Lately, I’ve been weirdly obsessed with big hair. I don’t care where I’m going or what I’m doing, I want to look like a glamorous '60s beauty queen.
I’m not quite sure why I’m so transfixed by big, tall hair; there’s just something so nostalgic and glamorous about it, like fluffy leopard print coats and cat eyeliner. Maybe Lana Del Rey is to blame, or my everlasting love for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but either way, I’m hooked.
The only problem is, I’ve never had much luck getting my hair overly big. My hair is pretty thin and naturally straight, so getting a lot of volume or curl has always been a challenge; and though bleaching has helped a bit with the texture, it’s still not the easiest to get it to stay up for long.
I figure, the only way to get better at something is to vigorously practice, though, right? And if I fail, you all get to laugh at the matted mess I’ve made. Sounds fun, right?
So, Brigitte Bardot always had the big-hair thing down. In old photographs, her hair is always perfectly tousled and messy, with a bit of loose curl, a lot of volume, and often a dainty little bow. Her hair is seldom super-tall, so I figured she’d be a good first inspiration to work from. I picked one of my favourite Bardot styles, the big curly half pony with bow, and grabbed my backcombing tools.
Curl your hair. I did this by sleeping on “twisty buns," but you could also use hot rollers or a curling iron. Curling will give your hair more body and texture to work with, and make the hairstyle look extra-charming.
Section off your hair. I took the top half of my hair in a circle, held it, then secured the bottom half with a scrunchie to keep it out of the way.
Backcomb. I’m sure you knew this step was coming right? Even though it’s not the best for your hair, backcombing is really the only way to get any real heavy-duty tallness happening.
I started off by spraying my roots with dry shampoo and a touch of medium-hold hairspray; then I went at it with my backcombing comb from Sally Beauty Supply. Don’t stop until the whole top section of your hair is puffy and voluminous!
Tie the top section off into a high ponytail at the middle-back zone of your head. Imagine drawing a line from just behind your ears to the top of your head, then make the ponytail there. It will be more on top of your head than behind it.
You’ll notice the pouf might start splitting and parting once tightened in the pony, so use a some bobby pins to pull it around until your hair pouf is one united front.
Backcomb that tiny curly pony! You want it to visibly pouf over the already voluminous front pouf when you look in the mirror.
Once the pouf is tall enough, add your favourite bow. I went for black velvet because classy.
Hairspray! Hairspray is tall hair’s best friend; they just belong together, like French fries and ketchup.
Take the back hair out of the scrunchie, scrunch it a bit to regain any lost curl, and spray everything good with that sticky mist.
You better work on your French accent, cause girl, your hair has totally got that whole big-haired Parisian '60s sex symbol thing down!
What other big-hair tutorials would you like to see?