Own your bed head

bed head hair tips

There are the Olsen twins, there (of course) is Gisele, stunning Kate Bosworth and-my personal favorite: Kate Moss. What do all these beauties have in common? They all have mastered the perfect bed-head hair.

Today’s post is a part of the “Own Your Bead Head” project held by Casper Sleep. I was asked to share some of my best tips for combating messy, morning hair. While I, sadly, cannot call myself an expert in the wide arena of hair styling, I did spend years admiring that sexy, tousled and timeless look that Kate Moss is always sporting (for those who may not be aware, I do have a bit of a Kate obsession, when I was a teen I had all four walls in my room taped with her pictures). Through years of trial and error, I have found products and techniques that work best for me when it comes to dealing with morning bed head hair. Today I’ll show you just how to get perfect bed-head hair.

So how exactly do I combat my morning “bed head” hair? The answer is simple: I embrace it. By doing so, I not only protect my hair from potential heat damage that can be caused by the use of hot tools, but I also save tons of time each morning when getting ready for the day.

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The whole process starts the night before. I wash my hair as usual, making sure to use a volumizing shampoo & conditioner (Sebastian Voulpt shampoo and conditioner is one of my favorite combos). I then towel-dry my hair and apply a bit of texturizing hair cream (I like Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe texturizing cream) and gently run my fingers through my hair (without actually “brushing” it, I avoid using a brush or a comb, just my fingers to allow the product to absorb a bit better). After my hair is about 75% dry, I put it up in a ballerina bun, securing it in place with a few pins. I usually try to avoid using hair ties, as they leave these “dents” in your hair and that, well.. isn’t very cute. My hair is fairly thick and a bit wavy on its own and keeping it a bun overnight creates these pretty, soft curls. Is your hair pin-straight and on a thin side? Try using a sea-salt spray prior to putting your hair up in a bun-it’ll help to create that extra texture and add volume to your hair. The next morning, I take out all the pins and gently let down my hair. While keeping my head upside down, I spray a little volumizing dry shampoo at the roots of my hair (I like Suave’s Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo). Taking one of my favorite hair product of all time (one that I spoke about countless times on my blog and in my videos) Oscar Blandi’s Texture & Volume hair spray, I spray it in my hair, concentrating on midshaft-down to the ends, while gently teasing my hair and twisting small sections with my fingers until I achieve a desired look. I think that texturizing spray is a must-have product when it comes to bed head hair, if a perfect, bed-head recipe did in fact exist, I’m sure that a texturizing hair spray would be one of the key ingredients. It’s just one of those hair products that pulls everything together to create a perfect, messy, undone, texturized and effortless look.

To sum up, here’s my little tutorial on how to rock your bed head hair (Kate Moss style ;) ).

how to get bed head hair tutorial

  1. Wash your hair using your favorite volumizing shampoo. Don’t brush your hair after washing it, but gently towel-dry it and apply a bit of a texturizing cream. Wait until it’s about 75% dry and put it up in a bun using hair pins (hair ties will leave indentations). If you have thin hair and/or stubborn straight hair that doesn’t curl easily, use a little sea salt spray in your hair.
  1. Next morning, release your bun and while holding your head upside down, spray a volumizing dry shampoo at the roots, gently massaging the product in.
  1. Using a texturizing hair spray, style each section of hair by gently teasing it at the roots and curling it around your fingers at the bottom.
  1. Remember that less is more, this rule is no exception when it comes to hair products, try not to overdo it to prevent product build-up in your hair-especially with dry shampoo, it can leave powder-like residue if you use too much or apply it too closely to your scalp.
  1. If desired, finish off with a few spritz of medium-hold hair spray. Remember that you can use the exact same technique on dry, second-day hair. Instead of the texturizing cream (which is supposed to be applied on damp hair) use a texturizing spray or powder in your hair prior to putting it up in a bun.

I hope that all of my fellow beauty lovers enjoyed reading this post! Let me know if you have any other tips for battling that morning, messy bed head hair, I’d love to try new products and/or techniques. Happy Tuesday!

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  • Yes, less is always more. That’s experience talking. Your hair is beautiful & so shiny!! :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

    • Thanks so much Carmen!

  • This is abasing rely amazing and your hair looks so awesome – naturally and wonderful!


    • Aw thanks Stella!

  • Absolutely beautiful Paula! What a gorgeous, gorgeous post :) Literally blown away by how professional and methodical your amazing tutorial is! But then I’ve come to expect nothing less, so I don’t know why ;) Your bed head hair is indeed perfect, I’m really loving this look on you. It’s so exciting you’re involved with the Casper Sleep project, and I’m certainly not surprised you were called upon for it (what with you being the beauty/hair queen after all) ;) how wonderful :D

    It’s lovely Kate Moss inspired you so much growing up, it reminds me a little of the film About Time (another gem from Love Actually’s Richard Curtis), I’m not particularly a KM fan but even I thought the references in the film to her were pretty damn cool :) Rachel McAdams is a big fan like you and even goes to one of her exhibitions ;) :D Deffo worth checking out! Now comes the part where you are going to roll your eyes and tell me not to push it ( :D ) but honestly to me you are way more inspirational, innovative, beautiful, talented, influential and gorgeous than Giselle, The Olsens, KB and KM put together, perhaps I’m biased but get me to swear on oath and you’d find I’m telling the truth and nothing but hehe ;)

    Really enchantingly beautiful photos as always love, the pretty ballerina bun looks fab on you and suits you so well. I adore the look of all the products you’ve used too; especially Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe and I must try a sea salt spray someday, they just sound immense! <3

    Sophie xo

    • Ohh goodness thanks so much Love! I actually saw that movie haha :) I’m a HUGE Rachel McAdams fan, love that girl.

      Hahaha you’re way too sweet Sophie, really! Ballerina bun is definitely my go-to hairstyle as well, it just so freaking comfy, easy and makes me look nice and put together hehe ;) You must give a sea-salt spray a try, it’s really great for that beachy, wavy hair look :) <3 <3 <3

  • I loved this tutorial!!




  • Gorgeous! Great post. Love it

    xx Cissy
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  • Perfect tutortial, I wish my hair was longer so I could pull this off!

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    • You could still give it a go with shorter hair, just try putting it up in two buns on each side, instead of one on top ;)

  • Great tips darling! I also love Kate Moss and her awesome hair! I will use your tips next weekend! Thanks for sharing :) I invite you to visit my blog and let me know if you would like to follow each other to stay in touch.


    • Aww thanks so much Milu, I’d love to visit your blog.

  • I wish I could master the bedhead look and look this great.

    • Aw, thanks Tracy!