My Hair Won't Curl

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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5445 posts
Bee Keeper

First of all, I would get a smaller curling iron. 1″ is a good size. 1.5″ is kind of big, and the bigger the curl the less it stays usually. Since you have naturally wavy hair I would say to wash and air dry (not blow dried straight) and then curl when it dries. I have naturally curly hair and if I blow dry it and then curl it doesn’t stay worth crap, but if I curl it after it’s air dried, I have no problems. 

Oh also, the longer my hair gets the less it holds curl because it’s so weighed down. You might want to get some layers cut, because that will allow your hair to be lighter and curl better. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

This might be a silly question, but are you trying to curl too much hair at once? The more hair you try to curl in one go, the less heat you get on the hair (like if you use 1cm segments of hair, you’re getting more heat on the hair than if you use 1 inch segments,  especially if you have long hair).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

@ohemgeeitscor:  I know exactly what you mean. I was trying to say if you are using too much hair then your hair would be against other hair, not the barrel.

Post # 9
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1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine doesn’t curl / hold a curl either. It’s frustrating and I’ve learned to embrace my straight hair; however, I really want big fat curls for my wedding. So, I need to learn how to do this in the next several months. I’m mostly commenting to follow since I don’t have any real tips…

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@ohemgeeitscor:  Maybe when you go for your trim you could ask your stylist for tips/advice. It’s amazing what the professionals can get hair to do that seem completely impossible at home. Is your stylist someone you can ask for advice? I’m from a small town and have been going to my lady for years, so I’m comfortable asking her opinion on hair issues. 🙂 I wish I had better advice, but the issue I have with my hair is keeping it straight in this crazy gulf coast humidity. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@ohemgeeitscor:  the size of the barrel has little to do with it unless your hair is short. The problem is WHAT products are in your hair. The reason the salon washes is to get a fresh start certain things stop your hair from curling or if it naturally gets oily. You prob need to use a light spritz prior to curling. DO NOT drown your hair as it can damage it once the iron makes contact with your hair just a light spritz from far will do the trick while section ing off your hair. Best bet is to go to YouTube and watch a tutorial

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - The Admiral Kidd Club

I spray thermal protection spray first then use a 1 3/4″ titanium curling iron and curl 1 1/2-2″ sections of hair, curling back and away from the face. I insert the barrel closer to the top of the hair shaft (close to the roots) and start curling the hair and spinning the barrel while using my thumb on the clip to press, release, press, release, letting the hair roll through. It’s as if I’m straightening out the frizzies as I curl it. **The trick is when you release the curl, release it into your hand and hold it til it cools. THEN release the curl to hang down. OR when you remove the hot iron from the curl, pin the curl to your head with a duck-bill clip until it cools, do the rest of your head, then release them all once they’ve cooled.** Afterward, I just bend over and shake out the curls and just use my fingers to shape the waves/curls. Light hairspray the curls while still bent over.

I have long layers that fall between my shoulder and mid back, naturally medium-coarse and slightly frizzy but mostly straight hair. These tips work best on me, in case your hair is similar. I LIVE for Victoria’s Secret runway hair and do this every other day. If you’re looking for smaller curls, just curl smaller sections. The size of the barrel shouldn’t be too small since you have long hair. I’ve found that anything less than 1 1/2″ barrel makes hair look kind of like old-school permed curls.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ohemgeeitscor:  I have hard to curl hair as well and my holds best with curled with a straightener or wand curler.  Those annoying ladies in the middle of the mall that always want to curl your hair with a straightener actually know what they are doing and can make my hair told over night! yeah! amaze-balls!

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have stick straight, fine hair that will not hold a curl with a curling iron.  It will be flat after about an hour or so.  I have never tried curling with a straightener which I have heard works better because I just don’t want to spend the money on it.

What has worked the best is Curlformers.  I was my hair, let it dry mostly, then put in mousse and put the Curlformers on and blow dry completely.  It takes a couple of tries to get the technique right, and you look ridiculous wearing them, but they make nice ringlets that my hair actually maintained for longer.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@ohemgeeitscor:  i have issues with my hair curling….i have long pin straight fine hair…. 1.5 in is HUGE! If you are having problems try and go smaller and smaller with the curling iron….also make sure the iron is good and hot and i was taught to use a spray on my hair while curling it instead of just after….i typically use a 3/8 barrel iron i know it is supposed to be for short styles….but my hair goes to my butt almost….and it works just fine….what makes it work for my hair is because my hair is thin, It curls them a little tighter and smaller so i spray the ever living life out of it….and it relaxes a bit over time but it maintains its curl…..i used to think id never be able to curl my hair but my sister taught me how….

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