Bed-head hair, messy hair, tousled hair–it’s all kinda interrelated–especially in that it reveals a really compelling attitude that shouts “I don’t flip for most things and most people.” Bed-head shows the world that you have your emotions in check, and that you are living life as one big long adventure, and in “who has time for a brush” fashion, you take on each day, with a bohemian, artsy fervor that’s all your own brand, and you don’t need to convince anyone of a single thing. You know what you know, and you have all you need. Questions?
Things Are Rarely What They Seem to be
And it’s certainly true when it comes to most fashionistas out there who move about every day with every degree of hair mess, from a few loose strands to full blown hair frenzy. They want the world to believe that they didn’t stand in front of the mirror, fixing, adjusting, messing with, spraying, tousling and twisting those tresses to get just the right look. You can do the same. Here are a few tips to get your bed-head on!
Don’t Completely Lose the Brush
While you don’t want your hair to look brushed–in fact, you want it to show that you don’t even own one–you need a couple of good brushes, always. One, for nurturing your hair, made of boar’s bristles or a boar’s bristle-synthetic blend, and one with plastic bristles. You’ll need to brush your hair at rather frequent intervals if you are not completely sold on having those authentic dreads that are never ever uniform in size. So brush your bed-head, please. Let the world think you’re brush-free.
- Shampoo & Condition: Tilt your head completely over and use your blow-dryer and your fingers to rough it up and dry it from beneath mostly.
- Apply Mousse: This should be lightweight, light hold and body-building. Distribute evenly.
- Curl: Using a 1 ¼” curling iron, on fully dry hair, wrap two-inch sections of your hair around it, but leave 1 ½ to 2” unwound and straight. Take some random sections and twist before wrapping for less uniform curls. Vary the direction you’re wrapping in randomly. Once wrapped, hold each section for about ten seconds. Release, and kind of pull on random just-curled sections to loosen them up.
- Texturize: Take your pick of the awesome products you can use to build and hold. Some work like dry shampoos, some are waxy. You don’t want to weigh your hair down. Depending on your hair type, you may have to try a few before you find the ideal weight and performance for your hair.
- Mirror: Nothing too long here, but check to see if your style needs a little more or less mess.
For wavy hair, you may only want to use your curling iron for wrapping a few random locks, and a dollop of some shine cream will help to sculpt your messy look the way you want it to be and tame some too-wild flyaways. Really curly hair will benefit from a couple of products: at the beginning, apply some relaxing serum before engaging in the routine. And when finished, work a little lightweight oil in between your palms and apply to your style.