Valentine’s Beauty Special 2013: Bedhead Hair (Romance Optional)
Thu, 7 February 2013 11:50AM
No Valentine’s Beauty Special would be complete without an ode to the sexiest hairstyle imaginable: the bedhead ‘do.
The subject is on my mind this morning because it’s also on my head. You see, the hair I have right now as I write this is pretty much the hair I woke up with, which is actually the literal definition of bedhead hair (unless you’re a stylist backstage at the shows, in which case you spend hours recreating the look of someone who has just rolled out of bed and the arms of her lover).
Unfortunately my bedhead hair was not styled by some romantic romp but, rather, an eventful night in another way altogether.
You see, I was woken four times during the night, three to settle two crying boys, and once because one of them, having been brought into his parents’ bed (when you’re so exhausted you can hardly walk, nine month olds totally get their way) had tumbled out of said bed and face-planted himself on his father’s foot massaging machine. (Anyone out there thinking that married life is all bliss … I’m sorry for the disillusionment).
Needless to say, when I could ignore my alarm no longer, and finally dragged myself out of bed, my strands were in quite the state. And I had negative time in which I could 1) wash them or even 2) fire up the straightener.
So I had no choice but to run with the bedhead theme. Which is actually fine by me because it happens to be one of my favourite looks. You see, one of my most beloved beauty images ever is this 1959 one of Brigitte Bardot (so much so that a poster of it has been hanging on one of my walls for the last 15 or so years):
Talk about whoa, right? No wonder BB went on to become the patron saint of bedheadness (it could also be because every movie role saw her end up in bed, the little minx), referenced by hairstylists backstage at Fashion Weeks the world over.
So naturally it was BB whom I channelled this morning, when I spritzed dry shampoo into the roots of my hair, flipped my head upside down, used my fingers to work the dry shampoo in and tease up some root lift, before flipping back up again to see one super-saucy style staring back from the mirror. All I needed was to add a smoky eye and a pink towel, and I was totally her. If I squinted my eyes and looked in the mirror, that is.
Of course, you say, that’s all good and well if you already have natural texture you can work with… But what about those who wake up more messy than minxy?
Let me just say here, the first rule is there are no rules. Bedhead hair is basically messy hair, and we can all do that. You just need to tweak it a little – a tease here, a tousle there. Perhaps a half-up variation.
But if you do want to style it all up to sexy perfection, and you have the time (which genuine bedhead hair doesn’t), here’s what you should do …
- Wash hair, work through a volumising mousse, spritz on a thermal protectant, and blow-dry using a round brush, to encourage as much va-voom as possible.
- Curl medium-sized sections of hair (roughly about five centimetres) with a one-inch-barrel iron.
- Now, brush it all through, using a bristle brush, until you get a messy, wavy effect. Back-comb at the crown if you need height.
- Seal the deal with hairspray.
Tell me, Primpers, do you do bedhead hair?
Intentionally or otherwise?
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