Example: I went for a 6 mile on Saturday. Came home, washed my hair, let it dry overnight, then curled it for church. I used a dry shampoo on my roots (this one: Rockaholic Dirty Secret), then sprayed my entire head with aerosol hair spray, then curled my hair. No exercise Sunday. Yesterday, I pulled it all up in a headband and pony tail while I dropped my kids off for school and cleaned house. When I picked my kids up, we went to the YMCA and worked out, then came home and showered. On the days I don't wash my hair, I just take a sit-down bath and put all my hair on top of my head so it doesn't get wet. The reason that I hate washing it? It is so long, and although it looks fine- I have a LOT of hair, so it takes a long time to dry and curl.
Here is how I curl my hair with a 1" barrel. (Warning, video at the end- I am not tech-savy, and I hate the sound of my own voice.)
I start by pulling up all my hair except the under layer. I curl from the bottom up. I also curl away from my face on each side. But if you like it towards, it is basically the same idea.
Does this help give you some ideas for your hair? I have more things I can show, I want it to be helpful....