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Get the ‘rich girl’ Korean hair trend in 3 simple steps

Look like a million bucks with our top tips for nailing this subtly sexy, surprisingly versatile spin on the conventional curl; all in under 15 minutes to boot!
 

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Exhibit A: 'Rich girl' hair as seen at Carven's Autumn 2015 show ...

Guess what, the Kool Korean kids did it first. Again.

I’m talking about “rich girl” hair, a fabulous follicular fad that’s been making its rounds on all the American beauty blogs.

But what is it, exactly? Essentially the mane equivalent of dewy no-makeup makeup – also another Korean beauty first, FWIW – rich girl hair is sleek, satiny, loose and luxe; sort of like the tousled tresses of beach babes everywhere, minus the crunchy sea salt texture.

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... and the Korean predecessor-slash-counterpart, courtesy of K-Pop starlet Nana. Image: www.pinterest.com/pin/31877109838401707

As seen on the cool clotheshorses strutting down Carven, Gucci, Versace and Chloe’s Autumn 2015 runways, rich girl hair will be familiar to K-Beauty fans – it’s just the sort of “natural” look Korean lasses like to sport. The overall flowy femininity is ultra ulzzang; even better, it’s also a complete cinch to pull off.

Don’t believe me? Here’s how to score this super stylin’ head of soft hair in three simple steps, all in under 15 minutes, tops:

STEP 1. The trick to bagging this buoyant bounce is to start by dusting a degreasing powder into the roots. I adore Alterna’s Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo, a discreet, purse-sized dry shampoo that keeps limp locks at bay while simultaneously amping up the volume in your hair.

After sprinkling the roots with said shampoo, blow dry with a rounded brush and make a deep part. (Centre or side? Your call.)

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STEP 2. Remember, the goal is the slightest of swirls at the mid-body; think whisper, not wave. Keeping the top of your head sleek and smooth, grab sections of hair at ear height and coil around a curling iron.

Wait just two seconds for each section to set – and I really do mean two seconds; anything more and you’ll lose the looseness we’re aiming for – then release the curls from the spirals and separate by running your fingers through them.

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STEP 3. Last lap! Tease the hair at your crown with a medium-sized boar-bristle brush for a tad more volume, then finish with a swift spritz of a shine-boosting setting spray like Living Proof’s Flex Shaping Hairspray. Again, restraint is required; you don’t want any sort of overdone stiffness cramping your style. Run your fingers through the ends once more, and you’re done!

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Bonus: For a glossy gleam worthy of any Garosu-gil girl, pat down any flyaways by smoothing in a smidgen of Kérastase Chronologiste Parfum En Huile, an insanely posh perfumed hair oil produced by Alberto Morillas, the top nose behind Flower by Kenzo and Lancome Miracle.

A suitably swanky finishing touch for your rich girl hair, don’t you think? Cheers!

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