been trying to achieve that messy, just got out-of-bed look and
ended up looking like you've spent the night sleeping rough then
this page is for you. Other people seem to make it look so easy,
but at the end of the day, it's all about using the right product
for the job and making sure it's the right one for your hair.
A professional recommendation is a good place to start, so whilst you are watching your hairdresser create your new look as them what they are using and how to use it. In store always ask, department stores and those with floor staff make it easier to find someone that knows about haircare.
Now that you
are armed with the right stuff, what next? This is where even
the best product will not work if you don't adjust your attitude
to creating what you want with your hair. Gone are the days of
blow-drying it nicely, then using your chosen product to stop
it from moving. For these textured looks, it is not about being
good at blow-drying, it's all in the cut, the 'finishing product'
and applying it right. That is opposed to the 'styling product'
which you put in to control your hair as you blow-dry. So here
are the steps to getting that look after getting the right cut
and right product:
- Dry your
hair with your hands, not a brush. Any which way really, rubbing
the root area to create a few tangles can help if you have the
sort of hair that needs volume.
- Take a
small portion of the chosen product and rub it around your hands.
Use a small amount first because you can always add more (and
you will have to shampoo to remove too much). Use your logic
when using as the size of the container tells me I'm not going
to need a lot. Rubbing it around your hands allows it to be
spread through your hair evenly rather than in a blob.
- Start working
your hands through your hair lightly and then more firmly as
the product wears off. This is again to help spread it out.
- Now go
for it by really pushing your hair from side to side to make
shapes like your mom did with the shampoo when you were a kid.
This is the attitude adjusting bit I was talking about.
- As you
have now realised you can use these new generation products
to mould numerous shapes out of your hair and change them several
times over so as to create what you really want! Start to smooth
bits in the direction you want them to go, pull others out using
your finger tips, and if the look doesn't work, mess it up and
- Final tip/stage:
unless you are really having fun, know when to stop.
Step back, really take in the whole effect, and know it will
never be exactly the same each time.
found they could not stop at stage 6 should consider a career
in hairdressing or a psychiatry!
Above from David Mercer
(Asian Hairdresser of the Year 2001 AHI Awards).