How to Add Serious Texture to Stick-Straight Hair
When the messy bedhead look, with its cool, undone texture, skyrocketed to the top of every must-try beauty trends list, we were all excited. Among the most excited? The girls who wake up with that natural texture on a daily basis—with just a spritz of texturizing spray, they were set. But those with fine, stick-straight tresses were decidedly absent from that wash-and-go group. However, super-straight hair can achieve roughed-up texture—it just takes a little more coaxing. We enlisted celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin to show us how it’s done.
Scroll through to see our step-by-step tutorial on how to add serious texture to even the straightest strands!
Spritz sea salt spray all over, getting the roots through the ends. Atkin is a fan of Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist ($28).
When your hair is almost completely dry, finish blow-drying with a boar-bristle hairbrush to evenly distribute the product.
In small one- to two-inch sections, add horizontal bends down the length of your hair with a flat iron. Take one piece of hair and roll it under (towards your scalp) with the flat iron. Release the iron. Then, pick up where you left off, this time bending the iron in the opposite direction—up, away from your head. Continue this process, alternating directions down to your ends. Finish the ends by smoothing them straight down.
These steps work on any hair type and hair length. If you have long hair, the only difference is you’ll need to add a few more bends as you go down the length of your hair.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup Artist: Roxy
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Check out Atkin’s romantic, uneven braid tutorial and find even more hair inspiration on her website Mane Addicts!