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Growing up in the South, one thing I learned early was the importance of big Southern hair. My mama loves to use the Steel Magnolias quote “just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet” anytime she has her hair professionally done, and I’m with her — there’s just something fabulous about voluminous hair that gives me a little pep in my step! Today, I’m delighted to share the teasing tips and tricks I’ve learned over many years of practice, so if you’re curious about how to tease your hair, this one’s for you! :)

Big thanks to my friend Brooke of Colorbox Photographers for these fun photos!

The right products can make or break your hairdo, and these three are my go-to for big hair! After washing my hair, I apply a bit of this mousse to my roots only before blowing dry my hair. Then I spray a liberal amount of this amazing anti-humidly spray ALL over my hair. It’s pricy, but worth it with our Southern humidity!

After applying the spray, I like to start with velcro rollers. I love these and have two sets, so I can add extra volume since my hair is currently pretty long. I use the larger ones in the front and on the side I part my hair on since the hair is heavier there. I always roll backwards on the top and down on the sides to give it some shape.

I secure the rollers with large bobby pins and then blast my whole head with warm air from the blowdryer to help ‘set’ the volume. Then, of course, I spray it with hairspray. I’m currently loving this one because it holds but is still pretty flexible!

I like to leave the rollers in while I do my makeup or go about my business of getting ready to be sure I give them an ample amount of time to work. After removing the rollers, it’s time to start teasing! I like to go back and forth between a teasing brush and a comb, so this combo pack is perfect for me, but you can use any standard fine-toothed comb.

Starting on the crown of my head, I scoop up my hair (about a temple’s width) and start teasing from the back. Placing the comb about three or four inches from my head, I gently pull down toward my head. I like to do this a few times to really build in the tease.

Then, I re-section the same piece, remove what I’ve already teased, and tease again. I do this until I reach the last piece, right in front of my face. I only tease that a little, as that will be the last layer that covers the rather fuzzy looking part. Flop the hair back over the pile of teased hair, and slowly and carefully smooth out the top layer. The key is finding the right balance between combing out all the teasing you’ve done, and creating a smooth top layer. Once I have done this down the center of my hair, I go back and do the same steps on the sides, just a bit less aggressively.

After I’m happy with the volume I’ve created, I fluff it with my fingers and cover any parts where the teasing is showing. This is where the brush comes in handy, too — it’s great for carefully smoothing over any rugged areas. Then the last step: a heap of hair spray!

And that’s it, friends! I’d love to hear if there are any tutorials you’d like to see in the future!

Photos by Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers. Shot at Kim Box Studios.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Natalie reply

    I love this! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try! You are the cutest! :)

  2. avatar Janna reply

    Oh my stars! This is the best! Perfect for some New Years Eve hair!

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emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Cassidy reply

    Get back into a workout routine!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    To take the uber frugal month challenge from Frugalwoods every other month!

  3. avatar Kristy reply

    I want to eat healthier and buy more healthier products.

  4. avatar Caroline reply

    I want to live a healthier lifestyle–to be conscious of the products that I use and purchase in all aspects of life.

  5. avatar ashley e reply

    depend on God’s grace, not my efforts!

  6. avatar Leah H. reply

    My new years resolution is to cook more dinners for my husband and 1!

  7. avatar rust reply

    My resolution is to write my book.

  8. avatar Crystal Joyce reply

    Would LOVE to try this line! I need organic skin care products.

  9. avatar Amy reply

    Work on more calligraphy projects than I did this year!

  10. avatar Kerry Schwidde reply

    Spending more time with Family#

  11. avatar Hannah reply

    My New Year’s resolution is to take the time to read more books.

  12. avatar BarbaraMae reply

    My resolution is more date nights with my fiancé. More time spent together having fun!

  13. avatar molli taylor reply

    this year i will take a training course to better myself

  14. avatar Virginia Pigg reply

    My resolution is to finish my masters in nursing so I can finally plan my wedding.

  15. avatar Ashy B reply

    My news years resolution is to be nice to people even when they are super-rude.

  16. avatar Olivia reply

    My New Years Resolution is to make a habit of using my PowerSheets binder. I bought all of the supplies, but I’m not very good at staying consistent with using it. I want to plan my goals and follow through!

  17. avatar Abbey Angelle reply

    My New Year’s Resolution is to be more patient with others, and to be a positive voice. It is easy to get bogged down with negativity in today’s world, and I have to remind myself daily to look for the small happy’s in everyday life.

  18. avatar Lindy reply

    Finish our will!!!

