Asian hair in general is often coarser and thicker than the average hair texture. Though this is ideal for short spiky hair, it often poses a real challenge when needing to style longer locks. However with the proper grooming techniques and products, this lion can be tamed. Before reading any further, it must be noted that to produce a good style, you MUST first get a good cut. This is essential because without it no matter how much you style your hair, it won’t look good. On the flip side however, you can have an excellent cut and still have decent looking hair if you don’t know how to style it.
Equipment and products required:
Hair Straightener (optional)
- The first and most important step in styling is to take a hot shower and shampoo and condition your hair thoroughly. This gets rid of any residual dirt and debris from previous styling as well as softening the hair follicle so that it is easier to maneuver.
- After washing, remove any excess water by towel drying. Make sure the hair is damp but not dripping wet.
- Apply volumizing mousse while your hair is still damp to the roots of the top and back sections only. This helps it to stay up throughout the day. Use about an egg-sized portion.
- (OPTIONAL) Pour out about a quarter-sized amount of glaze and apply it throughout your hair. Glaze adds volume as well as a slight hold. This is an optional step depending on how strong your volumizing mousse is. If you feel like you get enough volume with just the mousse, glaze wouldn’t be necessary.
- Blow dry your hair on high/warm setting for 15-30 seconds and then switch the setting to cool until it's dry. Blow dry directly into the roots for more volume. Then blow dry in the direction that your hair naturally grows out from to keep it in place until it takes shape. It is important that your hair is completely dry so that it will not be damaged by the straightener after this step. Additionally, I find that semi-moist hair does a worse job of holding the style in place throughout the day.
- (OPTIONAL) Heat up your straightener and straighten the sides and the top of your hair. Optionally, you can choose to straighten the bangs as well.
- Take your index finger and scoop out a dime-sized potion of hair wax. Use the wax to draw a cross on your opposite hand and rub the product between both hands. Then apply the product to the roots of the top and back of your hair until there is no product left. Take a bit more wax and spread evenly between your fingers and apply it to the strands on your side, bangs, and tail.
- Take your hairspray and spray at least 2 inches from your head and coat your hair to ensure that it stays in place throughout the day.
It may take a little practice, but eventually if you master these steps you will be able to make your hair perform as you like.