As any red-blooded human with inconsistent hairstyling skills would do after getting a great blowout, I didn’t wash my hair for nearly a week, and I’m happy to report that my new shag even looks awesome when flattened by days of sleep and looking a bit greasy. (It reads very 1981 teenager.) But I knew I would have to eventually put it to the test: air-drying.
After cracking open new bottles of Drunk Elephant Cocomino Glossing Shampoo and Marula Cream Conditioner, I applied the genuinely miraculous Dove Style + Care Curls Defining Mousse to my damp hair and gave it a few upside-down scrunches. Although it was coming along beautifully, I panicked a little at the almost-dry act of the play and reached for a dryer and diffuser to give my curls a little oomph. (And also a little oops, apparently, because a piece of my hair got sucked in, but that’s a story for another time.)
To say that this new shag shape has reminded my curls who the hell they are is an understatement. They truly look the best they have in I don’t know how long, to the point that I almost questioned if I can pull off looking good. Like, what? I was a little nervous about my cowlick and how my curtain bangs would dry, but the hint of curl was absolutely charming, if I do say so myself.
I’m genuinely thrilled with how my new shag looks in both natural and heat-styled states, and I can’t wait to see how it evolves as it grows. But you can be damn sure I’m going to keep going back for more curly curtain-bang cuteness and piecey layers as it does.
All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
More hair tips and trends to check out:
Now check out 100 years of iconic hairstyles: