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Here are some simple suggestions to add texture and give your hairstyle a fabulous finish

Crimps, separation, flirty pieces, curls and waves are all elements that can make any hairstyle look lots more exciting. But if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines because your hair is super-fine and flat, there is hope. Here’s a step-by-step plan to transform your locks from fine to texturized . . . and it’s easier than you think!

THE RIGHT HAIRCUT

With the right haircut, most hair types can take on a fabulously textured finish in minutes!

For starters, when consulting with your hairdresser, advise him/her that you would like to add more texture to your hairstyle. There are several cutting techniques that have been created especially to increase texture, For example, layers cut at the interior can boost volume, while cropped haircuts can help add dimension and give the illusion of thicker locks. Haircuts that feature heavily notched perimeters, especially at the bang area and framing the face increase visual excitement and makes it go from flat and boring to super-bold!

Whatever the design, talk with your hairdresser about hair cutting options that might help solve your texture problem.

PRODUCT POWER

Many hair care product companies have spent millions of dollars and hours of time in their labs, developing amplifying hair care products that help build texture. Most are heat-activated and help boost hair, especially during blow-drying. Gels work wonders when you want to piece out your texture. Hairspray has the power to double the volume when sprayed at the root area. Combination products, such as gel-mousse, add softer texture, while new texturizing crèmes offer a customized finish for “bed- head” looks.

STYLING KNOW-HOW

Having the right styling know-how is a must to help texturize your style. Crimpers, irons, special rollers and hair dryer attachments have been designed specifically to texture, not curl. The newest styling products are intended to be used specifically with heated tools and can actually protect your hair during the process. Some even have heat-activated conditioners that improve your hair as you heat-style. Bendies can give you tons of temporary spirals so you can try out the look before you go permanent or just play around with a fresh change for a special occasion,

Your hairdresser can tell you which hair care product is best for your hair type, and can even give you a lesson in using the tools properly. If you want a lesson, make sure you tell the hair salon when you book your next appointment, so there’s enough time to get the instructions and practice a little under your hairdresser’s guidance.

WAVE ACTION

When you really want to turn up the texture there are a variety of chemical services that are user-friendly. All over waves add volume, while tighter curls give a more texturized finish and make hair appear thicker. Body-wave formulas can add volume and texture with little curl.

Rod selection will determine the type and sizes of curls, and a variety can be combined on one head for a more natural looking feel.

COLOR YOUR WORLD

Coloring your hair also helps accentuate the appearance of a texturized haircut. The placement and shades of high lights or lowlights can create more depth. While it’s fine to color your own hair to cover gray or boost shine, it’s best to consult with your hairdresser before trying to create your own advanced color design. Your hairdresser can customize your haircut and color to work together to give you tons of texture, whether your finish of choice is more rumpled or smooth. Whether you need a quick-fix cut, a new product line or some simple styling suggestions–or maybe all three–there are lots of ways for you to boost your look. With a little practice and some homework assigned by your hairdresser, you will see a noticeable difference in practically no time!

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