1. For Beachy Waves
Start with towel-dried hair and apply any kind of volumizing product to your roots. Put a quarter-sized amount of styling cream on your ends, working in small sections for even coverage. Take a small section of your hair and twirl downward, repeating all over your head. Blow-dry with a diffuser by pointing the dryer down toward your head a few inches away from hair, twirling sections around your finger. When you are finished twisting each section, scrunch your hair while blow-drying to amp up the volume and texture. For a more defined look, wrap sections of hair around a medium-sized curling iron.
2. To Style with Hairspray
Mist sections of hair with a flexible-hold hairspray before wrapping them around a curling iron or running them through a flatiron to lock in shape.
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3. For Sleek and Shiny Hair
Apply a lightweight leave-in conditioner on damp hair before drying. For medium to thick hair, apply a bit of styling cream to keep strands smooth. Use a flat brush to go underneath your hair and keep the dryer aimed downward. When the section of hair is almost dry, switch to a round brush so that you have some bend at the ends. If it's humid outside, mist your hair with a protective styling spray and run a flat iron from your ears down.
4. When Curling Your Hair
Leave the bottom ends out for a more messy, beachy feel. Skip the styling products and separate waves with your fingers.
5. To Prevent Waves From Dropping
Curl sections and twist them up, securing with clips. Let them set while you do your makeup for a long-lasting hold.
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6. To Revive Curls Throughout the Day
All it takes is some leave-in conditioner! Spray hair with a thin mist and smooth it down with your hands, using the pulling-it-into-a-ponytail motion.
7. For '40s-Inspired Waves
Hold a 1-inch curling iron horizontal (so it's parallel to the floor) and wrap 2- to 3-inch sections of hair around it. Secure each curl against your head with a metal duck bill clip to set it in place. Once you're finished and your hair is cool, mist your whole head with a strong-hold hairspray, remove the clips, and lightly brush out waves. Finish off with another spritz of hairspray.
8. For a Faux Bob
Make a low, loose ponytail. Tuck the tail under and secure with hairpins. Let your face-framing pieces hang loose and curl with a smaller-sized curling iron. Voilà! Short hair, no cutting required!
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9. To Get Volume Without the Bump
Hold a 2-inch-wide section of hair at the crown of your head straight up and use a flat, densely bristled brush to push down the roots a few times. Let the section fall back into place, then turn the brush sideways and use the bristles on the edge to gently smooth down the bump. Now your hair is ready for a flirty ponytail, a hot half-up style, or a sexy updo.
10. To Get DIY Sexy Waves
Apply a lightweight styling cream to damp hair. Next, wrap sections of hair around medium and large rollers. This will give you more natural results. Once your hair is dry, remove the rollers and gently run a brush through the waves. Use a large curling iron on random pieces for added definition. Mist on hairspray for hold.
11. For a Quick and Easy Braided Updo
Apply a combo of styling cream and texturizing spray to wet hair. Blow-dry while tousling your hair with your fingers to add body. French braid the front section of your hair and gather the rest into a low, loose bun.
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12. For the Sleekest Ponytail
Get your strands poker-straight by using a large, round brush or a paddle brush while you blow-dry. Then, tease the hair at the crown of your head and pull everything back into a tight, ear-level ponytail. Tame flyaways with a dab of smoothing cream and mist your whole head with hairspray.
13. For a Finishing Touch
When you're about to leave the house, flip your head over and shake out your hair to boost volume and create that tousled effect. Hit it with hairspray once more and you're good to go!
14. When You Don't Have Time to Wash Your Hair
Fight greasy roots with a dry shampoo. Then pull hair up in a sleek bun to hide all the evidence.
15. For Extra Frizz Protection
Don't wash your conditioner completely out. If you leave a small hint behind, the product will weigh hair down and guard it from humidity and frizz.
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