Curling stubborn, straight hair

3:45 pm - 04/05/2009
Hi all, I browsed the tags but wasn't able to find exactly what I was looking for. For my boyfriend's birthday, we're all going to a club on Saturday and I'd really love to have big, sexy (slightly loose) curls that are still touchable (Victoria's Secret models' hair!)
The type of hair I have: naturally very straight, layered a bit and boob-length at the longest. It's very fine in texture so my hair is often limp or flat. I use heat products (blow-dryer) only very occasionally and haven't dyed my hair in almost 3 years (in short, my hair is pretty healthy). The catch is that my hair is very stubborn, it does not hold a curl well and does not curl easily in the first place. I have tried putting my hair in a bun or french braiding (no product) and sleeping in it; when I wake up my hair is very pretty but it straightens itself within an hour or two.

What can I do and what products do you recommend to get me the hairstyle I'm after? If you couldn't tell already, I'm pretty clueless about styling hair. Any tips, tricks, or general methods (I have hot and velcro rollers, a straightening iron and a curling iron) to use will help. My biggest concern is my hair losing the curl after an hour.

Here's an idea of what I want:

abriefeternity 5th-Apr-2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
try using a small ceramic straightener (maybe about 1") to curl your hair. it should last for several hours, if not all day. here's a helpful video:

there are a few things i would do differently from the woman in the video. i would suggest curling your hair in small sections, starting from the bottom section and working up. also, wrap the hair around the flat iron in opposite directions for more fullness, and hold the end of your hair as you bring the flat iron down for more control. finally, leave a thin top layer uncurled to avoid looking like a'll blend in with the rest of your hair when you tousle it, or if you decide to tease at the crown for some height, you can use it to cover up.

practice the motions while your iron is cool so you don't fry your hair!
elseinane 5th-Apr-2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
If you have problems holding a curl - pretty much the only thing that is going to last is a wet set. (Sounds technical but is very simple)

All you need is lots of bobby pins, some good quality styling gel and time.

Here is a very good vid that helps show and explain the process:

Then once everything is dry - take them out and then comb out - THEN use some heat styling to smooth and polish the style.

caliginous 6th-Apr-2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Sounds exactly like my hair. Wet set is the only way anything will stay put. is my tutorial for pin curls, is a great tutorial for rag curls (possibly more tutorials in the memories there). I don't use product on my hair, as anything with much weight will pull the curl right out. if anything, use a very light volumizing spray for hold, MOP has one that has lemongrass in it which will help cut back on your natural oil production, leaving the hair lighter and fuller longer.

The key to keeping the curls is to let the hair dry fully (so don't start with it too wet), leave them in the curl for as long as humanly possible, and touch as little as possible after taking them out. Every time you touch them you add dirt and oil, which makes them start to flatten. Every time you brush them, even a finger comb, you pull the curl out. Un pin, shake out gently, and with clean hands shape if you must. That's it.
serikaa 6th-Apr-2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Wow you're right, we do have the same hair, down to even the boob-length :) Thank you for the link, I guess I didn't find it because it's from almost 4 years back. I'm looking into everyone's suggestions and will try to cram in as many trial runs before Saturday as I can!
P.S. the curls really suit your face, you look stunning.
caliginous 6th-Apr-2009 01:18 am (UTC)
good luck with it! I watched the video that is linked above, she makes a good point that I may not have, keeping the curls the same direction is really important. If you go high on the head as I do with mine (she leaves a few inches of flat space in the video, I twist all the way up) be sure you position the curl so there's minimal bumps happening. I twist the front section away from my face so there's a little pouf at the base of the curl, it gives more volume, but you have to be careful or you'll end up with ridges and bumps.
callista88 7th-Apr-2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
When I was cheerleading I would sponge-roll my hair the night before. The ONLY THING that would hold the curl was Freez-It mousse. I'd soak the lock of hair in that stuff, roll them before bed, hit them with the hair dryer if I was worried about the mousse not being dry in the morning, and then take them out. Seriously, Freez-It is amazing and CHEAP and you can find it at WalMart. :)
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