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To get long-lasting curls, you don't need a wet set or a precarious perm that can leave your expectations lacking. Instead, you can create curls that will show staying power once your hair is completely dry. As long as you know the right path to take, you can set up your dry hair for curl-driven success. Then, enjoy the bouncy, flouncy curls you love.
Clip your hair into sections to make the job more simple. The amount of sections you clip will depend on the look you're going for. If you want a head full of curls, you'll need to have more sections. If you want some large curls that you can separate, go for less sections.
Unclip each section of hair and run a comb through it to banish any tangles. Remove a hot roller from its stand and wrap your hair under or over it -- depending on what you want your curls to look like. If you roll under, the curls will curve under. If you roll your hair over the rollers, the curls will flip up.
Pin the rollers in place after you roll hair onto each one. Get a rhythm going so you can finish fast. Wait about five minutes, then start unrolling the first roller you put in and keep unrolling in the same order -- unrolling the last roller you rolled at the end.
Spritz your new curls with hairspray and give them a minute to dry. Run your fingers through the curls to separate or style your hair however you want. Once you separate or style, spritz your locks with hairspray once more for holding power.
Section off your hair in clips, keeping in mind where you want the curls to end up.
Unclip a section and comb it well so it's smooth. Spray the strands with a setting spray to prepare them for the curl. Place the sponge roller at the end of the hair and wrap the ends of your hair up or under.
Roll your hair all the way to your scalp and secure or pin it so it stays put. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for all the rest of your sectioned hair.
Hop into bed and drift off to dreamland with the curlers intact. Remove them carefully the next morning and style as desired. Spritz your style for holding action.
If you don't have hot rollers handy, you can let a curling iron stand in. After you curl, follow up with hairspray for extra hold.
Avoid getting stuck in a styling aid rut. Too much heat styling can dry out and damage your tresses. Give your mane a break and go natural every couple of days.