Fall’s Best Hair Trend Is for Lazy Girls on the Go
Before Kim Kardashian’s waist-length glass hair and Selena Gomez’s ultra-short bob, the ultimate hair goals were just a channel click away on Boy Meets World. On the ’90s ABC and Disney Channel show, Topanga Lawrence (played by Danielle Fishel) wowed the world with her perfectly imperfect voluminous waves. Who would’ve known that decades and about a million hair trends later, Fishel’s mane would be the center of our hair-spiration. Her styling du jour, a windblown look that’s not too rigid, not too messy, has also been worn by stars including Madelaine Petsch and Gigi Hadid. Think this lazy-girl ‘do is for you? Keep reading to find out how to nail the trend straight from Fishel’s stylist, Laurie Heaps.
“It’s ‘I woke up like this hair’ but better,” Heaps tells Brit + Co. Where the IWULT trend is all about a finish that’s disheveled yet put together, windblown hair is about the slightest airy movement that looks like, you guessed it, you got caught in a slight breeze. It’s not so much frizzy, out-of-place hair as it is about subtle movement. “Think straight, but not flat. Curls, but not tight,” Heaps explains. “This windblown effect means straight styles have a slight bend to them and waves are loose and flowing.” (Photo via Jon Kopaloff/Getty)
Unlike hair trends of the past, the windblown effect is actually pretty straightforward. To bring your airy look to life, instead of reaching for a traditional terry cloth towel after the shower, use a microfiber option like the Kitsch Blush Microfiber Towel ($23) to soak up excess water without risking frizz. Next, Heaps recommends applying a cocktail of mousse and hair oil — she loves the OUAI Soft Mousse ($28) and Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry ($32) — to add texture and shine without weighing down hair. Divide damp hair into four sections and clip three up out of the way, then blow dry with a high-powered tool like the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($400) and a large boar’s bristle round brush. “As you are at the end of drying each section, lightly twist the hair around the brush and release to create body,” Heaps says. (Photo via Joe Scarnici / Stringer/Getty)
Now it’s time to add movement. Spritz it with a multi-purpose protective thermal spray, like the White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Styling Spray ($15), then use a flat iron, like the CHI 1″ Volcanic Lava Ceramic Hairstyling Iron ($100), to add a slight bend to one-inch sections across your head. To achieve the kink-free curvature, Heaps says to move your wrist back and forth as you work the tool down each section. The result? Soft bends that look naturally windblown, not heat-made.
To finish, use a flexible hold hairspray like BioSilk Silk Therapy Finishing Spray – Natural Hold ($20) to seal in the look. Don’t be too concerned about flyaways, as that’s part of the airy effect. However, if you aren’t a fan of wisps surrounding your crown, there’s a pro trick that can help tame them without disrupting your hard-earned hair movement. “Mist the palms of your hands or even a clean toothbrush with hairspray and run over the trouble areas,” Heaps says.
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