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4 Steps To Longer lasting curls

brighton the day showing how to curl your hair

brighton the day black and white dress with over the knee boots

brighton the day showing how to maintain your curls

brighton the day black and white dress with over the knee boots

We talk about hair volume a lot on Snapchat and I did an entire blog post on it a few months back (slash I want to do a video soon too!), but another topic I’ve been wanting to cover is curls – just in general and specifically about how to get them to actually STAY all night/day. I hope to cover “curls” in a variety of ways but today we’re just going to talk about tips for maintaining those curls you work so hard on!

How to get your curls to last in 4 steps

I’ve found that I can get my curls to last pretty well by focusing on 4 steps. Since we all obviously have different style hair and not every tip works for every style, I’ve thrown in some specific tips based on hair type. Ready for my 4-step system?!

Step one: Get dirty hair and choose shampoos wisely

Dirty hair is easier to style in general, and this is no different when it comes to curls. Avoid washing your hair and using conditioner on your ends for at least a day in advance if you want your curls to stay. Also, avoid using a clarifying or moisturizing shampoo close to a curl date. Clarifying shampoos make your hair REALLY clean; it’s great that they get rid of build up, but curls don’t like that. And some moisturizing shampoos can make your hair too smooth or slick for lasting style, too. Stick with a volumizing shampoo if you know you want curls to last in the next few days.

Oily-haired girls: If you can’t go a day without washing (super oily hair), first off, remember that you gotta train your hair. Start trying to not wash it 7x a week, go to 5x, and you’ll slowly train your hair to produce less oil.

Dry-haired girls: Since skipping conditioner can sometimes wreck havoc on my ends, I use a deep conditioning mask once a week (when I’m not trying to style my hair for a couple days) and swear by oil on the ends.

brighton the day showing how to curl your hair

Step two: Provide texture

Having something in your hair for the curls to hold on to, like dry shampoo or texture spray, is crucial for not only getting curls the way you want them, but for their lasting powers.

We’re all lucky enough to live in the dry shampoo decade – literally one of my favorite products ever, see my battle of dry shampoos here – yes, I’m that serious. This magical potion can make even the oiliest hair come to life. Certain primers are also formulated to help styles stay in place and look good – all while protecting those locks.

I personally like a primer/dry shampo0/texturizing spray combo before curling. I use a primer all over my hair pre-blow dry whenever I shower, then right before I’m curling (usually a couple days after shampooing), I spray dry shampoo to my roots and texturizing spray all over as I turn my head upside down.

Oily-haired girls: I actually add dry shampoo to my roots and hair ANY time before styling – the super straight, sleek look just isn’t my thing – to add body and help keep the style, and to get rid of oil obviously.

brighton the day demonstrating how to curl your hair and maintain the curls

Step three: Curl correctly

No matter your hair style, tighter, smaller curls will last longer. Thick curls don’t have as much room to expand before they fall or turn back to your natural style, so using a smaller curling iron will help. If I know I need my curls to last for a couple days, I’ll often curl them (with a wand or curling iron around 1.25″) the morning of an event – they’ll fall a bit after that much time, but then will still look great – even better – the next day or two.

Curly-haired girls: Try to straighten your hair the day before curling – or at least the night before. Avoid straightening right before.

brighton the day showing how to maintain your curls

Step four: Keep them in place

After I curl, I’ll spray hair spray. I hate the feeling of thick hair spray, but this one is light and actually works.

I’ll wait about 30 minutes before running my fingers through my curls or heading out the door. You’ve gotta let those curls set if you want them to last!

If the hairspray has lost it’s feel by the end of the day, I’ll spray a little more each day and will kinda scrunch my curls to get that bounce back – I think this helps them last too.

