10 easy to follow tips on how to keep your hairstyle looking great.
-David Babaii, Blo Blow Dry Bar
Photo Caption: Gwyneth Paltrow getting her signature "Blo Out" by David Babaii-courtesy of David Babaii
Have your stylist start with a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your specific hair type. My motto has always been that a great hair day starts with a clean canvas. If your hair is oily, you do not need a hydrating shampoo, and only use conditioner on the ends.
When you go to bed at night, consider sleeping on a silky pillow case. They allow the hair to move freely while sleeping, so you can prevent flattening the volume you love.
Miles Kimball White Wedge Satin Pillow Case ($12.99, walmart.com)
For those sleek straight blow outs, use a scrunchie to keep hair looking great. Gently pull hair back into a low ponytail, twisting it loosely around to keep hair in place. For longer lengths, try wrapping coated bands mid-center and at the ends of the pony. Also, a great flat iron is a must to rid your blow out of any imperfections, humidity, or the daily side effects from the elements.
Goody Scrunchie Ouchless Starry Nights Collection ($5.49, folica.com), Conair Instant Heat Ceramic Flat Iron ($22.99, drugstore.com)
When you wake up in the morning, you can freshen your scalp several ways. For my natural beauties, create a small mixture of water and lemon juice. Then, take a cotton ball moisten it slightly, make sure to squeeze any left-over juice out. Next, gently start by cleansing the hairline, followed by parting small sections and cleaning the only the scalp area. This will absorb and clean away any access oils while giving your hair a fresh scent. For my busy working gals, a dry shampoo is quick and easy to use.
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Weightless Dry Shampoo ($3.99, drugstore.com)
In the shower, loosely wrap your hair into a soft cotton towel to keep any moisture and humidity from seeping into your 'do. Shower caps are great, but I feel they tend to flatten your hair and cause your scalp to sweat; a cotton towel allows your scalp to breathe.
To refresh your volume or waves, invest in Velcro rollers (jumbo to medium sizes). Before your first cup of coffee or stepping into the shower, simply roll your bangs on a jumbo, lifting the section to a 90 degree angle so you can maintain volume. Do the same for the top, sides and back. If needed, you can add a few more. Allow the Velcro rollers to stay in for about 30 minutes, then remove and finger comb your hair into place. For beachy waves, opt for a professional grade beach spray then after spritzing, twist strands in various diameters to bring life back into your Bo-ho chic look.
Conair® Think Big® Self Grip Velcro Rollers-9 Count ($8.99, target.com)
A round brush (medium for short to chin length hair and large for longer hair) can also quickly smooth any flaws from sleeping or a shower. It can also be used to retouch your bangs. Simply use a nozzle attachment on your blow dryer to have more air concentration; then take your round brush on dry hair wrapping your bangs evenly over the brush. Follow this with a blast of hot air, and then a shot of cool air. Roll the brush a few times if your hair has a stubborn streak to it. You can use the same technique anywhere your hair needs a quick touch-up.
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Swissco Professional Round Vent Brush ($4.99, drugstore.com)
Do not overuse products in-between blow outs. This causes the hair to not only weigh itself down, but the build-up will dirty your hair and scalp quickly.
Try not to run your fingers through your hair or play with it when bored. This increases stimulation to the scalp for unwanted oil. The day-to-day soot on our hands will add some nastys to your hair.
If you wish to change your style in-between blow outs, accessories are always the easiest and fastest way to make simple alterations. A headband, decorative pins and clips plus great hair ties can do the trick. Try putting your hair to one side, in a ponytail or creating a faux bob. All these styles will still help to maintain your original blow out.
Nasty Gal Flower Girl Headband ($12, nastygal.com)
David Babaii is a celebrity hairstylist whose work has graced over 100 magazine covers. His A-list clientele includes Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and more. David is also a partner with Blo Dry Bars.