By Gracee Tolentino
Who doesn’t love strutting about town with that fresh-from-the-salon, perfectly blown-out hair? Unfortunately, not everyone has the time—or the money—to indulge in a professional blowout every day. But since it’s a service a lot of us invest in, shouldn’t the benefits last for more than just a couple of days? The good news is that’s totally doable. All you need are a few expert tips and some must-have hair-styling products to give you the longest-lasting bang for your buck.
Whether you’re DIY-ing your blowout or having it done by a professional, what you do beforehand is just as important as the process itself. “Before your blowout, wash your hair with a lightweight shampoo and conditioner,” explains Janna Urman, Boston-based hairstylist at Bella Santé. “Any hair care product that says ‘rich’ or ‘moisturizing’ will make your hair look greasier or feel limp faster.”
At night, Urman suggests sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase with your hair down on one side of your neck, or secured with a scrunchy in a very loose, on-top-of-your-head bun to minimize damage.
The Morning After
Your blowout should still look intact when you wake up, but even the least amount of moisture can turn your hair from fab to a frizzy fiasco. The solution? Use a high-quality shower cap to protect your hair when you shower. “Use a thick, heavy-duty shower cap with a sturdy rim—not the clear plastic you usually get for free from hotels, which can leave your hairline exposed to moisture,” says Urman.
Once out of the shower, try not to fully brush your hair; just touch up areas that need to be combed out. Another thing you need to keep away from? Sweat. “Try not to do strenuous activities to keep sweat from ruining your blowout,” advises Urman. “If you are one of those people who just can’t go a day without working out, consider strength-training exercises or a yoga class—you get the same, great workout but you won’t sweat as much.”
The Next Few Days
After a few days, your once sleek, shiny and voluminous tresses will begin to look limp and lifeless, thanks to excess oil and gravity. To revive lackluster hair, spray a quick-drying invisible dry shampoo, like One ‘n Only™ Argan Oil Dry Shampoo, on the roots of your hair to soak up excess oil and give hair a much-needed boost. Use your fingers to work the product into your scalp, and let it sit it for at least a minute or two. If needed, volumize certain sections with a large-barrel curling iron or a professional blow dryer.
You can also extend your blowout for another couple of days by getting creative with your hairstyles. Braids, buns, high ponies and even textured waves are great style options for days-old, unwashed hair. As most frizz-fighting products—like a hair oil or a leave-in conditioner—can weigh your hair down, Urman suggests applying them only to the bottom half of your hair, if needed.
The Final Stretch
Some hair types, like thick and curly hair, can hold hairstyles a little longer than others. If your hair type belongs to this group, lucky you—your blowout can probably last up to five or six days. Around day seven, your hair may look like it needs a wash. At that point, cleanse and repair your strands with a nutrient-rich shampoo and follow it up with a hydrating treatment mask.
That’s it! Follow these expert tips for preserving the look of your professional blowout and enjoy a “good hair day” every day.