Oily-haired girls: Remember, dry shampoo to your roots daily!

brighton the day showing how to curl your hair

General tips

Little things to keep in mind after you style your curls:

  • Sleep with your hair in a loose bun so that you’re not flatting out your hair as you sleep.
  • Try not to let too much moisture hit your hair – don’t hangout in the bathroom if someone is showering (plain awkward, too) and use a shower cap when you shower.
  • Don’t touch your hair! As much as you can, avoid messing with your hair. Fingers are oily and oil is the enemy of lasting curls!

I hope this helps! Let me know how the 4 steps work for you and what your favorite products are for keeping/maintaining YOUR curls!

Outfit Details: Topshop Ruffle Print Dress // Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots // Styled Collection ‘Athens’ Ring // Baublebar Links Bracelet // Baublebar Circus Earrings // Michael Kors Watch

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  • Reply
    Kelly Nguyen
    January 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I have really straight hair and my curls always end up falling flat before the day is over. I will be trying out these tips to see if they work.

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    Bruja linda
    July 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

    This is not curly hair, but heat styled waves.

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    January 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

    What about working out? The sweat always kills my hair and curls. I workout almost everyday, so it’s hard not to want to shampoo more often. Any suggestions?

  • Reply
    January 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    These tips are awesome, Brighton! Your curls are so pretty!


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    Natalie Redman
    January 21, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I think I definitely need to invest in a better curling device!

  • Reply
    January 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    This has been SO helpful! I always struggle with my curls falling out a couple hours after I have curled them. I need to try the small curling iron tip!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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    Piper Ellice
    January 19, 2017 at 7:48 am

    1. I adore this outfit. It’s absolutely fab.
    2. When I started using Hot Tools, and curling my hair that same way, it made such a difference! I have really heavy hair that struggles holding a curl, but curling away from the face, top down has made such a difference! I shared your post with a few friends who are always asking me how I curl mine!

    Piper Ellice @
    Starting Out Southern Blog

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    Amanda Nicole Hughes
    January 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Your hair is #GOALS, Brighton! Love it! Can I just say how much I LOVE that outfit!? So cute!

    xo, Amanda |

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    Itsallabout Sonia
    January 18, 2017 at 8:09 am

    lovely dress and hair.

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    Manavi I Be For Beauty
    January 18, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Thanks so much for these tips. It’s always fun to play with your hair and curling them seems like the perfect game that can uplift your look and make you look quirky all along. Loved it. :D

  • Reply
    January 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for this! I will definitely be using your tips :)
    Bonnie x

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    Melissa Klusek
    January 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I love these tips!! I’ll have to try them out soon! Hope you’re having an amazing time in Mexico :)

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    Natalie Andrews
    January 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    But what if I workout every day?! Then shouldn’t I shampoo my hair everyday?! Is it gross not to?

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    January 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Love it!! I have very thin flat hair so holding a curl is a bit of a challenge for me. I’m going to try out these tips next time I curl my hair.

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    Rach Martin
    January 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Love these tips! Drybar Triple Sec is the best for texture (I also use a texturizing powder)!

    Rachel /

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    January 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Ok so I finally got a t3 wand because I’m an idiot when it comes to using a regular curling iron… seriously my hair dresser laughs every time I send her pictures of my disaster attempts. I’ve been practicing using my wand but needed tips on products to use so it’s like you read my mind with this post! I really want to call your hair dressier or have them just cut my hair with your layers because your hair is seriously #hairgoals!!! I hope you’re having a blast in Cabo!

    Taylor |

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    January 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Great hair care and styling post, I needed this one,, thanks for writing it all down and sharing!

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    Kimberly Kay
    January 17, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Lovely blog!! I spray Bumble & Bumble surf spray on my roots then dry bar triple sec, while damp. I LOVE the volume and grit it gives for curling. And, agree 100% that Oribe texturizing spray is the BEST product ever!!! Thanks for all the beauty secrets😊

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    January 17, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Great tips! I have superfine hair, so my curls are always at risk of falling out during the day. Love your outfit too- that dress with the boots is adorable.

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