Skip the trip to the salon with this step-by-step guide to swingy, glossy hair you can create at home!
Trends and fads may come and go, but the look of straight, shiny hair that's full of body and movement? Well, that's always in style. No matter what your natural texture is--fine, soft waves or tight curls--you can achieve bouncy, silky-smooth hair at home without becoming addicted to your straightening iron. With the right tools, hairstyling products and a few key blow-drying tricks, getting this sleek look is easy.
Gently massage a small amount of shampoo into your roots, and let the runoff cleanse the ends. Take the opposite approach
with conditioner: Slather it on, concentrating on the midshaft to the ends, avoiding the scalp and roots. Remember, the coarser
and thicker your hair, the creamier your conditioner should be.
Styling tip: When towel-drying your hair, gently squeeze and blot--don't rub. Then apply a styling product. Comb through hair with a pick or a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles and to evenly distribute the styling product.
To ensure control (and to make blow-drying your entire head of hair easier and more manageable), work in sections. Part your
hair from ear to ear to separate the front section from the back; then further divide those two sections into smaller ones.
Twist each section into loose mini-buns and secure with clips.
Styling tip: If your hair is thick and curly, divide it into even smaller, easier-to-manage sections.
Use the nozzle of the blow dryer to concentrate the airflow. Working one section at a time, place a round brush (the longer
the hair, the larger the barrel of the brush) near the roots. Pull hair taut with brush, aim airflow down hair shaft and slowly
roll brush out from roots to ends, following that motion with the dryer. Repeat until that section of hair is thoroughly dry.
Continue to the next step before blow-drying the next section.
Styling tip: Avoid burning and damaging your scalp and hair: Keep the dryer moving back and forth or in small circles, even when you're concentrating on one section of hair.
After you've blow-dried a section of hair, wrap it around a medium-size Velcro roller, then secure with bobby pins to keep
it out of the way as you dry subsequent sections. Don't wind rollers too tightly or they may get stuck and cause snagging.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each section of hair.
STYLING TIP: To give your curls more staying power, choose smaller rollers.
Once all the sections are blown out, dried completely and set with rollers, lightly spritz with a fine mist of medium-hold
hair spray. Leave rollers in for 10 minutes.
Styling tip: Hold hair spray 10 to 12 inches above your head and apply a long, single spray over your entire head so the spray goes on dry, not stiff and tacky.
After 10 minutes, carefully remove bobby pins and rollers. To blend sections seamlessly, gently finger-comb hair. Warm a dab
of finishing cream between palms and work through.
Styling tip: Tame flyaways by spritzing hair spray onto a flat paddle brush and gently brushing hair. For those hard-to-manage hairs by the hairline, mist a little hair spray on a toothbrush and sweep them into place.