How To Get The Perfect Blowout At Home

A gorgeous blowout is like a work of fine art. The look appears effortless, but behind the smooth, shiny locks is a great deal of technique. If you’ve ever tried to give yourself a salon quality blowout at home only to stop midway through filled with fatigue and frustration, take heart. This seemingly elusive skill can be mastered. With a little patience and the right tips, you’ll be able to get a salon-quality blowout from the comfort of your own home, regardless of your hair type.

First, make sure you are using quality tools, starting with the hair dryer. Don’t feel like you have to go for the “usual” hairdryer either. We offer a range of hair dryers from ones that utilize Far Infrared light as a heat source, to handheld blow dryer brushes that are perfect for doing the double duties of drying and styling. If you’re using a regular hair dryer, your brush will be equally as important as the dryer. The right size round brush will depend on the length of your hair. The longer the hair, the bigger the round brush. For short hair, try a 1.5-2” brush; for medium: 1.5-3”; for long: 3-5”.

No matter which method you use, always be sure to use a Heat Protectant to shield your hair and prevent any damage.  Heat protectants have come a long way since the early ’00s. These won’t weigh your hair down or make it greasy—in fact, some of them, like our Heat Guard, even help with frizz, hold, and volume.

Secondly, you should pre-dry your hair to cut down on styling time and to help build up some body. Using your fingers, lift a section from the top of your head and pull it taught. If you have thick or coarse hair, use the hottest setting on your drying. If your hair texture is medium or fine, use the medium heat setting. Using the full-speed heat option (if you have one on your dryer), direct the heat towards your roots, where you want the most volume. Repeat until your hair is between 30-70% dry (those with curlier textures will want less pre-drying while those with straighter textures can get away with more).

Once your hair is about 70% dry separate it into four sections, One at the crown, one on each side, and one in the back. Sections may be subdivided or customized depending on the length and thickness of your hair. From each section, take a 1½” portion of hair and pull it taught with a round brush using 1/4″ turns of the brush. Gently pull the hair up as you dry; avoid pulling hair down. (This builds volume). Use the hottest setting on your dryer if you have very thick or coarse hair. Use the medium heat setting otherwise.

The dryer may be switched to its lower speed setting if that option is available. Be sure to keep the airflow parallel to the section being dried. (Use the dryer nozzle attachment to avoid roughing up the hair cuticle and creating additional frizz.) Repeat drying steps with each portion of hair until completely dry. Then, set each dry portion with a blast of cool air.

Finally, apply a light layer of flexible setting spray, like our Blow Out Spray, after completing your blowout.

Some Mistakes To Avoid:

  • Over-twisting the brush. Avoid completely twisting the brush near your scalp. This can create unfortunate tangles. To catch your hair on the brush, do a small quarter-inch turn. Holding your hair taught with the brush, bring the brush down to the mid-lengths of the hair and then begin turning.
  • Holding the dryer too close. Hold the dryer at least one inch above the hair. Pressing the dryer nozzle against hair can cause dryness and damage.
  • Going too fast. Patience is key! For a sleek, no-frizz blowout, hair must by completely dry. Furthermore, being slow and methodical will allow you more control over the final outcome of the style.
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How To Add Volume To Thin Hair

Styling your thinning hair shouldn’t be something you dread in the morning. Even though our hair thins as we age, it still has a lot of life in it—we just have to treat it a little more gently and show it a lot of love. The process for giving your strands an extra splash of volume starts at the salon and carries through to your own hair habits at home.

Whether we’re mastering no-heat styling tricks or using every tip we know to add thickness to thinning hair, there are tons of ways to get that bit of boost. Below, you’ll find some tricks for adding volume to even the thinnest hair—including some of our best no-heat hairstyles and hacks. Say goodbye to dull, flat hair and hello to volume!

 

Get A Volumizing Haircut

Thin, aging hair will get a lift from a cut that is catered toward their hair type, whether it’s curly, straight or in between. There are plenty of hairstyles for both long and short hair that will add some volume, it’s just a matter of finding that perfect shape. Your hairstylist can help you figure out the right cut for you.

