Are you hooked on your salon blow dry styling? Do you love that great style you get from the wash and blow dry service? While you may not be able to duplicate the salon perfection of blow dry styling, you can improve your at-home shampoo and blow dry routine. Try these tips from the stylists at Hier and Haines Salon, McLean VA.
Start with a shampoo…
Believe it or not, the secret to healthy and easy to manage hair is using the right products. Look for shampoos and conditioners formulated for the type and condition of your hair. Most salons, like Hier and Haines, carry a full range of high quality shampoos and conditioners. Ask your stylist to recommend the best products for your hair. Here are three tips that can give a salon feel to your at-home shampoo:
1. Turn down the water temp. Use the coolest comfortable setting. Your final cool rinse will seal the hair cuticles and give extra shine to your hair.
2. Massage. Pamper yourself with at least 30 seconds of gentle rubbing. It’s relaxing and feels great.
3. Condition from tip to root. Start at the ends of your hair and spread the conditioner to the roots. If you have fine hair, just condition the tips.
Blow dry like a pro…
Blow dry styling is all about tools, products and technique. With practice, you can improve your technique and maintain your hairstyle in between salon visits. Ask your stylist to help you select the right styling products for your hair type and to show you some techniques that work for your styling goal. Here are some basics for all hair types:
Predry before blow drying. Towel-dry or air-dry after washing and conditioning. Damp hair is easier and faster than dripping wet hair to dry and style.
Use a styling product. Coat damp locks with the appropriate styling spray or mousse before blowing hair dry.
Start with your roots. Use your fingers to pull hair out a few inches and hold it while you aim the dryer air at the crown.
Continue the process using these techniques for your individual hair type:
- Straight hair? Dry from roots to ends, maintaining the tension on the hair with a round brush.
- Curly hair? Use a diffuser to dry the hair but still retain the natural curls.
- Thin hair? Supplement the round brush styling with a few rollers for the top strands.
Ask your stylist for more tips on home styling at your next appointment. When you come to our McLean hair salon check out our new and innovative products that will get you on the right track at home.