Category Archives: Curls: how to get them, how to keep them

Get the curls you want

Curls can only function when they are cold and dry.

If their is a hint of heat or moisture, the curl will fail.

(That being said, if the hair is cold and straight, it will never curl unless it is hot or wet.) *Fast forward, the curl will never stay unless it is cold and dry.

Do you sense a theme? It has to do with how hair works in general. Similar to a spaghetti noodle, when it is dry, it will not curl. Boil a noodle and you can curl it around your finger, but if it is not dry it will not keep its curl. You can spiral a wet noodle around a pencil on the table, but as soon as you pick the noodle up, gravity pulls it straight because it is wet.

curls thinA curling iron is hot. The heat from the iron will only curl the hair that is close enough to absorb enough of the heat from the iron. With that in mind…if you wrap too much hair around the iron at one time, the hair furthest away from the curling iron will not get hot enough to curl properly, it will be straight.

Which means length matters. The longer the hair, the less amount of that hair, you can apply to the iron because as you wrap upwards the hair gets thicker around the barrel, forcing the top half to be too far away from the barrels heat.

To curl hair in a manner that will actually hold the curl for more than five minutes…get all of the hair hot or wet. Curl it. Get all of the curl cold and dry. Completely, all the way, no exceptions, what-so-ever.

blond curlRelease the curl very carefully, so as not to disturb the curl (keep it wound) and clip it with a clip in a wound up state. Do not release it until it is cold. Then, hairspray the geebies out of it. *** the molecular bond within the hair is loose when the hair is wet or hot. Wet or hot hair is like limp noodles. Hot cooked noodles are floppy. Wet hot hair is floppy. To mold it into a curl and expect it to stay, requires the same environment that makes a noodle hold its curl. Cold and dry. Hair and spaghetti are the same in that respect. You must have a dry cold curl if you expect a curl to exist for long.

If you release hair from a rag curl when it has even a hint of wetness to it = major fail in the curl department. If you curl the hair with an iron and use too big a section = major fail. If you curl the hair with an iron or hot curlers and drop the curl mercilessly letting gravity reek havoc = major fail. Let the curls dry completely or get completely cold before you release them into the wild wild crazy world.

perfect amount curlIf you have thick hair (individual strand itself being thick in nature) you will need to take tiny sections of hair to apply to the iron or wrap in a rag curl. If you have thick hair (lots of hairs on your head) you will need to take tiny sections of hair to apply to the iron or wrap in a rag curl. If you have long hair you will need to take tiny sections of hair to apply to the iron or wrap in a rag curl.

So, let’s review…unless you have thin, short/medium hair…curling your hair will be a time consuming nightmare if you expect it to actually work. Everyone out there pretending their hair won’t curl…is doing it wrong.

If it doesn’t work for you…you are taking too large a section. Take a lot less hair and apply it to the iron. Carefully release the hair keeping it coiled and clip it in its coil until it is cold. As you release it…spray the living daylights out of it with hairspray. And yes…hairspray is wet. If you apply it too close it will get your curl wet and your curl will fall out. I have a video about the application of hairspray so it won’t get your curl wet and loose the curl you are trying to keep. Yes, it helps to spray the section of hair you are about to curl as long as the hairspray is Completely dry before wrapping it around the iron. Spray again, after it is released and cold.

In a salon, your stylist wraps your hair around a hot curler and then puts you under a heater hood. This means your hair is being heated from within the wrapped hair and on the outside of the wrapped hair. The last 15 minutes under the hood is cold air. To completely cool the hair before it is released. If you have a hair dryer at home, you can wrap hair around an iron and blow hot air on the outside of the wrapped hair for ten seconds so it is being heated internally and externally. Just don’t blow a circuit in the house.

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