• Mon, Aug 24 2009

6 Ways To Extend Your Blow Dry

Have you ever had one of those perfect mornings where the weather is just right and you and your blow dryer are in perfect rhythm? Synced up and able to properly create a shiny, straight coif that usually remains reserved for trips to the hair salon?

Well, don’t let that beautiful blow dry go to waste! These are the days where the proper steps to keep the greasies at bay will go a long way in ensuring that you get more than just 24 hours out of it. Here is what you need to do…

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Pick the right conditioner. Ideally you have a combo shampoo/conditioner that will do the trick and not weigh down your locks. I prefer to go with a thicker conditioner when I’m going to keep some wave to my hair…but on days where I consider braving the blow dryer, too much conditioner will ensure I have greasy bangs before the work day is over.

Keep product off the roots. You really only need to apply gel or serum to the ends of your hair; it’s a mistake if you think starting at the roots will produce a shiny, healthy glow. If you have ever accidentally made the mistake, you know what it’s like to realize that your best bet is to hop in the shower and start all over again.

Just a pinch, not a dollup. Always start with less product, then work in more as needed. If you are using a giant glop of hair gel, it is impossible to remove it once you start. But being careful and slowly adding more if necessary, you will hit the right amount without going overboard.

Watch the forecast. The most common blow out killer? Bad weather. Keep your eye on what the weatherman is saying and make sure you pack an umbrella in case it starts to sprinkle. If you do get stuck in a monsoon, accept the fact that you just had a one day blow dry, then start again.

Ponytails are for day three. Unless you want a weird bump in the back of your hair, don’t forget to take out your ponytail before you go to bed. By day three you may find that you want to throw your hair up in a messy bun, but it’s best to not fall back on this before the end of day two.

Dry shampoo is your friend. If the greasies do find you, make sure there is some dry shampoo laying around in your bathroom. This stuff works magic on limp roots and will help make sure you can tackle day three of your blow out without worrying that anyone is catching on to your cleaver hair tricks.

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