We all enjoy a freshly washed blowout, but who has time to style their hair from scratch every day? Even after you splurge on a visit to the salon, your tresses can become limp or frizzy by the next morning! Fortunately, extending the life of your sleek style is a cinch if you know a few professional tricks. So we chatted with three stylists (yes, three!) for the best tips on how to extend the life of your blowout. Here, James Williams of the Canale Salon in Beverly Hills, Paul Anthony of José Eber Salon in Beverly Hills, and Alterna stylist Davy Newkirk—he created Jessica Alba's Golden Globe waves!—reveal how simple tweaks to your hair routine can keep your mane beautiful for up to five days!
The BlowoutA long-lasting blowout starts with a good base. If you have fine locks, "prep damp hair with a root-boosting mousse," suggests Davy. Thick, coarse, and curly hair already has volume, so run a smoothing cream or balm from roots to ends to help relax strands. "Begin blow-drying the damp hair in two inch sections working from the nape up. Snag the hair deep into your brush bristles and aim the heat down to smooth the cuticle," says Davy.
Don't forget to set your mane with a blast of cool air. "It's like a Jello mold. If you let Jello cool before you unmold it, it holds its shape better," explains James. "Same goes for hair—if you want the volume in your blowout to last, finish by blowing cool air on the hair that's wrapped around your round brush. Otherwise the hair will fall flat as it cools naturally.” Mist tresses with a flexible finishing hairspray to set your style. The key to a sleek blowout is zapping any dampness."Make sure your hair is completely dry. If any bit of moisture is left in the shaft it will get frizzy or limp faster," warns Paul.