If you’ve got fine, flat, straight hair that just hangs, with no natural body, then listen up – this post is for you! Us fine haired girls dream of having Blake Lively hair, but it just seems like a total pipe dream without the use of heat, backcombing, hairspray, and a prayer to the hair gods. And even then, by lunch time your hair has deflated and you’re left with paffy crispy hair that looks overdone and underwhelming.
This week I was looking for a way to wash my hair at night and not have it looking like it already needs a wash and a salon blowdry by morning. I usually wash my hair in the morning, as it’s so fine that it doesn’t last well overnight. But I’m rehearsing a show at the moment during the evenings, and with late nights and early mornings up ahead for the foreseeable future, I wanted to find a way to wash it at night while I was still buzzing on post-rehearsal adrenaline, and still have it look and feel good the next day.
(I know this essay is long – stick with me)
I read about a no heat method of getting body into fine hair overnight by way of strategically placed bun, so I thought I’d give it a try. This coupled with some extra help from my normal styling products (the other half of the method) gave me an amazing result! That bushy messy bitch-please-I-live-at-the-beach hair that I’ve been lusting over for years.
You will need:
- Bobby pins – I prefer the “open” ones as pictured below.
- Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo (MUST be the volume one and not an ordinary dry shampoo).
- Optional: Sea Salt Spray. The one I’m using is no longer available, but any kind will do.
- A good night’s sleep
- Take your evening shower and wash your hair as normal. At the moment I’m using the Kérastase Cristalliste shampoo and conditioner for fine hair.
- Towel dry your hair and comb it through. Once it’s at that not completely sopping wet stage, you can move on to pinning it up for the night.
- Pull up your hair to the crown, and gently twist it into a loose bun. Don’t make the bun too tight or else your hair won’t be able to dry overnight. Also remember, the more you twist, the curlier it will end up.
- Go to sleep!
- The next morning, when you are ready to do your hair, take out the bun.
- If it is still a bit damp, you can attack it with a hairdryer. Just use your fingers and wiggle the heat all over – no need to over think this. This shouldn’t be necessary in summer, but we’re a bit far off from such warm weather. If it’s looking a bit stringy after using the hairdryer, give it a very light brushing.
- Spray Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo into your roots. Give it a good shake before every spritz! I only spray into the the area at the top, sides and crown of my head. But if you prefer you can spray it all over. Just make sure you only aim it at your roots.
- Once you’ve sprayed your hair, start massaging the product into your scalp. As you massage you will feel your hair change texture and thicken up. It also seems to get really sticky, but not in a dirty way. Your hair still looks perfectly clean. But BIG!
- If the ends are looking a bit fluffy, texturise them with some sea salt spray. This is totally optional, so if you’re already channeling your inner Blake Lively you can skip this step.
- You’re done! Now fluff it, play with it. mess it up – it just gets bigger and better the more you fiddle.
The best part about this look is that it literally takes you 5 minutes in the morning. The other night at rehearsal, TWO people told me how nice my hair looked. And they were MEN! I can see myself doing this all summer long – it’s just so easy and effective, and what girl doesn’t want bigger hair? Give it a try! It also brushes out really easily, as there is no teasing or hairspray involved. I’m sold.
Before and after: