One of the worst feelings as a natural is getting your curls to reach their highest potential while styling only to see them look completely different an hour or two later. If you’ve been a victim of curl changing in the past, then finding a way to get the perfect hold has probably been toward the top of your list. And if it hasn’t, then it definitely should be.
Whether you’ve given up on hold or are still trying to find the cure, here are five things that will help your curls last longer and look their best throughout the day.
Be sure that your wash day products provide maximize moisture.
With any good (and lasting style), the work starts on wash day. Prior to styling, you should be choosing products that can provide the moisture that your hair needs. Finding shampoos and conditioners that focus on that like our Oh So Clean Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo followed by our In Control Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner can help with that. And if you’re looking to pack it on, be sure to try a good leave-in like the Quench Moisture Intensive Leave-In.
Use the right creams and gels.
Depending on your hair’s porosity level and its type, you’ll want to decide whether creams, gels, or a combination of both work best for making your curls look and hold the best. If you’re hair desires a more cream-based product, then using the Curl La La Defining Curl Custard can help you achieve the long-lasting curls you’ve been looking for. And for those who need a gel, the Curl Boss Coconut Curling Gelee will deliver a light-weight, yet lasting hold for your hair.
Stop touching your hair.
When your curls are poppin’ more than usual, it can be tempting to want to touch them. If you want your definition to stick around and for your curls to hold as long as possible, however, you’ll want to touch your hair as little as possible. The more you touch your hair, the frizzier it will get and no one wants that.
Make sure that your hair is completely dry.
It’s no secret that most product works best on wet hair, but if you’re doing a rod or roller set, you’ll want to make sure that your hair is completely dry before you remove them. Removing your set before your hair is dry will cause limp and frizzy hair. And that’s just a waste of time.
Decide whether the shingling, raking, or coiling method works better for you.
If you’ve decided to wear a wash and go or any style that requires you to wear your natural texture of curls, determining which method works best for you is a great way to maximize your hold. Though very similar, shingling, raking, and coiling produce different results for your hair, so be sure to go with the one that works best for you.