FAQ: How Can I Make My Straight Hair Stay Curly After Styling?

My hair is naturally straight and I have a problem making my style stay after I curl it. What could I do to get it to stay for at least a few hours?

You could try to achieve your goal in three ways.

  1. In a store or a salon, look for a product that is supposed to protect your hair while using heat (curling/flat iron). Work on washed and dry hair. Your hair cannot be dump. Spray each strand  that you will be curling with the heat protective liquid and curl it. As soon as you pull your curling iron out, spray the strand with a hairspray - lock your curl. After you finish your entire head finger style your hair and give your hair a last shot of hairspray.
    Note: if your hair is very resistant it will not stay.
  2. After you wash your hair, work in a mousse or a gel of your choice. Use curlers on each of your strand. When finished with all your strands, let your hair dry - either naturally, which takes a long time, or with a help of a dryer and a special attachment. When your hair is dry, take your curlers out gently and spray with a hairspray. Finger-style your hair and spray with hairspray again.
    Note: if your hair is very resistant it will not stay.
  3. Research which stylist does the best perms in your area. Have that stylist perm your hair with medium to large perm rods. After your perm is done, follow all the instructions of your stylist, before you style the hair (perm has to set in). Then for curly style follow the steps 1. or 2. For straight hair you need to blow dry your hair straight using bristled brush (use short bristles, so you don't tangle the brush into the hair).
    Note: Some hair is so resistant, that even the perm will last only couple of months.
Also, humidity in the air may be the culprit of your hair not "staying".

This post should be taken as a first step for a discussion with your hairdresser and/or colorist about your ideas, desires or problems with your hair. Under no circumstances, you should act upon this post only. I strongly advice you to have your hair done by a skilled and reputable hairdresser/colorist in your area.