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 it Works

The gel contains obliphica (aka native Siberian sea buckthorn berry) oil, which features a laundry list of powerful ingredients: antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fatty acids, omegas 3, 6, and 9, and omega 7 (generally found only in fish oil). In conjunction with hydrolyzed keratin protein, obliphica oil repairs and moisturizes thirsty tresses.

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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