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GLAMOUR columnist Larry King's ultimate guide to 'touching' - the genius technique that'll give you the best hair ever

Touch it.

26 Jun 2019

I know, I know it sounds silly right, but have you ever really thought about the way you touch your hair and how often you touch it subconsciously throughout the day?

It’s actually a really important part of how good your hair looks. Getting to know your texture and how to touch it can change a good hair day into a great hair day. Your fingers are probably your best hair tool so use them wisely.

Here’s how...

When you blow-dry

Think about your hair texture. We should be approaching the way we touch our just-washed hair completely differently. If it’s fine, thick and course or super curly.

Curls need extra love when they’re wet to stop them going frizzy. It’s really key not to touch them and allow the curls to form naturally. It’s best to use a wide tooth comb, add a curl cream and soft mousse by using an upwards squeezing method. Dry with a diffuser without touching with your hands, every time you touch you add frizz. Once the curls have set and are completely dry you can get you fingers into the roots and massage to create volume. Pulling your fingers through is generally a terrible idea as will always add frizz.

Fine hair will be greasy again before you're done drying it if you give it too much finger work so let the hairdryer do the work and keep touching to a minimum to reduce static. I find finer hair is better to be left to dry naturally and then go over with a hairdryer and round brush if it needs some volume and refining.

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Thick or coarse hair can take a bit more hand work. Use your hands to pull out volume and you can use the dryer's nozzle to smooth out the coarse texture. You can also use your fingers to twist the hair and run the dryer down the twist to dry in some soft waves, reducing brushing and added heat tools.

Short hair will benefit from you using your hands and nozzle to literally push out any curls or frizz by pushing it around on the actual hair to really smooth out the texture.

How to apply styling products

Loads of people are terrified of styling products. They tend to buy them, apply them incorrectly and then never use them again. But it’s really important to remember hairdresser’s use styling products for a reason and you will really benefit by using them if you learn to apply them properly. I’ve just uploaded some how to’s on my products to my website and I really hope this will help get the best out of mine.

What you need to remember, most importantly, is that there are two steps in this mission. Distributing the product throughout the hair and the styling part. Most people get a bit of product on their fingers and poke it in and it will tend to just make the front quite greasy. So here are my favourite methods:

  1. For any creams/clays/pastes, get a small amount in the palm of your hand and rub it in as if you’re rubbing in hand cream.
  2. For short hair, start at the back and really rub all over your hair, as if you're touching velvet. Push the hair in all directions so it’s really well distributed. Wipe any excess product off your hands and then go and move into shape. The benefit of this process is that you haven’t got one style all day, but you can move it around and adjust it all day.
  3. Use the 'salt and pepper technique'. People say they spend ages doing their hair, then I’ll walk in and just touch it and it instantly looks better. For this I use the salt and pepper technique, where I touch the hair as if I’m sprinkling salt a pepper. This just breaks up the ends, adds a more natural, cool texture. It works on all hair types.
  4. For finer hair types, avoid the top layer of hair like the plague. Instead, lift up the top layer and apply volumising products and texturising creams to the mid-section instead.

You can read more about these techniques at larryking.co.uk