Unfortunately, we don’t have half the day to spend on our locks and so we’re all about quick fixes that are simple and easy to do ourselves at home. With that in mind, here are a few tips to perfect the big bouncy voluminous look á la Jessica Alba, Kate Middleton, and Kerry Washington.
Great hair isn’t just about styling, how you look after your hair is just as important. Using a weekly mask is important for hydrating your locks and if possible, leaving it in overnight can do wonders for restoring shine and moisture.
Either opt for a leave-in conditioner with hydrating properties or if you’d rather go the natural route, coconut oil is worth a try. Apparently, it’s what Eva Mendes swears by and just look at her hair.
Wash your hair as normal, towel dry it. Then, either air dry or blast dry, part in the middle, and separate into two loose plaits. Sleep on it and in the morning, run some mousse and/or texturising creme through your hair while scrunching and fluffing with your fingers.A simple and effective technique for big bouncy locks.
A quick and easy way to ensure volume from the get go is to dry your hair upside down. This instantly lifts the roots and adds life to your locks. Once you flip your hair back over, use your hands to lift and scrunch your hair as you go, the simplest way to add texture and movement to your look.
If you need curls instantly, a styling tool always comes up trumps. However, trying to curl an entire head of hair is a labourious task: Thick and unruly hair takes so long to finish, but fine hair needs a lot of practice to ensure a lasting curl.
The easy hack to getting curls quick using tongs and/or a straightener is to put your hair in a ponytail. Then, divide into three sections and curl each one. Remove the band holding your pony in place, shake it out, add a little serum for shine and you’re good to go.
Similar to sleeping in plaits or braids, putting your hair in a bun can help add texture and volume so you can shake it out and go in the morning. Of course, depending on your hair type, there is the risk of frizz but there’s a random trick that can help.Use a sock to cover the bun which will reduce the friction and keep your style in place.
Apparently we’ve been washing our hair the wrong way
Usually, you would shampoo first and then condition afterwards, right? Well, you might want to rethink that. According to Nina Dimachki, artistic director for Kérastase, has given advice on washing your hair and it’s the complete opposite to what we do.
She says, “Conditioning before you shampoo is great for adding nourishment to fine hair without weighing it down. It also promotes a longer lasting blow dry and primes the hair before cleansing, allowing shampoo to distribute easier and more evenly.”
It’s not just for people with thin hair though, apparently, it can be hugely beneficial to highlighted hair because it tangles easily after shampooing and so is prone to getting greasy.
If you have thick or coarse hair, you may benefit from a condition-shampoo-condition routine instead.
If you’re thinking of swapping your shampoo/conditioner order then keep in mind that you will have to change your conditioning technique slightly. While you normally just put conditioner on the roots of your hair, after you shampoo, you will need to put conditioner all over your hair if it’s going on before the shampoo.
The reason for this is because you will be cleansing it after, so your hair won’t be weighed down or oily.