7 Ways to Extend a Blowout
We’re talking super duper, squeaky clean. “Any dirt, oil, or product residue that’s left behind will impact how well your blow-dry comes out, and how long it will last,” explains Drybar founder, Alli Webb. So if your locks are especially grungy, be sure to ask your stylist to shampoo twice—and to concentrate the suds at the roots, where the most grime accumulates.
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Scale Back on Styling
Coating strands with every spritz, serum, and spray under the sun will give you good hair…for about five minutes. Products leave behind build-up that causes hair to lose its shape and fall flat, explains Webb. The fewer products you use, the longer you’ll be able to stretch your style. As a general rule, she suggests sticking to just two. In order to prevent damage, a heat protectant is a non-negotiable first step for all hair types. Try L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice ($32; lpsalons.com). Then, choose a styler based on your specific texture and needs. Those with fine tresses who want volume should opt for root-boosters or mousses; curly girls for frizz-fighters…you get the drill.
Sweatproof Your ‘Do
Squeezing in a good workout doesn’t have to mean sacrificing good hair. The secret? Be proactive and spritz on a dry shampoo, like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Weightless Dry Shampoo ($3; suave.com), before spin class. It creates a barrier that will absorb any oil or sweat before it can even reach your hair. Next, try one of Webb’s favorite gym-friendly styles: Braid a basic ponytail, then twist the braid around the base and pin in place. Not only does this keep hair off your sweaty neck and back, the plait also creates a cool, wavy, texture that only looks better as locks grow grungier.
Shower with Care
To ensure your blowout stays intact while you step under the spray, pull your hair back, twist it, then gently clip in place. “Twisting helps shield all the hair that’s underneath from any moisture, while clipping it ensures you don’t get the crease you would from an elastic,” explains Webb. And always don a shower cap. For the best results, pick one lined with cotton or terrycloth for an extra level of protection against moisture. Our go-to: Drybar The Morning After Shower Cap ($16; shop.thedrybar.com). Be cautious post-shower too. “The moist, humid air in your bathroom can cause frizz, so take your hair down in a different room,” advises Webb.
Believe it or not, the trick to waking up with good hair lies in your bedding. Consider swapping your pillowcase for a satin option. The smooth fabric creates less friction than cotton, so it won’t rough up your strands, says Webb. (Alternatively, covering hair with a silk scarf will have a similar effect.) If nothing else, wrap the front section around a large Velcro roller and loosely clip the rest at the back of your head. The roller helps maintain fullness and bounce where it’s most needed.
Refresh the Right Way
Dry shampoo is undoubtedly a style-saving necessity, but correct usage is key. Grab a small section of your hair (about two to three inches wide), and mist the underside, holding the can three to four inches away from your scalp to avoid product overload. Repeat until you’ve covered your whole head, then work it into the roots using your fingertips. Resist the urge to brush; this removes most of the product, and distributes oils at the root down the lengths of your strands, making them look greasy.
Switch Up Your Style
Something as easy as changing your part is a great way to instantly hide grimy roots, says Webb. And when all else fails, transform your previously smooth and sleek blowout into textured waves. A tousled, piece-y ‘do will not only help camouflage dirty tresses, it actually holds and looks better on unwashed hair, she explains. Just use a curling iron (from mid-shaft to ends) on a few random sections to score an effortless, cool-girl look.