How to Make Wavy Curls Last (+ Easy Mom ‘Dos!)

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet friends! Hope your day was filled with lots of love and chocolate! 😉 Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite ways to wear my hair (to hide my postpartum hairline!) and tips for how to make wavy curls last.

I’ve always had a TON of hair. From childhood to even now in my third postpartum phase, my hair is never in short supply. I do have major postpartum shedding every day. And my hair line is definitely full of baby hairs I like to call my “spark plugs.” But, for the most part, the thickness is still around. Even though I’ve had a lot of hair my whole life, it wasn’t until my late twenties that I finally learned how to tame the beast. And it wasn’t until motherhood that I learned how to style it quickly!

While most days, I opt for the top knot, I’ve been making more of an effort to style my hair. My go to style is using a curling iron for wavy curls. Believe it or not, I can get it done in 20 minutes or so and it usually lasts a few days. Here are a few tips for how to make curly waves last and a couple of different ways I wear my hair.

How to Make Wavy Curls Last (+ Easy Mom ‘Dos!)


I’ve noticed that my hair keeps curls the longest when I air dry my hair before using any product or heating tool. This works well for me since I typically take my showers at night and towel dry. Usually, by mid morning my thick hair is air dried and in prime shape for curling. It’s also a huge time saver since I don’t have to blow dry my hair before my curling session.


I use a 1.5 inch curling iron and section my hair into the thirds, horizontally and vertically. If my hair seems a bit damp, I quickly blow dry it for a few minutes. Then I curl in big chunks. I start with the bottom third, and curl three sections of hair so that I get more of a wavy curl. Then repeat for mid-horizontal section and the top section. This may seem counter-productive and might not work well all hair textures. But, doing the tighter curls doesn’t work with my hair and ends up making my hair more frizzy after the first day.


After I curl my hair, I comb out the curls with my hands and use hair spray all over. I am LOVING the NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays because it provides a natural and lasting hold without the stiffness. The TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays comes in four different hold levels. For wavy curls, I like using hold level 4 on the first day. On the following days, I use hold level 3 for a little extra boost! With this combo, my wavy curls keep over a few days. I love the other levels to add a little texture to my hair for different hairstyles.

The spray is a super light mist and the scent is so good! It literally doesn’t even feel like I have any product in my hair. It’s a great product to use when wavy curls without losing the natural movement of your hair.


After the first day of fresh curls, I braid my hair before bed and spray it with the Level 2 and it helps to keep my curls in place and my hair untangled. My second day wavy curl hair is my favorite. I just undo my braids, comb through with my hands and spray the TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays and I’m good to go for the day. On the third and fourth days, I usually use a little bit of dry shampoo in the AM and recurl the top layer and still have the same wavy curl look.


This is more of a maintenance tip that helps with how to make wavy curls last. My stylist cuts a ton of layers into my hair cut. Even when I’ve had short hair, the different layers helped to break up the thickness of my hair. It also helps with curling my hair because it gives it more movement and shape, instead of just curls at the ends.

How to Make Wavy Curls Last

Do you prefer straight hair styles or wavy hair styles?

How to Make Wavy Curls Last

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My name is JeeYoung, a work at home mom to three boys. Consultant, Content Creator, Chaos Coordinator. This is a snippet of our happy chaos - mom life, family travel, easy recipes, home decor, and simple beauty. So happy you're here!

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  1. Sofia wrote:

    Your hair looks amazing! And love these quick little tutorials.

    Posted 2.16.18

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