Infographic: Hair Styling Tips – How to Make Your Blowout Last Longer

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Everyone loves looking great because looking great often inspires feelings of extreme positivity. When I cut and dye my hair, I often think afterward, “Wow, this looks better than last time!” even though that’s hardly ever true (I always cut, dye, and style my hair the same way except when I mess it up).

I think every lady has had a moment where she’s gone to the salon and gotten her hair done, but a day or two later, she notices that her curls aren’t as tight or her hair has less volume, or that she can’t get it styled exactly how her stylist did (and the stylist did it so perfectly!). The unwanted side effect of noticing these things tends to be feelings that are best summed up as “ugh.”

If you’re ever having a bad hair day, especially after something like a blowout, you should remember two things. First, no matter how unhappy you are with how your hair looks, just remember that I, in all my buzzed hair glory, accidentally shaved a noticeable “dent” into the back of my head (I put the wrong shaving guard on my clippers). There was no way to hide this and, even worse, it wasn’t a straightly shaved dent, but a crazy, Freddy-Krueger-type slash. It was bad, but hair grows back.

The second thing you should remember is that there are ways to extend the life of your newly-styled, wonderfully soft and beautiful ‘do. To make sure we are on the same page, when I say “blow out” I’m certainly not talking about a flat tire, because no one wants that to last longer! I’m talking about paying a professional to style and blow dry your hair, but of course all of my tips apply for when you are drying and styling your own hair.

Since blowouts typically aren’t too expensive, you can get your hair re-styled a few times a month and, with these tips as well as the ones in the infographic at the bottom, keep that style going until your next appointment.

Cleansing Hair Before and After

Blowouts last about 3-5 days, but you can easily extend it out to a week or more with good maintenance. Ladies with finer hair, you may find that your blowouts don’t hold up as long and/or that you need to do more to maintain it (thick hair has more staying power. I dye my hair because, otherwise, it’s baby thin).

Before your blowout, make sure your hair is squeaky clean. You can use a clarifying masque (depending on how much build up you have) or you can ask your stylist to shampoo you twice while concentrating on your roots. Oily hair is heavier than clean hair, and oil will drag your style down.

About 3 or 4 days after (no sooner or your hair will lose its luster), you’ll probably notice that your blowout is looking a little “meh” because your roots are oily. To combat the oil, you’ll want to use a dry shampoo but you’ll also want to spritz your hair with a little water. That sounds counter-intuitive, but dampening your hair with water and letting it air dry will restore some body without adding weight (salon products can be heavy and greasy).

Once your hair is dry, run some of your dry shampoo through the roots to soak up all that grease. If you’re tempted to brush your hair to spread the shampoo from your roots to your lengths, don’t! Your lengths don’t accumulate grease like your roots do, and brushing your hair will simply remove a lot of the dry shampoo while spreading around the grease.

Flat Iron with Speed

When you’re finished cleansing your “do,” plug in your flat iron and let it get toasty. For girls with finer hair that’s pretty sensitive to heat, it’s okay to lightly spray your lengths with a heat protectant (but avoid the roots. This area doesn’t usually need heat protectant anyway because it’s all newly grown hair).

Once your iron is hot, quickly run it through your lengths to straighten and smooth it. You really only want to smooth your hair with the iron—not try to re-style it or anything—so moving quickly is key. Since your hair isn’t 100% shower fresh, it has more residue and is therefore more likely to hold shape. If you’re slow to move the iron from your roots to your tips, you might end up with an unflattering sculpted look.

For Girls with Curls

If you’ve gotten a blowout with curls, flat ironing is definitely not the way to go (unless, of course, you don’t want the curls anymore). A lot of ladies like to have the ends of their hair curled or only have a few pieces that are curly, so you may want to touch up some strands with your flat iron, but then grab your trusty rollers to redefine those pretty curls.

If your curls have really fallen out, you can dampen the ends of the strands you want to re-curl, apply your curlers, and then use your hair dryer to blast them with some heat. Heat helps set and retain curls better than air drying, but keeping the curlers in for a long time, even after your hair has dried, will help hold their shape.

For girls with dry hair, you can use a moisturizing cream or a dry conditioner on those less-than-happy looking pieces. Don’t overdo it—again, you don’t want to weigh your hair down with products—but keeping your hair healthy and preventing long-term damage is always more important than preserving a certain style.

Hide that Dirty Hair

By day 6 or 7, you might start to notice that parts of your hair are looking dirtier or not as pretty as other parts. If you aren’t wearing a shower cap to sleep in—and definitely a cotton-lined shower cap to protect your hair from style-killing humidity in the shower—your hair may look flat or otherwise tussled in an unflattering, bed-head way.

The solution? Change up the style! At this point, your blowout is already fading, so it’s okay to begin re-styling those areas that are looking a little worn. To hide dirty roots, you can simply adjust your part. Your hair will have a lot of build-up, so you may not even need to do much—just choose a new place to part your hair, gently style with lightweight products or even water, and touch it up with your flatiron if needed. A stylish hat also does wonders with giving you a “new look.”

For blowouts that are close to needing a full wash, you can get another day or two out of it by styling your hair with a curling iron to give those previously smooth areas a wavy, textured finish. If you’re going to go for this beach-head look, which is great for summer, you should consider spritzing your hair with a salt spray.

Salt will break down some of that oil and residual product, and it’ll separate your hair strands—perfect for doing small twists and braids. Braiding pieces of your hair, especially near the root line, can add to that textured beach look you’re going for, as well as hide any areas that are too dirty or heavy to be styled.

By day 7 or 8, you probably need to wash your hair. You might be able to get away with 10 days, depending on your hair’s natural oiliness, how thick or fine it is, and its length, but don’t let your hair get so dirty that it’s a struggle to get it clean again. Applying a clarifying masque will remove a lot of the residue build-up gently, so you don’t have to scrub or triple wash your hair. If you’re going for your next blowout within a few days of washing out the previous one, a masque is also a great way to prep your hair for it!

Now that we’ve come full circle, why not treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering with a blowout and maybe even a mani and pedi?

To preserve your style and newly done nails, check out the health and beauty category on TopProducts.com! You’ll find everything you need there for crafting the ultimate beauty routine.

August Wright, TopProducts Staff Writer