Valentine’s Beauty Special 2013: Bedhead Hair (Romance Optional)

Thu, 7 February 2013 11:50AM

No Valentine’s Beauty Special would be complete without an ode to the sexiest hairstyle imaginable: the bedhead ‘do.

The subject is on my mind this morning because it’s also on my head. You see, the hair I have right now as I write this is pretty much the hair I woke up with, which is actually the literal definition of bedhead hair (unless you’re a stylist backstage at the shows, in which case you spend hours recreating the look of someone who has just rolled out of bed and the arms of her lover).

Unfortunately my bedhead hair was not styled by some romantic romp but, rather, an eventful night in another way altogether.

You see, I was woken four times during the night, three to settle two crying boys, and once because one of them, having been brought into his parents’ bed (when you’re so exhausted you can hardly walk, nine month olds totally get their way) had tumbled out of said bed and face-planted himself on his father’s foot massaging machine. (Anyone out there thinking that married life is all bliss … I’m sorry for the disillusionment).

Needless to say, when I could ignore my alarm no longer, and finally dragged myself out of bed, my strands were in quite the state. And I had negative time in which I could 1) wash them or even 2) fire up the straightener.

So I had no choice but to run with the bedhead theme. Which is actually fine by me because it happens to be one of my favourite looks. You see, one of my most beloved beauty images ever is this 1959 one of Brigitte Bardot (so much so that a poster of it has been hanging on one of my walls for the last 15 or so years):


Talk about whoa, right? No wonder BB went on to become the patron saint of bedheadness (it could also be because every movie role saw her end up in bed, the little minx), referenced by hairstylists backstage at Fashion Weeks the world over.

So naturally it was BB whom I channelled this morning, when I spritzed dry shampoo into the roots of my hair, flipped my head upside down, used my fingers to work the dry shampoo in and tease up some root lift, before flipping back up again to see one super-saucy style staring back from the mirror. All I needed was to add a smoky eye and a pink towel, and I was totally her. If I squinted my eyes and looked in the mirror, that is.

Of course, you say, that’s all good and well if you already have natural texture you can work with… But what about those who wake up more messy than minxy?

Let me just say here, the first rule is there are no rules. Bedhead hair is basically messy hair, and we can all do that. You just need to tweak it a little – a tease here, a tousle there. Perhaps a half-up variation.

But if you do want to style it all up to sexy perfection, and you have the time (which genuine bedhead hair doesn’t), here’s what you should do …

  • Wash hair, work through a volumising mousse, spritz on a thermal protectant, and blow-dry using a round brush, to encourage as much va-voom as possible.
  • Curl medium-sized sections of hair (roughly about five centimetres) with a one-inch-barrel iron.
  • Now, brush it all through, using a bristle brush, until you get a messy, wavy effect. Back-comb at the crown if you need height.
  • Seal the deal with hairspray.

Tell me, Primpers, do you do bedhead hair?

Intentionally or otherwise?

Kat xx

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  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 12:39pm

    I’m a big fan of the “just stepped out of bed” look! I tend to wear my hair in a big messy ponytail or topknot with a bandana quite regularly. I like the carefree-ness of it all :)

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 12:53pm

    Great guide kat. Its so simply and looks great.
    Wish I woke up looking like Brigitte Bardot. Such a vintage beauty.

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Thu, 7 February 2013 01:56pm

    During the wet season up here if want to wear my hair out I have no choice but to rock the bed head look, which is good because I do love a tousled do :)

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 04:13pm

    Oh I love the bedhead look, but like you, I dont roll out of bed with my hair perfectly minxed. I will be trying it more, just from the inspiration of your wall poster.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 05:10pm

    My hair is so straight that it looks like I have used a straightener on it when I wake up!

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 06:01pm

    Gosh BB is simply amazing!!! :) I love bed hair!! omg I wish I could wear it all the time but yes I am one of those people who look like they have been dragged through a hedge backwards when waking. I hate it! I wish I could just tease, dry shampoo and go… I mostly just topknot it or braid if I must face the public. I am going to try harder with this look til I can master not looking like a wild forrest lady! haha.

  • Posted by: Kylie // Thu, 7 February 2013 07:11pm

    I wish i could pull of a Bridget Bardot hair she is stunning… kylie

  • Posted by: Caz // Thu, 7 February 2013 08:35pm

    hehe Kat those of us who are parents have all had nights similar to that! I love bedhair as long as its more styled than just plain “got out of bed”

  • Posted by: manhattangirl // Fri, 8 February 2013 10:20am

    my tip for bedhead (as a non-morning person, a style i am completely devoted to) is make sure you have a really good haircut. i find it means the difference between ‘just scraped myself out of bed’ and ‘brigette-inspired’ : ) my hair will ‘settle’ well no matter what I’ve done (or not done) that morning if the base is good.
    just a thought!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 12:11pm

    I don’t want to be a scrooge cos I see everyone is a massive fan but I don’t like this hairstyle… BB looks fabulous and all, but I think there’s a time and a place- if I saw this at the shops/bus I would wonder why someone didn’t brush their hair.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 06:46pm

    Im not a fan of that pose she’s pulling but shhe always manages to look stunning. Her hair is so tousled!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 09:45pm

    great guide, i like the look

  • Posted by: sommy7 Enthusiast // Sat, 9 February 2013 06:53pm

    Love the tussled hair look too, need the gorgeous face to match :)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 9 February 2013 08:39pm

    Sounds like it takes too long to do…I would rather just go with my natural bed head look :)

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 10:24pm

    I love a messy ‘do, but I agree with loopylexy- there is definitely a time and a place. I hate seeing really messy hair in a corporate workplace, but lately around here it’s seeming to become more common.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Tue, 12 February 2013 11:12am

    I’ll put my towel dried hair up in a bun and leave it dry for the day, maybe sleep in it, and let it out the next day for great bead hair.

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Tue, 12 February 2013 03:02pm

    anitas.artistry, I do the same thing, except when it’s almost dry, I finish it off with the hair dryer, while my hair is still hot/warm then I put it up in bun, overnight, all day or both and use one of the claw clamps to keep it in so there’s no hairband kinks…. but on the flip side I do agree with loopylexy and Jessielyn there is a fine line between tousled full fluffy glorious hair and a matted horrible mess.

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Wed, 13 February 2013 12:14pm

    Great piece love this idea

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Thu, 14 February 2013 03:42pm

    I like the Giselle style bed hair: relaxed, gleaming, under done type style…with the remenants of a dropped out beach wave

  • Posted by: missselin Master Fan // Fri, 15 February 2013 10:06am

    I love this look!

  • Posted by: JellyBelly Enthusiast // Fri, 22 February 2013 08:35pm

    I quite like this look, but agree there is a time and a place. I also think it looks best on long hair.
    Having wavy hair means I often have ‘bed hair’ even when I’m not trying to…

  • Posted by: Daria Master Fan // Sun, 24 February 2013 10:07am

    I love bedhead hair, I just scrunch and let dry naturally

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Fri, 1 March 2013 10:49pm

    Brigitte Bardot is sooo sexy!!!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Fri, 5 April 2013 10:58pm

    Short hair + bedhead = mountain woman

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 21 October 2013 03:52pm

    This is a very sexy shot. Yes I have messy hair in the mornings.


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