  19. avatar Janna reply

    My new year’s resolution is to get in the best shape of my 20’s before I turn 30 this year! :)

  20. avatar Meredith reply

    Love this! My New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with friends

  21. avatar Dana reply

    new years resolution: make time for myself

  22. avatar kim s reply

    My resolution is going to be to try to eat healthier and get some daily exercise!

  23. avatar Mallory Moran reply

    My fiance and I are getting married on New Year’s Eve, so my resolution is pretty simple: start our first year of marriage on the best foot! Primarily through more one-on-one date nights.

  24. avatar Summer reply

    My resolution is to do yoga three times a week!

  25. avatar Kim O reply

    to stay fit

  26. avatar shannon fowler reply

    My new years resolution is to push myself to make new friends since we just moved to a different state.

  27. avatar Caroline reply

    My New Years resolution is to be in the word of God daily!

  28. avatar Alina reply

    Mine is to take some time off for myself. Focus on myself and allow me time for just me :)

  29. avatar Sean reply

    One of my resolutions is to ensure that I eat ‘clean’ healthy at least 5 times a week.

  30. avatar stafford reply

    To make more time for my friends and family and slow down on work.

  31. avatar Court reply

    I’ve heard wonderful things about this company! Would love to try.

  32. avatar Elizabeth Foster reply

    My new years resolution is to make sure my words about others are “sweet to the soul”.

  33. avatar Meredith reply

    My word of 2017 is Contentment!

  34. avatar Emily reply

    To tackle my finances head-on and build up a nice savings account and a suitable emergency fund!

  35. avatar latoya reply

    To make no new years resolutions! I never keep em.

  36. avatar Hannah Anderson reply

    My New Years resolution is to be more intentional with my relationships and also to take better care of myself.

  37. avatar Maegan reply

    journal more!

  38. avatar nikki perkinson reply

    I am going to start whole 30 and I am going to do Nancy Ray’s contenment challenge!

  39. avatar christopher h reply

    to lose weight

  40. avatar Jenna Lea reply

    To make more active plans in my personal life

  41. avatar Ashley Moody reply

    My news years resolution is to be become more efficient with my time by using power sheets! :)

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I admit it: I’m a product junkie! However, even my love for trying beauty products has its limits, which is where tried and true favorites come in. It’s even better when said favorites are inexpensive and easy to snag at the drugstore! Since we had so much fun with our last Southern Style post, I’ve asked my darling colleagues to share their current favorite drugstore beauty buys. They’ve shared their go-tos below, as well as some extra details about their top picks!

I have the same theory about lashes as I do about hair: the bigger the better! Seriously, I would wear false lashes every day if I could, but for now I’ll stick to special occasions and our team shoots. Our friend Sam, from Lula Hair and Makeup recommended Ardell “Wispies” to me a few years back, and they instantly became my go-to lashes.

Chapstick | Anti-residue shampoo | Top coat | Nail polish remover wipes | Ardell “Wispies”

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to my nail polish colors (pale pink or coral for the win!), so if I’m feeling adventurous about trying a new color, my go-to is NYC Longwearing Nail Polish. It dries quickly, is only 99 cents, and is the easiest way to try out a new color without investing in a $10 bottle of polish!Jess

Matte balm | Nail polish | Cleanser | Mascara

Dry shampoo is probably one of the greatest inventions out there for long and thick-haired girls like me. I love the Batiste line, and the cherry scent is one of my favorites!Amber

Dry shampoo | Nail polish

Since I am a bit militant about sunscreen and keeping my face in the shade, the only way for me to achieve a “sunkissed glow” is with bronzer. I’ve been using Neutrogena Healthy Blends for years, and it does the trick!Emily

Mascara | Neutrogena Healthy Blends | Dove bar soap

I never go out of town without these Say Yes to Cucumber wipes in my cosmetic bag (they’re perfect for traveling). I’ve also been known to reach from them after a long work day, when washing my face seems just too complicated.Kristin

Matte lip pen | Aveeno Daily Moisturizer | Yes To wipes | Mascara

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is my secret weapon for long hair! It has 10 different functions, from protecting against split ends to adding shine. I especially love that since it’s a cream that’s applied as a spray, it doesn’t weigh my hair down.Lisa

Essie nail polish | Makeup remover wipes | ColorBurst Matte Balm | It’s a Ten

I love Burt’s Bees! I’ve been using this stuff for years, and putting a dab of the minty balm on my lips always makes me feel a little more fresh and put together, even though it’s colorless. I always have one in my bag and one at home!Nicole

Coral polish | Revlon lipstick | Cream eyeliner | Burts Bees | Grapefruit body wash

What’s your favorite drugstore staple?

marissa Written with love by Marissa

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