How to pull back curly hair without destroying your curls

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Pulling back naturally curly hair always means that sooner or later your curls will be stretched out and will therefore be loosing its curl pattern. Most of the time when I pull back my curls I try to do so not too tightly, because I like my natural curl pattern to be visible. However, if I just normally pull back my type 3a-curls my curl pattern will be gone within a few hours. In this post I would like to show you how to avoid exactly this!

This tip is especially helpful, if you (just like me) have type 2-3a curls, because our hair is straightened quite easily. This also means, that our curls can easily loose their curl pattern when pulled on too much. This is why I like pulling my curls back in a way that prevents this from happening.

To pull back your curls this way, you’ll need:

  • 1 small hair tie
  • 1 bigger hair tie
How to pull back curly hair without destroying your curls

1. Separate a front section from the rest of your curls. These curls will later be added to the ponytail loosely

How to pull back curly hair without destroying your curls

2. Repeat to do so on the other side of your parting line. Depending on how much hair you have this section could also be a bit smaller or bigger than the one I chose

How to pull back curly hair without destroying your curls

3. Put your curls into a ponytail (or any other hairstyle you like), but don’t yet include the previously selected sections from the front. Fix this ponytail with the smaller hair tie

How to pull back curly hair without destroying your curls

4. Then, grab the left out sections and bring them back to the ponytail and hold them in place while using the bigger hair tie to add them to the ponytail. Make sure that you like the way your front sections are placed onto the already pulled back curls.

How to pull back curly hair without destroying your curls

5. Finish by wrapping the larger hair tie around all of your curls. Don’t worry, it will not show that have used two hair ties with a different amount of curls

How to pull back curly hair without destroying your curls

That’s it!

This way your ponytail will look the same during the whole day without your curls stretching out!

7 Comments
  • Catherine
    January 5, 2016

    This is such a great idea! I have to tie my hair up when I go into the lab (I’m a chemistry student) and my curls always straighten out by the end of the day. I’m stupidly excited to try this out.

    • Sandra
      January 5, 2016

      Hi Catherine, I’m happy to hear that! I hope this works for you too, but please know that it will only keep the sections of curls that you added to the ponytail loosely from stretching out too much.

  • Spphi
    January 5, 2016

    This is a PERFECT idea for me because the front pieces of my hair are always the pieces that get stretched out! I’ll definitely try it! 😄

  • Invisible Lioness
    January 16, 2016

    This is a really good tip. My hair normally goes “all flat” on the top part very fast and the difference to the curly volume in the ends really does not look good…

  • Emma
    January 26, 2016

    I needed to read this, my curls loose their patterns so quickly when pulled back. Thank you so much!

    • Sandra
      January 29, 2016

      thanks for your comment, Emma!

  • Random Passerby
    April 27, 2016

    Good idea also for those who don’t like pulling their hair back tightly from their face. I have a weird hairline so like a little bit of hair to hang down in front.

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