Who doesn’t love getting a great blow-out? After all, your hair looks fabulous, full of volume and shine. Unfortunately, that look seems to disappear faster than we like. However, it doesn’t have to; instead, to help your blow-out last longer, David Babaii, partner with Blo Blow Out Bar, put together 10 tips and tricks to keep your blow-out around for more than just a day or two. Try one or two – or try them all – and see which ones work best for making your blow-out last.
1. Have your stylist start with a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your specific hair type. My motto has always been that a great hair day starts with a clean canvas.
2. When you go to bed at night, consider a silky pillowcase. They allow the hair to move freely while sleeping so you can prevent flattening the volume you love.
3. For those sleek straight blow-outs, grab a scrunchie. Gently pull hair back into a low ponytail, twisting it loosely around to keep hair in place. For longer lengths, try wrapping coated bands mid-center and at the ends of the tail. Also, a great flat iron is a must to rid your blow-out of any imperfections, humidity or daily side effects from the elements.
4. When you wake up in the morning, you can freshen your scalp in several ways. For my natural beauties, create a small mixture of water and lemon juice. Then take a cotton ball and moisten it slightly, making sure to squeeze any left-over juice out. Next, gently start by cleansing the hairline, followed by parting small sections and cleaning the scalp area only. This will absorb and clean away any excess oils while giving your hair a fresh scent. For my busy working gals, a dry shampoo is quick and easy to use.
5. In the shower, loosely wrap your hair into a soft cotton towel to keep any moisture and humidity from seeping into your ’do. Shower caps are great, but I feel they tend to flatten your hair and cause your head to sweat; a cotton towel allows your head to breathe.
6. To refresh your volume or waves, invest in Velcro rollers (jumbo to medium sizes). Before your first cup of coffee or stepping into the shower, simply roll your fringe on a jumbo, lifting the section to a 90-degree angle so you can maintain volume. Do the same for the top, sides and back. If needed, you can add a few more. Allow the Velcro rollers to stay in for about 30 minutes, then remove and finger comb your hair into place. For beachy waves, opt for a professional-grade beach spray. After spritzing, twist strands in various diameters to bring life back into your look.
7. A round brush (medium for short to chin-length hair and large for longer hair) can also quickly smooth any flaws from sleeping or a shower. It also can be used to retouch your fringe. Simply use a nozzle attachment on your blow dryer to have more air concentration, then take your round brush on dry hair wrapping your fringe evenly over the brush. Follow this with a blast of hot air then a shot of cool. Roll the brush a few times if your hair has a stubborn streak to it. You can use the same technique anywhere your hair needs a quick touch-up.
8. Do not overuse products in-between blow-outs. This causes the hair to not only weigh itself down, but the build-up also soils your hair and scalp faster.
9. Try not to run your fingers through your hair or play with it when bored. This increases stimulation to the scalp for unwanted oil.
10. If you wish to change your style in-between blow-outs, accessories are always the easiest and fastest way to make simple alterations. A headband, decorative pins and clips plus great hair ties can do the trick. Try putting your hair to one side, in a ponytail or creating a faux bob. All these styles will still help to make your original blow-out last.