The Blowdry

I’m often told my clients don’t always blow their hair completely dry because it takes too long.  Especially with our humidity we have here in the Spring/Summer, all that ends up happening is the dreaded frizz monster!  He usually only rears his ugly hand of hair torture when we rush the job so take your time.  Use products and tools that work.  And remember, it should last a few days if you do the dickens out of your do!  Here’s how I describe giving a great blowout that lasts and most importantly doesn’t waste your time.

One: Start with the appropriate products.  Before I became a stylist, I thought one styling tool was as good as the other.  Turns out… I was wrong.  (Yes I said it. Mark it down. ;))  Two: Use neat partings and plenty of clips when needed.  Struggling with that last clip you’ve somehow managed not to lose ain’t helping anybody.  Less Frustration = Happier Blowout.  Three: Don’t skip steps.  The perfect style that takes a bit of time the first day should last for three or four.  #timewellspent

Sidenote: There are millions of products out there that could work for you.  But I love Davines so I’m recommending mostly them.  If any product is out of reach, then look them up on the links I’ve given and try to find a substitute based on the performance details.  Cool?  Let’s start!

Say you want a big voluminous vixen-like blow.  You have to start with volumizing products.  Shampoo and conditioner are just as important as styling products.  Afterward, apply a structuring element.  If you have fine or limp hair, try Volu Mist to prep the hair to accept Volume Mousse.  This “extra” product is important because fine/limp hair doesn’t have enough surface area.  This mist gives it more guts to be the hair we know it can be!  After the non-sticky, no flake mousse, it’s time to dry.

You will need to try smoothing cleansers and conditioners if sleeker, smoother locks are what your pining.  Then, smooth in Davinessoftening, silkening agent instead or try a straightening balm by Rene Furterer.

After the prep comes the rough dry.  Hang upside down and blow till 50-70% dry.  (The curlier your hair, the wetter you wanna leave it.  You’ll be smoothing it while you dry.)  The longer your upside down, the more volume at the root.

Divide and clip.  Center a 4 or 5” Mohawk section over your part and continue down in 2” sections horizontally all the way to the nape.

Blow the hair dry from root to end, section by section, from the bottom up.  If you have problem bangs, get them beaten into submission first.  “But Adam, why can’t I just hold the dryer at my hair without clips until it’s dry?”  The inside never gets dry while the outside dries out too much.  Don’t burn it out!  Trust me, I do it a dozen times a day; this way goes much faster.

If you want to get fancy, loosely twist each section of hair after blowing it dry.  Don’t touch it again till it cools.  This gives extra body and movement.

As far as touch ups go, strike while the iron is “haute”!  Texture is all the rage right now and there’s no easier way of getting by a few extra days than to grab a flat, curling, or even crimping iron.   Spraying in some structure before ironing or oil-absorbing powder after would help stretch your current coiffure as well.

With that, I say good luck my chic army of hair benders!  Follow your steps, maintain that mane, and save your styles.

Hugz&Hairspray!

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~ by adamshairtips on May 15, 2013.

One Response to “The Blowdry”

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