Whether your hair is straight, curly, short, or long, here's a quick and easy way to give your style extra volume and texture. All you need is some hair spray, a flat iron, and about nine minutes of your time. Check out my how-to now.
- After you shampoo and condition your hair, use a towel to wring out as much of the excess water as you can.
- Apply a frizz serum or styling cream to seal the moisture into the hair. I like to use Neutrogena Triple Moisture Serum (available at most drugstores), but any styling product you like will do.
- Comb it through with a medium-wide tooth comb.
- Braid your hair and secure with an elastic hair band. If you can French braid, even better!
- Slap a clean towel on your pillow and go to bed. Be sure to use a clean towel. You don't want your face to be all over a dirty towel as you sleep.
- When you wake up: Undo the braid and separate hair pieces with your fingers. Do not use a brush or comb.
- Work a little pomade or texturizing styling product from about halfway down the length through the ends. I like Devachan Set Me Up! (I think they've changed the formula and renamed it Set Up and Above. Available at Ricky's/Ulta/Devachan.)
- Spritz a little medium-hold hairspray just to keep everything in place.
- If you're prone to major frizz, you can add a little bit of a smoothing product, but I think a little frizz with waves looks natural. Unless you're going to a photo shoot, who cares about a touch of frizz?
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Try Enjoy Texture Spray ($16) or Sally Hershberger's Genius Spray Wax ($12.50), both of which provide hold and texture to all hair types and lengths. Of her product, Sally says, "It's really about having the next-day sexy/messy look, with out looking all dry and greasy." To find out six different ways you can use this multifunctional product, just read more.
It's easy to do on any length hair, as long as you have slightly wavy strands, but also works wonderfully for those with super curly strands, too. Start off by applying a firm hold curl-enhancing gel to hair that's still slightly wet. I like Wella Hypercurl ($22), as it gives just the right amount of texture, but without the crunchy results. Then, break out the diffuser — a necessary styling tool that will soften your hairstyle, all while preventing frizz.
For a bit more customization, you can wrap individual strands around your finger to help give the curl more definition. But if you have barely-there waves like me, try scrunching and squishing hair into the diffuser.