Taking time to maintain my mental and physical well being during the holiday season isn’t exactly in my playbook. Between the longer work hours, increased traffic time, and holiday party schedule, popping in for regular blowouts seems more like a chore than a chill session.
Ideally, during the next few months I’d make time for professional blowouts, but I would also love for a gal pal (or pro) to confide her secrets on how to keep my locks in line for longer, with minimal effort, to help make the bucks go the extra mile.
I asked DryBar founder Alli Webb (who brought easy luxury to the neighborhood with on-demand blowouts) to give us a crash course on how to extend the life of a great blowout with minimal effort. Webb says the first trick is to, “Start with super clean hair. It’s the perfect way to prepare hair for a blowout.” Spring for a shampoo when booking your appointment, and the results will last you much longer.
If you’re a blowout addict, add a pre-prep treatment like Philip Kingsley Elasticizer before shampooing. The award-winning mask adds serious strength to damaged hair and helps reduce breakage—and all you have to do is cover your hair with a plastic cap for 20 minutes before shampooing.
After the blowout, Webb suggests a sealant: “Be sure to finish with an oil to seal ends and control flyways.” I prefer R+Co Tinsel Smoothing Oil for being formulated without parabens, sulfates, or mineral oils. Instead it uses a touch of jojoba oil, which prevents split ends form forming. Beyond this, locking in the curl for the next few days is the essential not-to-skip step. Who doesn’t love the unpredictability of natural waves and curls? Webb adds: “Hair has memory, so building that curl in with a ceramic barrel brush is the key to longer lasting waves. And, a hint: the shorter your hair is, the smaller the barrel should be.” I found DryBar’s 3 Day Bender to be just the right fit for shoulder-grazing, medium lengths. Wrap hair loosely around the barrel for wider curls. Your hair will look much more natural—and like you just got a fresh blowout. And what does this mean in regards to day 3, 4, and even 5? Yes, Webb says a good blowout should last for days two to five days, depending on hair type and texture.
“Wetting or simply re-blowing the front of your hair is a great trick to refresh your 2nd or 3rd day look. But, a dry shampoo will really help extend your blowout between blowouts.” Everyone’s favorite, according to the Internet masses, is Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. This miracle-in-a-bottle ranks beyond excellent on many a beauty addict’s lists and review forums. My test drive showed that it does indeed live up to the hype; it does a stellar job at absorbing oil and sweat from the scalp and is really easy to shake out of your hair. And the treatment has time-release scent technology to keep your hair smelling fresh and clean for days after your appointment.