Post # 1
Hello ladies. I’m sorry, but I have to vent here. I cannot style or curl my hair to save my life. It’s so incredibly frustrating. I usually get so frustrated that I want to throw my curling iron out the window. I just want to create soft ringlet curls with my medium-length hair and I can’t do it. Either the curl falls right out or I can’t get the sections right to do it.
This is what I would like to try and accomplish. http://rasputinmataram.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Hair-curls-for-Women-Beautifully-Model.jpg
Sometimes the curls just look out of control, they get really frizzy or it just looks like a hot mess.
Sometimes I feel like a total failure because I can’t do something so simple. I get upset because I have no way of dressing my hair up for special occasions. It always looks the same. It’s depressing.
I’ve watched YouTube videos and read tutorials but they never work out. I don’t even have high expectations! I know my hair won’t look like a celebrity’s or a model’s — I just want it to look nice and a little different for special ocassions.
So what’s the secret? Does anyone have any advice? Is there a foolproof video or tutorial that I am missing? Or maybe you just want to vent along with me!
Post # 3
I can’t curl my hair with a curling iron either, (I think it’s too heavy or something?) so I have to use hot rollers – which do work … but they take forever to put in since I have a lot of hair. I completely understand your frusturation though, since I too am jealous of those girls on youtube who can somehow curl their heir perfectly using a curling iron in just a couple of minutes.
Post # 4
@shirasagi: I have hair issues, as well. My hair is long and extremely thick. It can’t hold a curl all day. When I try to separate it into sections, it’s extremely frustrating because it’s so thick and gets tangled. So, I feel your pain!
I was going to get a digital perm recently (with soft curls), but my appointment fell through. I’ve seen awesome results in google search lol
Good luck with your hair issues!
Post # 5
@Irish Terrier: Hmm, I do have really thick hair. I might need to look into getting some old fashioned curlers…
Post # 6
@shirasagi: Seriously, don’t feel like a failure … you’re not doing anything wrong, it all has to do with your hair type! You could try the sleep rollers as well. I haven’t used them myself for years, but I remember them working well while I was a kid. Good luck.
Post # 7
What about using hair spray on your hair BEFORE using the curling iron? Would that work?
Post # 8
I have really thick hair, too, and feel your pain. BUT! I can get my hair to curl if I use either of two techniques. Hot rollers are awesome. If your hair is really thick, you might need to buy two sets, but it will be worth it! You can even get the kind where the clamps are heated, as well. Mine aren’t like that, just the regular clamps, but I still get a great curl out of it! Sometimes I follow the hot rollers with a 1 inch curling iron just to get a more defined curl followed by a bunch of flexible hold hairspray. Another way I get curls is my using the curling iron alone, but I spray hairspray on the section first, roll it up, and when I unroll it, I spray some more hairspray. This takes a lot more time, but they tend to stay a little longer.
Good luck with your hair! It seems like hot rollers are the consensus!
Post # 9
I have a suggestion! Try curling your hair on the outside of the barrel of the iron. Do you know what I mean? Hold the curling iron (clamped closed) pointing down to the ground and wrap medium-small sections around the outside of it, being careful not to burn yourself. Let it sit for about 10 seconds and then gently slide the curling iron out. Curls last so much longer using this method for me. I have long thick hair, and curls fall out much more easily if I curl it conventionally. Try it! Let me know if you have any questions….you can probably find a youtube video on it as well.
Oh, also. You could try to do sock bun curls. I usually don’t get the best results with them, but my hair is naturally fairly curly and I’ve seen a lot of videos and it looks really pretty.
Post # 10
@happyface: Or you could try using styling spray – which I guess is like hair spray, only you’re supposed to use it before curling your hair. (I have some by TRESemmé, and it works alright – but I still can’t curl my hair properly with a curling iron.)
Post # 11
I know what you’re talking about, I have thick asian stick-straight hair and most curls fall out within an hour or so.. what really helped me was wet-setting them with curlers (you don’t dry your hair all the way before you put them in curlers and sleep on them).
You could also try to pincurl your hair, again damp, roll it over your fingers so you get rings that you pin on your head and either sleep on them or blow-dry them.
Or when you like to work with your hair dry, you can curl it with your iron, keep it in ring shape and pin it until it’s cooled down.
Try to find a heat protectant that also has some styling/anti-frizz stuff in it and generously hairspray while your hair is still in curlers and again when you let it down.
And find the right iron. I have one by Remington, which was a bit of a splurge back when I got it and it does basically nothing for my hair. No idea if I got a dud or anything, but the curl basically disappears right when I let it go (it heats up fine, though!). I also have a little Phillips cheap-o one inch that works way better and then last year for Christmas, Fiance got me a Babyliss icurl, which is a straightener and curler in one. It looks like a regular straightener with two more plates that form a half-circle on the outside. That thing is seriously amazing. My hair stays curly even when it’s raining!
Hope you find something that works soon!
Post # 12
Have you tried using a hair straightener to curl your hair? I only learned about this a month ago …I have really coarse, stick-straight hair that is hard to curl. Using a curling iron or hot rollers only lasted a few hours at best. I’ve tried this method (straightener) 3 times now and the curls last until I wash my hair! I did have to watch several youtube videos to figure it out though.
and another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpl9KYzmJ6s&feature=plcp
I think that it works better for my hair because the straighteners get hotter than a curling iron. I just use a lot of heat protectant spray beforehand. I get tighter curls by pulling the straightener through the hair section slower, or for looser curls I pull it through faster.
Post # 13
Okay so last night I tried something new (to me). Have you ever heard of that ‘As Seen on TV’ product Wrap, Snap and Go? I have owned them for a couple of years, but never got around to using them until last night when I thought I would give them a whirl. I followed the directions included in the pack (there is a 16 page booklet!) and used a little bit of hairspray on the part about-to-be wrapped and on the ends to keep them together. I wrapped them up and went to sleep. This morning I woke up with some WOW curls! It’s already almost 1PM and they have only fallen slightly, but are definitely still curly. And I’m glad they fell a bit because they were a little intense . I wish I could upload a picture but I’m at work…
Post # 14
I feel the same way. I wish I knew how to style/tame my hair better at times. I’m completely challeneged when it comes to making it look cute/nice.