Post # 1
I have pin-straight, super-smooth hair (I stick a comb headpiece in my hair and it slides right off) and I would really looove to have nice soft waves in my hair for my wedding. Any tips for hard-to-curl hair? I tried looking it up but all the different methods are overwhemling and usually don’t work on me anyway (or work for a few minutes and then my hair is straight again). Which is better – curling irons vs rollers etc? BEST hairspray for holding curls?
Thank you! 🙂
Post # 3
If your hair does not hold a curl you need to start with the right shampoo and conditioner to add volume and body without weighing down your hair (recommendations Big Sexy Hair or Redken Volume). You can try a volume enhancing mousse/thermal styling mousse as well on damp (not soaking wet) hair. Do not wash your hair the day of the wedding or hair trial, wash it the evening before and blow dry it out…start with your hair flipped for added volume drying the roots and then when it is 50% dry go right side up and dry completely.
For curling you will need to start with rollers/curlers and then go in with a curling iron (1″ perhaps?) and touch up and define your curls. It will be super curly with ringlets which is best if you want it to last. If you are the one curling your hair you need to use the wrapping technique where you wind the hair around slowly rather than starting from the bottom and curling upwards. The ends need the least amount of heat and time, the middle needs the most. The wrapping technique will give you more defined and longer lasting curls.
For finishing avoid mousse or wet hair spray. You want something with a fine mist and lasting power. I like Tresseme 24 hour hold (really works like a charm) although there are more expensive options out there that I’m sure others can recommend I haven’t found anything that works better. Spray as you curl the layers, don’t just wait until the end. Spraying as you go with allow the hold you need and the curls won’t relax as quickly.
Post # 4
I don’t know about products, because I have a hard time keeping curls in my hair but my hairstylist told me to shampoo and blowdry my hair the night before. Avoid conditioner though (the drier your hair, the better it’ll hold a curl). Also, I had her cut my hair into layers a couple weeks before the wedding. If your hair is one length, it’ll tend to weigh your hair down than if it were in layers.The hairsylist for my BMs used Osis brand hairspray. Have you considered extensions? I had them and thought they helped with keeping my hair curly.
Post # 5
@toelopeornottoelope: If your doing your own hair you might want to try using these flexible suckers (pic below). I didn’t end up using them on my wedding day bc it was humid & I just didn’t want to deal with it. Normally my hair is also super straight but thick & it will not hold a heat curl for anything. I put these in & loosly wrap my damp hair around them, fold up the ends (takes a bit of practice) and go to bed- wake up in the AM & voila- I’ve got curls for the next 24+ hrs- waay longer than anything else lasts!
From what I’ve been told keeping curls is about texture- the finer your texture the more likely they’ll slip out. I try to only curl on day to two day old hair, and you can even put some texturizing creams/mouses/sprays in your hair before hand to kind of rough it up a bit…. I also finish up with the tresseme 24 hr spray- I put it in and let it dry before i take out my rollers and again after they are all out….
Post # 6
I’ve heard that using dry shampoo to give your hair some texture helps a lot. Also using curly/volumizing mousse does wonders for me.
Post # 7
@toelopeornottoelope: Hot rollers or a roller set will likely be your best bet. I’m a hairstylist and I have super fine hair. If I want long lasting curl, I apply Phomollient by Aveda after washing my hair before drying it. After I finish drying it, I spray Control Force hair spray, also by Aveda in my hair. After it sets for about a minute I use hot rollers and roll my hair is small sections. I use the big rollers on the “mohawk” area of my head, the medium size ones on the sides, and mixture of big and medium sizes in the back. Once I have it rolled, I spray it again all over with Control Force hair spray. While it is setting, I apply my make-up. About 20 minutes later I take it down. At first it is pretty curly but it settles down after a couple hours.
If I want a longer lasting curl, I use Phomollient and Confixor by Aveda after I wash my hair. Then I roll it wet with a roller set that can be used on wet hair, you can find these at Sally’s Beauty Supply. You can let it air dry, set under a dryer if you have one, or use a dryer with a diffuser on the end of it with medium to high heat and low fan.
Post # 8
My best friend has pin-straight hair, also quite fine. Two years ago she got married. I went with her to her first hair trial. She had been using all of the recommended products to boost her volume and ability to hold a curl. She wanted her hair down for her wedding and she wanted curls.
The hairdresser had put her hair in hot rollers for an hour. As she started to pull out the rolls, the ones that she had pulled out initially started to fall. By the time she pulled them all out she had 2 or 3 pieces of waves…the rest of dead flat and straight.The hair dresser was floored. She dedicded to put her hair in pincurls. She did that. I remember her saying “If this doesn’t hold, nothing will!” Two hours later we went back, she pulled out the pincurls, and again, the same thing happened. Within minutes her hair went flat and straight.
The hair dresser said to her, you will not be happy with your hair down on the day of your wedding unless you’re looking for a straight-slight wave look. Reluctantly she opted for an up-do at her next trial. It held and it looked spectacular! She ended up going with it for her wedding.
Moral of the story…embrace your natural hair as much as you can!
Post # 9
Thanks so much for all the tips! 🙂
Post # 10
Honestly if you have super straight, smooth hair you should consider wearing it all up or at some point in the day/ night no matter what kind of curls you do they will probably fall out. I have very straight hair that combs, ponytail holders ect. slide right out of immediately. I have had my hair done a number of times by professionals using different tecniques for prom, as a bridesmaid ect. and it always falls out and pictures as the night goes on look terrible. I would love to have my hair down in loose curls for my wedding but I know it won’t last so I am going to wear it in an updo so it won’t fall out because this is what my stylist who has very straight hair herself recommended.