Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rainy day blow dry tutorial

Trust us, it IS possible...

Styling your hair on a rainy day may seem like a futile exercise, but we have complied some tips to make your time spent worthwhile! Sure, you may have to put in a little extra effort to win the battle against humidity, but having your blowout look as fab at 5pm as it did at 8am, is totally worth it.

Here's how:

#1. Be Prepared
 First of all, you need to make sure that you have the right tools...

What you will need:

  •  A proper blow dryer (worth the investment) 
  • The right brushes
  • Sectioning clips
  • Thermal protectant spray
  • A good frizz fighting product
  • Finishing spray

Our stylists’ favor Bio Ionic round brushes; excellent general purpose nylon bristle brushes that come in 4 sizes and work well on a variety of textures. Designed to speed up drying time and built to last.
 XS-XL $27- $42

  •   Clips! 

 2 for $5.00

#2. Section your hair 
Parting your hair into quadrants makes the task less overwhelming and helps focus on smaller areas without getting lost. Start by taking a comb and dividing the right and left side of your head leaving a mohawk section on top and clipping. Start the side parts  just above your temple area (or end of your brow) and extend back behind your ears, then down. Just do the best you can to end the section in the back. (Don’t worry, it doesn't have to be perfect.) Repeat on the other side fastening all sections with clips as you go. You should now have four sections; your top mohawk, two sides and back.

#3. Technique counts!
While there are no firm rules on where to begin, when blow drying your own hair, you may find it easier to start with the back section. This area is the most challenging, so you might as well get it out of the way before your arms get fatigued.  Blow dry your hair on high heat holding the dryer a few inches away from the brush  focusing the air flow in the direction you want your hair to stay. Be sure to always use a thermal protectant spray when engaging in heat styling. One of our favorites is Davines' Melu shield. We like to use just a few light spritzes on wet hair prior to starting our blow dries. (Active ingredient in this product is  rosemary extract which is refreshing and has antioxidant rich properties.)

8.4 oz $31.50
 For the top section, if you want more volume, have the air flow follow your round brush up and back as you dry your sections from root to end. For those of you who covet that Victoria Secret look, you can roll your hair onto the brush and let cool for a few moments (acting as a quick set technique while you give those arms a rest). Big hair not your thing? If you prefer to keep it flat or have curls you are trying to get to obey you instead of their nature, pull your sections down, maintaining tension and focusing on the root, again directing the air from the dryer down the hair shaft sealing the cuticle.

#4. Make sure your are drying thoroughly! 
On a rainy day, you need to go all the way with those sections ensuring they are all 100% dry. This will give your hair the foundation and structure it needs to last through the day.

#5. Product? Yes please. Just a little. 

Sure, you will need some frizz fighting power product to accompany you on this quest; just don't go nuts. (Overuse can actually have the opposite affect that you want.) We recommend a versatile conditioning frizz-fighter such as Oi oil or Oi milk.
Oi milk $28                 Oi oil $39

If your hair is thick, curly, course &/or dry it can most likely handle a bit of a heavier product. Stylist Jess recommends Bb Defrizz which has a light silicone to protect against humidity. Make sure to still use product sparingly focusing application especially to the ends.
2oz (keep me in your purse) $15
4oz (I'm not scared of commitment) $26
  • Finish it off 
Using a finishing spray such as Bb "Does it All" will lock in your style for the day. After a gentle mist of  spray, let your style cool before heading out the door.

#6. Don't touch!
Keep your style safe under and umbrella and keep your hands out of your hair! The less you mess with it, the more staying power your style will have. Vuala! Enjoy your rainy day blow dry and let us know how it goes!

Want to know more about the ins and outs of blow drying? We host a quarterly Blow Dry 101 class where we teach you the tools, techniques and tips you need to create that salon look at home. Its informative and fun. We hope to see you at the next Blow Dry 101 in March 2014!

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