The Big Hair Guide

Big hair is the best. Provided it’s not due to humidity (and I speak from experience — good luck controlling it if that’s the case), you can dress up any style with some volume and a few waves. But if that still sounds daunting, fret not. Here’s your guide to big hair in four simple steps so that you can make your beehive and backcomb dreams come true.

1. Blow dry
Unfortunately for anyone who likes to wash-and-go, big hair requires a full on blowout “ preferably with a round brush. By lifting at the roots, you can create even more volume, so that when it comes to teasing later on, you won’t have to cause any excess stress or damage. However, before you start, spray your hair with a product like Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture, which will give your hair even more extra lift that actually lasts.

2. Dry shampoo
But maybe it’s evening, and you’ve already had your hair down all day. If your hair is anything’s like mine, it usually goes a bit flat, and you might need more lift at the roots. Thankfully, that’s where dry shampoo comes in. Spray or sprinkle (depending on your brand) shampoo on your roots, and then blend in so that it soaks up any excess oil. That’s when you . . .

3. Backcomb
Now before I say anything, I should probably tell you that backcombing consistently will give you a lot of broken hair and some seriously damaged ends. Backcombing works against the way your hair grows naturally, so the volume you see created is actually damage. However, blow-drying and straightening your hair also causes damage, so the key is to protect your hair by conditioning regularly, and to not overdo it with over-styling.

That being said, you also don’t want to backcomb all of your hair. Focus on the crown of your head, and worry only about the roots. Then, gently brush out to prevent any frizz, and wherever your hair seems to fall flat, apply a touch of dry shampoo and backcomb again.

4. Spray
Big, volumous hair may look soft and touchable (I hate that word guys, I’m so sorry), but a coat of flexible hold spray is the only thing that’s going to ensure it keeps up the look. Focus on the roots “ holding the can at a reasonable distance “ and then lightly spray the ends. Too much hairspray can bring hair down, so it’s better to err on the side of not spraying enough and having to reapply then coating your hair and making it stiff and wet looking. 

And now your hair is big! 

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