There’s nothing worse than putting effort into curling your hair in the morning and having the curls fall flat by lunchtime. Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego is sharing our tips and tricks on how to get your hair to hold a curl and make those curls last longer.

Prep Your Hair Before Curling


When curling your hair, preparation is key. Go light on the conditioner when washing your hair so your hair isn’t too slippery. Once you’re out of the shower, start with a heat protectant like Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. Next, apply a pre-styler like Bb.Thickening Spray or Bb.Thickening Full Form Mousse to your damp hair before blow-drying. This will help give your curls lasting lift, volume, and body.

Prep More with Hair Spray

Remember we said preparation is key? Once your hair is completely dry, take one-ince to two-inch sections and spray them with hairspray, working from the bottom layers to the top, before wrapping them around the curling iron. We like BB. Does It All light hold hairspray for this step.

The Best Barrel Size For Curling Hair

When selecting a barrel size for your curling iron or curling wand, usually a smaller barrel will make your curls last longer, because it will take your hair longer to loosen from tighter curls. Depending on your hair, try using a 1″ or 1.5″ barrel and see if you like the results.

Curling Iron Temperature and Techniques

If you’ve got thin hair, set your curling iron to around 300 degrees. For thicker, coarser hair, you can crank up the heat to around 350. Apply tension when wrapping your hair by pulling the iron away from your face so it feels tight. This will help to distribute the heat evenly.

Allow Your Curls to Cool


One of best tips to make your curls last longer is to let each curl cool down after you release it from the curler. Keep the fresh curl intact in the curl shape and secure the coil with a duck clip or bobby pin. As your curl is cooling, the hair cuticles with close and help set your hair in place. If you don’t have a lot of time to let your curls cool in the clips, try using the “cool” setting on your blow dryer to speed up the process.

Shake Out Your Hair

Once your curls have cooled, unclip them, hang your head back and tousle the curls with your fingers. Even if your curls look tighter than you prefer, leave them be. Your curls will fall slightly no matter what.

Lock Your Curls in With Hairspray


The hairspray you choose is a crucial final step in curling your hair. Some hair sprays are too heavy and can weigh your curls down. Others can make your hair really crunchy or flakey. We recommend Bb. Strong Finish hairspray, which provides strong hold with a brushable finish – without flakes.

If Your Hair Still Won’t Curl, You May Need a Trim

If your hair still won’t hold a curl, it might be time for a trim. When hair is damaged and has split ends, it won’t curl well. Schedule a haircut at Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego. While you’re here, you can pick up all of the Bumble and bumble products listed above, and get a curling tutorial from our expert stylists. Call to schedule your appointment at: (619) 501-6890.

Contact Us

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>