If you have stubborn straight and fine hair like me, you’ll know the pain of styling curls in this humid weather. You spend a good 30 minutes or so curling your entire head of hair, only to have it fall flat the minute you walk out the door. Humidity is a real buzzkill, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on having luscious curls and waves altogether!
Why Humidity Is Your Hair’s Worst Enemy
Humidity is the level of water vapor that’s present in the air. The higher the volume of water present, the more it weighs down on your curls and shifts your strands back to their natural state. And this is especially the case for straight and fine-haired gals. In my quest to solve this problem once and for all, I met up with Hong Kong hairstylist and GHD ambassador, Porky Chu, to uncover the secrets to making our curls last in this steamy tropical climate.
Tips To Making Your Curls Last All Day
1. Work With Dry And Day-Old Hair
“Curls stay on longer on day-old hair,” said Chu. “The natural oils in your hair will help the curls to retain their shape for a longer period of time. It also adds more texture and grip to your hair. But if you’re starting with clean hair, you can always add texture to it with a dry shampoo or a texturising spray. When you’re curling your hair, it’s important that you work with hair that’s completely dry as damp hair does not hold curls well. After applying a heat protectant or mousse, rough-dry your hair with a hairdryer before using a heat styling tool.”
2. Avoid Silicone-Based Shampoos And Conditioners
“Using a shampoo and conditioner that’s laden with silicone will inevitably weigh the hair down and make it look flat and heavy. Avoid silicone and sulfate-based shampoos and go for volumizing formulations. If you’re going to be curling your hair, you can even skip using conditioner. Otherwise, you could use a small amount of glycerin-based conditioner.”
3. Get A Layered Haircut
“Having hair that’s all of the same length will add weight to the ends of your hair. Layering creates movement and eliminates that weight, which gives your hair a nice bounce, which makes it easier to style.”
4. Prep Your Hair
“It’s important to prep your hair before styling it to ensure that the curls stay put. Try misting each strand lightly with hairspray and combing it through before applying heat to get curls to hold better. Avoid firm-hold hairsprays as they will cause your hair to look and feel stiff and crunchy. I like to use the GHD Curl Hold Spray and massage it onto the strands before using a styling tool. It helps the curls last right up until the next day.”
5. Use The Right Styling Tools
“I like using the GHD Platinum Styler for everything. I used to carry a whole ton of different curling wands of various shapes and sizes, which was a real hassle. Now, I only bring this styler with me on jobs because it’s so easy to use and you can straighten as well as create different sized curls with it. It’s really versatile. It also has an optimal heat setting of 185°C, which helps to create great styles without compromising the health of your hair. To curl, clip the styler near the roots and twist and drag it downwards either away from or toward your face to create your desired curls. Set everything with a few mists of Final Fix Hairspray and gently pull out your curls for softer and more natural looking waves.”
Here’s a helpful guide on how you can use the GHD styler to curl your hair:
And that’s it ladies! You can now go from flat to fab with these pro styling tips!
GHD is available at all Sephora outlets nationwide.