Have you ever wondered why your bobby pins always seem to drop to the floor, or why your ponytail droops by lunchtime? I asked top hairstylists for their best-kept secrets. And what I discovered might surprise you.
__You’re using your bobby pins wrong.__See how one side of the pin is bumpy? That side should always, always, always touch your scalp. “It keeps the pin from sliding out,” says New York City hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. “When I teach hairdressers that, it’s the biggest aha moment. Like they’ve been driving on the wrong side of the road.”
__Half up doesn’t literally mean half up.__When you pull that much hair up, you leave a skimpy-looking portion down below. The more flattering ratio is 30/70, says Hawkins. To get it, draw a line from ear to ear over the top of your head, like a headband. That front section is your 30 percent.
You don’t have the right elastic. If your ponytail droops, try using a bungee instead. That kind of elastic, with a hook on each end, wraps around the base of your ponytail until it’s totally secure.
__Rough-drying isn’t that rough.__In fact, there are two kinds of rough-drying depending on the results you want. For a big, bouncy blowout, finger-comb your hair upward and follow with the dryer pointed at a 45-degree angle. If you want a sleek, sexy blowout, apply the same technique but in a downward motion. But never just blow-dry your hair haphazardly. You’ll spend the rest of your time correcting the damage, says New York City hairstylist Matt Fugate.
Dry shampoo is the best styling tool in your arsenal. It mops up oil, yes. But it also helps bobby pins grip onto hair, gives you insane lift when used in a messy chignon, and can even make your ponytails and braids look bulkier. If you buy one product (other than, um, shampoo) make it this one.
For more hairstyling tips, check out “Star Hair Tips” in *Allure’*s September issue, on stands now!
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