When it comes to our hair, we often want it all: a ‘do that’s all at once “straight, smooth, not-too- ‘done’ looking” but also “voluminous, wavy, and full of body.” I’m always striving to achieve hair that flaunts the best of both worlds, and this technique gives volume at the roots, yet keeps the ends nice and sleek. There’s no denying that a certain tress-famous celebrity (last name Aniston) is to blame for making this the most coveted hairstyle, both on the sidewalk and the red carpet! Keep reading for the step-by-step that I demonstrated on Camille, with gorgeous photos by Kate Stafford

  1. Start with a very voluminous blow out — it’s much easier to smooth the ends than rather than add volume to a head full of stick-straight strands.
  2. Take a small section of hair from the crown of your head. Use a round brush to over-direct the hair, pushing it forward so the round brush rolls on itself like a roller. Blast it with the hot air, then cool it off either with the cool setting on your dryer or the back vent. Remove the round brush and repeat on the rest of the crown. Tip: Do not remove the brush while the air flow is still directed at the hair, or you will blast the volume out and undo your work!
  3. Focusing only on the bottom half of the hair, start flat ironing the ends so they are straight.  It’s important to not flat iron the roots, as this will remove all the volume and cause that flattened look. Use a comb to detangle and pull hair taut as the flat iron glides down.
  4. Lightly back comb the entire head and smooth out the top layer (here’s a quick how-to on teasing.) This way, you’re left with a smooth exterior and volume at the roots that will last all day!

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Martha Lynn