Trick the Eye with Color

By using a technique called hair contouring you can make your aging hair appear fuller just by changing up your hair color. Hair that is all one color can appear flat and lifeless, but by contouring it (adding highlights and low lights) you can instantly add more dimension, making it look more vibrant and voluminous.

Get a Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner

A volumizing shampoo and conditioner can work in tandem to add volume as well as moisture to aging hair without weighing it down. You can also add a fortifying hair and scalp serum that nourishes the scalp and promotes thicker hair.

Use a Hair Mask for Hydration

Another trick for styling thin hair is to make sure it is getting enough nourishment and moisture. A restorative hair mask, like our Keratin Hair Mask can be used up to 3 times a week to treat dry, brittle hair. A mask will knock out frizz and keep strands silky smooth.

Pick Lightweight Products

As a general rule, you should be doing everything you can to make sure that you aren’t weighing your hair down unnecessarily. Many products that are designed for volumizing are formulated to lift at the root and thicken strands. For fine hair though. This won’t always work because the hair ends up getting to weighed down and instead falls limp.

Spray Most Products Into Your Hand, Not Your Hair

By spraying products directly into your hair, you’re more likely to over-apply them or get product where you don’t want it. Your hands can massage products like serums, gels or mousse into the right places without overcoating your strands and making them fall flat.

Apply Products in Horizontal Layers

Of course, there are some products that should be directly applied to the hair, like dry shampoo. For those, instead of spraying them directly at the roots, separate your hair into layers horizontally and apply the product this way. That way you are getting some of that product underneath the top layer to provide lift and to keep the top layer from becoming weighed down.

Get Over Your Fear of Mousse

Unlike the mouse of golden years that dried out your hair and froze it in place, todays formulas are more elegant and hydrating. Comb a small coin size amount of volumizing whip or mousse from your roots to your ends on wet hair. Be careful not to apply to much or it will weight your hair down. Then blow dry to activate the volumizing products.

Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down and Opposite of Your Part

Flipping your hair upside down when blow-drying is one way to add volume. By adding heat to your hair while it’s hanging over your head, you’re encouraging the root to stand up rather than lay down. Once it’s dry and you flip it back over it will have an added bit of lift. This works especially well for thin, curly hair since it easily falls victim to gravity’s pull, which loosens curls.

Another way you can add volume while blow-drying is to dry to the opposite side of your part. If your natural part is in the middle, give your wet hair a side part and dry it that way. If your hair naturally parts to the left side, dry it with a middle part or part it to the right. Drying your hair while it’s unnaturally parted will do the same. When you flip your hair back to your natural part, it will have a bit of volume where you dried it. You could also change your part completely. Tricking the hair by changing the part will move that root ever so slightly into a new position and before you know it, you’ll have instant volume.

Skip the Round Brush Until the End

Flip your head upside down and start by rough drying using nothing but your hands. This will lift the roots and roughen up the cuticle. When hair is 60-70% dry, flip it back over and start blow-drying using a ceramic brush to smooth ends and add softness to the style. Don’t pull too hard though or that will just flatten everything out.

Keep Dry Shampoo In our Bag

Dry shampoo and volumizing powders are the best friend of anyone with thin hair. They tend to give better hold and longer lasting volume than hairspray. With the dry shampoo, instead of spraying and then brushing out, leave it be. The powder and starch will build on each other. Try keeping a travel sized dry shampoo or volumizing powder in your bag for any midday pick-me ups your hair may need.

Backcomb Your Hair at the Crown

For a no-heat styling trick that will give you volume, try backcombing your hair at the crown. Instead of teasing your hair too high, tease it just enough to give it some life. Lift your hair up in layers and use a fine-tooth comb to backcomb it at the root. Top it off with a light pass of hairspray to hold it into place.

