Scoring a blowout is the double whammy of time-consuming and expensive, so once we leave the salon, it becomes our main mission to keep our polished look intact for as long as possible. Aside from the common practices of using dry shampoo on the second (or third, or fourth) day and avoiding rainy weather at all costs, there are some other—slightly weirder—ways to prolong our blowouts, too.
Upgrade your pillowcases.
Pure satin and silk pillowcases are far superior to the standard cotton types for keeping hair smooth and reducing friction. Not only do these more luxurious fabrics help maintain the quality of your blowout for longer, but they’re gentler on hair overall and keep tangles to a minimum. Even better, Dale Janée, CEO of SavvySleepers says that many women report feeling so relaxed on the softer surface that they toss and turn less at night, which also helps to keep the shape of a blowout intact. Basically, it’s a win-win.
Move your fan next to your bed.
For whatever reason, plenty of people are prone to night sweats. They have the potential to be embarrassing if you’re sleeping with a partner, but worse still, nothing ruins a blowout quite like moisture. If you tend to sweat during the night, try placing a fan directly next to your bed to keep cool and spare your blowout. And your dignity.
Carry shower caps—everywhere.
You may carry shower caps to the gym and on weekend getaways, but that’s not nearly the end of their usefulness. We know—it sounds insane, but a disposable shower cap or two tossed into your purse or coat pocket can be a life-saver (or at least a blowout-saver) should you get caught in an unexpected downpour. Sure, you’ll look a little nuts, but at a certain point you may have to choose between your blowout or your image. Choose wisely.
Give Botox a try. Seriously.
The most common use of Botox is to conceal fine lines and wrinkles, but a more off-the-radar use is to have it injected into the scalp to protect your blowout from sweat. “I absolutely think there is a good reason for scalp Botox,” says celebrity plastic surgeon Thomas Sterry. “It [uses] the exact same mechanism of action on the scalp as with relaxing muscles for anti-aging.” The popular treatment helps to abate hyperhidrosis, a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. “For those individuals” who suffer from hyperhidrosis, Sterry says, “Botox will help prevent sweating, which will help prolong and maintain their blowouts and control frizz for six to seven months.”
Rev up your style.
Blow it out again. That’s right—quickly take a round brush and blowdryer to your hair, mimicking the original technique, and hit the roots with just a little bit of dry shampoo. This will add volume back into your ‘do and let you go an extra day without shampooing, says Jessie Starks, principal stylist at Atomic House of Hair. What’s not to love?
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