How to Take Care of Your Hair In Between Blowouts So Strands Stay Healthy
Why are blowouts so addictive? Is it because there’s nothing more delicious than someone else’s hands massaging your scalp with sudsy shampoo and warm water? Or maybe it’s because freshly teased strands make us look and feel amazing. Whatever it is, we’re obviously not complaining, but even though here at PRÊTE we highly encourage blowouts be scheduled whenever you’re in need or wanting, it’s no secret an abundance of heat-to-hair time can be damaging.
We’re sure you’ve heard the rumor, but balance really is key. Some women have mani/pedis on the calendar every Friday morning, others pop into the hair salon regularly for a quick wash and blow dry. Just as nail connoisseurs take precautionary measures to make sure their color doesn’t chip, you need to keep in mind a few best-practices to, yes, prolong your blowout, but to also make sure your hair can stand the heat it's being exposed to frequently.
The first step is to try avoiding product for as long as possible. No, that wasn’t a typo. For at least the first two days after styling, you want hair to sustain that just-got-out-of-the-salon freshness. As luxurious as serums and mousse can feel, and as reassuring as it can be to lock-in bounce with sprays, product builds up on the scalp, and weighs down your hair, putting skin at risk for bacteria to linger.
If you’re the type who has blowouts penciled into your calendar every week, you might not shampoo on your own, but there are a few alternative options to consider come day three or four. The first is to sleep with your hair piled high, either using a loose, fabric scrunchie, or a silk scarf, so that there’s no tension on the strands, and contain moisture in the process.
Of course, just because you’re not washing your hair doesn’t mean you should avoid the shower. Our advice is to invest in a durable shower cap (we’re obsessed with Shhhowercaps at PRÊTE), throwing your hair into a loose bun, and covering hair while you wash up.
Eventually hair will require a touch up. Dry shampoo is a life savior. However, like anything else, too much dry shampoo is never a good thing; Hien Nguyen, cosmetic chemist and co-founder of Function of Beauty told Reader’s Digest that most formulas contain alcohol, starch, clay. Therefore, try to limit your usage to once or twice a week (we highly recommend Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo).
Now, if your hair tends to look and feel oily fast, not washing it may not be an option. In that case, the best thing to do for your hair, Carolyn Aronson, Founder, Owner & CEO of It’s a 10 Haircare tells PRÊTE, is to avoid hot tools as much as possible.
“The best way to achieve a great style without a blow dryer is after washing your hair, take a towel and flip your head upside down and wrap it up in a twisted towel for 15 mins. Once you take it down a lot of the excess water will have been absorbed by the towel.”
From here, she continues, apply It’s a 10 Haircare's Silk Smoothing Balm to strands evenly, and comb through any knots or clumps. “This weightless glaze will give control and shine to any air dried style. Let it continue to air dry occasionally using your fingers at the root to lift and loosen (even turning the head over occasionally) to expedite the drying process.”