There is no hair moment quite as satisfying as when you first leave the salon after a great blowout. No matter what tools or products you use at home, it always just looks better when someone else does it, right? There are girls who can work one blowout for a week, and I totally commend them. But my hair gets greasy quick, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Here is my tried-and-true formula for making your hair stay glossy and gorgeous for days.
Avoid cardio (yay!). Especially in summer heat, your scalp sweats a lot while running or doing other cardiovascular activity. Sweat at the roots is not a good look. If you don’t want to ditch your fitness routine completely, work out inside with the A/C blasting and stick to crunches, leg lifts, or other localized moves.
Wear a shower cap. Sure, your grandma has one, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. I’m a big fan of Blow’s “the perfect shower cap,” with a terry liner to absorb steam and keep hair from frizzing out. Beauty.com, $18.
Thrashing about and sweating in your sleep can cause hair to rumple and tangle. Select a nice, soft hair tie (read: a scrunchie) that won’t cause a dent. Keep hair parted as it is, and gather at the nape of your neck. Twirl it gently around itself into a loose bun, wrap with hairtie and try to sleep on your side. When you wake up, gently remove hairtie and separate the hair with your fingertips. Voila!
Day one: Leave it alone
The only thing touching your blown-out hair should be your Mason Pearson mixed bristle brush (drugstore.com, $151). Do not add product, and no matter how soft it feels, please try not to touch. Your fingertips are a hotbed of oil and the more you touch your hair, the greasier it will be. If you have any fly-aways, spritz your fingertips with a tiny amount of strong hold hairspray and gently pat unruly hairs down. Basta!
Day two: Fluff factor
You can likely keep the same shape your hair had post blowout by continuing to leave it alone. Try a quick flip-over in the bathroom, brushing hair gently from underneath and then flipping your head up to keep its bounce. If you are starting to see a little oil at the hairline, fret not. Neil George refresh dry shampoo, neilgeorgesalon.com, $18, is a wonderful product. Spray lightly on affected areas, allow the shampoo to absorb, and gently brush through.
For an extra flounce factor, try this no-fail style. Keeping hair parted as it is, simply pull back a small section from each side. Twist as you go and affix with pins at the back on either side. This princess-like style adds body and distracts from any early signs of oil, a la Blake’s hair here.
Day three: Pony up
Personally, I’m not a fan of letting hair go unwashed for longer than three days, but you can sport your still-fly blowout on your third and final day with a poofy pony. Use your dry shampoo at the roots first. Then, pull hair back into a high pony, smoothing the look with your Mason Pearson. Use a fun pony cover like grosgrain ribbon tied into a bow, or a nice length of black leather wrapped several times around. I really like these cotton bows from American Apparel, too. Americanapparel.com, $14. If hair is lacking in body, try a clipless curling iron to create big waves. Spritz all over with your favorite long hold hairspray, and head out the door.