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Hair Doesn't Curl Using Curling Iron

I have a hard time curling my hair with a curling iron. My hair isn't that thick or anything, and I can curl my hair over night in roller things. I just need a good tip to curl my hair and make it stay for the day.

By Shelby B.

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December 16, 20120 found this helpful
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My sister is a former hair stylist, and when I would complain to her about that, she always told me to use mousse in my hair before using the curling iron. It does eventually make the curling iron really messy. For my hair I also found it worked better if I used a skinnier curling iron. My sister also sprayed the hair with hair spray after curling it.

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January 22, 20130 found this helpful
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I have really think straight hair and I use a flat iron to curl my hair. The curls stay for all day and then some! My har is still even curly the next day after sleeping on them.

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February 7, 20130 found this helpful
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I had the same issue! A beautician told me about "thermal spray". It is made to protect your hair when applying any kind of styling heat (curling iron, flat iron, etc). Many different companies make it, but it is available at WalMart! The best $5 I have spent in years! Of course I still use some hair spray with it, but just follow the directions.

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Tip: All of the "thermal sprays" have an odd trigger-like nozzle on them. Hope this helps!

I have attempted the flat iron trick previously, without success :(

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April 18, 20130 found this helpful
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My hair has a hard time holding a curl as well, but I have been able to make it happen a few different ways.

The first way, and the least time consuming, is to use a straightener - I have one that's about 1.5" wide. I let it heat up, grab a section of hair about 1" x 1" (doesn't have to be perfect), clamp the straightener about 3" from my scalp, then roll the straightener half a turn towards my head, so the hair is folded around one side of the straightener. I pull the straightener through gently (don't clamp too tight but you want both plates touching the hair) and kind of slowly, giving an extra twist at the very end. It works like curling a ribbon on a present.

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The second way is to use a curling iron, and after each section is curled, while it's still hot, I roll the hair around a velcro roller. I get all of my hair curled and up in the rollers to cool, then go about the rest of my business - makeup, lotion, perfume, get dressed, etc. My hair is the last thing I worry about from that point on. Once I'm done and everything else is taken care of and ready, I take the rollers out and lightly spray the curls with hair spray. Alternatively, and I've found this way doesn't work quite as well but it could be faster - use a straightener to heat your hair up and then roll the hot hair on the rollers, section by section.

The last way, and I love the curls I get from this except that they don't start high enough and I don't get the volume at the roots that I like, is to twist your hair while drying it. I section my hair into 4 sections, two on each side, twist the sections away from my face, and keep twirling it while I blow dry my hair. This gives big loose waves on the bottom half of your hair that look beautiful and stay all day, provided you dry your hair thoroughly while twirling each section.

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June 13, 20130 found this helpful
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A friend told me to pin up the curls with bobby pins after curling them with the iron. So after every curl you roll it up and pin it the spray it with a little of your favorite hairspray. After you've completed every curl give your whole head another spray and let it dry about 10 minutes.

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Then take the bobby pins out and finger comb them a little. The key is not to use too much hair spray or your curls will look unnatural. Another tip would be to curl the top of your head first then down to the bottom layers. I did this for graduation and my hair was still curly the next day after sleeping in it.

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