Set Rollers at the Roots

Another great, no-heat way to get some volume is by using sponge or Velcro rollers right at the root. While your hair is damp, place the rollers right at the root and then let your hair dry. This is a great overnight trick for volume when you wake up.

Use a Crimper

Before trying this one be sure to use a heat protectant spray, like our heat guard. Pull the top layer of your hair up so it’s out of the way, and crimp the roots underneath. You only need to crimp the hair closest to your head because you just want a little bit of lift for volume.

Clip-In Extensions

Extensions are good for more than just adding length, they can also add volume. The trick to making extensions look seamless is by having our hairstylist help you trim and color them to match your natural hair.

How To Manage Split Ends

Split ends happen when the ends of your hair become dry, brittle, and frayed. There are many reasons for split ends and these days they are quite common. Almost everyone will deal with them at some point. Split ends cannot be repaired, only removed or prevented with proper care.

What Causes Split Ends?

  • Mechanical damage such as brushing excessively, drying the hair too roughly, and allowing your hair to rub against rough fabrics.
  • Coloring
  • Chemical treatments perms and relaxers (especially when not done correctly)
  • Excessive exposure to heated styling tools.

All these things damage the cuticle on the hair shaft as you lose more cuticle layers the hair becomes weak, splits and frays.

How To Prevent Split Ends

  • Get regular haircuts and trims, preferably every six weeks.
  • Don’t wash your hair daily. When you do wash, consider only using conditioner and skipping shampoo.
  • Choose all-natural shampoos that contain no harsh ingredients.
  • Use a conditioner after shampooing or use a leave-in conditioner.
  • Do regular mask treatments.
  • Use a wide tooth comb to detangle wet hair. You don’t need to add pressure or brush vigorously, especially if you start at the bottom and work your way up.
  • Do not rub your hair dry, instead apply pressure by gently squeezing the excess water out of the hair.
  • Limit services that damage hair, such as coloring and chemical straightening.
  • Use a heat-protective spray when using heated styling tools.
  • Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible before blow drying and never touch the blow dryer directly to the hair.
  • Take supplements that strengthen the hair, such as biotin and folic acid.
  • Some hairstyles, like ponytails and hair twists, can cause split ends. Limiting how often you wear these hairstyles and using softer hair ties may help prevent damage.
  • Consider a silk pillowcase or silk hair wrap for when you sleep.

Ways To Remove Split Ends:

The only real way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. Because once a hair is split, there’s nothing that can magically fuse the pieces back together again forever. But if you’re super anti-haircut, especially if you’ve been trying to grow your hair out, ask your stylist to try hair dusting or candle cutting.

Candle Cutting

Candle cutting requires twisting a section of your hair and burning it halfway through with a lighted candle. It’s thought that burning off your split ends can create a seal to help protect the ends from splitting again. Still, some hair care experts worry it may actually cause split ends and damage hair follicles.

After splitting your hair into small sections, the hair stylists twists them around before running a flaming candle along it, without getting too close to the scalp. Candle hair burning has been promoted as an alternative to trimming away split ends and keeping them away for up to 3 months, but it also promises to deliver other benefits.

The most obvious drawback of this hair treatment is the fact that hair is flammable. Even with an experienced hair stylist, there’s always the risk of one wrong move that could set your hair on fire and cause plenty of damage, and in the worst-case scenario, you’ll walk out of the salon with your hair a lot shorter. If you want to try candle cutting, definitely do your research and seek the help of an experienced professional. Doing the method on your own may result in burned hair or skin.

Hair Dusting

Hair dusting is a technique in which you don’t get rid of any hair length, but only the damaged hair tips. This can be done by snipping the very bottom of each hair strand. Think of it in terms of removing fuzz from clothes. So, if you’re trying to grow out your locks for summer or simply to rid damage from color treatment or heat styling, hair dusting will get you there with zero hassle, but a whole lot of flair.

The technique works on any hair type or texture, but for ladies with very wavy or curly hair, the stylist will need to smooth it out to see the damaged ends that need to be dusted. It won’t thin out your hair either—in fact, in the long run, it does quite the opposite. By removing split ends regularly, you keep the damage from creeping up your strands. That’s incredibly important for those who color treat or style their hair with heat tools regularly.

