If you spend the money, the time, and let’s be real, the agonizing and frightful burn of the blow dryer you want your do to last, right? Check out some of my tips on keeping your blowout from blowing up:
1. Rub dry shampoo (like Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo) into your roots. If your roots get oily (which they tend to do a day or so after the blowout), your hair will appear flat and less bouncy. Sprinkle some dry shampoo to combat the oil.
2. Pin curls are an easy way to “re-bump” your hair when your blowout starts to get a little flat. Simply take a section of your hair, spritz it with a heat protectant, then take a large barrel curling iron (or a flat iron if you have good “flick of the wrist” action) and curl your hair. Take the freshly curled section of hair and roll it with your fingers (similar to how you would with an actual roller) and secure the end with either a bobby pin or a duck bill clip. The end result should look just like you rolled your hair minus the rollers. Almost like this. Get it? Good. Now repeat until your entire head is pin curled. Leave in for 15-20 minutes and then style with your fingers.
3. Wrap your hair at night. Take a large paddle brush (never ever use a hard bristle brush—it can literally rip your hair out) and “wrap” your hair around your head until it’s completely in a bowl shape. Secure with large bobby pins and cover your head with a silk scarf (the silk allows your hair to retain its moisture). Wrapping your hair keeps it sleek and helps your hair to retain a bit of the “bump” you get from a blowout. In the morning, remove the scarf and the pins and comb your hair out of the wrap with a wide toothed comb.
5. If push comes to shove, go back to your stylist and ask if he or she can give you a quick re-blow. If you live in NYC, there are many places in Brooklyn (particularly in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park) and Manhattan that will do this for you sometimes for as little as $10!