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Spring Hair How-to’s

Beauty enthusiast Dre Brown shares her favorite ways to ditch the winter hats and spring your hair into warmer weather!
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Rumor has it that Spring is near. Whether you’re a believer or one of the recent “snowpocalypse”-stricken doubters across this chill-whipped country, you can prepare to toss the knit caps back into storage by trying out some post-winter hairstyles that are perfectly playful for the new season. And, while you’re giving your tresses their seasonal swag back, save a few cents with some frugally fabulous products and tools you’re sure to love! Check out some of my fave looks and solutions below. Enjoy …

Flexi-Rod Revival: Boy oh boy, do I love a good flexi-rod! Mane manipulation is made easy with these gems and a little creativity. Give your locks a touch of texture by sectioning and wrapping your way to a variety of great Spring styles.

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For naturalistas: After washing your curls, towel dry and re-hydrate with a light leave-in conditioning spray. Section hair in 1- to 2-inch portions, split each in two and loosely twist strands together to the end. Wrap twisted sections (end first) along the shaft of a flexi-rod and secure ends by bending them inward around the base of the twist. Allow to air dry, remove rods, and separate two-strand twists to reveal a fun hybrid of waves and curls.

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Relaxed/straight hair: Lightly mousse freshly blow dried hair and loosely roll large sections each with a flexi-rod from end to root. Secure firmly. Once mousse sets, remove rods and vent brush through curls to create body and volume.

Try this for your next flexi-rod rendezvous: 

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Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner: Lightweight and rich in moisture, this spray does double duty as a pre-set solution — providing nourishment and style. $9, Target Stores

 

Buns in Bloom: Who doesn’t appreciate a bun? These classic chignons can do no wrong in my eyes. Sass up your seasonal silhouette with one of these twists on the original.

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– Messy Mash-up: Roller set wearing out? Twist-out a little “out of order”? Pony your locks and tease the tail into a flattering fluff. Secure long ends and create a round shape with hair pins around the base of the ponytail. Don’t worry about it looking perfect, this style is meant to appear dashingly disheveled.

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– Knot Your Average Bun: Streamlined and petite, punctuate your crown with a smooth and tight top knot. Twist your sleekly-gathered ponytail firmly around itself to create a spool. Pin to secure and polish off with light holding spray for added control.

Try these when building your next bun:

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Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin Minis: Petite yet powerful, these miracle workers will allow you to bun without bunches of bobby pins. – $6, various retailers

YOUR TURN: What is your go-to Spring style? Let us know in the comments!