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beauty + how to get bedhead waves

For something that appears to be so effortless, getting bedhead, undone, relaxed waves actually takes a lot of effort. Every model ever claims to just be able to put their hair in a bun when it's wet at night, and wake up in the morning with perfectly tousled waves. I'm calling BS. I cannot go to bed looking like a mix between Miley Cyrus and Princess Leia and wake up looking like Gisele. Instead, I look like a maniac.

I much prefer to take way more time than necessary.

Usually, I start with washing my hair and applying heat protectant and styling product. My favorite is a mix of Pantene Pro-V Heat Protection Spray and Oribe Smooth Style Serum.

Next, I'll blow dry my hair straight with THE BEST round brush that I just picked up at Ulta. When I reach the top section, I make sure to flip my hair back and forth so I don't have a distinct part. I've been really toying with a close to middle part lately (a big change from my usual deep side part flip), so I like to have the option to change from a side part to middle part.

I have a lot of hair, but it's only shoulder length, so blow drying it doesn't take too long. Once it's dry, I'll section it off and begin curling. Right now I'm using a 1" Conair Curling Iron, but sometimes I use a flatiron and when it's longer I like the Hot Tools 1 1/4" Curling Iron. Really it's just personal preference.

I've found that using a flatiron is great if you just want a slight bend to your hair. I'll take a small section of hair and then, starting close to the root, drag the flatiron down in an S shape. These posts here and here from the Beauty Department are great if you want a visual for the S shape.

With a curling iron, I like to start mid-shaft, then curl alternating toward and away from your face. SECRET WEAPON: Drag the curl out. Thank you to the Beauty Department for this little trick. It gives your hair the edgy vibe instead of regular curls. A lot of people like to leave out their ends, which works too, but I prefer the drag.

I have a lot of hair, so no matter what method I use I always section my hair to be more manageable. Start at the bottom, end with the top section closest to my face.

After I'm done with the heat styling, I like to use a couple of different products. Prêt a Powder from Bumble and Bumble is great if you want the "fuzzy" vibe. Just tap it on your roots and then kind of rough up where you applied it. My all time favorite bedhead hair product is Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray (no shock there, considering it's all anyone can talk about). A little goes a long way but it smells heavenly and DOES THE TRICK.

I have watched many a YouTube video about messy hair and am very particular about how I like it to look. My favorite how-to videos for bedhead waves can be found herehere, and here.

Any products / tips / tricks I should know about?

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