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How to get hair with big texture and volume (Or, admitting that one has a hair self-portrait problem)

Posted Oct 19 2010 6:06pm

Hair Self-Portraits: My (Not-So) Secret Shame

When I read articles like this talking about how everybody in our generation is an utter narcissist who takes photos of themselves all day long and collects friends on Facebook like they’re getting paid for it, I think: “Crap. That’s totally me.”

Yes, your fair Jolie is, indeed, a little bit (a lotta bit?) narcissist–but at least I’m self-aware, no? Surely that’s half the battle.

Notice the bottles of LiQWD and Living Proof in my shower!

Still, I find myself battling a compulsion to take scores of photos of my hair–solely for documentation purposes on the blog and Facebook , of course–and in fact pull the camera out and go to town whenever I feel I’ve mastered some new style that’s particularly time-capsule-worthy. (Not going to look like this forever! Must…have…evidence!)

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I’m likely working out my latent middle-school issues and am seeking validation through–oh, wait, sorry. Babbling about myself again! Let’s get down to brass tacks: the hair.

When I posted the top photo, a few people requested details about what hair products and techniques I used to get such mega-volume. Figured I’d share with the group. Voila!

Step 1: Washed my hair with LiQWD Volumizing Shampoo and LiQWD Volumizing Conditioner.

Step 2: Sprayed LiQWD Professional Smoothing Catalyst (concentrating on ends), then followed with LiQWD Professional Volumizing Catalyst (concentrating on roots)

Step 3: Blew it dry without using a brush. I parted my hair on the opposite side, to give it volume at the crown. The haphazard drying using my fingers, occasionally crushing fistfuls of hair, helps to create extra texture

Step 4: Once hair was dry, I applied a very generous amount of Alterna Caviar Dry Powder in at the roots and brushed it through. This helps texturize and fluff the bejeezus out of hair

Step 5: Finally, I parted my hair on the opposite (“normal”) side and sprayed the roots in place with Suave Professionals Shaping and Finishing Spray Freeze Hold for wind-proof side-swept bangs

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