I've always been jealous of my sisters's hair: both of them not only have lots of hair, but they also have insanely thick hair. I, on the other hand, inherited fine, naturally straight hair, the kind of tresses you need to double up on elastics for not because they're heavy but because the second I start jogging my fine hair starts slipping out all over the place. Anyway, while both my sisters can easily go about six months without a cut, mine needs a lot more maintenance. It was looking particularly limp lately when I heard that master stylist (and B.C. native) Mark McLeod had left his post in New York City for the beautiful KORE Salon in downtown Vancouver. Destiny? I think not.
Mark took my blasé strands and added some much-needed structure and layering that's now given my hair lots of great movement. Since I told him I was extremely low-maintenance when it comes to hair styling and go for natural looks over super styled looks any day of the week, Mark also gave me a quick and easy tutorial on how to achieve a beachy look through "finger-curling":
1. Add a small amount of mousse to roots and spray some surf spray through hair.
2. Tug up on roots while drying with a blowdryer, adding volume around head as you go.
3. Once roots are mostly dry (shaft and ends should be damp still), start
twirling small sections of hair into curls away from your face with your fingers.
Tip: don't pull these little makeshift ringlets too much - release
them as you're creating them to make for really loose waves/curls.
4. Direct heat downwards as you twirl curls out to side, and then
once nearly dry, cup curl in hand and lift, directing heat in cupped hand.
5. Do smaller curls at front and move to bigger sections as you move
around to the back of your head.
6. Once it's all nearly dry, spray hair with dry shampoo and then go in
with blowdryer on low heat again and rough up curls slightly.
7. Finally, back comb a few curls using your fingers and reform them.
To "back comb": grab a curl at its end and with the index/middle finger and
thumb of the other hand, press down and push hair towards head.
8. If you're looking at a longer day, finish with hair spray
to maintain the shape and you're done!
If you're in the Vancouver area, here's some good news: up to October 31st, you and a friend can get 2 cuts for the price of 1 (1 cut = $108). Just mention that you heard of Mark through this post and plan for a friend date in the near future!
Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend so far!