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Why Won’t My Hair Hold a Curl?

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Have you ever spent a big part of your day working on that perfect wavy hairstyle only to have it fall flat within a few hours or even minutes?

According to a celebrity stylist on Byrdie, there are reasons this is happening to you and ways you can prevent it.

Why Won’t My Hair Hold a Curl?

Below are the best styling tips from hairstylist Sarah Potempa to keep your curls from wimping out on you.

Use a Properly Heated Tool

First thing’s fist: Is it true that thin hair or naturally straight hair won’t hold a curl as well as other hairstyles? Not so. With modern technology, any hair type should be able to hold a curl.

Look for a quality tool that has components like an adjustable digital temperature and ceramic rods or plates.

It’s important to be educated on the right heat setting for your hair. For example, if you have thick hair, you’ll want to use a higher heat setting than someone with thin or fine hair.


Prepping before you curl is also instrumental to your style lasting all day.

Start by using a mousse and heat protectant before you blow-dry in order to give the hair more hold.

Use Clips

Clips are your styling friend, both pre- and post-curl.

If you need extra hold, set your curls with silver clips. Just wrap the curl and pin it on top of the head to let it set for a few minutes. When you unpin the curls, they will have even more structure and volume.

Make sure that you divide your hair into clean, even sections before you curl. This will ensure that every curl has structure and looks great.

Barrel Size Matters

Switch to a smaller barrel size if you want to make the curls last longer.

For example, if you use a one-inch barrel and your curls are falling, then try using a smaller iron. Curling smaller sections of hair will also give you tighter curls and more hold.

Hands Off

Although it’s tempting to run your fingers through immediately or brush out your curls as soon as you’ve finished, this causes curls to fall quickly.

Instead, she suggests spraying a hairbrush with hair spray once the curls have cooled and then passing them through with a brush.

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