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September 8, 2017

Pipe Cleaner Rick-Rack Technique


Pipe Cleaner Rick-Rack Technique

If you want to rick-rack like Ulta Beauty Pro Team Member Sonya Dove, then put the bobby pins down and stop at your nearest craft store. Find out how Sonya creates some serious volume and texture using pipe cleaners, a flat iron and the classic rick-rack technique in the step-by-step below.


Manufacturer: Ulta, @ultabeauty

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    Start by taking 2-inch sections at the nape. “Smaller sections will create more of an editorial look while large sections will create waves,” says Sonya.

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    Foil and wrap the ends to isolate each section.

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    Fold the pipe cleaner in half and place where the start of the texture is desired. Then, fold the hair over and under in a figure 8 pattern on the pipe cleaner.

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    Once the top section is reached, let the hair fall naturally and place pipe cleaner half way down the strand to create a smooth base and textured ends.

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    Next, use a flat iron to press on the pipe cleaners for only 2 to 5 seconds. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

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    Remove the pipe cleaners from the top section first to avoid added frizz and make your way through the entire head. Finish by spraying Wella Professionals EIMI Glam Mist on to your hands, then use your fingers to open the shape and texture of the hair.

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    Finished look

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