Bed Head Hair


So I have to tell you, this hair took me like 15 tries to get right!
I’m pretty new to this length and everything but I’ve never had a more challenging hair style to figure out!
The good news is once I did it’s a breeze to actually do.

easy bed head hair tutorial!


Suave Dry Shampoo
T3 1-1/4 Single Pass Curling iron
>>Budget ALternative: Hot tools 1-1/4 Curling Iron
Oscar Blandi Texture Spray
>>>Budget Alternative: Chi Infra Texture

Have a blast this weekend!
(I’m really behind on comments to I’ll catch up on those over the weekend! Promise!)


  • le fleur

    11.04.2014 at 04:44 Reply

    I love this post. Thank you. Check my blog

  • Christine

    11.04.2014 at 04:59 Reply

    I want this look!!! How’d you do it??

    • Cara

      13.04.2014 at 23:20 Reply

      There’s a video tutorial in the post (if you’re looking from a phone sometimes they don’t pick up videos, so try checking it from a computer maybe?)

  • Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)

    11.04.2014 at 05:19 Reply

    Love this, have a great weekend!

  • Allison

    11.04.2014 at 05:33 Reply

    Wow! You did cut your hair!!! This look is gorge! (You’re making me want to cut mine!)

    • Cara

      13.04.2014 at 23:24 Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Marina

    11.04.2014 at 05:54 Reply

    Love it!! How long did it take you to curl your whole head? I have long hair (down to my bra strap) so it takes me forever to curl it and it gets a little discouraging, not to mention the arm workout! You look beautiful, Cara!

    • Cara

      13.04.2014 at 23:24 Reply

      haha I hear ya! It took me about 20 minutes from start to finish:)

  • melissa

    11.04.2014 at 05:56 Reply

    I love this length and style. I just trimmed bangs on my daughter and thought about getting the rest cut into long layers to give it volume. This is perfect. I am trying this look on myself today to see if I can pull it off. Stunning as always!

  • christensen411

    11.04.2014 at 06:06 Reply

    I LOVE this look!

  • Allison M

    11.04.2014 at 06:20 Reply

    Good God, you look gorgeous! I love the hair but have to know which tanner you have on your face/neck!! Is it the Tanwise? I bought some but haven’t tried it yet. Anyway, you look beautiful! I’m in my 3rd trimester & I’m starting to feel like a blob. I need to do something to make me feel pretty 😉

    • Kristin O

      12.04.2014 at 18:15 Reply

      I want to know about the tanner too!!!

    • Cara

      13.04.2014 at 23:27 Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m so jealous you’re already in your third trimester! I feel like a blob already! So excited for you to have that beautiful baby in your arms! ( also I’m wearing the Tomas on my face and the tanwise on my body in this one!)

  • Becca

    11.04.2014 at 06:34 Reply

    You look so beautiful! Pregnancy is a good look on you 😉

  • Cee

    11.04.2014 at 06:40 Reply

    fantastic look!

  • Rebecca

    11.04.2014 at 06:41 Reply

    Love this hair! Anytime I’ve tried in the past my hair ends up looking like a hot mess. Maybe your tips will help it look like a controlled mess!

    • Cara

      13.04.2014 at 23:29 Reply

      Mine was a hot mess the first few times I tried too, but a lot of these tips made all the difference!

  • Jean

    11.04.2014 at 06:42 Reply

    Watching your videos is like being with a friend who knows how to do all fun girly stuff I never quite learned! Thank you!

  • Beth and Beauty

    11.04.2014 at 06:47 Reply

    I love this hair look! Our hair length is about the same, I would love to see or read a more detailed tutorial on it. You can even just shoot me an email w/ instructions if you don’t have to time to do a post on it. I really would love to know how you did it!! I have a hard time finding ways to style this length of hair. I would also love for you or any of your readers to join me on Beth and Beauty’s Funday Friday Comments Tag, I have created this tag to try to get to know my readers/subscribers and fellow bloggers better while at same time they can get to know me better. There are beauty, fashion, home decor and even some personal questions for you to choose from!! I need people to participate for this tag to work. My comments are not restricted. To find my blog all you have to do is click on my name above.

  • Angel L

    11.04.2014 at 06:53 Reply

    I love the color and length! Beautiful. What colors did you use for your haircolor?

    • Cara

      13.04.2014 at 23:33 Reply

      Thank you so much! My sis is helping me do a post all about the cut and color!

      • Angel L

        14.04.2014 at 12:42 Reply

        Yay!!! I can’t wait to read it and thank you!

