Do you ever feel like you spend a significant amount of time with your curling iron and hairspray and within 20 minutes your curls have gone limp? Women with pin straight hair know the woes of hair that just won’t stayed curled.
Unfortunately, this is often at times just down to genetics. The kind of hair that you have is determined by the shape of your hairs follicles and the root. If your follicles root is a circle, then you will have straight hair (but if it’s a hook then say hello to curls!). Your straight hair is always going to want to be straight, regardless of how many products you have or time spent with heat on those straight locks.
The good news – with the right prep work and tips you can get your poker straight hair to style into curls that last.
Your Hair Cut
Are you surprised? The key to achieving those celeb beach waves when you have pin straight hair is to get yourself a haircut that encourages texture. Layers often make your hair look thinner, so they’re great for thick hair but if you have thin straight hair, then a blunt cut will make your hair look fuller. If you love the layered look then keep them long and subtle. Also, remember that healthy hair is easier to manage so make sure you get regular trims.
Day Old Hair
Women who have straight hair tend to wash their hair every day, often for good reason – oily hair shows through straight, fine hair quickly. But, you can use that oil to your advantage. Your hairs natural oils adapt easier than clean hair. Slightly oily hair will hold a curl better than freshly washed hair. So, skip the shampoo and try curling unwashed locks.
Try a Flat Iron
It can be tricky at first to learn how to curl with a flat iron, but once you’ve perfected the skill, flat iron curls tend to hold longer than a curling iron and its then easier to achieve those flat, or beach wave curls that we all love.
If you have a curling iron or you just prefer the curling iron look, then more power to you! The best way to guarantee curls that last is to use hairspray before you curl, let it sit for a second to dry, then curl your hair. Don’t be afraid to lightly brush the curl once it’s cooled for a second, this will prevent your hair from being crunchy and crispy. Clip each curl as you go along to let it cool and set in place – making it last longer.
Invest in Quality Tools
If you’re committed to achieving curly hair that lasts all day, then you need to invest. Nice tools will speed up your styling time, prevent heat damage and give you a better finished look that lasts longer.
Pro-Tip: For shoulder length hair and shorter hair use a one-inch curling iron. For longer hair you should use a 1.25-inch curling iron. The smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl which will help keep volume throughout the day.
Sometimes straight hair is a blessing like when it’s raining, or your wake up late or after a quick dip in the swimming pool. Styling straight hair can be pretty effortless, but when you want those curls or texture, use these tips to help achieve a long lasting look.