|Revised Date: 01/11/11
If you've heard that texture is the season's biggest trend, you've heard right. From crimped waves to Afro puffs, fringed ends to soft waves, hair that gets noticed for being anything but flat is where it's at.
A texturizing treatment semi-permanent or temporary-is the easiest way to get the look.
Problem-solving perms re-texturize hair, adding body, wave, movement and volume, but to call them permanents is a misnomer. They do relax over time and today's perms last as little as 6 weeks, letting you try out a seasonal style change.
Also, a perm product can be used to straighten curly hair if you apply it, then comb repeatedly from roots to ends as it processes. Temporary texture changes-usually thermal or roller sets-give you a great change for a day.
In addition, new styling products from pomades to texture cremes let you have almost any look you want.
For a stylish change of your own, check out these easy ideas:
1. TRY THE NEW PERMS
For minimum curl, maximum texture some hairdressers now remove the ends from orange juice cans, wash them out and use them as super rollers or perm rods.
After fastening the cans to the hair with plastic-coated bobby pins (don't use metal with perm solution), they perm the hair. You get super body and lift!
To create deep waves on long hair, ask your stylist about a pigtail perm. A pigtail perm is created when individual sections of hair are braided into pigtails-either tight or fat and loose, depending on the desired result.
Then hair is permed with traditional perm chemicals.
At another salon a different hairdresser used flexible strips of cloth to simulate the old rag perm. You get incredible texture and wave, not tight curl.
Ask your stylist about "designer perm" options; all can be customized to the type of texture you want.
2. CRIMP IT
Want the latest in high fashion? Take a single section of hair one-to-two inches wide and crimp it with a crimping iron from near the roots to the ends. Leave the rest of your hair straight.
Make certain the iron is not too hot by testing it on your hair in 3-second increments. The technique looks best with an asymmetrical style, when one piece near the face is crimped.
3. RELY ON "LIQUID TOOLS"
Mousses, gels, texturizing and straightening creams all create different types of texture when you use them with a blow dryer. The type of curl or movement you get depends on the tool you use. The smaller diameter the brush, the smaller the curl.
Styling products not only add texture, but remove it in degrees.
To turn frizz to wave, use styling aids on a short-to-mid-length, slightly layered cut. Start with freshly shampooed hair, towel dry and apply a smoothing product, like Paves Professional Straight and Narrow Repairing Relaxing Balm For Dry Damaged Hair or the Robert Hallowell's Flat Factor.
If your hair is heavy, add a little gel for extra hold. Comb through, shape hair into waves and let your hair dry naturally or diffuse dry.
4. GET COLORFUL
If your hair is straight, add texture to the surface with color.
Subtle highlights add just a tiny amount of depth; darker roots or chunkier highlights add lots. For super-texture, get all-over highlights; don't limit them to sections around your face.
At home, use a color that's a single shade lighter than your natural color. Slice off small surface strands, twist them and apply color, then coil them on top of your head to process. You get quick, easy highlights.
5. SPEED SET IT
Any type of roller set transforms straight hair into body, volume or curl. The bigger the roller, the greater volume and less curl you get.
For a quick set, use a curling iron with a barrel that is at least one-inch in diameter.
Set vertical or horizontal sections into big, fat curls; after they have cooled, mist on a finishing spray and finger style from underneath to slightly break up curls.
Hook and latch style rollers also create quick root lift if you mist roots with a finishing spray and position the roller at mid-strand.
Wrap it to the roots, leave the ends free and remove the rollers when hair has dried.
6. SLICK IT
Pomades are ideal for adding any type of texture to a short cut. Liquefy between palms your first, work a small amount through damp hair and comb hair smooth for a sleek, "wet" look.
Or, add pomade, a wet gel or a cream in the front only and create a spit curl or a fancy fringe. While pomades are best for creating smooth styles, they can also be used for more textural looks.
Blow dry hair with a small amount of pomade for smooth shine, then define with a bit of texture cream, worked into individual sections.
7. CUT IT IN
Layers are the traditional way to add texture to any look. Shorter pieces stack up on longer ones, breaking up a smooth surface and creating volume once hair is styled.
For an easy route to cut-in texture, have your stylist add fringy bangs or slightly choppy ends to your cut.
If you desire more texture for your hair there are many tricks you can employ from using chemical solutions to add curls, waves and bend or you can utilize a vast array of hot tools or hair curlers and styling products. Never fear, your dream hair texture is possible.
Written by Victoria Wurdinger
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Original Publication Date: 10/30/1999 - Revised Publication Date: 01/01/11
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