Step 1: Up The Shine Factor
After washing your hair, lightly mist with a little hairspray, such as Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. This will create a strong, shiny foundation for you to work with. Rough dry your hair with fingertips on low heat to create a loose and piece-y texture.
Step 2: Curl, Girl
Using a large, 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, curl two-inch sections of hair. Alternate directions as you do this, then apply more hairspray to create additional definition and hold.
Step 3: Time for Texture
For that sexy “bedhead” appeal, use a little dry shampoo or texturizing spray at your roots. This will both mattify and add texture. Try Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo.
Step 4: Be a Tease
Begin to gently backcomb hair in 1 1/2-inch sections starting at the crown, toward your forehead. Gray says, “To ensure even crown height, count the number of brush strokes and gradually increase strokes as you work towards the top of head.”
Step 5: Gather Hair
After teasing, gather sections from your ear to temple on either side of your head and twist back towards the center. Once at the back of your head, secure with bobby pins and a spritz of hairspray for good measure. You can even add an ornate hair accessory, such as the one pictured.