Here at The Simone Thomas Hair Salon located in the heart of Westbourne and Wokingham one of our popular services is a big bouncy blow dry. Our stylists are often asked for tips on how to make curls last longer. So we decided to write a blog with some great tips you could try at home. Oh how we love those beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls. But you know what’s even better? Beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls that last all day!
Today we’re sharing our favourite tips and tricks with you in order to make your curls last longer!
1. Cool down those curls
One of the most effective tricks is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Take each fresh curl (still keeping the curl shape) and secure it with a clip or a bobby pin. How does this work? Well, as you wrap your hair around the curling iron, heat is transferred onto the hair strands, which is what makes them change their shape. Therefore, once your pinned curl is cooled down, it will allow the cuticle to close and set in place, making it last for a much longer period of time.
Hint: If you don’t have time to wait 10-15 minutes for the curls to set, pin them all to your scalp and use your blow drier to blow cold air on them from a distance. Ever wondered what that ‘cool’ button was there for? Now you know!
2. Use the right products
Help your curls! Apply styling products to your hair, which will help hold the curls in longer. Depending what works with your hair, apply mousse prior to drying your hair, or simply spray hairspray before and after curling. All this is after applying heat protectant, of course – always remember the heat protectant first!
Hint: Don’t hold the hairspray too close to your hair. You want to spray mist onto it, and wait a few moments for it to dry prior to applying heat.
3. Invest in good hot tools
For years, you may think that your hair is ‘stick straight’ and that ‘your curls will fall apart in 20 minutes anyway’. You will think that as long as you use cheap, non brand curlers. Only when you switch to better quality, higher-end tools, will you realise that the problem isn’t in your hair – it’s in the iron! Yes, they may be more expensive, however, they damage your hair less, they heat up better (so you will apply heat for a shorter period of time), and good quality irons will last you a very long time. We use Cloud9 products here in the salon.
4. Use the right barrel size
Barrel size is actually pretty important. It’s easy to think that a bigger barrel is what will give you those sexy Victoria Secret Curls. However, we find that most of the time, a smaller barrel will do the magic. Depending on your hair, of course, try using a 1” or 1.5″ barrel, and see what difference it can make! Not only will the curls look better, but they will also last longer.
5. Still doesn’t curl?
Well, my beautiful friend, this is a sign that your hair is screaming SOS. Overly damaged hair (including split ends) doesn’t curl well. Period. It’s time to give your hair some love and get a trim! If you are scared to cut your hair read our blog about split ends!
If you’re doing all of the above things right, but just aren’t sure of the techniques available on how to curl your hair – don’t worry, it takes some practice. When you are next at The Simone Thomas hairdressers in Reading and Bournemouth feel free to ask your hair stylist for hints and tips on getting the perfect curl. They will be more than happy to talk you through it and show you how using the Cloud9 products will make all the difference in achieving those fabulous bouncy curls! One of our most popular services is the London Bouncy Blow Dry – give yourself a treat and book in today! Call the salon on 01202 760003 or 01189 760003.