      • katie williams

        07.05.2014 at 04:55 Reply

        I would love to knwo what colors you use too! I love that brown!!!

      • An

        29.03.2015 at 21:55 Reply

        Ahh I don’t even know if you’ll even see this but did you ever do a post on the cut & color? I’m in LOVE with this haircut but I’m not sure how to describe it to the hair stylist, pictures aren’t enough.

  • Samantha

    11.04.2014 at 06:59 Reply

    You are so, so, SO pretty!

    • Cara

      13.04.2014 at 23:34 Reply

      You are so so sweet. These comments really made my day, being pregnant sometimes makes me feel so frumpy at this stage so you really brightened my day!!

  • Jami

    11.04.2014 at 07:04 Reply

    Cara, Pregnancy must agree with you because you looking gorgeous!

  • Meg

    11.04.2014 at 07:04 Reply

    love this! can’t wait to try it! have you used a curling wand before? would it work for this look as well? Thanks for sharing! I like your new cut a lot!!

  • Liz Tea Bee (@LizzTeaBee)

    11.04.2014 at 07:05 Reply

    This looks great. My hair is this length right now so this is perfect!

    I have a product question, though. I don’t own texturizing spray but I do have hair spray and dry shampoo. What does the texturizing spray do that I can’t do with the dry shampoo and hair spray? Is it just that it’s the combination of hold and texture in a single product?

  • meghancarpenito

    11.04.2014 at 07:11 Reply

    Will you do a tutorial on applying false eyelashes? I bought a box of wispies but cannot for the life of me get them on properly so they look decent! Help!!!

  • Katherine

    11.04.2014 at 07:37 Reply

    I don’t know if it’s because you are pregnant or what, but you have seriously never looked more stunning.

  • Sabrina Botelho

    11.04.2014 at 07:40 Reply

    I love your hair so very much. How knew short hair would look better on u then long hair. And congrats on the baby boy! I hope Christian is okay. Give him an extra scoop of ice cream for us.

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    11.04.2014 at 07:42 Reply

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  • Barbara

    11.04.2014 at 07:57 Reply

    You look so fresh and ready for spring with that cut. I especially love the hair color…. Congrats on your baby boy! What a beautiful family you have.

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  • Vieve

    11.04.2014 at 08:07 Reply

    You look gorgeous as always. And these are really awesome tips. I know it will help me control the chaos my hair can be. How log did it take you to complete this hairstyle? I want to be realistic when giving my hubby my beauty time estimates. And i know you said you highlighted your hair recently what exactly did you do? I love it for dark haired girls to go for that summer lighter look.

    Beautiful hair once again… I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Teckie

    11.04.2014 at 08:23 Reply

    I’m digging the dry shampoo idea… and I bet those waves last so much longer now that they’re short and not weighed down! I am jealous of that.

  • Brittany Debity Barker

    11.04.2014 at 08:25 Reply

    Same as the others – would love to know how! If it took you 15 times, the lord only knows how long it would take me to figure it out! My hair is about to my bra-strap – is that still doable with this style?

  • Katy Burnett

    11.04.2014 at 08:33 Reply

    Gorgeous! I love this hair. Also your makeup is totally knocking me out. Any chance you could share how you did it?

  • Kelly

    11.04.2014 at 08:48 Reply

    So pretty!

  • NMV

    11.04.2014 at 08:49 Reply

    Woah. You totally look like Cersei Lannister here! :)

  • Rachel

    11.04.2014 at 09:00 Reply

    Love it Cara!! Such a pretty style!!

  • Erin

    11.04.2014 at 09:15 Reply

    This post is just what I needed!! Today is a bad hair day even for this messy hair lovin’ chic. I am just going to go recurl now I think. Also, Cara have you tried Rusk hairspray? It is my fav. It holds the curls and doesn’t make your hair feel hard or gross. I can go 4-5 days using it and not wash. Oh and it smells amaze-balls!

  • drewdubcak

    11.04.2014 at 09:15 Reply

    I love this! I definitely agree that going from really long to medium length hair is pain sometimes!

  • Susanna Niccum

    11.04.2014 at 09:17 Reply

    I can’t wait to try this method! I had my hair cut to this length about 6 months ago and have had the HARDEST time styling it. Not sure why but I guess I was just too used to long hair! Also, would you please tell me where your sweater is from? I love that color! Thanks!

    • Julia

      14.04.2014 at 13:34 Reply

      I second the request for where you got your sweater!

