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12th April 2013

My hair has a mild but unpredictable wave. I use a wide-toothed comb to detangle after washing it. Then I let it air dry to get it as straight and well-behaved as possible.

1. The Easy Bump

Long, straight hair with bump.

A style that can be edgy, prissy, or high fashion, depending on how you rock it. My version of the bump is easy and doesn’t require inserting little foam pieces into your hair.

A. Use a lightly damp brush to brush out your hair to help prevent frizz.
B. Side part your hair 1-3 inches from the middle of your head, depending on how wide you want your bump to be.
C. Part it in the same place on the opposite side, using your extra hand to hold up this new section of hair running down the middle of your head.
D. Twist or squeeze together this section of hair 2-3 inches from your hair line and push forward. You can play with how far you push and how far back you hold to get different heights on your bump.
E. Secure the spot where you are holding your hair with a small claw clip.

Tip: Use a light hair spray or gel to touch up baby hairs around your forehead.

2. Party Pigtails

Red pigtails

Pigtails are a go-to style for me because they can be girly, funky, or casual. They are always great for exercising, dancing, or other sweat-inducing activities too.

A. Part your hair down the center. If you have side parted bangs like mine, or a shorter bang style, start the center part behind that area, leaving your bangs as they are. Pull each half over the front of their respective shoulders.
B. Gather up the left side of the hair in both hands, like you would a ponytail on the back of your head, until you get it to a position you like. I prefer them higher for a party kid look. Continue to hold this with one hand.
C. Use a mildly damp brush. Then brush your hair from the left side of your part towards the hand you are holding the pigtail with, especially from the base of your skull, to smooth out any bumps and ensure you are getting straggler hairs. You can slightly open the hand you are holding the pigtail with to let the hair naturally push forward. Secure with an elastic.
D. Repeat on the opposite side.
E. Your brush should be basically dry now, if not get a dry one. Back comb pigtails to desired level of fluffiness.

Tip: Using a medium hold hair spray, spray upwards into the pigtail to give maximum fluff and staying power to your backcombing.

3. Bohemian Waves

bohemian waves

This style can be finger-combed or dry brushed out for more messy, bohemian waves or hit with a shine spray for a flirty, polished look.

A. Wash and condition your hair or just wet down if you have washed recently. Towel dry lightly, just enough so hair isn’t dripping. If you tend to have snarly hair after washing, detangle it with a wide-toothed comb.
B. Part your hair sideways around your head, from ear to ear. Twist the top section up on top of your head and secure with a clip.
C. Part the bottom half vertically into three equal sections and braid each one. Braid tightly for crimped waved or loosely for soft waves.
D. Take the top half down. Repeat step C.
E. Let air dry completely before taking out. I go to bed like this and take it out in the morning.

Tip: The longer the braids are in, the more intense the waves will be and the longer they will last. Avoid brushing too much, which will make hair fluffy and diminish waves. Finger comb to style and use a small amount water or gel to control flyaways.

4. Sexy Ringlets

flirty curls

A. Wash and condition your hair, or just wet it down if you have washed recently. Towel dry lightly, just enough so hair isn’t dripping. If you tend to have snarly hair after washing, detangle it with a wide-toothed comb.
B. Part your hair sideways around your head, from ear to ear. Twist the top section up on top of your head and secure with a clip.
C. Starting from one side, part a strip that is one to two inches wide and roll it up in a foam roller. I use basic 1/2” foam rollers from the dollar store, the kind with the plastic piece that folds over and clips. I hold the rollers horizontally and try to get the hair as flat as possible when rolling them. Repeat until all the bottom half is done.
D. Take the top half down. Repeat step C.
E. Let air dry completely before taking out. I go to bed like this and take it out in the morning.

Tip: The longer the curlers are in, the more intense the waves will be and the longer they will last. Avoid brushing, this will destroy the curls! Finger comb lightly to style and use a small amount water or gel to control flyaways. A light hairspray can be used to hold curls, but avoid a heavy spray that will weigh them down.

5. Simple Exotic Style

simple exotic look

This look is a nod to pin-up, exotic island-influenced styles but without the fuss. It takes minutes but completely spruces up your look. It’s sexy, pretty, and easy to do with almost any hair type.

A. After hair is brushed, part horizontally from top of ear to top of ear, leaving bangs free.
B. Secure top section with a small clip or hair elastic in the center of the back of your head.
C. Do a deep side part on your bangs. Use a bit of hairspray to hold them if necessary.
D. Pull bottom section of hair over the shoulder on the side your part is on.
E. Put a flower clip around temple in bangs on the part side.

Tip: You can throw a few curls in the part you pull over your shoulder and in the side-swept part of your bangs with a small barrel curling iron to up the oomph.

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