6 Ways to Give Fine Hair Curls More Staying Power

Last updated on February 14th, 2024 at 12:55 pm

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When it comes to curling fine hair, first you must start with acceptance – acceptance with the baby fine hair you were born with. That hair typically doesn’t hold a curl well. Typically.

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That’s when you have to take authority over your hair (like the God given kind) and start working with what you’ve got. No negative self talk. Your hair is what it is and it will do what it’s going to do.

That doesn’t mean you can’t force it to do things a little differently from time to time.

When you’re tired of styling your hair in it’s naturally curly fashion (a wash and go) and you want to add curls that are shaped differently from your natural pattern (styles done with roller sets, rod sets, Curlformers etc), here are some ideas you can implement to help your fine hair so that the curls have more staying power:

1- Use a light weight cream/gel blend for holding power. The key word is lightweight. Heavy holding products will only weigh your fine hair down.

2- Use volumizing products. Washing your hair with a volumizing shampoo like Active Naturals Nourish + Volumize Shampoo (no sulfates but contains dimethicone) helps to fortify fine hair for styling. A volumizing mouse like Tresemme Thermal Creations Volumising Mousse helps to “pump” up the hair while working with the heat used to set the curls. This particular product contains polymers to help hold your style in place.

3- Keep product off your scalp. When the scalp is clean and unclogged of products, your hair is allow to move about more freely so that your curls are more bouncy.

4- Roll smaller sections. Smaller curls will last longer and make your hair look fuller.

5- Rod set in a spiral manner for larger curls. If you want curls that are a little bigger, you can increase their lifespan by installing rods in a spiral like fashion. That’s why Curlformer sets have a decent lifespan fine hair (Side note: I no longer recommend them for fine hair because I did incur breakage even though I was careful putting them in and taking them out).

6- Roller set soaking wet hair. When you install rollers on soaking wet hair and allow your hair to fully dry, your curls will have more staying power than if you set them on dry hair. The time your hair spends drying on the roller helps to mold the curls in place.

There you have it. 6 ways to give curls set on fine hair more staying power. Have you tried any of these methods? If so, please share in the comments.

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NOTE: Images shown are old (back when this blog was called Radiant Brown Beauty). I very rarely curl my hair with rollers anymore but I wanted to share my tips in the event you want options other than the wash and go or twist out.

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  1. These are great tips, Michelle. I am definitely bookmarking this for future reference. My curls never seem to last (my hair is fine relaxed and in its natural state) so I rarely do them. If I do want to wear a curly style, I will do my hair in bantu knots, which seems to come out better when my hair is dry. So I’m learning a lot throughout this post.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable info!

    1. Well at least you get good Bantu knot outs! I have to straighten my hair to do them so that’s rare. Otherwise my natural curl takes over the style

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