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Hi my name is emily and I have very long and thick blonde hair, my hair is naturally wavy and is easy to straighten however I would really like to wear it curly, like bouncy curls. I have tried using hair curlers and a a lot of hairspray but it doesn't hold any longer than half an hour, I have tried rollers, special products and it never hold for long.

Have you got any suggestions how to keep it curly? The hairdressers I have spoken to in the past think my hair is just to heavy to hold curls, do you think this is true?


Hiya Emily,

Is your hair layered? Hair CAN be too heavy to make holding a curl a bit harder but usually it's just a matter of finding what works on the individual. Since your hair is already wavy, it should be possible for you to get curl to hold. There's always an exception of course.

When I'm working with hair that's difficult to curl or difficult to get the curl to last, I use very small sections of hair. I hold the hair out, spray curl activator of some kind DOWN the hair strand and curl. Regardless of what I'm using to create the curl, I catch the curl in my hand and pin or clip I it in place. I'll then give the hair a light spray of hair spray and allow the curls to completely dry before removing the pins and allowing the curls to hang loose.

You say you have "very long' hair. Without knowing much more about your hair, I can only guess as to why your hair won't hold a curl but it's often because we try to curl too thick of a section, but if you've had several stylists tell you the problem is how thick or how long your hair is, you might consider having it layered and texturized a bit to help the curl stay. IT's very important to allow the curl to cool before  you allow it to just hang loose or brush or pull on it. That makes a huge difference. So, thin, find sections and allow hair to completely cool before releasing the curl.

Good luck,



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I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.


I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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