Our panel of pros offers its best tips for every tress type.
by Victoria Wurdinger
Why waste time fighting nature? We asked top salon pros how to make the absolute most of what you’ve got.
To add bounce, skip the brush, which flattens hair, and style with the pads of your fingers, says Jet Rhys in San Diego, CA. Start with damp hair and add a volumizer (try Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray) at the roots. “Set your dryer on high and massage your scalp clockwise all around. This expands the cuticle and boosts volume. Next, pop in a few large hot rollers on top layers only – they add movement, while keeping your look modern, not matronly.”
It’s all about the style! Jet Rhys likes a side-swept look that makes the most of what you’ve got. To create it, work a texturizer (try John Masters Organics Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturizer) through dry hair with a boar-bristle brush. Then mist a little hairspray onto a vent brush and sweep it through the sides, tucking them behind your ears.
Get out the volumizing spray, like Bumble and bumble surf spray, which injects body and texture in minutes–just spray directly on dry hair and scrunch. Or, try two big braids. “Before going to bed, lightly mist surf spray into dry hair,” says Jet Rhys. “Split your hair down the center and create a braid behind each ear. In the morning, release the elastics and finger-comb. Finish with a little light spritz of L’Oreal Elnett hair spray.”
Another way to make straight hair simple and fresh is to try Jet Rhys’ undone bun. To create it, mist Redken Vinyl Glam 02 shine spray onto dry hair, then sweep it back with you fingers. Fasten it into an eye-level ponytail, then twist and wrap hair to make a bun and pin it into place.
When classic spirals get boring, create a loose, less-defined look with Jet Rhys’ finger-combing technique. Work a lightweight anti-frizz serum through damp hair to detangle and separate curls–try Paul Mitchell Smoothing Gloss Drops. Next, flip your head over and apply a curl-activator like V05 Curvaceous Curls Styling Mousse. Then take haphazard sections and twist them like a rope, wrapping each one around your finger before pinning in place. Blow-dry using a low heat setting, unpin the twists and gently shake your ringlets loose.
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