  • thefurniturefinder

    11.04.2014 at 09:53 Reply

    I think you’re hair looks gorgeous straight, too!

    • Kelly M

      13.04.2014 at 07:04 Reply

      I agree–the air dried “before” hair looks gorgeous on Cara!

  • Jenny Schaffer

    11.04.2014 at 10:01 Reply

    Loving the color! What colors are you currently using?

  • kelly

    11.04.2014 at 10:12 Reply

    How perfect are your brows here?! Wow!! Loving this and your shorter hair

  • Hope

    11.04.2014 at 10:14 Reply

    I love this hair color on you! It’s gorgeous :) I was wondering if you could maybe post a wedding makeup look? Thanks Cara, you’re amazing!

  • Liz Lewis

    11.04.2014 at 10:57 Reply

    You look stunning! The subtle highlights in your hair are fantastic, and I don’t know if you’re tan or just using bronzer, but it looks amazing. So summery!!

  • Rhetta whitelaw

    11.04.2014 at 12:07 Reply

    I love choppiness of this style ! But when I do it it just looks like I only curled parts of my hair. Any hints about how to get a more cohesive look?

  • Danielle

    11.04.2014 at 12:34 Reply

    Love your new cut and color!! You are just gorgeous!

  • Juli

    11.04.2014 at 12:48 Reply

    Cara, you are definitely glowing! And the color of that top is perfect on you. Gorgeous!

  • Alisa

    11.04.2014 at 13:26 Reply

    Cara, you totally made me feel better! I got my hair cut the same length a month ago and I’ve been kicking myself because I miss the longer length, plus I don’t know what to do with my hair, but now that I’ve seen this video I think I can do this! Thank you so much!! Alisa

  • Talla

    11.04.2014 at 15:06 Reply

    Love the look and just cut my hair two weeks ago so will be trying this on the weekend. Wanted to know what your favourite hairspray (drugstore and high end) is and if you could add them to your pretty list. I know you mentioned on from VS backstage and would like to know. Thanks!

    • Kathleen

      06.05.2014 at 07:38 Reply

      I’d like to know that too!

  • Jessica

    11.04.2014 at 15:31 Reply

    Thanks so much! This has really inspired me! I’ve been in a bit of a bun funk lately…just pulling my hair back and moving on with my day…but I can’t wait to try this one. I’ve also been thinking about doing some highlights for summer and this clinched it!

  • Summer

    11.04.2014 at 16:00 Reply

    THANK YOU CARA!! I recently cut off 10 inches and have been going crazy trying to make my curls look natural and beachy again! Sah great!

  • allycat

    11.04.2014 at 18:49 Reply

    Ok so I did it today for my sons baseball game. Was a perfect do! I changed up the texturizing spray. I wanted to try it today, was in a pinch, and found beach babe by Not your mother’s. I think it worked well. Keep on postin’!

  • Paige Reno

    11.04.2014 at 19:53 Reply

    Cara, I am so excited for tutorials on this length! As a fellow “long-hair addict” I had a bit of a hard time learning to style my long bob (I had to cut it as well due to excessive colour damage). This is super pretty and I love that it doesn’t look TOO polished :) I’d love to see more style ideas for this length of hair! You look even more radiant than usual and congratulations on the wee one xxx

  • Julie

    12.04.2014 at 00:03 Reply

    I love this look! Do you have tanner on your face? It looks so natural! What tanner is it?

    Great video!

  • Rayray

    12.04.2014 at 03:19 Reply

    Hi! What is your current haircolor called?. Love it. Also your hair looks lighter in the still photos but in the tutorial looks quite a bit darker. I’m guessing this is just different lighting. Anyhow, it looks wonderful. Just found your site and am enamored.

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  • Moa

    12.04.2014 at 04:41 Reply

    You look like Eva Mendes here, this length really suits you, the long hair did as well.

  • Louise

    12.04.2014 at 05:17 Reply

    Very pretty look! I love the lenght! :) xx v

  • Maya

    12.04.2014 at 05:29 Reply

    Hi Cara! As a woman of color, it can be hard to find a bronzer that actually adds some color and life. Could you do a tutorial on bronzers for women of color? Also, I find it really hard to add pops of color to eye makeup without looking like a performance artist. Any tips? Perhaps a tutorial on that too?! 😉

  • Jess

    12.04.2014 at 05:47 Reply

    Love it! I am having such hair envy!

