11 Tips to All Day Curls Without Damaging Your Hair
If you long for big bouncy curls that last all day, you’ve come to the right place! We know how frustrating it is, to have your curls drop the minute you step out of the house. Today we’re going to share with you 11 of our top tips and tricks to get your straight or wavy hair, hold a curl for longer!
Healthy Hair = Happy Hair
You don’t have to damage your hair to create beautiful long-lasting curls. What many women don’t realise is that the moment you damage your hair cuticle, it is very difficult to revert it back to its original natural state. Here at Cordina Hair, we are always encouraging healthier hair styling options to avoid unnecessary damage and breakage to your hair.
Understanding your Hair Structure and Why Curls Drop
If you have straight or wavy hair, the natural structure of the hair is meant to be straight or wavy and not curly. When your hair is temporarily curled, it can only last so long, this is because your hair wants to revert back to its natural state ASAP! That being said, there are certainly some techniques that you can use, that will help slow down this reverting process. So, let’s begin!
#1: When's best to Curl your Hair?
It doesn’t matter when you curl your hair, but how you curl it! Many hair gurus recommend waiting 2-3 days after washing your hair, as ‘’dirty hair’’ tend to hold curls better. We feel that curling hair should be more spontaneous, and we don’t think it’s necessary to allocate a time. From our experience, we feel that the tips mentioned below are sufficient enough to hold a curl for longer, which means you can enjoy bountiful curls, even after washing your hair!
#2: To Skip or Not to Skip Conditioner?
We’re not sure about you, but we prefer soft, healthy looking curls rather than dry ones! We don’t believe in skipping conditioner either. Shampoo is excellent at removing grease, dirt and natural oils, which can leave your hair feeling dry and coarse, if you decide not to condition it after shampooing. Healthy moisturised hair is easier to manage and you don’t have to put your hair under stress to enjoy a long lasting curl. Heck, we even recommend applying hair oil to your strands after hair washing! We are confident that tips #3 – #11 are enough to enjoy all day curls.
#3: Use Heatless Hair Styling Options over Curling Wands
Leaving your hair to curl overnight will not only encourage longer lasting curls, but you are also avoiding all the heat damage that come with heated hair curling tools. When using heatless hair curlers, we recommend leaving the curler in your hair for at least 6 hours or 7 - 9 hours overnight. When hair is left in a curling position for a prolonged amount of time, the curls are more likely to last and stay. So, if you have pin straight hair or wavy hair that struggles to hold a curl, a heatless hair curling option will certainly be more suited for you.
In this hair curling tutorial, we are using the Flower Curl overnight hair curler, which is not only quick to set but it is also comfortable enough to sleep in every night if you wanted to.
Flower Curl by Cordina Hair
#4: Do Not Curl Hair When Damp
Curling damp hair should never be attempted and is never a good idea. It certainly won’t encourage longer lasting curls and you’re more likely to end up with a bunch of split ends and broken ends, than bountiful curls! Whether you are using curling wands or heatless curlers, curling your hair when damp, can really damage the structure of the cuticle, leaving your hair looking brittle, coarse and broken. This is especially true if you choose to curl your hair with a heated curling wand.
If you’re using heatless curlers, we recommend drying your hair entirely first, to help avoid unnecessary breakage. Damp hair may also not dry properly when curled overnight. Always ensure that your hair is dry before curling.
#5: Spritz Some Water to Completely Dry Hair
This tip is highly effective if you’re after all day curls and if you’re looking to go down the heatless hair curling option route. After drying your hair entirely, spritz or apply some water on each section of hair to be curled. A little bit of water goes a long way, so your hair should not feel damp or wet. Set your hair in the curler and leave in overnight.
#6: Use the Right Hair Spray
Hair Sprays exist for a very good reason - to hold hairstyles! With so many hair sprays available on the market, it can be very difficult to determine which one to go for. We have tested numerous hair sprays and found that strong hold sprays work best when it comes to holding the curls for longer. A little bit of hair spray is all you need; you don’t want your curls to feel crispy and heavy. Use a strong hold hair spray on tight curls and let it sit for a few minutes before opening the curls / styling them.
#7: Pin up the Curls
After spraying some hair spray on the tight curls, pin the curls back up for a few minutes or until the hair spray is set. The curls are still tight and pretty bouncy at this stage, so pinning them up, will really help to encourage a longer lasting bounce!
#8: Don’t Brush out Your Curls
Instead of reaching for the brush, open the curls with your fingers. You might want to do this by having your hair tossed forward. Gently break up the curls by running your fingers through them and scrunching them up as you go along. Your curls may appear tighter and bouncier than desired at first, but this technique will help the curls to drop at a much slower rate, which means you get to enjoy the curls for longer!
#9: Do Not Apply Too Much Product
Adding too much hair spray, mousses and creams can really weigh your curls down and instead of having long lasting curls, you’ll end up with a crispy weighed down curls that won’t look good. We recommend keeping it simple and not applying too much product to your hair. Your hair should feel light and bouncy and you should be able to run your fingers through your hair without having your fingers stuck in the curls! Many setting hair products include alcohol which can be very drying and damaging to your hair, use these with care and do not over-do it.
#10: Put in the Effort for Best Results
Whether you’re choosing a heatless hair curler or a curling iron, a quick job with no real effort put in, will only give you half of the results you’re after. If you’re curling your hair with heat, the faster you go, the looser the curl. If you choose heatless hair curling options, following the instructions and dedicating some time to the task, will ensure you end up with a nice hair curling result. If time is an issue for you, make sure you check out the Flower Curl overnight curler, as it only takes a few minutes to set and is an excellent choice for busy women!
#11: Don't Play with Your Curls!
Now that you've got your curls all set, you can't seem to stop running your fingers through them! Over touching your hair can make your scalp feel oily and your ends dry. Fiddling with your curls will make them drop faster, so it's best to keep your hands away from your hair. Put your hair up in an easy half up half down hairstyle to encourage longer lasting curls. All you need is a pretty hair clip to show off those gorgeous curls!