4 Hair Strategies For Modern, Cool Girl Waves

Remember when I cut my hair? Well, I was kinda stressing over the weekend because I couldn’t figure out how to style it. But after a lot of IG stalking, I think I finally got it!!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Yessssss!!! I finally figured out the winning hair formula!

Unfortunately, the stylist usually gets the blame when a cut doesn’t turn out as expected. But since I super love + trust mine (read about him here), I knew that it was a “user error” and just had to adjust my hair game. Here’s how I did it:

Mane Strategy #1: Prep with the right product.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

After drying my hair, I scrunched a blob of Ouai Finishing Crème, US$24, into my strands.

Guys, this product is such a game changer and it protects you from heat styling, too! It really was love at first scrunch, because it gave me the grit and hold I wanted. I asked my sister to buy this for me when she was in the US and it’s sooo worth it, but I’ll have to save my review for another post! For now, let’s go back to my mane strategies! You won’t want to miss #3—it’s the real secret to nailing this look!

Mane Strategy #2: Do some crazy IG stalking. 

I basically spent hours going through their feeds and studying their tresses.

I basically spent hours going through their feeds and studying their tress styles.

Pre-stalking, I was stumped and didn’t really know what look I wanted for my hair. If this happens to you also, just think of the gals you admire and look through their feeds until you find a look or vibe you love. That’s how I ended up stalking all the cool, short-haired gals I loved like Jenna Dewan, Khloe Kardashian, Lucy Hale, and Alexa Chung. Then once you find your style inspo, then you’ll figure out how to put your own spin on it later on.

Mane Strategy #3: Turn to the experts.

In my case, it was Kristin Ess who was able to get my hair where I wanted to be. She's the co-founder of The Beauty Department!

In my case, it was Kristin Ess who was able to get my hair where I wanted to be. She’s the co-founder of The Beauty Department!

Cosmo.ph’s beauty girl, Retty, told me about Kristin and said that she was the gal behind Lucy Hale’s fab tresses. And thank my lucky stars, Kristin posted the photo (seen above) right when I needed it. And after scrolling through her feed, I discovered the hair tutorial that would change my life!

After you curl your hair, you use a tapping motion while going over it with a flat iron. This will help loosen ’em up an effortless vibe!

After you curl your hair, you use a tapping motion while going over it with a flat iron. This will help loosen ’em up an effortless vibe!

This was the missing link! You see, even if I prepped with the right product and adjusted where I would start curling my hair, my waves still looked too sweet and girly (like they did here). With this tapping-slash-ironing move, I was finally able to make my curls look textured, lived-in, and more modern. The best part? It’s easy to do and it saves me more time, too! Yay for short hair wins!

And yay for wins like this! I was super happy when I saw Kristin's comment and The Beauty Department like my photo! Makes all the beauty effort worth it :)

And yay for wins like this! I was super happy when I saw Kristin’s comment and The Beauty Department like my photo! Makes all the beauty effort worth it :)

Btw, I don’t know how to embed IG posts onto my blog, so just click here to watch Kristin’s video! Somebody teach me please! Hehe!

Mane Strategy #4: Find a hair tool that works for you.

 After that, I grab random pieces (about two inches) and start curling in an outwards direction.

I use the Rowenta 2-in-1 Ceramic Ionic Curling Iron. If you flip the switch on the side, it opens up and becomes a straightener. Read more about it here.

Switching from a curler to a flat iron can be a hassle, so I’m glad I have a 2-in-1 hair tool I can use. I still want to upgrade it though to something that uses plates that are less damaging. But in the meantime, this works just fine! I don’t know if they still have this in the market since I got this years ago, but I did see a few affordable ones over at Suesh in SM Megamall!

So what do you think of this hair trick? Think you’ll give it a try? I promise—it’s easier than it looks! ♥

Celeb photos via Instagram @jennaldewan @khloekardashian @lucyhale @chungalexa @kristin_ess