I'm not a big girlie-girl but my daughters are so I let them do one pageant a year for the local festival. The problem I have is that my girls have fine hair and the curls tend to dwindle by the time they go on stage. Can anyone help me figure out how to effectively keep their hair-do's intact without it looking like a stiff wig?
I know NOTHING. But my friend has three little girls who are in pageants all the time - two of her girls have very fine hair too. I'll get some tips from her.
(By the way, just because it's funny, I'll tell you this. I was just on the phone with her and she had to ask me to hold on a moment. I heard her tell her daughter, "No Sarah! We do NOT feed ants we find in the house - put that cereal back away!" LOL!)
I know that this is going to sound weird, but make sure that their hair is not freshly washed, meaning if they want curls on Saturday, the last time that they should of washed their hair needs to be on Thursday. Clean/Fine Hair will not hold curls, but hair that has had time to get their natural oils through it (and yes pollution from the air) will hold curls.
You can also try adding a texturizing gel to their hair when it is still wet-then, allow it to air dry-then brush in some crunching/curl mouse...let that dry on its own, and then attempt the curls...
If you use a hair dryer you are not only damaging the hair once-but then twice with the curling iron-damaged hair will not hold curls either...
No matter what you try---Use hair spray meant for curls-hairsprays have different weights which can effect the curls/ try Curls Rock By Catwalk-TIGI (it smells good too)-but make sure that you spray from about 8-12 inches away from their heads...too much can deaden the curls, just as not enough will.
Not sure if any of this helps-but good luck
One more thing-make sure that you are using a good curling iron--- one which has a variety of heat settings, not just LOW-MED-HIGH...the more control you have over the temp, the better.
If all else fails, check out this hub about an attempt at curling perfection from Ann Nonymos
it is one of my favorites-it will make you laugh if nothing else
and Thanks, please do let me know if the tips work for your girls
I just hopped over to AnnNonymos' hub and my stepson looked at me funny for laughing so hard!
lots of hairspray That is a tough one but you are a good mom, no doubt!
Have you tried using a thermal spray? I use mine for straightening my hair but I know it can also be used for curls with a blow drier and from my understanding it works very well for curls.
I use Biolage Thermal Spray Medium hold by Matrix.
My daughter has the worst hair for holding a curl- fine and stubbornly stick straight. For those moments when she demands curls, I swear by Bumble & Bumble. They make an excellent setting lotion and a light hair spray that doesn't weigh hair down.
That being said, my daughter decided for her dance competitions that straight hair wasn't so bad, either, so I don't have to curl her hair that often.
This year's pageant is over and while I still have a lot to learn as to STYLING hair but it stayed!! Thank you all so very much for all of your advice! I'd add a picture but I'm not quite sure how to that! LOL
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