  • Laken

    12.04.2014 at 09:50 Reply

    Cara! I love this hairstyle! I tried it this morning and am beyond pleased. Followed your instructions to the letter and it worked perfectly. Way easier AND faster than my normal curling methods too. Sharing with all my sisters immediately. You are heaven sent. Congrats on baby boy #2! So happy for you and your darling family!

  • Jen Gunderson

    12.04.2014 at 10:01 Reply

    Cara, you are absolutely gorgeous. I am going to echo everyone else here and say that you have an amazing pregnancy glow! I know you miss your long hair, but I love this length on you. My hair is about the same length, so I am LOVING that you are doing these tutorials. I have the Redken Wool Shake, which I know you like. Would that be too heavy to use instead of the Oscar Blandi?

  • behindthemirrorbeauty

    12.04.2014 at 10:22 Reply

    I am the queen of bed head, haha! I actually prefer this look to perfectly styled hair. For me it just seems so carefree and natural. Like there is are air of real confidence… I put up a post a while back with my favorite concoction to create my own version of bed head. Check it out if you have some time:

  • Logan

    12.04.2014 at 12:33 Reply

    Loved this tutorial. This length looks GREAT on you!
    xox Logan

  • natalie

    12.04.2014 at 12:50 Reply

    You look exactly like Natalie Zea with this haircut. Very cute!

  • Lauren

    12.04.2014 at 12:58 Reply

    What adjustments would you make for shorter hair? I have a shoulder length a-line and I have a seriously hard time getting that messy bed head look.


  • Suzan Green

    12.04.2014 at 13:23 Reply

    WOW! Great Style!


  • Catherine Cantieri

    12.04.2014 at 14:21 Reply

    Your highlights are on point! And the semi-curls really bring them out. Great video!

  • redlipstickandsparkle

    13.04.2014 at 07:23 Reply

    So nice!

  • misscindyq

    13.04.2014 at 09:09 Reply

    Looks like the perfect head of bed hair!

  • Suzette White

    13.04.2014 at 19:49 Reply

    You look so beautiful & your new hair length is very becoming! Also the color is somewhat lighter & I love it on you. Thanks for all your tips & info. Hope you are feeling better now.

  • Melissa

    13.04.2014 at 20:00 Reply

    Hi Cara! I’ve been following you for quite a while (ever since your post on the Sally Hansen Airbrush legs), but I’m finally coming out of the woodwork 😉 LOVE everything you post!

    This video was SO useful for me! It’s hard to find a lot of how-to’s for medium length hairstyles. I especially, tend to end up with a big fro-like hairstyle when I attempt to curl mine. Looking forward to trying this =) Thanks again!

  • Shelly

    14.04.2014 at 08:56 Reply

    I love this tutorial! I’ve been thinking about buying the OB texture spray, and you just sold me on it! I’ve missed your tutorials! You look amazing and I’d love to see a tutorial on the simple makeup look you are wearing in this video. :-)

  • Madison

    14.04.2014 at 12:02 Reply

    Cara, you look beautiful!! I love the hair and you’re absolutely glowing :) Do you think you’ll be doing more hair tutorials in the near future? Your cut (and hours on Pinterest) convinced me to chop off mine, too, and I have no idea what to do with it!

  • Micalah

    15.04.2014 at 05:16 Reply

    For longer hair (to the middle of the back) would you just suggest a larger curling iron? It seems like part of the beachiness is because you are only wrapping it once most of the time. I tried doing that with my 1 1/4 a couple of weeks ago and it was too straight at the bottom, but wrapping more than once made it more “little girl curls.” I didn’t switch up the angle of the curling iron though, just direction.

  • Sara

    15.04.2014 at 07:40 Reply

    Cara! Thanks for this :) I have been dying to take off length, but I am hesitant because of lack of body in my hair. I have a burning question though! I see you use curling irons mostly. Do you ever use styling wands?? Why do you prefer curling irons more? Just curious :) love the results you get after finding new techniques <3 looking natural is my number one priority so this blog has been a gold mine. XOXO -Sara Black

  • ashley

    15.04.2014 at 18:49 Reply

    So natural & cute. How do you style your 2nd day bed head & not look slept on? Do you typically have to recurl pieces or can you shake it out & go? What’s day 2 styling look like?

