You see them in all the fashion magazines. Models with sleek, straight hair that look like a silky layer draping down from the roots to the ends. Are you coveting the look this winter? What if we told you that this style can be yours with a little bit of style savvy and the right selection of products? Read on for the best route to sleek and sexy hair that you can flaunt all winter until the tulips start to bloom.
Start with the Shampoo
The best shampoo will be the one for your hair type, but moisturizing shampoos tend to have better luck keeping the frizzies at bay. And frizzies are the number one enemy of sleek, sexy hair. Even better, move your shampoo sessions to every other day to give the natural oils of your hair a chance to tame your tresses – as long as your hair can handle less frequent washings.
Put off the Blow Dryer
Once your hair is clean, gently blot dry with your towel, since rubbing can increase the odds of frizzies and flyaway strands. Instead of reaching for the blow dryer right away, simply apply a styling mousse or leave in conditioner and allow your hair to air dry while you apply makeup, eat breakfast or catch up on the headlines.
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Take it One Section at a Time
Once your hair has air dried somewhat, divide it into four or five large sections and clip all but one out of the way. Use the blow dryer and a large round brush to work one section at a time, pulling taught toward the ground. You can choose to either work your ends under with the round brush or flip them out for a sassier look. Continue in this manner until all of the sections are completely dry.
Choose your Weapon
For a straight as an arrow look, grab your flat iron. Using small sections of dry hair, begin at the roots and work your way down. Use care not to mess up the work that your blow dryer has already done when you get to your ends. If you want a bit more curl at the bottom, dampen your hair slightly and roll in large Velcro rollers. A few seconds with the blow dryer should be sufficient to give you the bounce you are hoping for.
Add some Shine
Once your style is complete, add a tiny bit of shine serum to give your tresses a sleek, healthy glow. Remember that when it comes to using shine serum, a little goes a long way. Don`t overdo. You are now ready to face the world with your sleek, sexy do. Shine on!
Until now, it has been easier to hide wet hair under a wide-brimmed hat than to try to fix it. But don’t hide your do, style it wet and enjoys a sleek, sexy look. Whether you’re getting out of the pool, taking a winter vacation to the tropics or just in a hurry to go from the shower to work, you can style wet hair so that it looks like you spent all the time you needed instead of heading out in a rush. All you need are the right styling tools and you’ll be looking great in minutes.
Start with the right stuff. Styling tools make all the difference in the world. A wide-tooth comb and elastics are essential to styling wet hair, especially if you’re in a hurry. You also want to have on-hand a product designed for your hair type. Straight hair needs texture, so choose a volumizing spray. Curly hair will hold its natural waves when you apply a curl-activating spray and a smoothing cream to keep frizzies and fly-aways at bay. If your hair tangles easily, keep a detangler with you as well.
Scrunching wet hair will help ensure that it looks good both while it’s wet and when it dries. First, squeeze out all excess water and use a wide-tooth comb to take out the knots. When your hair is smooth, flip your head over and scrunch your hair from root to ends. With your head still flipped, apply your styling spray and scrunch. The more you style and touch your hair the frizzier it will get, especially for those of you with curls. Allow your hair’s natural wave to determine how it lays as much as possible. For unmanageable bangs, carry a bold scarf and tie it in a stylish knot allowing the sides and back of your hair to dry into nice waves.
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If you want a more sophisticated look or if your hair is uncooperative and won’t scrunch, a bun is a perfect solution for medium to long wet hair. A bun is also a good choice if you know you’ll need to let your hair down later because it won’t leave an indentation from the elastic like a ponytail does. To create a smooth bun, begin by combing hair. Pull all your hair together anywhere from the top of your neck to the top of the back of your head. Twist it from the head to the tips and then coil the hair around itself. Secure the bun with an elastic and bobby pins if necessary. In a few hours, after your hair has dried, let the bun down for natural looking waves.
Remember that hairspray will leave wet hair crusty. To hold a bun in place, use a volumizing spray that has holding power as well. For fine hair, try running your fingers through your hair instead of working out all the knots with your comb. Small tangles will add extra volume, shape and hold until your hair is dry enough to use hairspray.