Here we are - weather changing and holidays coming... let the insanity begin in our lives and on our hair. Okay - no... we don't want insane hair... that's not good. That's why I have come up with a lot of tips and tricks for you on how to have a great blowout. Why? Because you're not going to leave your house with a wet head. You'll catch a death!
That's the mom in me...
But in all seriousness -
A lot happens to the hair in this time. We tend to change it (I see you thinking about going darker) and the dryness in the air along with the cold makes a rough combo on our locks.
Tips for a great blowout
Good hair days can be tough to come by. It can bring great amounts of frustration and even a little bit of sadness. In an effort to change that for all of you lovely readers, here are some tips that can help you feel better about your ‘do.
- Start with clean hair
Dirty, product laden hair can’t blow out very well. Give your locks a fresh start.
-Watch how you get out of the shower and have your first towel contact
Don’t overuse the towel. That rubbing and friction?
The best thing to do is to squeeze the water from the hair with the towel. Lightly squeezing the moisture out keeps the fragile cuticle protected and doesn’t set you up for more issues to fight.
- Get out of that sauna
Let the steam from the bathroom or go to another room - especially if you’re someone who gets easily affected by humidity (I'm looking at you curly girl)
- First - heat protection
Remember - If it can happen to your skin, it can happen to your hair. The hair is made up of the same building blocks as our skin. It’s just hardened and become the scales that make up strands. You wouldn’t go stand in the sun without sunblock (you shouldn’t) so don’t plan on assaulting your locks with 300 degrees of intensity without some protection.
- Go easy on the styling product
It’s important to remember that products can be a great help but they can also hurt you, too. That stuff you’re shaking in for a boost or control can easily change it into flat, greasy or completely out of your desired comfort zone. A little can go a long way.
Also be sure that your application of the product doesn’t cause additional issues. If you’re putting on leave in conditioners or oils, those should always be applied from the ends up as those ends are in more desperate need of that versus your roots which have the benefit of the natural oils in the follicles.
- Rough dry
Take the nozzle off your dryer and rough dry your hair up to 80% dry. Many times people forego the idea of a round brush because they start using the brush when the hair is still just towel dried. That causes breakage with the brush and your fragile hair but can also make you rather tired and feeling frustrated with the process. By rough drying the hair, you’re making it stronger to handle the brushing to come and you’re also saving yourself a huge headache (and arm aches) later.
Also be sure you’re pointing the air downward - from root to end - so that it’s forcing the cuticle downward (as it should be) to give you more shine and eliminate frizz.
Bringing in more tools:
Now that you’ve rough dried to around 80%, you should section the hair for greater control. Clips are a must have for any girl and this is why.
Divide your hair into sections starting with the front and back halves. By sectioning from ear-to-ear, you’re already setting the stage for blowout success.
The thing is, we must be blow drying with intent. Thinking about the end result and the journey to get there will make a big difference in your frustration factor.
Now is when you reattach the nozzle to your hair dryer.
Some are flat on the end while some have an angle to direct air flow. This concentrator allows you to focus the forced air onto a certain area. The direction of your air flow should always be going downward - root to end - to keep that cuticle from being blown open thus resulting in more dullness and more frizz.
Whether you’re using a round brush for volume or a paddle brush to be sleek, the nozzle should follow the brush to keep that air flowing the way it should. Keep your sections of hair on the brush smaller than the brush and no wider than the diameter of the brush. A good rule to follow is keeping them around two inches in size.
If you’re wanting to use that round brush to put some locked in curl in your hair, don’t be timid with the “cool shot” button on your dryer. Once the hair on the round brush is dry, that heat makes the brush often act like a hot roller - especially if it’s ceramic. To set that curl, blast it with the cool air before releasing.
Does your haircut help or hurt your desired result?
Believe it or not, this makes a big difference. If you want to live your life with movement and volume but your hair is all one length and cut as such, then you won’t get those results you’re looking for and you’ll be frustrated. If you want that movement and volume, get layers in your hair. If you are sleek and straight, then a blunt cut works for you.
The exception to this is for my curly girls - all curly hair needs layers so the curls lie naturally. A blunt cut on curly girls leads to big, uncontrollable hair.
Looks great - now what?
At the end of the day, if you want the look of the blowout, you’ll have to do the work but these tips will help you not make it feel so labor intensive.
Some other tips for winter hair -
I know my blondes will be tempted (if you haven't done it already) to throw on a dark blonde or even brunette color for the season. My advice? Seek out a professional to talk about lowlights first. Why? Because when Summer comes back (as it does) you're going to want to go lighter again. It's a lot easier on your hair to change some lowlights than it is to blonde from brunette over and over. Care for your hair and remember that lowlights can make a big impact with a little bit of careful planning with a professional.
Does anyone else get as excited for gift set season as I do? I'm not sure... I just know that I am in love with these shadows. When I first swatched the matte ones, I was bummed at how they looked. When I used them on my actual face, however, I was pleased. Too Faced is quickly becoming a favorite brand for me.
I got my Ulta gift ad in the mail and I'm fevered with joy. The fight that I have with myself between coveting the goods and the inevitable buyer's remorse I experience is real. It's just all so fun!
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Since I am not young, however, I need to start up again. I've been making slow, calculating changes this year so as to avoid the usual crash and burn that comes when I try to do it all at once. Now I'm at the point when I'm gearing up to actually work out regularly and track my progress. But what to buy? Ugh...
I've had this scale in black for just about one month now and I am really loving it. Truth be told, I hadn't purchased a scale for my home in YEARS - mostly because... well... it's a scale and I like the land of deniability. However, now that I'm looking to grow in health, I felt it was an important addition to the bathroom.
Now, because I haven't purchased a bathroom scale since the days when they were beige, plastic and had that weird, floating lid feeling (thanks grandma), I wasn't sure what all to look for.
My husband - when I showed him this one - said it seemed crazy to him that a scale could do all of these things that it said it could but I really want this info to track while I plan how I'm going to get this 40 something back into some kind of healthy mode. It supposedly tracks not just weight but you can check your body fat, hydration percentage, bone mass and more! You can hold your baby and just get the weight of the baby - what? I tried it with my dog. I'm not kidding.
Truth is - it does all of these things!
When I received the scale I was so pleased on how beautiful it looked in person. I really like how thin it is. It's got a streamlined design that just looks nice right out of the box. I thought that - with all of the features - it would be really difficult to set up but it wasn't. Thank goodness, too, because I get scared at just the animated directions that come in Lego kits.
I liked how easy it was to set up my profile (other family members can track their own progress too) and for it to get to working. It comes ready to run so I got right to it and was not disappointed.
Pretty - Functional - Budget friendly - Does what it says
This is a household keeper for me!
Finally - My husband and I got to go check out the movie Our Brand is Crisis at a pre-screening event. I really enjoyed it. I felt it was smart, funny and well put together.
I was genuinely shocked to see that it wasn't doing well at the box office.
Sandra Bullock is a winner and plays this role very well. I think the banter between her character and the character played by Billy Bob Thornton is smart and engaging.
I chuckled a lot and was engaged the whole film.
So why aren't movies doing well right now? Why isn't THIS movie doing well?
Maybe everyone is saving their money for Star Wars.
Make it a great weekend, everyone!
Be kind to your hair. Be good to your body. Be great to the world around you.