How To Get The ‘Cool Girl’ Hair Of Your Dreams
Tue, 16 August 2016 2:30PM
If there’s one styling trick everyone wants to know, it’s nailing that off-duty model ‘cool girl’ hair texture. You know, it’s a bit bed-head, a bit kinky waves or messy curls, and all attitude. It works both for a night out on the town, and a chilled out weekend brunch. But as low key and laid-back as it looks, we all know from personal experience that’s it’s a lot trickier to get right than it seems.
It took me a while to work out what the trick was, and it comes down to products. Personally, my hair is thick and curly, but I straighten it and add my own wave to it usually. But I’ve written this for all gals, all hair types – cool girl hair is definitely achievable for everyone.
Get the right base
The most important thing with cool-girl hair is that it LOOKS effortless. It’s meant to look like natural texture, not styled. Not to stay impeccably styled hair isn’t fab – that’s my general go-to, in fact! – but if you want to nail this specific look, you want to chill a bit on the styling tools. Go with what your natural texture is, first of all. If you have tight curls, that’s your vibe. Dead straight? That’s your game zone. But instead of just washing and letting your hair dry, add some light-hold mousse to give definition. Yep, even for straight hair – we’re gonna come at it with some hot tools later. Make sure it’s light hold – you still want your hair looking natural, we’re just giving it a little reign-in on the frizz side here. Don’t attack it with the hairdryer
If you can, let it air dry. You’ll get the best results this way. If time is of the essence though, use the diffuser nozzle for your hairdryer for curls, or if it’s straight/wavy, messily dry it while scrunching/shaking your hair with your fingers to encourage waves and kinks. Whatever you do, don’t dry down the hair shaft – you’ll kill all the natural texture in a minute or less.
Use your straightener/curler to refine
Whether you use a curling tong or your straightener – don’t go too hard with the curls. Add a few in the sections that seem a bit “blah” (for me, that’s the back of my head – why do you betray me, back-of-head hair?). If you have dead straight hair that turns tight curls into waves, you’re free to add lots – but this time it’s great that they’ll drop, coz they’ll look natural. Shake the perfect curls out by raking with your fingers to separate them. Get acquainted with texture products
The number one hero product I use when doing cool-girl hair is texture powder. Whether you’re going for curls or waves, or straight-with-kinks, cool-girl hair always starts at the roots with some messy volume.
Lift sections of your hair and dust texture powder in at the roots – don’t dust on top, it’ll come off white. Scrunch with your fingers to get the messy, lifted finish.
Another texture product that’ll be magical for you with this style is a texture spray. I’m in love with the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, and the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish. Mist into mid-lengths and ends, and shake your fingers through to mess it all up. Another trick I like is to lift top strands of hair as I’m misting, so they end up “frizzing” out and give me that wispy effect.
If you need something more heavy duty, go for Fudge’s Membrane Gas. This is some SERIOUS texturising spray though, it can tend toward the sticky side if you go too hard, and it’s not for everyone. But trust me when I say it’ll give even the limpest hair textured volume.
Retouch through the day
The best thing about cool-girl hair? It’s meant to be messy, so “retouching” really just means remembering to mess it up a bit whenever it starts looking a bit flat. The texture powder in your roots will boost its hold again if you scrunch your fingers in there, and shaking through your mid-lengths and ends, or scrunching hair up for curls, will refresh when it’s needed.
Posted by: Melissa Mason