Sunday, July 12, 2015

How to: Messy, beachy hair in ten minutes

Having short hair has been a process of learning how to style it correctly. I used to have insanely long hair all through high school and my freshmen year of college, and I decided to chop it and embrace the bob.

Now that I have had short hair for so long, I can't imagine it going past my shoulders. It's super easy to style and maintain, not to mention it is so trendy right now. My Pinterest is just filled with Julianne Hough, Lauren Conrad, and Lucy Hale's perfect locks.

Good lord this makes me want to cut all my hair off again

When they were untamed and magical. | 22 Times Lucy Hale's Brow Game Was Stronger Than Yours

Getting messy, beachy hair that doesn't look too messy or like you've been stranded at sea is definitely a learning process. I have watched my fair share of YouTube tutorials, bought countless hair products, and rocked some not-so-cute hair styles.

But now, I know just what to do and just how to get there, in under ten minutes each morning. I'm going to be sharing today some of my tips and tricks.

1. Find a texture spray that works for you.
This step is crucial. It doesn't matter how awesome you can curl your hair and tease it, and texture spray is a must. Some that I would recommend are Living Proof Instant Texture Mist, and my new personal favorite, Kenra Platinum Dry Texture Spray.  What I've noticed about the Dry Texture Spray is that it doesn't make my hair feel crunchy or dry, which is my usual issue with texture or beach sprays and it smells amazing. The directions say to use it on damp hair and then dry hair, but I just use it when my hair is dry.

Both of those are a little more than $20 depending on size, so if you are looking for something a little cheaper, I also like Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray, which is just under $20 and over 5 ounces which goes a long, long way or Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Spray.

2. Let your hair air dry, mostly.
Not only is it way better for your hair to part ways from your blow dryer, it adds to that undone, messy look. I put at little mousse at my roots, and blowers my hair upside down for thirty seconds and then let it air dry the rest of the way. If time is an issue for you, blow dry your hair on a lower heat, and use Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to speed up the drying process. It smells heavenly, leaves your hair smooth, and always cuts my air dry time in half.

3. Middle part, then pick a side.
For that over exaggerated lifted side part look, I first middle part my hair, let it dry, style it, and then with my fingers I part it to the side. If your hair doesn't cooperate, try blow drying it the opposite way you part, and then flip your part while your roots are still warm from the blow dryer.

4. The trick to curling
Use a straightened or a tapered curling iron. I personally use a straightener, but a one-inch curling iron works just as well. As you curl your hair, leave out the ends and pull the iron down vertically, not horizontally. Holding out the iron to the side is just going to make your hair look wide and create bouncy curls. I also use a low heat so the curls are really just kinks. Alternate the direction of your curls for more volume and a messier, natural look. I usually separate my hair into three layers, and alternate the direction. Once I release the curl, I pull it down for added length. Here is a link to a video that may help from LOLO Magazine:

5. Hairspray, and NO brushing
My last step is running my fingers through my hair to mess it up, and then doing a light mist of my texture spray while tousling my undone curls. Once I like the finished product, I will lightly hair spray it, and that's it!

The Beauty Department has an AWESOME article on styling short hair here.

I hope this helps with your messy hair look! If you have your own tips and tricks leave them in the comments below. Xo.

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