Ok guys! Here you have it, the long anticipated (ha) post about my hair. I've had numerous questions and requests for a tutorial. I'm working on it, my two attempts were interrupted by my screaming children in the background. In the meatime, here are some pointers.
First thing, ALWAYS start with well moisturized healthy hair. If you're an overachiever, try hair vitamins. If you're like me and you can never remember to take vitamins, just keep a hair masque in your shower to use once a week and a good hair oil in your makeup bag to use daily. I love anything OUAI, these supplements are the bomb dot com. This mask is magic and on sale RN. Don't waste your time on any other oil, not to sound like a total nerd but the molecules in Oi are TEENY tiny and penetrate deep into your hair really easily. Avoid anything with silicones, they'll work at first and then leave your hair dull, flat and weighed down.
Next step, tools! Guys, quality matters. Not only will a cheap tool break quickly but it also will cause more damage to your hair. I go back and forth between curling with a flat iron and a clipless curler. I think the clipless causes less damage but the curl has less hold. Make sure your hair is silky smooth (use the oil above when it's damp), dry, and curl 1-2 inch sections. I typically clip up the top half of my hair and work in pieces. Start from the front and work to the back using smaller chunks of hair as you go, that'll give you more volume where you need it. Twist your curls to help them set and let them hang out until you've curled all your hair. I usually leave out the front two inches (anything that would be in front of a headband) and curl each side together in a bigger piece than the rest, this gives that pieced face-framing effect. Once you've curled the top and bottom together, pick out any locks that look like they need a little extra love and re-curl. If none of this makes sense, don't fret, I am making a video. Most of the takeaway from this post is the styling products, I just wanted to run through the basics. Here are my favorite tools:
Now for the fun part, Styling! This is probably the most important part in achieving that messy curl look that you all ask me about. Once your curls have set, lift up the top layer of your hair (parallel to your part) and spray underneath with dry shampoo. Please keep in mind, not all dry shampoos are the same. The one linked below is the best I've used. This step gives texture and volume and will help avoid making your hair look dull like it does when you spray directly from above. Next step *this will change your life* get the Davines hairpray linked above. Spray through your hair, not just on top. After that, comb through your curls with your fingers to disperse the dry shampoo evenly throughout. Then run your hands through your hair, yes, THROUGH! I honestly even use a wide toothed comb. This hairspray's main selling point is that it's soft and brushable. Once your curls are set and your hairspray is in place, you can brush through them as many times as you want and they will hold their shape. Honestly, even the next morning I'll use a regular brush and brush all the way through, I've been styling my hair for long enough that the shape holds and the curls just get better the next day. Sometimes I'll take pieces out and just twist the curls back to life with my fingers. When in doubt, use a little more dry shampoo. If you need some extra texture sprinkle some hair powder at your roots, focusing towards the crown.
VOILA! Those are my hair secrets. Now go try them and tell me if they work for you.