Shampoo dries your hair out.
Use a styling product to enhance the hold.
Waves of type 2 and type 3a hair will look almost the same in wet and dry conditions, so with right products and styling methods you can prevent the decrease in length.
My hair is more of a medium thickness and I find that a curl spray gives it a bit more body and shine.
Washing is when you use shampoo and conditioner.
Paige Brown — September 28, 8:
This method will result in a little more length but will keep your curls intact down the shaft.
Cut a shorter layer underneath the top layer.
You can also purchase the bendy rollers your mom used.