  • Becka T

    15.04.2014 at 20:30 Reply

    Love it!!! Your hair is the same length as mine, so this is perfect. I adore the bedhead look – sexy but not at all overdone. I love how easy you make this seem to do! Question: do you need to use texturizing spray or can you just use hairspray? Out of the millions (probably 100 lol) of hair products I own, I have like ten hair sprays but no texturizing spray :(

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  • Ella

    16.04.2014 at 07:16 Reply

    Love this video! Where is your sweater from? I’m obsessed.

  • Elizabeth

    16.04.2014 at 11:41 Reply

    Love, love, love, that you decided to make this video. Thank you so much!

  • Angie

    16.04.2014 at 18:56 Reply

    Love the hair! You look like you could be Sheryl Crow’s kid sister in the first pic of this post. Gorgeous!

  • gingererin

    18.04.2014 at 20:39 Reply

    I’m SO glad you did a hair tutorial! These have always been my favorite posts of yours (though I love them all). I love your hair this length. Mine is almost the exact same length right now, and I’ve been trying to find a tutorial for this type of style. It’s perfect. Congrats on the baby boy! I’m so happy for you. <3 Muah!

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    22.04.2014 at 20:33 Reply

    I want to know the makeup tutorial from this tutorial 😀

  • SoulFoodLiving

    24.04.2014 at 15:27 Reply

    DO you have a tutorial on what you do with your hair at night. I like to go 3-4 days without watching my hair, but sometimes it starts to feel so dry and like horse hair when I don’t wash it. Also do you just put it in a bun when you sleep?

  • analisa

    01.05.2014 at 14:24 Reply

    what do you think about perming hair? I have pretty long hair but I really want to perm it!

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    27.05.2014 at 06:49 Reply

    PLEASE do a tutorial for your makeup in this video! It is so natural looking and gorgeous!

  • Sanne

    27.05.2014 at 10:20 Reply

    I have shoulder length hair and I have been curling it like this for a while now. But it just didn’t stay and give me that bed head vibe that I was going for. Your tricks and tips just made it so much better, so thank you!

  • Meg

    10.06.2014 at 13:55 Reply

    Love this look, what mascara are you using? It makes your eyelashes gorgeous!

  • Ade

    09.08.2014 at 02:57 Reply

    I just wanted to thank you so very mucho for this tutorial!! My hair has just gotten to the point of being able to curl and I the way was curling it has nothing to do with how you do it. I did my hair just like you said and I’ve gotten lots of compliments and I just woke up with awesome curly hair again! Thank thank thank you.

  • Nina

    22.08.2014 at 09:35 Reply

    I have never commented on a blog post before but felt compelled to reply to this one… I also never do much with my hair because I’m not very good at it; plus, I bike to work and live in Texas (where it’s God awful hot most of the year), so my usual style is scraped back into a messy bun. However, this style is so pretty and your tutorial made it seem simple enough. I gave it a try and in spite of not even having had a haircut in 2 months (long time for a shoulder length bob), it turned out amazing!!! Thank you so much! Now I at least have one nice go-to thing I can do with my hair! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and it’s really inspired me to want to do nicer, more fun things with my hair and makeup. I thank you (and my husband thanks you too, I’m sure). xoxo

  • traci bender

    29.08.2014 at 03:25 Reply

    Loooooove the new hair. You can Rock any hair length & style !!!

  • Kelsie

    09.09.2014 at 16:09 Reply

    ohmygod thank you! im cutting my long hair off and I was TERRIFIED that there would be minimal styles I could do with it. It would be amazing if you could post more about styling mid-length to short hair!!! You’ve given me hope. 😉 thank you!!!

  • Andrea

    12.10.2014 at 09:13 Reply

    Perfect!!! I just donated 14 1/2 inches of my hair and its this length!! I feel like I have a little girl hair cut but this will def turn that around!!!

  • Victoria C

    15.10.2014 at 11:34 Reply

    Can you possibly do a tutorial on a similar look using a straightener?

  • Melissa

    16.10.2014 at 17:24 Reply

    Would u mind on letting me know the name of the spray or products you use in this tutorial thanks!!!!!

  • Melanie B

    11.11.2014 at 04:34 Reply

    I love your hair color, Is it possible to know the color formula for this color? I use redken. Thanks so much.

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  • sarita

    19.11.2014 at 14:43 Reply

    I love this. I’m going to try this on the weekend. Thank You!

  • Teresa

    29.11.2014 at 09:44 Reply

    How many layers Do you have?

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  • Somer

    10.01.2015 at 07:38 Reply

    So happy you have a post for this length. I just chopped off my long locks to have more of a healthy look. :)

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    I would also love to know what colors you’ve used on your hair. Thanks!

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