How to Use a Blow Dryer to Create a Messy Hairstyle

Get Alexa Chung's effortless, wavy look with this blow-dry technique.
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After years of sleek blowouts or larger-than-life ringlets, you may find yourself craving something new. Tousled, bed-head inspired hair is just the look to pull you out of a style rut. It has volume and movement without looking overdone or like you truly just rolled out of bed. To fake the perfectly mussed look, your best ally is the blow dryer. After a few strategic blasts of air, you won't have to spend hours rolling your tresses in curlers or flat ironing the ends afterward.

Work a volumizing mousse into your hair while it's still damp, concentrating on the roots. A golf-ball size amount is suitable for shoulder-length hair.

Separate your hair into six equal sections.

Pick up the first section and twist it from root to tip.

Wrap the twisted section in a circle, creating a loose bun. Secure it with a hair pin, and repeat with the five remaining sections.

Blow-dry the buns with a diffuser, gently scrunching them on medium heat.

Allow your hair to cool completely. If you're in a hurry, blast your locks with a shot of cold air from your blow-dryer.

Remove the buns and run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves as desired.

Work a dime-size amount of texturizing paste through your ends to add definition to the waves and keep them in place.

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.