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By Zoe Schaeffer
Mastering a great blowout—and making it last—requires some insider tricks. So we asked the owners of three top blow-dry bars to spill their secrets. Whether it's oat milk shampoo or a silk pillow, these surprising tips will help you achieve frizz-free, look-at-me hair.
Raising The Bar2 of 13
Drybar founder Alli Webb has five locations in Southern California, along with bars in Dallas and Scottsdale, and more opening soon. The hair diva dishes on how she does her own 'do.
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Webb says it's important to begin the smoothing process by making sure hair is ultra-clean. "Don't be afraid to wash hair twice with shampoo and just add conditioner on the ends," she says.
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"An ion-emitting brush helps eliminate frizz," Webb says. The bristles actually break down water so it penetrates hair and helps it stay hydrated and shiny.
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Shine On5 of 13
"After you finish blow-drying your hair, blast it with your hairdryer for a slightly tousled look," Webb says. "Spritz some shine spray about seven inches from your head for that finishing touch."
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As part of the team behind New York City's Blow, Julie Flakstad has been in the hair bar business since 2005. Steal her tried-and-true advice.
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According to Flakstad, hair should be 30 to 50 percent dry before you begin blowing. "Use a low-heat setting on your dryer to get most of the moisture out. Then apply a heat protectant to prevent damage," she explains.
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Flakstad recommends drying hair in sections, rolling it up with a boar bristle brush as you go. "While it's rolled, use the cool shot button on your blow dryer to set the shape. This gives the hair memory so that it retains its shape," she says.
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"The 'cold shot' button on your hairdryer is magical," Flakstad says. “When hair is completely dry, twist it while blowing cool air; this closes the hair cuticle and prevents frizz."
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The duo behind four of the Blo Blow Dry Bar franchises, Jenny Randhawa and Karen Manhas, has this motto: Wash, Blo, Go. Get their tips for making your blowout last.
Cap It Off11 of 13
Manhas says that any moisture left in hair will cause instant frizz. "To maintain your blowout, always use a well-fitted shower cap when in the shower or bath."
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Pillow Talk12 of 13
To keep your blowout bouncy on day two, Randhawa suggests securing your hair into a twist on top of your head with bobby pins. "Then sleep with your head on a satin pillowcase to prevent snags," she says.
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To make a blowout last, use a dry shampoo in the morning, says Manhas. "It absorbs natural oils and volumizes your hair. Spray at the roots, work through with a brush and then blast with the heat of a blow dryer."
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