Fake It Till You Make It: How to Create Textured Lived-In Hair

Fake easy texture in just a few minutes.

Models, celebrity hairstylists and hair experts have all been featuring their fair share of messy, textured and lived-in hair looks as of late. From photos snapped behind-the-scenes on set to backstage shots at Fashion Week, we’ve seen countless examples of lived-in hair and messy tresses. Creating this look is all about using a very particular cocktail of products and specific styling techniques. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how to DIY this tousled look here:

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Pair this style with a center part for the ultimate tousled-edgy hybrid.

Start off with Day 2 or Day 3 hair and use this hair hack as a way to make the most of tresses that aren’t freshly washed and have a bit of lived-in texture to them. Spritz Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray through the lower half of your strands and use your fingers to comb the product through. A salt infused spray-in product helps add texture and hold to your hair and serve as the perfect base for a tousled look.

After that, use a dry shampoo in your roots to absorb excess oil and restore your hair to a voluminous and weightless state. We love to use Suave Professionals Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo for this exact purpose as it’s formulated to do exactly as it says: refresh and revive dirty hair and bring it back to a place that’s more intentional with a touch more of a polished finish.

Grab a 1-inch curling iron and create random messy waves throughout your hair. Let each wave cool before using your fingers to comb through to break them up even more. A quick mist of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 will add even more texture while also adding hold.


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