Begin this look with clean hair. You'll need plenty of volume and "umph" for this style and natural oil from the scalp will weigh hair down.
Spray a root lifting spray on the roots of hair — you can do this on dry or wet hair. If you're doing this style on dry hair, be sure to not over spray the root lifter. You'll only need to spray a light amount.
After you spray, hold head upside down (on both dry and wet hair) and blow dry hair until the root lifting product is completely dry. If styling with wet hair, blow dry hair upside down until hair is mostly dry. Then flip up and continue to dry as usual.
Brush hair completely. You should have lots of great volume going! If you have naturally flat, fine hair, try backcombing after you've followed steps 1-3. This will help your hair type hold volume.
Using a 1-1/4-inch curling iron, curl large sections of hair going back away from the face. Leave the ends of hair out of the curling iron so the curls look unfinished. Tip: Mix up the curl patterns so the curls aren't uniform.
Once hair is curled, brush out completely.
Make a side part.
Finger through curls and tuck hair behind the ear on the same side as your part. Tip: Make sure you design the front of your hair to sweep dramatically across the forehead/eye. Finish with a light mist of hairspray.
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