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5 Simple Steps to Get Long-Lasting Curls

Curly hair has been on-trend for a few years now. Although what we spot on the red carpet varies between tighter ringlet curls and soft, beachy waves, there is no doubt that textured hair is in style.

Unfortunately, those with stick-straight hair that is resistant to curl often struggle with achieving this look. And nothing is more frustrating than spending time on your hair only to find out it will melt away minutes later.

As a hair stylist, I’ve picked up certain steps to take to help make sure even the limpest locks hang on to a curl all day long. Besides finding the right products, it’s important to follow each step carefully to make sure you maximize your results!

All you need is clean and dry hair, a setting spray, a curling iron with a high-heat setting, duckbill clips, a wide-tooth comb, and a good mist of strong-hold hairspray. Click through to get a step-by-step breakdown of my fool-proof strategy!

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  • Before You Curl: Use a Setting and Holding Spray 2 of 6
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    Spray each section of clean and dry hair with a setting spray before placing it in the iron. This product by Ouidad is a favorite of mine to help the curls hold. Make sure hair is dry and combed out before you spray a setting spray on each section.

    Buy it at Sephora for $16

  • While You Curl: Hot Tools Curling Iron 3 of 6
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    Use a high qualtiy curling iron on a fairly high heat setting. When you are sectioning, make sure not to grab a section that is too large for the barrel of the iron. The clamp should be able to close almost completely instead of being stuck open from having too much hair in it.

    Buy it at Ulta for $46.99

  • Immediately After You Curl: Use Duckbill Clips 4 of 6
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    After you drop each curl from the iron, twist it back up and clip it in place with a long duckbill clip. This will help the curl lock into place because it will cool in the correct shape.

    Buy duckbill clips at Ulta, 6 for $4.99

  • To Style Your Curls: Use a Wide-Tooth Comb 5 of 6
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    If you want to soften your curls a bit, grab a wide-tooth comb to smooth through them instead of using your fingers. The heat and moisture from your hands may cause your curls to relax more than you would like them to.

    Buy this comb at folica.com for $5.99

  • To Finish Your Curls: Use a Stong-Hold Spray 6 of 6
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    Finish your style with a strong-hold hairspray. This product by Kenra will leave you with a hair that is still touchable and soft.

    Buy it at beautyofnewyork.com for $14.99

 

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