DIY: Hot bed head hair

News flash! The blow dry is making a massive comeback. While we still love the super straight and slick look GHD and similar straighteners have brought to our lives, the bed head/full-of-volume hair is a hot hot HOT look again. Woohoo! I am particularly happy about this, because a) I have kind of wavy/messy hair anyway, and b) I am lazy and this look is so easy!

Achieving hot bed head hair is really not as tricky as you might think. True, some of us may require the assistance of a bit more product than others, but I am going to share with you how I personally go about it. I am  no hairdresser, I am but a humble makeup artist, but this is simple and it works for me. I hope it works for you, too.

Step one: Shampoo and condition your hair. Personally, I use a moisturising or nourishing shampoo, but you may find that works against you in this look, so you could try a volumising shampoo.  I love the Organix range of shampoos and conditioners, available at Priceline or Woolworths. I use Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner, $15.99 each. It smells great!

Step two: After towel drying and combing your hair, apply a heat protecting product, such as GHD Thermal Protector, $30.00, which is available for Normal-Fine, Dry-Coarse and Weak-Damaged hair. Tip your head upside down (do some hamstring stretches while you’re down there – I don’t know why, but I have always, always done this!), and with a nozzled-up hair drier, get your hair to just about dry, particularly at the roots before flipping back over.

Step three: You have a few choices here. You could either do what I have been doing lately – grab a paddle brush and follow it through your hair with your drier pointing the nozzle downwards in the direction the hair grows. This will straighten out your hair a bit more and give it a sleeker look, without making it super straight. Don’t concentrate too much on the roots, as this will start to flatten out your look, and you really want to keep as much  volume at the roots as possible. Try angling sections in the direction opposite to where it will actually fall – again, this adds volume.

Your other choice is to add a bit of wave/curl by running a nice big round bristly brush through, and again follow everywhere your brush goes with your drier. Curl in different directions all over. You have control, so make it as curly as you like, or just add a bit of wave here and there.

Step four: Tip your head back upside down and spray with a volumising hairspray, lifting sections as you spray to ensure it gets a good spray all over. The hairspray I am currently loving to pieces is a super cheapie (bonus!) – Garnier Fructis Style Elastic Power Fix – Volume, $6.95. I love it because it does exactly what it is supposed to do – it holds, adds texture and volume, while remaining flexible and has your hair looking like there is no spray involved at all. Immediately, while spray is still drying, flip your head back upright and if you went with the paddle brush straight-ish look, simply brush through again;  if you went for the curls, just run your fingers through a little. Finish the look with a shine serum, concentrating on the ends to add movement and texture. I’m loving Organix Coconut Milk Anti-breakage  Serum, $17.99.

I know this is a lot of reading, but it literally takes minutes, I promise! So play about with your hair now, part it where it falls comfortably, rough it up, whatever you need to do, and then just go out and look all sexy and stuff. Let the wolf-whistles begin! The End.

Author: Sally T