7 Easy Ways To Add Texture To Your Hair

by Emily McClure

There's a reason that everyone from Alexa Chung to Kat Graham have been rocking choppy, messy hair at a variety of lengths. It's cute, casual, and so simple to do. Creating bouncy, textured hair is even easier than ordering your morning coffee if you know the right products and techniques. Celebrity stylists such as Ahn Co Tran and Nikki Lee swear by this effortless look, and their Instagram followings prove that there are a lot of fans to back them up. This polished, bed head style looks amazing on pretty much any hair type.

The reason that you may want to add texture to your hairstyle is to give your hair bounce and dimension — texture makes your hair look more lived-in and effortless. This style change brings structure and movement to your everyday hairstyle, and it's ideal for those who want to add life back into their hair without doing a huge makeover.

If you're looking to get out the door fast this is the hairstyle for you, because it takes basically no time compared to other popular styles. You don't need to be a professional to create this easy look because all you need are a few styling products and a badass attitude to pull off the look. It's that simple. Here are seven tricks to achieving textured hair.

1. Add Layers

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Next time you're at the salon, Refinery29 suggested asking for choppy layers. This will give your hair style natural movement, and definition. Adding layers to your traditional cut is an easy fix for those who want an messy, textured look.

2. Spray Before You Curl

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This is an amazing trick that I learned from my own personal hairstylist. If you have fine, hard-to-curl hair, try spraying hairspray all over your hair before you begin styling with a curling iron. This will give your hair grip and texture, which will make your curls last longer, and give them an effortless look.

3. Dry Shampoo

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Batiste Dry Shampoo, $6, Amazon

Dry shampoo is the easiest way to add texture and dimension to your hair. My favorite trick is to flip over my hair, spray various sections, and let the spray dry naturally (aka don't rub it in). This way I can get a textured look without it looking too perfect.

4. Make It Choppy

Aveda Control Paste, $22, Amazon

If you're looking for piecey, surfer-girl style texture, then try using hair pomade. This stuff is great for adding structured definition to your ends. Take a small dab of the product, and rub it through your hands before applying it to your hair. This warms up the gel, and allows the product distribute evenly. After that, begin scrunching various sections of your hair to get easy texture.

5. Skip The Ends

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Next time you're curling your hair, try leaving out the ends. According to Cosmopolitan, the straight ends will give your hair a more beachy, textured look.

6. Add Salt

Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray, $27, Amazon

Sea salt sprays are a must for anyone who wants a sexy, textured style, according to StyleCaster. The salt in these sprays work to add volume, lift, and hold to the hair. It's basically a day at the beach in a bottle.

7. Go In Different Directions

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When curling your hair, try to change up the direction of the curls. Layering different types of curls gives your hair more body and texture. It's a secret that Victoria Secret models swear by, according to POPSUGAR.

Adding life to your hair doesn't have to be drag. Spruce up your style by adding texture and bounce for the perfect, shaggy-looking hair.