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So, I just got back from the state pageant a few weekends ago (if you didn't read about my experience, check it, dudes), and my poor lifeless hair is literally screaming for a break. It was purely a strategic decision to torture my hair by re-lightening it back into full blown golden blonde territory, and now that I'm retiring from the circuit for a while, its condition is of grave concern if I want to avoid chopping it all off and donning an awkward bob. Plus, when I think of summer beauty, I think relaxed and easy-- not over-processed and dead.
Regardless of whether or not your hair is currently in fabulous or dismal condition, it's always good to show it some mercy, especially during the summer months when chlorine and sun are having adverse effects on it already. I've learned, however, that "going easy" on your hair doesn't mean you have to sock bun it for weeks at a time, although I do love a good sock bun. I've come up with a fabulous method for achieving bombshell curls without applying any heat using only affordable drugstore products found at Walgreens.
All you'll need for this style is Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Cream Gel, Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hairspray, and a Scrunci Effortless Beauty headband.
Once you've gotten your products, perform your nightly routine as usual. If you wash your hair at night, let your hair air dry until it's completely or at least semi-dry. Remember: No heat is key. Blow drying isn't an option.
Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of Garnier Fructis Style's Curl Sculpting Cream Gel into your hands and gently comb through your hair with your fingers.
This next step looks tricky, but it's easy once you get the hang of it. Put on your Scruci soft headband and be sure it's folded thinly enough so you can pull hair through it. The benefits to using a soft thick headband are that a) they're easy to sleep in and b) they won't create a crease in your hair.
You'll need to part your hair, ideally down the middle to avoid having too much hair on either side, but it's really dependent on how you want to wear it. Starting with one side of your hair, take the strand of hair closest to your face, which should be about an inch thick, and thread it over and under the headband. Next, using the same strand, add an additional inch of hair and repeat this procedure until you've wrapped all the hair from one side around the headband.
Do the exact same thing on the other side. Note that when you get to the back of your hair, odds are there will be a large amount poking out. Do your best to tuck it around the headband and secure with bobbi pins. If it's not somewhat wrapped around the headband, the back of your hair won't have any curl.
When you're done, you'll have created a crown of hair wrapped around this headband, and you're going to look really attractive. Be prepared for hungry paparazzi piranhas, like my brother, to want to take pictures.
Go to sleep. When you wake up, remove the bobbi pins and gently finesse the headband out of your hair. Use your fingers to smooth out the curls. Once you've crafted the perfect volume of curl, use the Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hairspray to lock them in place.
For my half-up, half-down look, take the top layer of your bangs and pull them up and back. Spray some Fabulous Finish underneath this segment of hair and tease it like crazy with a fine tooth comb. Once teased, brush it out a little bit, pull it back, and secure with two discrete bobbi pins.