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Who says that a girl has to conform? If average hair isn't your thing, feel free to be adventurous with spikes. Let your hair make a big, loud, clear statement about who you are. Even if you have shoulder-length hair, you can spike it! Best of all, when you grow tired of your sharp new image, just wash the spikes out. How's that for versatility?
Shampoo your hair just like always and either blow it dry or let it air dry. Run a brush or wide-toothed comb through your hair to remove any knots or tangles. These will only get in the way, so brush 'em on out of there.
Comb a section of your hair straight up in the air. The section of hair that you choose will depend on how thick you want your spikes. For instance, large 1-inch-square sections will create spikes with larger diameters than smaller ¼-inch sections. Make sense?
Spray the bottom 2 to 3 inches of hair with a generous amount of hairspray, while still holding the section up. Don't be stingy; really get in there and saturate your hair with the sticky stuff.
Give the section of hair a blast of cool air from the blow dryer. As the hairspray dries, it will keep the roots and lower section of your hair in the upright, spiked position. Now it's time to pull out the big guns.
Apply some hairstyling glue to the section. Get your fingers nice and sticky with the hair glue and run them up the section of hair. Start at the root and work your fingers up to the tip. As you work your way up, mold the hair into the spiked shape you desire. Not bad, huh?
Blast the spike with another burst of cool air from the blow dryer. This will help harden the hairstyling glue. Next, give the spike a spritz of hairspray from root to tip and blast it with cool air again. Keep working your way around your hair, making sections, spraying, gluing and then spraying again. Now, those are some spikes!
Spikes can be chaotic or well-organized; it's up to you. If you prefer your long spikes to protrude from your head in an orderly fashion, you may want to section all of your hair before you begin. This is a good idea especially if you have a preplanned pattern for your spikes.
Hair glue isn't actually a glue. Its more like a thick, creamy, sticky styling gel capable of outweighing the hair and keeping it in place. Hair glue is available in grocery stores and pharmacies.
Do not use more hair glue than you need on each spike. Apply just enough to your fingers to make them feel tacky. Too much hair glue will take longer to stiffen up and affect the final outcome.