3. Smooth things over.
Blow-dry your hair until it’s smooth, adding body by lifting the hair at the roots as you blast it with the blow-dryer. Always aim the dryer up towards the ceiling since having the nozzle facing the floor flattens out locks.
4. Do some curls.
Take a curling iron and wrap sections of hair around the closed barrel. Skip the clamp and use your fingers to hold the ends around the curling iron (be careful not to burn your fingers).
For softer, more natural waves, start curling from the top of your ear on down, keeping your roots straight. “Curly hair will take to the curling iron faster than straight hair so you can keep the curls looser,” says Maciques. “For straight, fine hair make the curls tighter, since the hair will relax over the course of the night.” Hold for a few seconds and then unravel the curling iron all the way down. Work your way neatly in sections across your head.
For extra fullness that lasts all night, use clip-on hair pieces that match your color and texture, such as Ted Gibson Clip-Ins Hair Extensions ($149.95, beauty.com). They can be curled along with your natural hair — and you can use them again. You already know that a little product goes a long way when you’re seeking fuller hair, but the same goes for the curls themselves. “If you’re in doubt as to whether your hair should be more or less curled, always go with less,” suggests Maciques.
Infiniti by Conair Professional Tourmaline Ceramic 1 ½” Curling Iron ($24.88, walmart.com)
5. Shake it out.
Throw your head upside down and finger-comb the curls to loosen them into a more natural, full-bodied wave. “Don’t use a brush unless the curls are too tight and in that case spray the brush with a light hair spray and only brush underneath the hair,” says Maciques. Set the style with a mist of light hairspray such as L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium 3 ($23, beautyencounter.com). While you’re out, boost your waves by tossing your head upside-down and giving it a light spritz with a travel-size hair spray you can stow in your clutch.
Philip B. Precision Control Hairspray, 2.2 fl oz ($18, 3floz.com)
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Rachel Grumman is a freelance health and beauty writer based in the New York City area.