Nothing beats the bounce, body, style and sheen of a professional blowdry. Try as we might, replicating one at home always turns out to be a disappointing (and time-intensive) endeavor. Luckily, we’ve picked up some tricks to ward off limp locks, greasy roots, and frizzy tangles–making your professional blowdry go the distance. Saving a blowdry beyond day three does require a bit of strategy. Let us breakdown our tactics.
At night pull hair back into a loose ballerina on top of your head. Secure it with a soft scrunchie to avoid dents or damaging the ends. If you tossed your scrunchies with the turn of century, a few extra loops with a headband will do. If you toss and turn or sleep on your side, try wearing a silk headband to smooth the hairline while you snooze. While you’re at it, it’s time to swap in those silk pillowcases too.
When it comes time to shower, a thick shower cap is a must. Look for a sturdy elastic rim that will stay in place, locking out moisture. Try to avoid shower caps of the cheap plastic variety, which can cause your head to sweat, creating frizz. If you’re serious about extending your style, a laminated fabric one is the way to go. We love the style-saving caps from Dry Divas. For locks that are feeling particularly limp, wrap a few large sections of hair at the top of your head in Velcro curlers, before you hop in the shower. Afterwards, remove your cap and curlers for an instant lift.
In a perfect world a little fluffing with your fingers would be all that you need to revive a blowout. In the real world a blast of dry shampoo to soak up oil and perk up roots is always on the agenda. We swear by Redken Powder Refresh 01. Make sure you’re using the proper dry shampoo technique too! If you’re fighting frizz, use a flat iron go over just the areas that need attention in small sections. Finish with a shine serum, on the ends. For beauties with a fringe, a blow dryer and round brush may be needed to restyle your fringe.
We’ll leave you with this last quick tip: Hand’s off! Try not to touch your hair throughout the day as oils on your fingers can weigh down your hair, putting you on the fast track to a limp blowout.
1. “The Web”
I often use this term to explain to my clients one of the reasons their hair can lack luster. What “The Web” refers to are the little frayed ends of your hair that can create a dry and frizzy net over your head. If you’re feeling like your hair has lost it’s shine it’s very possible that your suffering from “The Web” and a is a sure fire sign that you’re due for a cut!
2. You can’t style it any longer.
Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror after doing your hair and noticed that something was off? It just isn’t doing what it used to? Snip Snip! It’s time for a trim! As your haircut grows out it slowly begins losing its shape and becomes harder to style. This means its time to give your hair a lift and bring it back to life.
3. There’s no spring left in your curls.
For most curly haired women, shape and bounce are key. If you’re noticing that your curls don’t seem to move, it could be because they are lacking moisture, especially if you also like to dabble in straight and sleek styles (read: excess heat on your locks). Dry hair not only lacks movement but also shape and shine… if you’re missing any of these three things, it’s time to trim.
4. You can’t see.
The most obvious way you can tell its time for a haircut is if your fringe and frame have grown out and have begun falling in your face. A smart way to stretch your haircuts out a little bit is to talk to your stylist about getting a bang trim around the halfway mark. This can completely refresh your look and a bang trim is complimentary at many salons.
5. You need a change!
If your beauty routine is starting to feel the same day in and day out and your overall look could use a little change, it may be time to experiment with a new cut. Whether its all out chopping off your locks or just some getting some peek a boo bangs, switching up your hair can be a great way to have a quick, fresh new look
Kit Harington at the Game of Thrones premiere: A glorious man-mane, though we like the dirty ‘do he sports on the show a little better.
We thought it couldn’t be done, but Rachel McAdams has teamed her rich copper locks with a bright pink lip. AND it looks chic!
The actress’s roughed-up bob is so versatile and flattering. The shape is so simple, it’s tough to mess up. For the most movement and styling options, ask for a gently textured perimeter and light snips to remove weight around the face and ears, where hair tends to stick out naturally.
Alan Coban TIP: Whether your hair is fine or thick, it’ll hold this effortlessly cool shape with the help of styling cream on the ends for separation that’s soft but not spiky.