1. Day Old Hair

Yes, it is true, freshly washed hair is usually too slippery to get enough “grip” to keep your hair up and make it last all night. Washing your hair the day before an event works much better. If you are a person that must wash your hair each day, don’t fret! You’ll need to take a few extra steps to ensure that your hair has enough texture to hold a style, but it isn’t a lost cause.

2. Add Dry Shampoo or Texturizing Powder

To add in the texture you’ll need to add a dry shampoo or texturizing powder to clean hair or in dirty  hair that needs more volume. Different brands have different strengths and stiffness ,or the amount of structure it provides. If you try one for your hair and it doesn’t feel right, don’t give up, try a different brand. I love Bumble & Bumble’s spray hair powder as well as Oribe Dry Shampoo for beachy wavy styles. But for an up-do, my favorite is the Osis Dust it texturizing powder which feels tingly and fresh when applied and is a stronger base.

3. Try a Texturizing Spray for Beachy Waves:

Other options for adding texture to a style are basic texture sprays or a sea salt spray like Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray. These work well for naturally curly hair. o

(here’s a simple DIY Salt Spray Recipe).

4. Mousse Makes All Things Possible

Some girls think that their hair doesn’t hold curl. In my experience, if the hair has enough mouse it will hold much better.  I know that if I go crazy with mousse and create a hair foundation, that their hair will hold curl MUCH better. So if you have a trial and you know your hair doesn’t hold curl prep it properly with a strong hold mouse and use it thru ought the hair from roots to ends. It does matter which mousse I use, I love Grip from Osis for hold and making the client’s hair not feel sticky or stiff. I usually use about the size of an egg, but if I really want hold, I’ve been known to use 2 or 3 eggs. Really, just know that with enough mousse, anyone’s hair can hold curl and this creates a great foundation for an up-do.

3. Heat Protectant!

Make sure you protect your hair from heat damage before you style your hair with heat. My favorite way to do this is with a multi-tasking product like L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5 hair oil. It is lightweight and adds amazing shine, but also protects hair up to 450 degrees!

4. Place Your Part

Whenever you do wash your hair, the day before or the morning of, make sure you put your part in the right spot. If you want a center part for your updo, put it there! By drying your part in a different location, you do make it hard to move around later. Plan ahead.