Recently I got a lot of questions about how I style my hair. More specifically, a lot of peeps seemed to be interested in how I get my hair to look so perfectly undone, and what my secret is.
The truth is, it took me quite a while to figure out my perfect daily styling routine. By now though, I can say I found an approach that I love, that is pretty uncomplicated and – maybe the best bit – really easy to try out yourself!
How to do it?
Look no further, here are 5 lovingly compiled tips for you:
1. I do not comb my hair.
This is not a joke! I comb my hair on two occasions: prior to taking a shower, and just afterwards (unless I opt for a special style where the hair requires extra attention, like e.g. for a strict braid). So, most of the time I tend to run my hands through my hair instead of combing it when I need to fix something. So that’s part of the secret – my hair does not just look undone, it is, at least to a point. Refraining from regular combing takes a bit of getting used to, but it was a fast transition for me. Having said that, it’s probably a little less practical with longer hair than mine.
I learned this trick from French girls, which makes sense considering how casual and cool their hair often looks. At first I didn’t quite believe it would work well for me, but what can I say, I tried it and – voila!
2. I don’t wash my hair, either.
Ok, this was phrased a bit too sensationally and is not entirely true, but I couldn’t help myself ^^
Back to the facts: I wash my hair roughly every three days, and in my experience my hair looks best on the second day after washing. On the third day my hair still looks ok, then it’s time for another wash before things get out of hand. My hair does not tend to get all that greasy, but I must say I also did my part to ‘train’ my hair and scalp over many years. I’d like to add here that many experts say it’s not all that healthy to wash your hair on a daily basis, as it pushes the glands to produce more and more grease. This tip is also based on experience shared with me by French girls, and I’ve heard it a couple of times from hairdressers as well.
3. Touching up instead of styling again from scratch
After washing, I go straight to styling to create a basis for the next few stylings. When I wake up in the morning and free my hair from the hairband (all I use, by the way, are Invisibobbles), my hair can sometimes be all over the place, some strands bent, stuff like that. Instead of combing my hair and styling it again from scratch, I touch up only the areas that need attention with an iron, so I don’t lose my overall undone look.
4. The zig-zag technique
I’m not sure if this is the official name, but that’s how I refer to it whenever my undone look comes up in conversation. Instead of twisting the iron all the way around, I sort of wiggle it with alternating spins to the left and right – the result is this cool undone lock. Granted, it takes a bit longer than doing it the regular way, but if your hair is short it won’t really take up that much time.
5. The right products
I use a comparatively broad selection of products to get my hair to look perfect:
– volume powder for the roots (I kid you not, it works brilliantly)
– dry shampoo. I reach for dry shampoo before my hair gets too messed up, prett much in very regular intervals. Dry shampoo gives my hair structure and a certain volume, and has become a natural part of my styling.
– powder spray to add more volume and to give hold
– spray wax, probably the most ingenious invention along with volume powder. I use it to define the longer parts of my hair, pretty much instead of hairspray, especially for the tips. Sometimes I twist my tips a little bit to add some extra structure. Dry wax is crucial for my styling!
That’s it, these were today’s 5 beauty hacks for undone hair.
I’m very much looking forward to reading your feedback.