I am absolutely terrible at doing doing my own hair. Neat, beautiful, styled hair is way beyond my capabilities. To be realistic, I think all hair-dos I do on my own hair look crap, but there is one hair style I seem to get a few nice comments on …… the messy, kinky bed head look.
Today I thought I should share how exactly I do it because it is actually very simple. It is so simple that my uncoordinated self can do it!
What You Will Need
- Wella Professionals High Hair ‘Style Foundation’
- Schwarzkopf Extra Care 10 Carat Shine ‘Gloss Finish Spray’
- Wide toothed comb
- Hair Elastics
- Butterfly clips (optional but suggested)
This look can obviously be created in sooooo many ways but this is how I do it. In my opinion it is best to do Step 1 – 4 the night before because sleeping on the style can make it look so much better. However, you can judge it from my photos (which I apologise for being a little crappier than usual).
Oh and I warn you this was done sans make-up. Prepare to be horrified!
Wash & condition your hair as normal, then wrap in a towel for a couple minutes to remove excess water. DO NOT RUB. Comb and find your natural part using a wide toothed comb.
Spray Wella Professionals High Hair ‘Style Foundation’ in the mid-lengths of your hair. Make sure you flip your head over to get the underneath. Then recomb.
This product will make the perfect base for the hair to start form and mould the kinks.
Section hair into four parts. You can split it in half by following your natural part down the back of your head, and then split those in half just above your ears. Curl and secure the two top sections.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, In fact I find it works better if it is a little less than perfect. Keep in mind you want to be able to move your head so don’t pull strands from all over the place.
You will need to plait each of the four sections. If you know how to braid, that is even better. I do not. Start with the bottom two sections and secure the plait individually with an elastic. The closer you can get to the end of your hair the better.
For the top ones I like to comb the hair into position, it leaves the top of your hair neat and controls frizz.
You should be left with 4 strange looking plaits.
Now comes the waiting game. I find this look only really works if you let your hair dry naturally. That means no blow drying or irons. It needs to be completely dry which will take longer than normal because the hair is tightly bound, but obviously the longer you can leave it the better the results.
If I am able to, I leave it for about 12-18 hrs. If I have to be seen by others (or if I worked in an office), I will hide the top plaits in a stylish knitted beanie.
Once dry, very gentle release the plait, doing the bottom ones first. If you shake them out you will end up with a frizz ball.
When all the plaits are out, very gently mend the gaps by separating your fingers as wide as possible and slowly shaking at the root. I mean SUPER gentle and maybe 1-2 shakes.
Key word = GENTLE!!
As you can see it will still be quite fluffy anyway so be as gentle as possible.
Spray Schwarzkopf Extra Care 10 Carat Shine ‘Gloss Finish Spray’ evenly into mid lengths. Gently flip your hair over again to get the underneath.
Only spray a bit at a time, so you don’t over do it. You can always add more if you want.
It will still be a bit puffy but it will fall quite quickly if you don’t flick your hair about and get too much air in it. Then you will end up with this …..
Add large sunglasses to complete the ‘I just rolled out of bed with Johnny Depp, but I am too cool to tell you about it’ look.
It may take a few practice runs but you will master it quickly. I find this works best for those with fine or dry hair. If you have really heavy silky hair you will probably need to use a heavy duty spray gel instead of the Schwarzkopf Gloss Spray.
Schwarzkopf Extra Care 10 Carat Shine ‘Gloss Finish Spray’ – AU $8.99 rrp from supermarkets, pharmacies and selected independent retailers.
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