The Secret to Perfect Hair Goes Against Everything You’ve Been Told
Ladies + gents, there’s a new way to achieve perfect texture, body and volume in your hair and it’s blowing our minds. Seriously, it goes against everything we’ve been conditioned to believe (ha!) when it comes to our locks, but, it actually makes perfect sense. The newest way to get enviable hair is to damage it — slightly — according to celeb hairstylist Harry Josh.
Harry, who’s responsible for Gweneth Paltrow + Gisele Bundchen’s hair (+ all of our collective #hairgoals), explained recently in Elle that, “Healthy hair is overrated.” Say whaaa? He went on to explain: “If your hair is chemically-treated even a little, it can still be blown shiny but it can also give bedhead texture and separation and a lived-in look that silky, healthy hair simply cannot.”
So should girls with virgin — or untreated — locks run to the salon asap? Kind of, but not for the reasons you think. As Brit + Co’s resident hair guru, Misty Spinney, told us, “There’s no blanket statement for this; it’s a complex method. It’s important to have the proper tools, know what texture your hair is, how thick it is and if you would benefit from a bleach, perm, color job or relaxer.” In other words, don’t just think going platinum will give you that perfectly pillow-kinked look. Have a heart to heart with your hairstylist about exactly the kind of texture you’re looking for, and let them tell you the procedure that would help you achieve the style best.
We know it seems totally bananas, but it’s far from the craziest thing we’ve heard that women do to get “perfect” hair (um… scalp botox injections anyone?). Similarly, there are less out-there, less permanent ways to get that tousled texture and they’re super easy to DIY. We’ve rounded up three of our favorites fuss-free ways to get textured hair, below.
1. #Wokeuplikethis Waves: The name says it all — sleep on braided wet hair and the next day you’ve got a set of springy waves Bey herself would approve of. You can use a rag tie method to get even softer looking curls. (via Brit + Co)
2. DIY Sea Salt Spray: It’s the key to getting chemical-free, heat-free and sand-free beach waves. Spray and scrunch it into your ends for that covetable windblown texture — keep it in your purse to tousle your hair on-the-go. (via Brit + Co)
3. Classic Pin Curls: Got 10 minutes to spare? Roll up sections of hair that have been sprayed with a heat protector spray into curls and pin each barrel with a duckbill clip. Once your timer dings, release and run your fingers through your curls for an insanely effortless curls. (via Brit + Co)
What do you think of intentionally frying your hair? Weigh in, in the comment section.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)