What would you give for a week of perfect hair without sacrificing the snooze button?
One of the most common misconceptions about blowouts is that they should be saved for special occasions. Yes, blowouts are an amazing way to add a glamorous touch to your evening look. But, most women don’t realize that, when well cared for, a blowout can carry you through three to six busy days while still looking perfectly polished.
While starting your Monday off with a fresh blowout can help prevent bad hair days, blowouts go from luxury to waste of money or effort if you don’t know how to maintain one.
What if you’re handy enough with a round brush to achieve flawless bounce and shine at home? Taking the time to preserve your efforts can be the perfect weekly solution to simplify your morning beauty routine.
Because, there’s nothing worse than oversleeping mid-week and rushing to the office with wet hair or a tousled ponytail, here’s how to maintain that perfect ‘do:
Before your blowout, start with a perfectly clean slate.
One of the keys to making sure your blowout lasts comes in before the dryer ever turns on—make sure your hair is squeaky clean with a clarifying shampoo. This is uber important if you’re making a regular job of extending blowouts, as the preserving products that accumulate on your scalp throughout the week can make the next round fall flat.
Blowing out at home? Make sure your hair is really, truly dry.
If you’re paying for a salon blowout, this isn’t something to fret over. However, many ladies are lax on residual moisture when blowing out hair at home.
That’s a problem since moisture is essentially a style-killer.
The fix? Section dry from roots to ends, making sure not to miss any of those tricky spots in the back of your head and don’t be afraid to grab some alligator clips to help you separate if thick tresses start to get in the way.
For the first two days, avoid piling on the products.
Coating strands with every spritz, serum, and spray under the sun will give you good hair… for about five minutes. Products leave behind buildup that causes hair to lose its shape and fall flat. So, while it’s hard to resist the deliciously scented serums that feel super glamorous, the fewer products you use, the longer you’ll be able to stretch your style.
Don’t forget to care for your hair while you sleep.
Don’t ruin your blowout by smashing it on a pillow for eight hours at night! When you sleep, your hair can easily get tangled, messy and a little greasy. Instead, break out the scrunchies (yes, scrunchies) to pull your hair into a low pony or two Princess Leia–style buns before you hit the (preferably) silk or satin pillowcase.
Why the luxe fabric? Believe it or not, the trick to waking up with good hair lies in your bedding. Consider swapping your pillowcase for a satin option, since the smooth fabric creates less friction than cotton, meaning that it won’t rough up your strands.
It goes without saying, but make sure you use a shower cap tomorrow morning—extra points if it’s lined with terry cloth.
Once your roots start to droop, break out the dry shampoo.
Dry shampoo is undoubtedly a style-saving necessity, but correct usage is key. Look for an aerosol-style product, like H-Line’s Freshen Up, to help you from over-applying.
Ready? Grab a small section of your hair (about two to three inches wide), and mist the underside, holding the can three to four inches away from your scalp to avoid product overload.
Repeat until you’ve covered your whole head, and then work it into the roots using your fingertips. Resist the urge to brush; this removes most of the product, and distributes oils at the root down the lengths of your strands, making them look greasy.
Switch your style and products when touching up.
An often-overlooked aspect of extending a blowout is that your hair isn’t going to look the same every day. However, with the right regimen, your day-four hair one week will be about the same level of volume as the next.
Use knowing how your hair will behave to your advantage, switching up your styles throughout the week to accommodate your locks. That doesn’t mean you need to go full-milkmaid braid, either! Something as easy as changing your part is a great way to instantly hide grimy roots.
Still, remember to go light on product usage: If you have a few strands that need hairspray to stay in place, spritz the product on a brush or comb for the lightest application, instead of spraying directly onto hair.
Is your hair starting to look dull after a few days? One product you should rotate in is a hydrating oil or lotion, since not washing your hair can deprive ends of much-needed moisture.
When all else fails, transform your previously smooth and sleek blowout into textured waves. A tousled, piece-y ‘do will not only help camouflage dirty tresses, it actually holds and looks better on unwashed hair.
Clean your tools for the next round.
Want a style that lasts every time? It might seem obvious to some, but going days between washing means that your hair isn’t the only thing needing a deep clean. The tools you use accumulate extra product buildup and grime, so do your next blowout a flavor and soak those brushes in a cleansing solution once it’s time to finally wash up.