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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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Easy Beauty Treatments at Home

Homemade beauty treatments do not have to be complicated or time-consuming. Try these easy natural beauty treatments that use simple ingredients and take only a few minutes to prepare.

A Hydrating Cucumber Mask

This cucumber face and body mask is an easy, affordable and hydrating treatment for your skin especially after a day out in the sun. Use half to a whole cucumber, ideally taken straight from the fridge. Mash the cucumber in a food processor or a blender. Apply the mash on your face and your body and leave for at least ten minutes. Cucumber is mildly astringent, hydrating and suitable for all skin types.

A Moisturizing Treatment for Dry Lips

Dry chapped lips are a common issue, especially in the winter months. An easy, natural home remedy for dry lips is a mix of honey and coconut oil. Honey is antibacterial, and coconut oil moisturizes and nourishes the lips. Mix half a teaspoon of coconut oil and half a teaspoon of honey and apply on the lips before going to bed at night. Leave to absorb overnight.

Homemade Herbal Hair Rinses

Herbal hair rinses give your hair natural shine and color. Use nettle leaves or hibiscus flowers for all hair types, fresh rosemary for dark hair and chamomile flowers for blond hair. Make your hair rinse just like you would make a pot of herb tea.

Place a handful of fresh herbs in a pot or a bowl, pour boiling water over the herbs and leave your infusion to cool down. Once the mix is cool filter it to remove the herbs. Use the herbal infusion as the last rinsing water after washing and conditioning your hair. Pour the infusion over your scalp and comb it through your hair. Rinse with water after a few minutes or leave the herbal infusion in your hair until the next hair wash.

A Quick Remedy for Puffy Eyes

Tea bags are an old remedy against puffiness around the eyes, and they really work. Make a cup of tea using two tea bags, save the bags and put them in the fridge until they are cool. Use black tea, green tea or chamomile herb tea. Chamomile is especially suitable for irritated eyes. Lie down, place the cool tea bags over closed eyelids and leave the bags on your eyelids for 5 to 10 minutes. This easy trick refreshes tired eyes and removes puffiness.

These treatments are made with natural ingredients, but even natural ingredients can cause allergic reactions. If your skin is very sensitive try each product on a small patch of skin first.

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