Step 1: Squirt volumizing mousse directly onto a vent brush and brush from roots to ends. (Try TreSemme Volumizing Mousse, $3.79.) Do it in three sections overall. “In your palms, mousse breaks down and becomes a liquid and that’s too concentrated — you lose the lightweight-hold benefits,” Hawkins says.
Step 2: Flip your head and blow dry with the vent brush. When it’s 80 percent dry, flip upright.
Step 3: Smooth hair with more blow drying, using a 1.5-inch round brush until hair is dry.
Step 4: Brush the top back and slip in a barrette.
Step 5: Toss your hair as you liberally spritz it with a fine-mist aerosol hairspray. (Try Bumble and bumble spray de Mode, $25.)