Who doesn’t love a great blow out?! Whether you just visited the salon and your stylist gave you a bomb blowdry style, or you went to one of those Blow Dry Bar’s, I know you will do everything in your power to make that blow dry last as long as possible. Women skip work outs, they sleep sitting upright, and at times they may even skip taking a shower. No judgement here, I get it. Even I LOVE a good blow out and I love it even more when some one else does it for me.
Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about how to make your blow dry style last…
Blow Dry with Volume and Curls
If your blow out has lots of volume and curls like Jennifer Lopez’s hair, your best bet is to sleep with your hair in a loose high bun and secure it with a spin pin or 2. Flip your head upside down and twist your hair on the top of your head. Wrap it around into a bun and screw these little pins into your hair.
What is a Spin Pin you ask? They are these little guys:
What’s great about spin pins is they won’t create any dents in your curls, and unlike bobby pins, you only need about 2 for even the thickest hair. You can buy these at Target or CVS. When you lets your hair down in the morning, shake it out and fluff it up. If you feel like you’ve lost your volume at the crown of your hair, don’t be afraid to tease it a bit. I prefer to tease hair with a boar bristle brush rather than a comb because it’s more gentle on the hair, and I actually feel it works much better.
What type of brush do I tease with? A Small Denman Boar Bristle is my favorite:
*You can purchase this brush at most beauty supply stores or online.
Now if you had some crazy dreams and awake to greasy hair you still have hope. Dry Shampoo (hair powder) is a life saver. Every girls needs this stuff! Not only does it absorb grease and oil, but it will help create volume within your hair as well. Put some at the roots of your hair before you tease and watch out! Your hair will get massive, and awesome…
Does Dry Shampoo actually clean your hair? NO, but who cares!
I’ve mentioned Khlorane before and I’ll mention it again. This is my favorite dry shampoo for many reasons. It doesn’t smell bad, it’s light and won’t make your hair feel tacky, and it won’t add color to your hair. You can purchase Khlorane at most high end beauty supply stores, and we happen to carry it at my salon, Román Salon.
Blow Dry with Loose Beachy Waves
Whitney Port’s look is actually pretty easy to maintain. Before bed, put your hair in a low, loose braid. If you have thick hair you may want to do 2 braids. The trick is you want to secure this braid with a SCRUNCHIE, yes a scrunchie. Once you take your hair out in the morning your waves will wake back up. Spritz a styling spray like Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble if your hair needs some extra roughness and texture. If the mid shaft or ends of your hair are looking dull and blah, use a hair oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime. P.S. They still sell scrunchies everywhere so go buy one, and maybe wear it on your wrist during the day if you’re feeling crazy 😉
Smooth and Straight Blow Dry
Jennifer Aniston is the queen of this sort of blow dry style. Yes she has the luxury of having someone style her hair daily, but you can actually recreate this look quite easily. The trick is maintaining some volume and movement at the crown of the head, but still making sure you don’t have dents or any frizziness at the ends.
To bring back that smooth fullness on top you will need 3 medium to large velcro rollers and a blow drier.
1. Grab your bang area and pull it straight up. Wrap the hair into the roller going away from your face. Roll it all the way down to your head and move on to the section right behind it repeat, and do the same with the following section behind that one.
2. Once your 3 rollers are set on top of your head you can put some heat to them with your blow drier for about 1-2 minutes. It’s best to have your blow drier on a low setting so it doesn’t blow your hair all over the place. The goal is to heat the hair up that’s sitting in the roller. Once they all feel warm you can stop with the drier and wait a few minutes to let the hair cool. Do not remove the rollers until the hair actually feels cool!
3. Spray the cooling hair with a light weight aerosol hairspray, like Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer. While the rollers are cooling this is a perfect time to touch up the ends of your hair with a flat iron if it needs it. Put your flat iron on a low heat setting, and run it through the ends just a few times. Remove the rollers, flip your head upside down, shake it out, and smooth your hair with your fingers or a soft bristle brush. If you’re looking for a new blow drier or flat iron, check this blog post out: The Best (and affordable) Styling Tools.
And there you have it. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed try try again. Styling hair takes practice and patience, but it’s worth it to learn how to do this stuff on your own. Not only will you save money, you will look your best on a daily basis. Have at it ladies, and make me proud 🙂