For outsiders, having fine straight hair might seem super easy and lustrous, but those who have this type of tresses know the real struggle; fine hair locks are super sensitive, easily breakable and they cannot hold curls for a longer period of time.
Keeping in mind about your daily struggle and disappointment, we have listed and talked about some really simple yet effective ways that you can try in order to keep the curls in place for an extended time period.
1. Prep Your Hair Better
There is nothing better than to prep your fine tresses perfectly to make them hold those luscious curls for a long period of time. The right prepping your hair is as important as the actual work of curling and therefore, you shouldn’t ignore this stage at all.
You can apply a moose, a heat protectant, a hair spray, or a dry texture spray, whichever you want, in your fine manes in order to add some texture so that they hold onto the curls for hours to come. We would recommend dry texture sprays (like this Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray) instead of hair spray or mousse because it gives your hair strands some grip and allows them to stick to the iron rather than sliding off and adds a nice messy texture.
Moreover, before using a curling iron or hot rollers in your sensitive fine hair locks, don’t forget to apply a heat protectant (try this HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector) to them in order to make sure that your precious manes don’t get fried and damaged beyond repair.
Also, don’t forget to dry fine manes completely with a blow dryer before using a heated styling tool because these tools can cause immense harm to your wet tresses and completely destroy them. Try out the Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair or Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer for a safe yet precise drying session.
2. Work in Several Sections
Even though you have fine hair, working in several sections would ensure that the curls come out perfect and also stays in place all day long. Sectioning your tresses into several different parts would not only make the curling process easier for you but at the same time also help you to reach the roots on the back of your head to give our curls a more consistent outlook.
Also, when you are working with a small barrel and you wrap a large portion of hair around it, your tresses won’t get the same amount of heat and would result in curls and waves that won’t last in your hair for hours to come. That’s why hair sectioning is very important.
3. Use the Right Tool
As fine hair locks are overly sensitive and prone to damage, you should be very careful while choosing your curling tool; be it a curling iron or a set of hot rollers, try to use the one that come with ceramic construction and has ionic technology as a ceramic body distributes heat evenly so that the curls are of the same size all way through and comes out silky and smooth.
Also, pay attention to how well the barrel or the roller heats up; a well-heated barrel not only curls your tresses precisely and safely (without any hotspots and breakage) but at the same time also helps the style to cling onto your “difficult to style” fine hair longer than ever.
We would suggest you to try either the INFINITI PRO BY CONAIR Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron or the INFINITI PRO BY CONAIR Instant Heat Ceramic Flocked Rollers (depending on your preference) to adorn your tresses with healthy curls that lasts forever.
4. The Barrel Size Matters
Another very clever and effective tip to hold those luscious curls in your fine hair strands for a long time period is by adopting a smaller barrel size; a small barrel creates tighter curls and hence, ensures that they last longer than usual. If you try to use a bigger barrel, you might have big luscious curls, but they will lose hold easily and make your hair flat in the middle of the day or the party.
5. Adopt the Proper Heat Settings
By nature fine hair strands are fragile and delicate- a relatively small fluctuation of heat can cause grave damage to them and that’s why you have to keep a sharp eye at the heat setting to make sure that it’s not too high to burn the tresses and not too low fail to create the perfect curls. It’s always recommended that you use a curling iron that comes with digital temperature settings so that you can set the exact heat level suitable for your manes.
Additionally, don’t hold your hair strands for more than 10 seconds with the barrel to avoid any burns and damages to your sensitive fine tresses.
6. Don’t Brush Out Your Curls
Even when you have those perfect curls in your fine tresses, they are not staying in place for an extended period of time because of a very small and silly mistake from your part- you are brushing them off for a more natural and effortless look. Brushing pulls the curls down too much making them lose their grip. Instead, you can run your fingers through the curls and interconnect them to give the curls the same natural outlook without pulling them down.
7. Use a Strong Holding Spray
After you are done curling all your fine hair strands perfectly, finish the styling session by spraying on some holding spray so that your curls don’t fall off and the style remains in place for an extended period of time. A finishing spray, like this TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Spray, provides the ultimate hold and makes sure your tresses are not stiff or weighed down.
- Christa Joanna Le, How to Make Fine Hair Hold Curl, August 11, 2016