Day 1: Bouncy blowoutMatthew Cohen/Rd.com
It’s time to set your locks up for success for the rest of the week—and that means following these steps for the perfect, long-lasting blowout. We got Jean Oh, a stylist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York, to show us how it’s done.
1. Double shampoo
Clean hair is the foundation of a long-lasting blowout. Shampoo, rinse, and repeat. This will guarantee that you’ve removed all product buildup, dirt, and oil. Remember, not all formulas are the same. Be sure to find the right shampoo for your hair type.
2. Condition the ends
Think conditioner weighs down your hair? You’re probably A) not using the right formula for your texture, or B) you’re not applying it properly—meaning you’re slathering it all over. The trick is to find a formula that’s made for your specific hair type—(if you have fine hair, try a volumizing formula, like Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner or Aussie Aussome Volume Conditioner. Coarse strands? Amp up the nourishment with Wella Enrich Moisturizing Conditioner for Coarse Hair or Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Conditioner)—and concentrate on the ends only.
3. Prep and protect
Opt for a multipurpose product that guards against heat, defends against humidity, and extends the longevity of your blowout. We like Living Proof Prime Style Extender Spray.
4. Rough dry
Grab a pro-approved hair dryer and rough dry hair 80 percent before styling with a round brush.
5. Section strands
Divide hair into small sections, starting at the nape of your neck. Sections should be no larger than your brush. Dry each section individually until 100 percent dry.
6. Set your blowout
Use the cool setting on your blow-dryer to close the cuticle and set your style. Hot tip: We love a fresh blowout as much as anyone, but while caressing your silky strands may feel great in the moment, it can make it look greasy—so do yourself a favor and resist the urge.
Day 1: Overnight
When it comes to preserving your ‘do, how you sleep—and what you sleep on—is key. (Be sure to avoid these nighttime habits that ruin your hair.) Before bed, tilt your head down, and twist all hair up into a loose bun or ponytail; secure with a few bobby pins (you’ll style your hair this same way before every night). Stylists swear by silk pillowcases, which reduce friction to keep tresses smooth and tangle-free.