Limp-locked and curl-challenged? Below, the reasons behind your hair’s shape-shifting—and our tips to keep those curls intact.

REASON 1: YOU’RE USING WAY TOO MUCH CONDITIONER.

While conditioner is beloved for its softening, moisturizing effect, it also makes your hair very slippery. That’s probably why your freshly curled coif can’t hold its shape, no matter how much hairspray you mist over it. When you want to curl your hair, try skipping conditioner altogether.

REASON 2: YOU’RE NOT USING ENOUGH MOUSSE.

Yes, mousse, that sudsy meringue lookalike they stock in salons! You’ll need loads of this stuff to increase your hair’s curl-a-bility. For mid-length hair, squeeze out a tennis ball-sized amount. For long hair, you’ll need two, even three tennis balls, especially if your hair is super fine.
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REASON 3: YOUR HAIR ISN’T HARD ENOUGH.

Mousse amps up volume and provides good hold, but straight hair needs to be on the rigid side to keep curled. Here’s what to do: right before you start curling your hair, spritz each section with a flexible holding spray. This will give your hair the grit it needs without transforming it into dried seaweed.
TRY THESE! Bedhead/TIGI’s Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray, on sale at P975, Toni & Guy’s Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray, P870

REASON 4: YOU’RE NOT PULLING—OR CLIPPING.

Here are some best practices when it comes to curling:

  • Wrap your hair tightly around the barrel of your curling iron, holding it there for five seconds.
  • Make sure you pull the iron away from your face, holding the hair taut, so the heating effect reaches every strand.
  • Once you’ve unwound your hair from the barrel, clip it against your head. Leave it alone for no less than five minutes—and if you have more time, take it.
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REASON 5: YOU’RE LOOSENING YOUR CURLS TOO SOON.

No one wants tight toddler ringlets. But you must resist the urge to comb through your new curls with your fingers. Shake ‘em out a little, then leave ‘em be. Fine hair needs all the extra tightness it can get, since in no time at all, your curls will loosen on their own. By the time you get to your special event, gravity will have created the natural “babe hair” you desire.

REASON 6: YOU’RE NOT SEALING THE DEAL.

Okay, flat-haired honeys, one last layer before you go! You’ll want a finishing coat of texturizing spray for two reasons. First, it gives you that final, much-needed boost in the Department of Hold. And second, it doesn’t weight your hair down, so your curls can live a longer, happier life! (At least, until the party’s over.)
TRY THESE! Toni & Guy’s Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, P890, OGX’s Sea Salt Spray, P399

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