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Stop awesome curls like Anna Paquin’s from dropping

Mon, 1 August 2011 3:42PM

When she’s camped out on the True Blood set, Anna Paquin’s alter ego, Sookie Stackhouse, loves a good ponytail. And boy, she sure knows how to make this old faithful style look cute-to-boot, Primps.

But when it comes to real life, Anna Paquin likes to mix things up a little. She adores textured updos, but she’s a fan of loose curls, too.


speaks during HBO's 'True Blood' TCA Panel during the 2011 Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton on July 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Anna Paquin at HBO’s True Blood TCA Panel during the 2011 Summer TCA Tour.

But how on earth does she stop them from dropping? You know, so they actually last the whole day?

Well, other than employing curling products and an old school mousse to give her hair some staying power, she’s probably cottoned on to the fact that a can of hairspray comes in very handy when you’re creating a style such as this.


STEP ONE: Once your hair is dry, divide your hair into sections. This will not only make your curling mission a lot easier, but will allow you to make the most of Mr Hairspray’s staying power.

STEP TWO: Before reaching for large barrel curling tong, and from a distance of around 25-30cm, spray each section of hair you’re about to curl with hairspray. Doing so before you actually curl your hair means you’re building that hold factor from the get-go, because the heat of the curling tong activates the hairspray. Try TRESemmé Salon Finish Hairspray Extra Hold, $7.99, for a fast drying spray that brushes out easily needed.

STEP THREE: Once you’ve finished curling each section of hair, take that can of hairspray once more and spritz it over your curls while they cool. This will help set the curl in place.

STEP FOUR: For an added dose of body and curl longevity, once you’ve finished curling your entire head, flip your head upside-down, loosen all your curls with your fingers and mist all your strands again. But don’t flip your head straight back up just yet – allow the hairspray to set for around 30 seconds first.

Oh, look – you’re done. Just remember that the key to longevity with hairspray is to layer it in a series of light mists; the more layers of hairspray you apply, the stronger your style will be. But, and this is a BIG but, don’t go too heavy first up or you’ll be left in a sticky, crusty mess. Yuck.


What do you think of Anna Paquin’s ‘do?
Do you ever sport curls like this?
Do you employ hairspray to help hold your curls, too?
Do you layer it for extra longevity?

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  • Posted by: Victoria-1302564382 Master Fan // Mon, 1 August 2011 04:06pm

    Ah, where are my long hair…………..:(

  • Posted by: evalynvc Enthusiast // Mon, 1 August 2011 04:23pm

    Is it safe to use hairspray BEFORE curling? I always thought that using any product other than a heat protector before styling with heat was strictly prohibited.

    Have I been wrong all this time?

  • Posted by: luci321 Supporter // Mon, 1 August 2011 06:01pm

    I love this! But yes same question, is it safe to use spray beforehand? If my hair is even the tiniest bit wet I hear it sizzle on the iron…

  • Posted by: SydneyRose Master Fan // Mon, 1 August 2011 06:58pm

    Yes I like Anna Paquin’s hair as it suits her.

    My hair is cut in layers as it suits my face. I only use hairspray after backcombing my hair at the top to keep some height. My hair is naturally curly and frizzy and so I blow dry it straight but keep my curls at the ends.

  • Posted by: Belle // Mon, 1 August 2011 07:25pm

    Oh that’s going to hurt your hair! Spray starch from redken would be so much better. You need heat protection!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Tue, 2 August 2011 05:54am

    i love her hair… i have tried to do this so many times and it NEVER turns out like this :(

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Tue, 2 August 2011 08:11am

    Love those curls and great tips! I wish I had her hair colour too, its awesome!

  • Posted by: Elmo Enthusiast // Tue, 2 August 2011 10:47am

    Anna looks gorgeous! Every time I visit my hairdresser I get curls like this – love it! They use Redken Iron Silk before curling, and then Redken finishing spray, and this keeps them looking great for at least a couple of days.

    I would’ve thought using a normal hairspray before applying heat wouldn’t be a good thing though – unless it is a heat protectant specified one? Otherwise I always thought the alcohol in hairpsray would further damage the hair?

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Tue, 2 August 2011 06:47pm

    Anna’s curls make me green with envy. I’ve tried a gazillion times to achieve this look and always end up looking more like Shirley Temple :(

  • Posted by: Talithaw Enthusiast // Wed, 3 August 2011 11:11am

    Wish i had this reminder this morning. I sprayed a wee bit of sea salt spray and blow dried thinkign that would be enough and then curled and misted.. my curls have now almost completely dropped out. :(

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 11:18am

    She looks fab here- I always thought hairspray would burn if you used before a tongs, must try- my hair is so thin, everything always drops

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 11:45am

    When I had long hair this was a favourite look, but I hadn’t heard of using hairspray before drying…only a light mist for setting after styling to hold the curl.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 02:26pm

    Love this look, I’m growing my hair long as it is and i will be trying looks like this :)

  • Posted by: stem // Wed, 3 August 2011 11:50pm

    Hairspray is incredibly effective (can keep a curl for days) but I feel a little bad using it on my hair in conjunction with heated tools on a regular basis. Crunch. Any suggestions for heat protecting sprays/hairsprays that are not quite so damaging? I have a GHD one but it’s a bit average.

  • Posted by: niblet Enthusiast // Thu, 4 August 2011 11:05am

    When I used to do modelling, the hair stylests often did spray my hair with hairspray before heat styling. That said, I wouldn’t go doing this everyday, or even every weekend because you’ll end up with a head of straw! It does give great hold though, maybe just keep it for special occasions? :)

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Thu, 4 August 2011 07:07pm

    Love Anna’s hair.

  • Posted by: April // Fri, 12 August 2011 10:33am

    You had me until the “run your fingers through your hair” step – as soon as I use hairspray, even just a tiny amount from far away, my hair starts sticking together and there would be so way I could run my fingers through it without ending up with knots and frizz. Maybe it’s because my hair is so thick?

  • Posted by: karleymichelle Enthusiast // Thu, 8 September 2011 11:05am

    I use a fine mist of hairspray before i put in hot rollers.
    I think the massive step in keeping curls is waiting until they are cool. It takes longer – but it’s worth it.
    I cup my hand and hold the curl until it cools then lightly spray it :)

  • Posted by: RROZZ Enthusiast // Thu, 8 September 2011 10:53pm

    I have long curly hair and hairspray does help to hold the curl but can be a problem if you or anyone else tries to put their hand through your hair…and it’s not so nice the next morning when you wake up with a birds nest hair do… I go easy on the spray and use it mainly on special occasions.

  • Posted by: meg-1316761591 Newbie // Thu, 6 October 2011 01:31pm

    This is my fav tip as I have very fine limp hair that curls drop out from about 20sec after using the tongs!

  • Posted by: Fashionista8P Master Fan // Wed, 12 October 2011 02:52pm

    i am trying to grow my hair so i can curl it like this!

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sun, 30 October 2011 09:10pm

    She pulls off textured hair really well!

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Tue, 6 August 2013 04:09pm

    Shame, my best friend had her curls drop on her wedding day :( If only she had read this!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 9 October 2014 08:23pm

    I love Anna’s hair do, its one I would definitely wear. I use hairspray when I need to. Depends if its a good or bad hair day.

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