My clients are constantly telling me that there’s nothing quite like a great blow out. They feel transformed when they leave the salon with a shiny, bouncy, glamorous blow out. It’s amazing how uplifting something so simple can be. How your day, your outfit and even your attitude can be so dramatically improved. But how long, you may have wondered, can that wonderful feeling last? Here at Fabio Scalia Salon we feel that, with the appropriate amount of TLC, a good blow out should be able to last between 4 and 6 days. That is why this weeks beauty tip is dedicated to making your blow dry last. Our stylist, Theresa Belloni, put together a list of five ways to make a blow out last up to a week. Whether you are doing it yourself or having it done professionally, follow Theresa’s tips for a lasting blow out:
1) To begin with, make sure your hair is extremely clean. This will require two shampoos. It is important that you, or the person washing your hair, really massages your hair at the roots to make sure your scalp gets clean. The cleaner the better! A beautiful blowout on a dirty scalp is a failure waiting to happen.
2) If you are doing your own blow out, make sure that the blow dryer you are using gets really hot. Also, make sure it is fast-drying, to prevent hair damage. We carry the T3 line of blow dryers as well as the Parlux, which will both do the trick. I’m sorry to say, but it is impossible to achieve a proper blowout with a bargain dryer. They are just not powerful enough.
3) When you go to sleep at night put your hair up. Do NOT use a traditional elastic hair tie because you will get that “dent” that signifies the demise of your blowout. Instead, for volume the next day, put your head upside down and gather your hair into a loose bun on top. Secure with a ribbon hair tie, like these by Sephora, or any cloth hair tie that does not have a lot of elastic. If you are not trying to achieve volume, tilt your head back and pull hair into a low, tight bun just above your neck. Secure the same way.
A low bun if you are not looking for volume…..
4) Shower caps are your friend. Moisture and humidity are not. Tuck all of your hair into a terry cloth-lined shower cap before showering. The terry cloth will help soak up moisture before it reaches your tresses. (You can purchase one online through Nordstrom.) Also, don’t turn your bathroom into a steam room by taking an overly long shower. Basically, get clean and get out.
5) Products are the key to keeping your blow dry in tact throughout the week. The exact products you use will depend on your hair type. For example, if your hair is dry and tends to frizz use a leave-in treatment, such as Phyto 7, Dry Hair Hydrating Day Cream with 7 Plants . Squeeze a pea sized amount into your palm and distribute throughout the hair, focusing on the ends. This will leave your hair looking shiny and smooth without frizz or pesky flyaways.
If your hair tends to get oily try using a texturizing spray, such as Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, on a daily basis. This will absorb any oil that is starting to build up and it will leave your hair feeling fresh and clean. It is also good to use after a workout, so you do not need to choose between being fit and having your hair look amazing :).
No matter what your hair type is, you can keep your hair smelling clean and fresh throughout the week with a daily hair refresher, such as Oribe Hair Refresher. It is basically perfume for your hair. Who can’t use that?!
Theresa’s gorgeous clients, Roberta and Teresa, after a fresh blowout.
Hope you have enjoyed these tips! Thank you Theresa. If you have any questions for Theresa, myself (Fabio), or any of our staff members please feel free to leave them below. We would love to here from you…