After showing off a trendy long bob for a couple of months, you feel in the mood for mermaid waves to spruce up your hairstyle. However, a drastic cut can take what feels like forever to get any kind of length back. While you wait out the growth phase, practice these styling tricks that give you the illusion of long hair.
Request layers: First off, your cut is imperative. Stay away from the blunt cut as this truly defines the actual length of your hair. Instead opt for longer layers that allow your hair to look softer and adds movement. This movement restricts an obvious end to the hair.
Dry hair upside down: Skipping the brush and drying hair upside down allows gravity to lift your strands away from the scalp. To lock in the volume even further, flip your head over again and spritz on some volumizing spray.
Stretch it: Straight hair makes the hair appear longer. A simple trick to getting the most out of your natural length is to stretch the hair with a blow dryer. Use a paddle or boar bristle brush to grip your hair, which allows you to fully extend and stretch the hair through. Also, you can section your hair before blow drying and straightening. Create four sections—the top, sides, and the nape of the neck. Always begin with the nape area and work your way up. This allows you to concentrate on each section
Add volume: Creating height may seem counterintuitive, but with layered hair, the lift takes the weight away from the mid shaft. The hair then looks longer and leaner.
Opt for a center part: Here is a simple rule to follow: a side part adds width, and a centre part adds length or at least creates the illusion. The face and hair appear narrower, and thus, longer.
Don’t go too sleek: Straight hair does utilize the length, but it also exaggerates the tips. You want ‘swing,’ so no one can actually see where your length begins or ends. Add a subtle wave with texturizing spray—just spritz and scrunch the ends.
Be strategic with product: Avoid hairsprays and oils. They, and any other products that weigh the hair down, make the hair look too controlled. Volumizing sprays and gels are more targeted, but with mousse, it’s easy to comb through to coat the entire hair shaft rather than just the roots. Choose products that have the perfect lightweight formula with natural, flexible hold.
Get highlights and lowlights: Adding darker and lighter pieces is one of the most underrated—and unexpected—ways to give hair visual depth.