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Hair Styling | Naturally curly hair

How To Get Perfectly Messy Bedhead Hair

Ever envied women who wake up looking like a million bucks without touching a brush? In theory, getting the perfect bedhead look right seems really easy. Go to bed, wake up, leave the house. But anyone who’s actually tried it, knows that achieving the sexy, grungy, ‘I don’t care’ look is actually a bit more complex. Whether you call it French girl texture, bedhead or model-off-duty hair, we’re breaking down the secrets behind getting the perfectly messy texture you covet ——and with a little practice, you can master at home.

Start with dry hair. If you’re planning on shampooing your hair first, either allow your strands to air-dry, or rough dry them with a blow-dryer. If you’re working with second day hair, apply Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Biotin+ Volume Dry Shampoo on your roots in long, horizontal sections.

Lightly mist Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Elastin Curls Tousle Spray through your dry strands from root to tip. Blast your hair with a blow-dryer to set the spray and create texture. Divide your hair into medium-sized, horizontal sections with large clips. Wrap each section around a one inch curling iron using your fingers to hold the last inch or two away from the heat. Repeat over your entire head, going in alternating directions.

Working with vertical sections this time, use a flat iron to go over the curls and soften them. Then, create bends by lightly running the iron down random sections, briefly pausing and twisting the flat iron. Alternate twisting the iron under, or out, each time you pause. Use the flat iron to smooth out your ends. Be sure to keep your iron on a low heat setting to avoid additional heat damage.

Rake your hands through your curls and bends to assess whether or not you need more texture. If so, go back in with the flat or curling iron to create more texture. Twist the ends of your hair into mini dreadlocks to create a piece-y texture. Use one hand to fan out your hair, and then spray more Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Elastin Curls Tousle Spray throughout your strands, from root to tip. Set the look with Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Biotin+ Volume Hairspray and you’re done.

The appeal of messy bedhead is that it’s cool without really trying. Nothing says ‘I woke up like this’ quite like a perfectly imperfect bedhead style. With our how-to guide and your favorite Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME products, you’ll be rocking a sultry bedhead like a 90’s supermodel.