After an often expensive trip to the salon, it’s a woman’s lament, “Now, if only I could make it look this good at home … ” Yes, we’d all like to extend the life of that fresh style, but sadly, that’s rarely the case, as hair often looks limp and even a tad greasy as soon as the very next day. So what’s a girl to do? SB Birmingham’s Elizabeth Yeilding and I had plans to visit the Blow Out Bar at Tonya Jones SalonSpa to get gussied up for last week’s Spring Soirée. We wanted to keep our lovely locks styled and pretty for a few days. Possible? YES! I did some research to find out the best ways to get the most mileage out of a professional blowout and put them to the test. Here’s what works to extend your blowout:
Start with a good wash with the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Clean, residue-free hair is a must for extending the life of a blowout. Products can enhance your style, but can weigh hair down with time. Opt for a heat protectant, but steer clear of heavy formulas if you want a longer-lasting result.
Gals with fine hair can use a root booster to get lift and volume, while the curly-, thick- or coarse-haired ladies should use a smoothing balm to fight frizz.
HOW TO DRY
Use a round brush on damp dry hair to go from roots to ends, blow drying hair by aiming the heat down the shaft of the hair cuticle to make sure it lays flat. Using the cool blast setting on your hair dryer will help set the style for longer-lasting results. Otherwise hair will fall flat as it naturally cools down.
At night, pull hair up in a loose top bun or high pony secured with a soft scrunchie. If you’re prone to bed head, try a silk pillowcase or head scarf to help avoid “dents” in your hair.
Invest in a high-quality shower cap with secure elastic edges to prevent moisture from seeping in while you shower. (Those thin, disposable, hotel-grade caps have poor elastic security and tend to make your head sweat.) If necessary after showering, blow dry any areas around the hairline that get damp. Use a dry shampoo, working it in with your fingers through the scalp to fluff up your locks. Flat iron only those areas that still need smoothing, and be careful not to over brush or touch your hair throughout the day, as this can lead to more oil and will make your hair limp.
If you really want to get the most out of the experience or just don’t have time to style your hair every morning, switch up your hairstyles starting with wearing it down the first two or three days, then add curls on day three or four, a half-up on day four or five and a ponytail, bun or other updo for the remainder of the days and you can get a full week out of that one blowout!
Special thanks to Tonya Jones SalonSpa for the great blowout! We will definitely be back soon!
For more great beauty tips check out our story From Day to Night: Make a Smooth Transition.