Your #1 Trick for Gorgeous Hair
Why Everyone’s Going Natural
As in: no straightening, no heat, all gorgeous. The case for letting your real texture out to party is here.
Lorraine Massey, coauthor of Curly Girl: The Handbook and co-owner of the Devachan salons in New York, sums it up in four words: “The freedom is ridiculous.” Even a temporary hiatus from straightening can transform your hair. “It’s thicker now that I let it go curly,” says Michele Bender, who cowrote the book with Massey and stopped straightening her hair more than a year ago. Here’s what else feels good about leaving your hair be:
1. You’ll cut back on trips to the salon. With fewer fried ends, you’ll need less frequent trims. And your color appointments can wait too. "Your roots will grow out, but curls hide them, so you can go longer without touch-ups," says Massey. Is your bank account smiling yet?
2. Styling is fast. Buh-bye, arm cramps—all you need for a good natural-hair day are your fingers. Scrunch a leave-in conditioner or alcohol-free gel into damp hair and air-dry. Finish with shine serum for smooth, polished-looking texture.
3. It’s better for the planet. Skipping 15 minutes of blow-drying a day for two years is roughly the equivalent of planting a tree!
Rough it up Sometimes a little frizz can be a good thing!
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OK, You’ve Given Up the Blowouts—Here’s How to Deal
Start with the right cut
For boing-y curls and defined waves, have your stylist cut your hair while it’s dry. It’s the best way to get a good shape.
“Try a preshampoo treatment,” says hair guru Dickey. Apply jojoba or olive oil to your hair, sleep with a shower cap on, and wash it out in the A.M.
Keep clips handy
To distribute styling products evenly, divide hair into sections with duckbill clips, says hair pro Christo, then rake a light gel or cream through with your fingers.
Make little tweaks
On days when your waves just won’t behave, cheat! Use a skinny curling iron to fix any wild or droopy pieces; you’ll look more put together, and we’re talking five minutes.
Help Thirsty Curls
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Prime Plenish Treatment ($65, shuuemuraartofhair.com)
4 Things to Do With Your Unblown-Out Hair
1) Play up texture. Apply a styler to damp hair; twirl with fingers. Air-dry, then separate the coils.
2) Rock a loose bun. Let some pieces hang down—chic for work or a date.
3) Bring back bounce. Pre-happy hour, refresh hair with a curl booster like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Spray ($6, at drugstores).
4) Wake up wavy. Before bed, work mousse into wet hair; twist in a bun. Undo in the A.M. for soft waves.
Make it Your Signature
Taylor’s curls are almost as big (and unique!)as her voice.
But What If My Hair Is Straight?
Suffering from curl envy? If you have at least a teensy bit of texture, air-drying will help boost it. Apply a leave-in conditioner while hair is damp. "It allows texture to do its thing and tames frizz," says Juan Carlos Maciques, a stylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. Absolutely zero natural wave? Get a cut with lots of layers, try a texturizing spray and scrunch hair while you dry it.3 Hair Trends You Thought You Couldn't Wear>