Summertime, and the livin’ is easy as the old song goes. Certainly, these hot, sticky, lazy days of summer beckon us to lie around on our beach blankets, in our hammocks, under a tree. Our daydreams? Achieving the perfect blow out for that new dress this weekend…without starting the evening in a puddle of sweat. Or in other words, when our starting place is already a hot mess, how do we get a cool, straight hair look without using three hot styling tools?
At Salon JLS we get tons of requests for the straight blow out…chic (busy) ladies with long, curly hair requesting to blow dry hair straight. Joao, our master stylist and hair guru, has had clients for over 10 years coming in for a weekly blow out, most of whom have had to deal with wavy or curly hair to a greater or lesser extent. You too are welcome to come in and use Joao as your personal hair straightener, or we can do a Brazilian Blowout for you, which will keep your hair straight and silky for 10-12 weeks. In between, follow these at-home tips for a fabulous transformation with just a blow dryer and a round brush. Here’s how to go from curly to straight (like our friend, Sarah, over there…) with the least amount of heat.
First things first – as we have said in previous blogs – it starts in the shower. Do not wash your hair every day! It’s unnecessary and your hair will become dry and brittle in no time, especially if you are using heat on it. Always start with the health of your hair. You should be washing every 2-3 days depending on your overall activity. (Sweaty days will call for a more frequent wash.) Inbetween days just hop in the shower, wet your hair and add a little conditioner. It gives you that fresh feeling without stripping the hair of nutrients. We love hair products that have natural ingredients. There’s nothing wrong with putting product in your hair, but it’s important to note what’s in your products. We love the Shuga haircare line because it includes yogurt proteins, milk and plant sugars, amino acids and anti-aging antioxidants which helps to repair and protect hair.
After gentle towel drying, use a dime-sized amount of smoothing agent. For the straight hair routine, we use Shuga’s gel creme. It is exceptional for holding a good blow out while achieving smooth, silky hair. It is important to use a wide tooth comb so the product penetrates deep into the hair. Do not yank at wet hair with a brush as wet hair will break off quite easily. It doesn’t seem to matter in the moment, but you will see the breakages later when your hair is dry.
Next step: blow dry. Set your dryer to medium and work section by section using clips to keep the wet hair away from the dry. Always use the nozzle to more carefully direct the heat. Move from the roots to the ends. If you want a bit of curl at the very end of your strands, keep the ends curled around the brush and add some heat there for a minute or so.
The best brush to use for blow drying long hair is a medium to large round brush; it adds great volume. We use a Technique 390 (pictured here). We sell a ton of them! And if you’re looking for a great dryer, we highly recommend the Solano brand…a bit more money, but it dries your hair quicker and the dryer lasts forever.
A good blow out should last 3-4 days, but if you’re feeling a little unkept after day 2 or 3, spritz some dry shampoo at your roots and blow out the sections that need it. No need to re-do the whole head. You can also use a flat iron to straighten out the few kinks that have crept in, but use a thermal protector to protect your strands.
For days of popping in and out of the fountains on the greenway or grabbing some fresh fruits and veggies at the Boston Public Market, sometimes curly is just the way to go. But when you do want to straighten your hair for that special night out, you can do it without an arsenal of heating agents – a hair dryer and a good round brush will bring you from curly to straight in no time. Thanks to our model, Sarah, who is gorgeous either way!