How to Keep Your Curls When You Use a Curling Iron

Make curls last with a curling iron.

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Curls that don't stop need the help of a curling iron and products to help set the style. When you need curls that will last without fading, the trick is to set them with a setting spray. After the heat of the curling iron fades and your hair cools, treat your curls carefully. With the right touch and enough spritz, they can last throughout the day and on into the evening.

1.

Start with day-old hair. Wash your hair the day before you curl for curls with the best staying power.

2.

Bend at the waist and flip your hair upside down. Comb through your hair to remove tangles and then spray the roots of your hair with the volumizing spray. Massage your roots gently with your fingers to work in the spray. Spray the rest of your hair lightly with a styling spray until it is slightly damp. Comb through your hair again.

3.

Blow-dry your hair with medium heat, using the round brush. Pull small sections of hair straight out with the brush and direct the heat of the blow dryer down over your hair. Keep drying small sections until your hair is completely dry.

4.

Divide your hair into four sections -- top right and left and bottom right and left. Clip back the top two sections and one of the bottom sections with clips.

5.

Start curling one section by separating a 1-inch part with the comb. Comb the section and spray it lightly with the setting spray. Hold the hot curling iron vertically beside the section of hair and begin wrapping the hair around the barrel of the curling iron from the tips of the hair up to the point where the barrel of the curling iron is near your scalp -- be careful not to burn.

6.

Hold the curling iron in place for about 10 seconds and then release the hair, letting the curl fall gently. Repeat the same process to curl small sections of hair within this larger section. Curl the other bottom section in the same way and then the two top sections.

7.

When you finish curling, wait until every curl is completely cool and then spray all of the curls lightly with the setting spray.

8.

Finger-comb the curls lightly to arrange them. Spray your curls with hair spray to finish setting the style.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Comb

3.Styling spray

5.Round brush

7.Hair spray

2.Volumizing spray

4.Blow dryer

6.Setting spray

 

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