I have straight hair that doesn't like to curl or hold curl. My hair can barely hold a 5/8" curl throughout the day, much less even curl with a 1" or bigger barrel. But, after a long time of experimenting with products, I've finally found a way to prep my hair before curling to make the curls stay!
After my shower (the night before curling) I put my hair up in a towel to soak up the excess water for a little bit while getting ready for bed. Once my hair isn't dripping with water, I take off the towel and brush out my hair. Then, I apply a golf ball sized amount of Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse (you can use another type of mousse if you don't have hard to curl hair) After applying the mousse throughout the lengths of my hair I begin to dry it with a hair dryer. I do this until my hair is damp. Once my hair is damp, I spray a bunch of Herbal Essences Tousling Spray Gel into my hair. This is a lightweight spray, so using a lot won't weigh down your hair or make it crunchy. I spray some more of this stuff after completely drying my hair too.
Before going to sleep I braid my hair in 2 braids. Not too tight, but also not loose. This provides me with waves when I wake up to act as a base for my hair to curl. Once I take my braids out I curl as usual (See how here: http://volleysparkle.weebly.com/4/post/2013/04/how-i-curl-my-hair.html) and spray with Garnier Fructis Aerosol Hair Spray and Tresemee Tres Two Non-Aerosol Hair Spray.
Size: 6 Fl. Oz.
Buy At: Walmart
Herbal Essences' Website: http://us.herbalessences.com/en-US/hair-products/wavy-hair/hair-spray-gel
Photo from Herbal Essences
Herbal Essences says "my hair spray gel is a messy-style master on a mission to blast frizz and fight for more flexible hold. use me wet or use me dry. either way, my violet splash fragrance and lightweight, targeted hair spray gel will keep your hands away from stickiness. I lay the foundation for a tousled hair look and soft, touchable locks. to really get a hold on this style, finish with my hairspray or finishing cream."
How To Use
Since this product is a spray, it's quick and easy to apply. Just spritz it all over damp hair and don't wash it out. I use this after I wash my hair, the night before I do an updo, bun, waves or curls.
What It Does
I'm not sure what it will do on wavy or curly hair, but it helps straight hair curl. Even though it says it's for messy styles, it can create beautiful curls. It can even bring my waves or curls into a second day, which is a big deal for fine, straight hair.