Ayesha from HQ, takes a look at some fuss-free, heat-free ways to curl your hair. If thermal heat is an unavoidable part of your routine though, then protecting your hair should be your number one concern.

This is where a good nourishing oil like John Masters’ 100% Pure Argan Oil comes into the picture. Argan oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants which can help to prevent hair breakages and protect your hair from potential damage. Try to apply a small amount of this product to damp hair before blow drying and curling to achieve the best results.

Top tip: If you must use a hair dryer, try to opt for one with a diffuser attachment and lower the heat a little bit, especially towards the end when your hair should be almost dry. A little bit of cold air here can help to set your style.

Step 4 – Set your style: Hopefully by now your hair has curled nicely so now your focus should be on keeping it that way. As the day progresses, your hair curls will naturally become looser and this is often the point where most people find that their style gradually disintegrates, their curls eventually losing all their definition and turning into nothing more than loose waves. In order to prevent this from occurring, it’s a good idea to try setting your hair with a spray.

Once again, going natural with your spray can make a real difference, especially when you consider that you have already applied quite a few products to your hair thus far. John Masters offer a lightweight hairspray which might be useful here as it’s formulated to fight frizz and won’t weigh down your hair in the same way that many conventional sprays do. It also contains extracts of aloe vera and bergamot fruit oil so it has the added bonus of being extremely nourishing for your hair too!

How do I keep my curls while sleeping?

Okay, it’s all very well discussing how you can keep your curls intact during the day but what about at night? Surely all the tossing and turning in bed will cause your curls to lose definition, meaning you wake up with frizzy mess rather than ringlets. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case as it all depends on technique!

What type of pillowcase are you using?

You’re probably wondering what on earth your pillowcase has to do with your hair but, actually, the type of pillowcase you use can go a long way towards dictating the state of your curls the next day. As you toss and turn during the night, the friction of your hair continuously rubbing against your pillow can generate frizz which is why most hair experts recommend investing in a silk pillowcase. However, if you’re not willing to fork out for silk (and I really don’t blame you!) a t-shirt can sometimes work just as well!

How are you wearing your hair when you go to bed?

It’s not something many of us invest a lot of time in – after all, you’re not going to put your hair up in a fancy do if it’s just about to hit the pillows, right? However, how you wear your hair when you go to bed can actually help to maintain your curls. Sleeping with your hair in a loose bun, for example, can help to ward off frizz so it’s a favourite option for many. You could also try what is known as ‘pineappling’ which you can find more information about in my colleague Ayesha’s blog, ‘How to dry curly hair.’ Finally, there’s the tried and tested method of using bobby pins to loosely pink your curls into place on your head!

Are you using product?

You might think it’s a good idea to use hair spray to keep your hair wedged into position but please, step away from the product! If you have fine hair, your hair is probably easily weighed down by products, especially if you’re applying sprays and serums to hair multiple times in one day. As useful as some products can be, I would avoid applying any before going to bed as it could impact the quality of your curls as well as your hair the following day!