Courteney washed her hair at home and arrived to the photo shoot with clean, damp locks. Abergel then massaged Kusco-Murphy’s Setting Lotion ($33; aveyou.com) just into her roots. “Women with thicker hair, like Courteney's, tend to think that they don’t need to use a volumizer," he said. But when it's applied just at the roots, it will keep your style from falling flat, he explains.
Next, Abergel applied Orlando Pita Rejuvenating Hair Treatment Oil ($19; costco.com), avoiding the roots, and rough-dried Courteney's hair with a blow-dryer. Once the hair was about 80 percent dry, he started using a natural boar bristle round brush to gently pull the hair smooth. "If you use the brush while the hair is still wet, it can tug at and damage the hair—plus it slows the drying process," he explains.
Once the hair was dry, Abergel divided the hair into 1.5-inch-wide sections and pin curled each while they were still hot. He allowed the pinned curls to cool for about ten minutes, then sprayed them with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray ($20; fekkai.com) and uncoiled them.
Once the hair was unpinned, Abergel used his hands to tousle it a little, then worked a dime-sized amount of pomade through the ends for separation. Try Rene Furterer Light Molding Paste ($24; dermstore.com). "The result was hair with a beautiful, soft wave that had both fullness and movement,” he said.
The key to any good style, Abergel said, is easing up on the products. “One of the biggest mistakes people make is using too many products—or choosing products that are too heavy for their hair type,” he said. Start conservatively and just add as needed to preserve your "natural luster, fullness and movement.”