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Sporting a mane of long, flowing curls makes you feel glamorous, and beachy waves are fun to wear, but sometimes it’s hard to keep your curl from falling. If you can curl your hair with a wand or curling iron but then find you have trouble keeping the style all day, try these 5 tips. If you follow this advice, your curl is sure to last.

Protect your hair.

Hair that has been over-processed or damaged by heat can be hard to style and will often not want to conform to the curls you want. If you regularly use a hair dryer, a curling iron or other heated appliances for styling, you could be doing some serious damage to your hair. That’s also a possible reason that your curl isn’t staying in place.

If your hair is already damaged, the best thing to do is cut it and start again. If it’s not too far gone, try using a repairing shampoo and conditioner. Once your locks are healthy and strong, keep them that way by consistently applying heat protection before you dry or style your hair.

Choose a small barrel.

The barrel you choose has a lot to do with the quality of your curl. While you may choose a larger barrel to get a bigger curl, know that smaller curls will last longer. If you have trouble keeping your curl, switch to a wand or iron with a smaller barrel.

Also, avoid curling large amounts of hair at the same time. Carefully divide your hair into small sections and curl each one.

Use enough heat.

Infusing heat into your hair is what will give your curl its shape. If you don’t have enough heat, your curl won’t last. High heat can damage your hair, so don’t set the temperature too high, either. You should be able to get a good curl at a temperature between 300 and 350 degrees.

Let it set.

Your curl will last longer if it stays in a curl until it has cooled completely. You can make this happen by using bobby pins. Each time you curl a strand of hair, immediately hold onto the curl and secure it to your head with a bobby pin. Let your curls set this way as you continue curling your hair. When you’ve finished the last curl, let it set for about 30 seconds before taking out the bobby pins. If you have a cool setting on your hair dryer, blow cool air on your curls for several seconds before letting them down.

Spritz it with hairspray.

Create a better texture for a long-lasting curl by spraying hairspray on your hair before and after you curl. Hold the hairspray far enough away from your head to let the spray fall down like a mist. After spraying, wrap each strand around the wand or curling iron. Then spray the curl lightly again after you remove the heat or after you pin the curl to your head to set.

These 5 strategies will help you keep your curls or waves looking full and fabulous throughout the day.

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