{hair how to} sexy and tousled

...in honor of one of my friends {who received the cataclysmic news that his "professional stylist" of eleven years was moving to california (go ahead and snicker...but think about how much of a relationship we each have with our own professional hair stylists)} i decided to do a how-to post on hair {i'd bet most people fret over their hair moreso than their clothes}.  my absolute favorite way to wear my hair is in soft, loose waves, a little tousled, a little sexy and a little '70s --whether it's a downtown lunch meeting or a late sunday brunch, it's always perfect for breezy april days . . .


before you begin; perfect the set
three essential steps, for just enough volume & bounce to be the building block of any style:

o n e
begin with freshly shampooed hair, for a beautiful, natural shine

t w o
massage volume & body mousse through the roots, then blow-dry hair smooth, using a large round brush if your hair is naturally curly, or a paddle brush if your hair is naturally straight

t h r e e
for body, you can use hot rollers, velcro rollers, or a large curling iron; for a curling iron, randomly twist slices of hair around the barrel and carefully pin up until cool, and you're set for any of the sexy, tousled styles below...

easy twist
a ponytail on top, pulled up in the back, then turned over on itself like a bun--but only half done; one elastic band (and a couple of pins if your hair is really thick) should do the trick


undone-up do
a random parting, a few loose tendrils {or fontanels and my friend katie s. and i used to call them} left out and a tiny bit of back-brushing on the crown, gently lift the top and sides, ease it all back and hold with an elastic band

soft bunches
let hair fall into a natural, off-centre part, then gather the lengths into two ponytails and fasten very loosely with ribbon just below the shoulders

natural body
or, if you prefer, for an even less labored look, after hair is set, simply brush out just enough that it looks a little lived-in, being careful to not straighten ends, keeping a few relaxed a curls

{images: fashion editorial the big easy; model: lindsay lullman at next models, london; photographer: simon emmett, creative director: charlotte-anne fidler, hair: sam mcknight at premier; information via fashionising}


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