When your hair needs to look fresh and you need to get it done fast, here are some tiny changes to make to your styling routine for professional-level results!
Control Your Frizz - Whether you're wearing your curls down, up, pinned, braided, natural, or set, nothing puts the damper on a look more than an out-of-control frizzy hairline. Once you've arranged your ringlets exactly how you like them, don't forget to smooth your edges with a thick, matte pomade for a polished look. Joico Matte Grip Texture Crème is perfect for this!
Prevent Creasing - Flatiron creases at the roots are the visible panty lines of hair. (Shudder.) Avoid the hot-tool giveaway by clamping the iron in short sections near the scalp, and then running it continuously toward the ends. Gently stretch a piece of hair so it's taut near the roots, start the flatiron as close to the scalp as possible, and work in quick, short clamps for a few inches until you can pull it to the ends in one shot. If there are any indents, lots of small presses will smooth them out better than one line.
Smooth out your Bangs - If you take a brush underneath your bangs and scoop them out and down, you'll get too much volume away from your head. Instead, to brush bangs down from the front while rolling them up to get a smooth blowout. This technique is also perfect for knocking out cowlicks.
Alternate Twists - We all know at this point that no one actually wakes up with sexy, imperfect waves. The trick to getting that messy model-off-duty look is easier than you might think: When curling a piece of hair, wrap only the midsection around the iron. This is something the pros all do, but at-home-curling-iron-wielders often forget. Leaving out the roots and ends (and therefore keeping them straight) looks cooler and also takes way less time. Also, wrap the iron in different directions so hair goes toward and away from your face in a staggered pattern.