Ways to Get Curls to Stay Longer

by Jaimie Zinski
Avoid over-applying hair products, which will weigh down your curls.

Avoid over-applying hair products, which will weigh down your curls.

Whether your tresses are long or short, thick or thin, you could potentially spend hours creating curls with a curling iron or Velcro rollers -- only to have your beautiful, bouncy, hard-won curls drop away by the end of the day, leaving you flat-haired and frustrated. Don't throw up your hands in defeat and let your dream of long-lasting curls go the way of the Dodo -- instead, start using the right products and techniques to help those enviable curls bounce throughout the day and into the night.

Skip washing your hair the day that you're going to curl it. Tresses covered by a thin layer of naturally occurring scalp oils will hold the curl more effectively.

Squeeze into the palm of your hand a dime- or quarter-sized amount of anti-frizz serum -- depending on the length of your hair -- and distribute the serum throughout your hair. This serum helps to eliminate any fly-aways and frizz, allowing the curls to hold throughout the day. If an anti-frizz serum isn't available, work a light coating of leave-in conditioner through your hair with a wide-tooth comb, instead.

Squeeze into the palm of your hand a small amount of a curl-enhancing gel, mousse or styling cream and distribute the product through your hair prior to styling with a curling iron or rollers. The cream, gel or mousse helps to set the curl and keep it in place throughout the day.

Cover your hair with a light coating of a medium- to maximum-hold hairspray after styling. Avoid applying excessive amounts of hairspray as it will actually weigh down your curls, causing them to fall much faster.

Reapply a light coating of hairspray throughout the day. Slip a small bottle into your purse, a cubby inside your car, or a drawer in your desk at work. If you notice your curls going limp, scrunch them between your hands after applying the hairspray.

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