Freshly washed and styled hair is great, but nothing says sexy quite like bed head. The trouble is, we don’t all roll out of bed with amazing, Free People model-esque tresses. Most of us wake up feeling a little less like P-Diddy and looking a little more like that guy from Flock of Seagulls. Not good.
Last week, I was approached by an amazing sleep startup called Casper to talk about my tips and tricks for making the most of my bed head. The team at Casper understands that no matter how great your mattress is, chances are you’ll still wake up with a bird’s nest on top of your head. So grab your fluffiest pillows and your favorite hairbrush, and let’s get started! Mike Score, I hope you’re taking notes!
The Night Before.
The perfect bed head starts before you even hit the mattress. The better you prepare your hair in the evening, the less work you’ll have to do the next morning.
For the best texture, start with hair that’s been washed within ten to twenty four hours – not freshly washed, but not exactly dirty, either. However, you’re not ruining this hairstyle by starting with clean hair, either. If you like to wash your hair on a nightly basis, I recommend using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, making sure to only apply the conditioner to the ends of the hair. You don’t want to weigh down your roots for this look.
My worst nightmare when it comes to bed head is waking up with dry, crimped ends. To make sure this doesn’t happen, start by smoothing your hair out with your favorite hairbrush, starting from the ends and working up to the roots. Lately, I’ve been loving alternating between my Tangle Teezer and Wet Brush. The Tangle Teezer is great for the more stubborn tangles while the Wet Brush is perfect for when my hair is, well, wet.
To really combat those pesky crimps, try misting the ends of your hair with a light oil. I love the One ‘N Only Argan Oil Spray Treatment ($11.99 @ Ulta.com). Not only is the spray bottle perfect for giving my hair just the right amount of moisture, but the oil itself has the most pleasant, almost therapeutic smell that actually helps me fall asleep at night!
To keep your hair in place all night, throw it all up into a top knot and secure it with either Bobby Pins or Fold Over Elastics (FOE). Either method will ensure that your hair doesn’t crease when you release it from the top knot the next morning. Give the Goody Spin Pins a try. They’re spiral-shaped pins that help keep your top knot secure by twisting them into your hair.
The Morning After.
Go ahead and shake your hair out of that top knot. You should notice a lot of volume. Like how it looks? Go ahead and give it some hold with a bit of hair spray. Tousle it up a little with your fingers and you’re good to go.
If you have a couple of minutes and want to give your bed head a bit of a boost, however, don’t be afraid to go in with a bit of a touch up.
Give my roots a little more lift with a root-boosting spray. If your hair is leaning more toward the dirty side, a dry shampoo would be a better alternative. It’ll help soak up any excess oils and give your roots a fresh lift.
Sometimes, I like to use a curling iron to give my hair a little more definition. The trick is to only curl a few locks here and there, making sure that the curls aren’t all facing one direction. Alternate between going toward and away from your face. Then, run your fingers through the curls to blend them with the rest of your hair.
Finish with your favorite hair spray or, if you like the look of beach waves, set your look with a sea salt spray instead. The Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($26.00 @ Sephora.com) is a great option if you’ve never dabbled in sea salt sprays before.