Not all stylists are masters of hair dusting though, so make sure to verify that your hairdresser can do the job properly. It goes without saying, dusting needs to be up to snuff for the outcome to be hair that looks and feels enviably healthy.

Fall Hair Care Tips

The change in the weather can definitely be confusing for your hair. There are some changes to your hair care routine that can help keeps those lovely locks healthy and shiny.

 

Boost the Moisture

The same itchy, dry skin that irritates you during winter also irritates your hair. The cold air can cause dry, itchy scalp as well. So when the air starts to turn cooler it’s time to add a weekly hair mask to your routine like our Color Safe Keratin Infused Hair Mask or switch up your shampoo and conditioner to ones that are more moisturizing. It will help moisturize and energize your scalp to relieve discomfort, while also helping to reduce buildup so that your scalp can stay clean and healthy.

 

Fight Frizz

Even though the humidity is gone it doesn’t mean that you are done dealing with frizz. The static frizz caused by the heat and friction from our hats and scarves can be just as problematic. To combat the frizz and help keep fly-a-ways in place try using a serum like our Revitalizing Moroccan Hair Serum or our Infinity Drops to help protect and enhance your hairs natural luster. They work by coating the surface of the hair, helping to lock in moisture and shine while also blocking out things like dryness and friction.

 

Pump Up The Volume

It’s easy to pump up the volume when the air is full of humidity, but as the weather gets colder it may cause your hair to go flat. Try using a volumizing spray or a volumizing blow dryer like our Volumizer Pro or Air Styler to help give hair a much-needed boost.

 

Massage Your Scalp

Get your boar bristle brush/ essential oil mixture of choice/scalp massager ready and be sure to use it at least once every 2-3 days. A relaxing 10 to 15 minute massage will increase the blood circulation in your scalp, speeding up new growth and will give you healthier hair and scalp in the long run.

 

Time for a Trim & Maybe a Color Change

The combination of indoor central heating and the extreme change in weather conditions from rain, wind and autumn sun can affect the health of your hair, making it more prone to damage and split ends. Light doesn’t reflect well from damaged hair either so it can be dull and lackluster. The solution? Pop into your favorite salon and go get a trim. You’ll soon have the new shiny autumn hair of your dreams.

 

You may also want to consider going darker with your color. Summer is synonymous with sun-kissed hair, with highlights a staple for pretty much all shades. But as your time spent outside shortens as the weather gets colder, those highlights will fade. We recommend beating nature to the punch by going a shade or two darker for fall. Coloring it darker allows this transition to happen easier and evens out the color.

 

Give the Pony Tails a Rest

It’s a cute style for those warm summer days, but during the colder weather can cause breakage and unnecessary scalp stress. Instead wear your hair down or softly pinned up.

 

Now that you have noted down these hair care routine little tips and tricks, you are ready to welcome the new season along with a pumpkin spice latte and stunningly good hair! Did we miss any tips that have worked for you? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Halloween Hair Inspiration

A costume isn’t complete without the perfect makeup and hairstyle to match. With that being said, let these looks from Instagram inspire you!

 

How To Find The Best Salon In Your Area

What are the trademarks of the very best hair salons? A pleasant atmosphere, well-trained staff, and stylists who have great hairstyles themselves.

Finding the best hair salon can sometimes be quite a challenge. You can’t trust just anyone with your hair. Your main goal in choosing one should be getting access to competent hairdressers who keep up with all the latest trends. You want to have a positive experience that inspires trust, from the minute you arrive at the salon to the few moments your stylist spends teaching you to reproduce your new hairstyle at home.

Here are five things to keep in mind when looking for a salon that is not only trendy but will stand the test of time.

 

REFERENCES

Friends and work colleagues are a great source of information about the best hair salon addresses in town. Look around at the office or when out with friends and when you see a style you like, ask where it was done.

