After years of perfect blowouts, sleek straight hair, and voluminous curls dominating the landscape, it seems like the winds have shifted - and thank goodness! Think of all the hours spent in front of the mirror struggling with the curling wand and trying not to burn your fingers or those expensive monthly salon visits to maintain your roots. Ain't nobody got time for that!
When it comes to colouring your hair, balayage and ombré techniques are everywhere these days, and as an added bonus, it does less damage to your hair and your wallet! The lived-in, "cool girl", model off duty look extends beyond colour; when it comes to hairstyles, nothing is more on trend than tousled bed head hair.
Since it can be a struggle getting your hair to work with you while trying to keep the hot tools to a minimum, we're here to show you how to take advantage of your natural texture to get the look you want.
IF YOU HAVE CURLY OR DRY HAIR...
For girls with tight curls, achieving the beach wave look doesn't have to mean a complicated multi-step process (blow dry, curling iron, texturizing spray). Instead, comb your hair before you get out of the shower while it's still wet to avoid breaking up any of the curls. Next, apply a hair oil all over your strands, being careful not to put too much on the roots so it doesn't look greasy. It's best to do this in the evening so you can sleep on your hair and let it dry naturally.
In the morning, simply tie it in two pigtails and run a straightener over the ponytails quickly, focusing on the ends of your hair. If your curls are extremely tight you may have to do this a few times before you achieve the desired look. Once you take out the hair elastics, run the straightener over any unwanted kinks near the roots of your hair and voilà, bed head hair in less than 5 minutes! Pro tip: To help revive damaged or dry hair, use coconut oil as a mask before you shower (shampoo twice when you do this) and avoid washing your hair more than twice a week since it is harder for the natural oils to travel from your scalp down your tresses when you have curly hair.
IF YOU HAVE WAVY OR FRIZZY HAIR...
Falling in this category puts you at an advantage since your natural texture is already similar to the desired look. To manage frizz, try using a mousse followed by an anti-frizz serum on freshly washed hair. Let your hair air dry (it will be less poofy if you sleep on it) and in the morning run a flat-iron quickly on the ends of your hair to create a natural, beach-y appearance. Pro tip: No need to use heat everywhere; focus on curling a few face framing strands away from your face using a flat-iron and leave the rest as is!
IF YOU HAVE STRAIGHT OR OILY HAIR...
Like wavy haired girls, if you have straight hair, a curling mousse can work wonders by giving your hair some extra hold and volume. Once your hair is half-way dry, braid it into two low pigtails (you can use a blow dryer to enhance the bends you will get from the braids or go to sleep and unravel them in the morning). Pro Tip: Even if your hair is clean, spraying some dry shampoo can help give your hair some extra body so it doesn't fall as flat.