How to: Perfectly Messy Hair
We don’t advise washing your hair and hoping for the best. It won’t work out the way you want. You should let your hair dry naturally or roughly blown our with a hair dryer. It also works much better with hair that hasn’t been freshly washed but it’s not a huge issue if you have freshly shampooed.
If you are working with day-two locks then you may need to apply a little dry shampoo to your roots.
If you have quite thick hair you may need some products to help manipulate your hair to achieve the look. If your hair is thin to normal then lightly mist a sea-salt spray from root to tip and blast your locks with a dryer to set the spray. If you have the time you can also wait for the spay to dry in your hair, try scrunching the ends of your hair up to your scalp to create a loose curl and avoid moving around too much while it dries.
If you find your hairs natural curl from scrunching is enough then you may be done. But if it’s just looking a little messy and wild then let’s continue using a straighter.
Using a straighter take small and large sections of your hair and loosely curl, mix up the sizes of the pieces being curled so that nothing is uniformed. The tip is to not have all the curls going the same way so mix up the direction and also don’t start the curl too high up on the head focus towards the ends, you can also add variety but not curling the hair but by creating bends with the straightener. Stop at a mid-section and change the direction of the straighter briefly before going back down, this will create slight kinks and bends.
We also like to avoid curling or using the straightener on the ends directly, they should have a 'piecey', natural affect from the sea-salt spray and you want to keep this. If they are flicking out then use a straightener to keep them in check, but a little dishevelment is good.
Shake out the curls and bends loosely with your fingers. Run your fingers through and assess if you need more texture or smoothness in areas. If you need more texture you can add a little powder to your roots and scrunch with you fingers too loosely spread the powder through the tops of your hair or create more curls and bends with the straightener.
If you need some smoothing then use an very small amount of oil or soothly cream in your finger tips and rub on the hair without flattening. A good tip is to start applying the product to the under layers of your hair so you only have a small amount to work with when you get to the top layers. This will ensure you don’t look flat, oily or overdone. You can even use your fingers like a curling iron to reinforce the curls without them looking perfect.
Products we LOVE:
Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray.
Kevin Murphy Doo Over Dry Powder Finishing Hairspray.