You could also do the rounds of the different hair salons close to you or check out the salons in the trendiest neighborhoods. Remember that the hairdos the stylists themselves are wearing are a good indication of their colleagues’ talents! If you are still not 100% sure you on a spot you can check with sites like Angies List or Google and see what others are saying about them.

 

THE ATMNOSPHERE

Several different criteria can be considered when looking for the best hair salon, starting with the atmosphere. A visit to the hairdresser’s is an opportunity to take care of yourself. And because it’s not always easy to take a break from your busy schedule, your salon hiatus has to be enjoyable.

Look for a salon where you feel at ease as soon as you arrive. A warm welcome, a short waiting time, and comfortable surroundings can make all the difference.

 

AVAILABLE SERVICES

Consider the different services available. Some salons specialize in coloring, others in blow-outs and styling. The best hair salon for you is the one where the stylists can meet all your expectations, depending on your hair type and your personal style.

Pay particular attention to what services are on offer when you want to really transform your hairstyle. For a successful makeover, it’s vital to entrust your head to a professional who’s done that kind of work before.

Some salons offer other complementary services on site. You might want to choose a spot where you can also get your makeup done, or a manicure, massage or body hair removal. Even if the availability of these services isn’t a guarantee of overall excellence, it can be very practical to find all of them under the same roof.

 

THE EXTRAS

Nothing beats the little extras. The best hair salons offer comfy chairs and coffee or a glass of wine, along with recent magazines and hairstyle books. Those plusses turn your outing into a real treat that you can look forward to during a hectic week.

 

A PACKED SCHEDULE

For better or for worse, the best hair salons are often very busy. So once you find your ideal spot, you’ll probably have to call well in advance to get an appointment. But at least you know that it will be well worth the trouble!

Tips For Surviving A Major Hair Change

They say a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life. Whether that is true or if you are just bored with your current look, making a big hair change can change you whole perspective. But haircuts and sometimes major hair changes can happen by choice or necessity, so here are a few tips if you’re getting ready to go under the scissors (or dye!) and are feeling nervous about the process.

Wear something cute.

This might seem like a bit of odd advice, but we think it’s helpful to go to your favorite hair salon wearing something cute when you’re going to come out with a very different look. Cutting off a lot of hair can be a bit shocking, but if you’re wearing your favorite dress when you see your new look for the first time, it can soften the blow and help show you just how good that new cut can look once the shock wears off! Speaking of shock…

Give it a week.

Don’t write off a new hair cut or color for at least one week. It might take you a few days to get over the “wow that’s different” feeling to actually “see” what you look like. So, give yourself time. Don’t pin or hide your new look for at least a week, look at in the mirror often and get used to it before you decide whether it’s right or wrong.

Know what you want.

Of course, while it takes time to adjust to a new haircut, you should also have a very fixed idea of what you want if you’re going for a major change. Create a Pinterest board with the new style you want to try and try seeing the style from different angles (front, side, back, etc.) to get a very firm idea of what you’re going for. If you’re dyeing, do you know what shade you want—even if you decide to go blue, it could be dark, pastel, more aqua or an Ombre! Know what you want and bring loads of pictures and examples to your hair dresser to help you communicate the new style clearly.

Be willing to go in stages.

It will definitely help you adjust to short hair to go for an in-between cut for about a month before the final chop. With dyeing, it can take a few visits as well, especially if you want to go for a bright, unnatural color. So, don’t get discouraged if you book an appointment and find out not everything can be done in one day. This is also important to remember in reverse—once you commit to certain styles, it will take a while to get back to what your hair was before, so know what you are getting into.

Remember it’s all temporary.

If you take the plunge with a style and it ends up not being what you want, try not to worry too much because it’s all temporary. A lot of decisions you can make in life can have permanent or at least lasting consequences, but hair? Hair isn’t permanent. Bad cuts will grow out, as will dye which will also fade (usually quicker than you want it to). In a few months or a year, no one would even know you had blue hair or a shaved side cut.