Question: How can I get my hair blowout to last?
Answer: There are few things in life that are more satisfying than a fresh salon blowout. As much as we love our blowouts and regardless of how careful we are, unfortunately, things go south after a day or so. However, good news: there are ways to squeeze a few extra days from the life of your blowout!
When it comes to maintaining a blowout, fewer products are better. Stick to a heat protectant or anti-frizz serum. Anything else will weigh hair down and cause more oil buildup. Although it’s tempting, try not to touch or fuss with your hair too much during the first day. The more you mess with it, the more your hair loses its volume and oomph. You’ll also stimulate your hair follicles in producing more oil, which ultimately causes your roots to grease up faster.
Before you go to bed, wrap your hair in a silk scarf to protect it from getting messed up in your sleep. This means avoiding elastic hair ties at all costs, as they will cause that dreaded ponytail crease. Be sure to go over any kinks with a flat iron when you wake up the next morning. Try a ceramic plated one, like the CHI Ceramic Flat Iron.
After a day or so, your hair will start getting a bit oily. When that happens, use a dry shampoo to soak up the oil buildup. Brush a powdered dry shampoo, such as Blow Faux Dry Shampoo, through the roots of your hair. If you don’t have any dry shampoo around, the cheaper way out is baby powder. It brushes right in and, if you have light colored hair, you won’t have to worry about residue showing!
While baby powder will leave your hair feeling fresh and oil-free, it may cause some static. Not to worry, there’s a cheap fix for that too: dryer sheets! Simply take the dryer sheet and rub it through your hair from root to tip. This will eliminate static and leave your tresses smelling like fresh linen.
If baby powder and dryer sheets aren’t enough to mask the smell of unwashed hair after a blowout, grab your blow dryer and give your hair a cool blast. The cold setting will air out your scalp and temporarily rid the smell.
Most girls don’t have the texture or hair type to keep a blowout for more than three or four days. If you’re brave, (or lazy) however, there are certain styles that successfully mask dirty hair while still looking fabulous. For instance, a topknot or high sock bun are both chic and easy styles that will give you a clean, put-together look. Braids are also the perfect casual, go-to style for masking oily tresses.
While these tips and tricks will help to preserve your blowout, all good things must come to an end. Before you finally wash your hair, enjoy your beautiful blowout while it lasts!