spring fling

First off, thanks for all of your support on the Glamour.com feature today! It means so much to me. I was one of the lucky few Polyvore members that got to show off her favorite spring look, and of course, I went with comfy neutrals. Big surprise! :)

What did actually surprise me was your interest in my hair! A few of you asked for hair how-to tips, so I've written up some pointers below. You can also take a peak at the rest of my "Spring Fling" shoot for Glamour.com, or the outtakes I suppose, courtesy of photographer extraordinaire Ayoob Syed. 

Beachy waves are my standard go-to hair look because it gives me that casual, undone feel which is especially perfect for sumer. The look above took me about 20 minutes to do (with dry hair), and it's really low-maintenance: it lasts several days and you don't have to fuss about it when it's done-- mostly because it's already pretty messy looking. :) Here's how to get the look if your hair texture is:

Thick and Wavy/Straight (like mine): Massage mousse into your scalp and through your hair when it's damp. Then either let it air dry or blow-dry with your head upside down. No need for precision here. When it's completely dry, wrap 2 inch sections of your hair (starting at cheek level) around a 1-2" curling iron held vertically. Don't use the curling iron clamp, just secure the end of your hair (the last 1-2 inches) with your fingers as the rest is wrapped around the barrel. After about 10 seconds, pull the curling iron out from below without unraveling your curl. This creates tension and a tighter wave. Work around your head in a haphazard fashion. Remember, this look isn't about perfection. When you've curled all your hair, spray hairspray liberally and then rake your fingers through it to loosen the curls and it give it that beachy look. Feel free to shake it out! Conversely, if you're really lazy (which I often am) and are blessed with naturally wavy hair, just spritz some wave spray through your damp hair and you'll get a great texture.

Fine or Silky: Start in the shower with a light-weight conditioner that won't weigh your hair down. While damp, apply a root boosting spray throughout the hair for extra volume. (Hairspray works too). Blow-dry with your head upside down and then when 90% dry, use a large round brush to create height at the crown. Spritz with more hairspray because you want to give your hair a little coarseness, and then follow the steps above. Just remember to spray liberally again with hairspray at the end. Don't be afraid that you'll look like an 80s throwback because, remember, you're going to use your fingers to loosen it all up! PS. Another great option for extra volume is blasting dry shampoo at the roots. This product is your hair type's best friend.

Coarse or Curly: Condition your hair as usual in the shower and apply a moisturizing serum all over your damp hair, avoiding the roots. Blow-dry your hair straight with a large round brush. Lightly mist with hairspray, then follow the steps above. Set the look by running a dollop of shine serum through the ends. Since your hair probably holds curl pretty well, be careful you don't get those big bouncy prom-queen curls by either sectioning smaller strands of hair, curling the hair for a shorter period of time, or using an iron with a narrower barrel. Obviously this isn't an exact science so play around with it and have fun!
Some products I love and live by: 
dry shampoo: Rene Furterer-- pricey but hands-down the best stuff on the market
wave spray: Sally Hershberger wave spray, Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray
hairspray: Loreal Elnette

I hope that makes sense. Definitely let me know if you have any questions about my explanation, product, or anything else. And tell me how these beachy waves work out for you!


TheStrawberryFields said...

I was going to say your hair is STUNNING and you picked a lovely outfit!

Shy said...

LOVE, you look gorgeous and congrats on the feature!! xo

Anonymous said...

you look beautiful, as always, and make it look so effortless! thanks for the hair tutorial - i'll be trying it out soon!

- DL :)

Anonymous said...

You look great! I would really love to know some of your thoughts on beauty products and cosmetics, if you had the time. How do you do your makeup and what are you favorite products and tricks? Thanks!