Scrunch pomade (try Garnier Fructis Style De-Constructed Pixie Play, $4.50, drugstores) into hair to give it grip. Then create pigtail braids, and pin them along your hairline, suggests Rodney Cutler, owner and lead stylist of Cutler/Redken salons.
2BY YOUR SIDE
Spritz volumizing dry shampoo (an invisible one: Tresemmé’s, $5, drugstores) into roots to create lift, then flip your hair to one side. Smooth in braid-defining cream (like Redken Braid Aid 03, $25, redken.com), and weave hair. Once secured, gently pull it apart to thicken and soften it.
Lucky enough to have this texture? Flaunt it! Smooth a gel-cream (try Motions Natural Textures Versatile Defining Cream, $7, walmart.com) into wet hair from root to tip (warm it in your hands before coating strands), then blow-dry with a diffuser attachment for definition.
Pull hair into a high pony. Mist the tail with a texturizing spray (we’re fans of L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Spun Texture Mist, $5, drugstores), then wrap it around the base of the pony, pinning as you go. Leave a bit of hair loose at the end, fanning out the pieces with your fingers.
5WAVES FOR BABES
Spritz damp strands with sea-salt spray (try Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe, $7, Ulta), and blow-dry without a brush, says Cutler. Wrap sections around a one-inch iron, starting a few inches down from the root and leaving a few inches out at the bottom. Rake your fingers through to loosen.