"A hair in the head is worth two in the brush."-William Hazlitt
I live across the street from a Dry Bar. That is dangerously close. So it is very tempting to pull a Kate Middleton (or the new blow out darling Kim Sears) and just get a salon blowout twice a week. However, I promised myself that despite this proximity, this would be the summer. The summer I would achieve a salon level blow dry at home. My mid-summer update is bleak because despite multiple attempts, I just can't get 100 percent there. So, I turned to a trusted pro, Austin Reyes Valles for some advice. Austin has built an impressive career as as a stylist by working at some of Dallas' top salons like Salon Lucien before starting his own studio, Hair Studio 103, in Shelton, WA (near Seattle). He has styled some notable ladies like Chelsea Clinton, Paris Hilton and model Helena Houdova. And most importantly, no one (and I mean no one) compares to his blow drying skills.
Brush: "I always encourage my clients to use a boar bristle round/flat brushes," Austin says. The metal or ceramic brushes maintain so much heat that if your not fast and coordinated enough you can easily cause damage to your hair. Boar offers tremendous amount of shine and seals the cuticle of the hair. Also remember, that depending on how much movement/curl you want on your ends determines the size of the round brush you use."
Clips: Clips are very important. They help to keep sections clean and organized.
Products: Products are the foundation to a long lasting blowout. Always start with a heat protector/volumizer product. I personally recommend Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer. It provides heat protection, volume, hold, frizz control, everything in one beautiful bottle. If your hair is coarse and unruly, you can layer Serge Normant dry oil after applying the volumizer. Concentrate the dry oil on the mid and ends (while hair is still damp).
The warm up: "Rough" Dry
After applying styling products and combing them through, begin to rough dry the hair. Austin says, "Do not take the term rough dry literally. With the nozzle, start removing excess moisture, lifting the root area where volume is desired. Follow the cuticle of the hair while rough drying. Be gentle. the less you roughen up the cuticle of the hair, the easier you will make it to smooth out the hair shaft and the less frizz you will have to deal with. Use your fingers to stretch and loosen your curl/waves. It is important to leave some moisture in the hair; it helps in smoothing and molding the hair into shape with your round brush."
Everyone knows the drill here but Austin recommends a methodical approach. "Take the time in taking clean sections, try to get as close to the roots area and make sure you remove any tight waves. Always start at the root and then the mid shaft and finish the ends. It is very important to not neglect the ends."
Austin says, "Finish off blasting the hair with cold air. It allows for the cuticle to seal providing natural shine and 'piecey-ness'. "
And after all that hard work, you want to be able to maintain that blowout for a few days. So, "If you find yourself in an oily situation the next day or following day, dry shampoo will always be your next day savior," Austin says. "It absorbs any oils at the root because of the matte texture, it provides lots of fullness for some va-va-voom hair. I am a dry shampoo snob and my all time favorite is Serge Normant's Meta Revive Dry Shampoo."
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