As the beauty world celebrated Brazilian Blowout Day yesterday (21st August), fighting frizz in the terrible August humidity, we wondered about all the harmful effects of these keratin treatments.
Yes, it might have been the only way to embrace smooth tresses during frizzy summers last decade, now we have a tonne of everyday products to help fight frizz and fly-aways regularly. Not to mention the whole embracing your natural hair texture movements.
Nonetheless, we all crave for that gorgeous smooth blowout every once in a while, which is why we present to you 7 Steps to a Frizz-Proof Blowout at Home. Yes, at home. No wallet-weeping, weekend-consuming salon blowouts for us anymore. Read on to create smooth hair magic right at home:
Step 1: Shampoo and Condition
Nope, we are not questioning your showering schedules, we are just asking you to use shampoos and conditioners that will help extend the life of your precious blowout.
Look for shampoos that would neither dry your hair out nor would make them limp from all the extra moisture. If you have damaged hair, a product like Marula Pure Beauty Oil Intensive Repair Shampoo will do you wonders. For those with limp hair, try Fekkai Full Blown Volume Shampoo and those looking for a little extra shine, opt for Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo.
Don’t skip out on the conditioner, since it will help lock in the moisture while smoothing your hair shafts for a smooth blowout. However, do remember to wash it out properly, since any left in conditioner can cause your hair to limp and ruin the voluminous effect of the blowout. Some good conditioners to try out are Marula Pure Beauty Oil Weightless Moisture Conditioner and GLOSS Moderne High-Gloss Conditioner.
Step 2: Dry and Protect
Never ever bring heat, in any form, near your hair while its soaking wet. It will cause irreparable damage and make your hair frizz even more. Use a towel, if you are going the traditional way, to pat and blot dry your hair. Do not rub, ring out and twist your hair; it will cause hair breakage from the roots and the middle and again, cause more frizz.
DIY experts suggest using an old t-shirt instead of a towel to prevent frizz and lo and behold! the trick does work. Give it a try!
Once your hair is not dripping wet anymore, apply a styling product depending on your hair needs. Heat protection is a must but if you need extra volume or shine or extra protection from humidity, look for products that will just do that. We love a product like Oscar Blandi Polish Blow Out Creme that promises to tame hair for a sleek & straight style and repels humidity for lasting frizz protection. Another good alternative is Leonor Greyl Serum de Soie Sublimateur (Anti-frizz) to help create a sleek style.
Step 3: Rough Dry
While your hair is not dripping wet anymore, it’s not advisable to use a brush on your hair yet. Simply, use your blow dryer to rough dry your hair while just using your fingers lightly to roughen up your hair. Make sure your hair is at least 70% dry this way before moving on to the next step.
If you hair is very thick, coarse and ruly, you might want to start the next step a bit earlier. Since thick, curly hair is more difficult to maneuver while it’s dry, it’s better to start styling it while it’s more wet.
Step 4: Pick a Brush, Divide and Conquer
If you want waves and curls, use a round brush; for pin-straight hair, opt for a paddle or flat brush.
Just make sure that the brush is not one of those stiff, plastic thermal ones. These brushes tear out hair cuticles and are more prone to cause damage while the hair are still in that slightly wet vulnerable stage. Instead, use a 100% boar bristle brush or one with boar bristles and a mixture of soft, synthetic bristles.
Unless, you have three arms, you will need to use the divide and conquer technique. Divide your hair in at least 8 sections = left, right, tops, bottoms, equal 8 sections. Clip each section away and get ready to actually start blow drying your hair.
Step 5: Blow Dry
Start from the most bottom section of your hair, at the back of your head. Hold your hair taut – tension at the roots help keep the hair smooth – and start blow drying.
Focus on the roots first. Roots should be absolutely dry to hold the style in place. Once done with the roots, focus on the rest of the section, with the blow dryer pointing away from your head. This will ensure that the hair cuticles lay smooth as your hair gets dry. Not only does this prevent future frizz but will also help lock in shine.
Do not project heat at one point for longer than a few seconds. Too much heat in one go will cause irreparable damage to your hair. Keep the blow dryer moving as you move your brush down the hair section.
Step 6: Maintain
As you move on to other sections, it might be difficult to maintain the previously blown out sections, especially if you are doing a wavy or curly blow out.
A good idea is to wrap each done section using Velcro rollers or pin them into soft curls using duckbill clips. This way the hair will cool down and stay in the exact shape while you blow dry rest of the hair. If you are worried you will lose the style before you finish off blow drying completely, use a hairspray like Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray on each section to hold the style in place while allowing the natural flexibility of the blow out.
Step 7: Preserve
Once you are done, ta-da!! – style using your hands or the brush as you see fit and lock the style in place with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray and flaunt your frizz-proof blow out.
If you have prepped your hair for the next morning, take steps to preserve the style through the night. Sleep on silk or satin pillowcases to avoid frizz and minimize friction which can ruin your hair by the morning hours. If that’s not an option, simply tie your hair lightly with a silk scarf and sleep the night away.
Next morning, if you feel like your roots have gone oily or the blow out needs a little pick-me-up, use a dry shampoo like Fekkai Blowout Hair Freshener Dry Shampoo. Part and lift sections of dry hair and spray onto roots. Leave for a few minutes and then, brush out and style as desired.
Voila! You are all set to rock the perfect frizz-proof blowout!