Editor's TipEditor's Tip

To take tresses from tousled and wavy to sleek and straight, try amika’s Straight Up Smoothing Balm.

Birchbox Breakdown

When it comes to the bedhead look, there’s a fine line between hot mess and haute mess. That’s where this cream-based gel from amika comes in. Lightweight polymers create a full, tousled look and keep everything in place with a gentle, noncrunchy hold. The formula can be applied to damp or dry hair to provide that “perfectly imperfect” vibe.

How to Use

Use on damp or dry hair. Squeeze a dollop into palms, and apply from middle to ends of strands. Let sit for a minute, and then mess up hair a bit to loosen. For extra volume, apply to roots, and to create a more defined texture, use a diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer.

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