Make your blow-dry last (and last!)
When you’ve gone to all that effort – and invested all that time – you don’t want limp locks at the first sign of the southeaster or a few drops of rain.
Extend your efforts
“Your scalp and hair should be shampooed and rinsed thoroughly so hair feels clean, not slippery,” says hairstylist Serge Normant. When you overdo your conditioner, your hair is more difficult to work with. You only need a R5-coin-size blob of conditioner through the ends only – heavy moisturisers weigh hair down. Rinse well.
Use products wisely
Use creamy pomades and shine serums sparingly. Serge says, “When aiming for longevity, use half the amount you normally would to avoid buildup, which can make hair look dirty.”
Before washing your face and applying creams, pull your hair back tightly to ensure that skincare products don’t touch the hairline and ruin your freshly done blow-dry.
Perk it up with dry shampoo
When your hair is dry, bend forward with your head upside down, divide hair into 10cm sections using your fingers, and spray dry shampoo on the scalp,” says hairstylist Chris Mcmillan. The dry shampoo helps build up bulk and gives your roots a gorgeous volume boost. Wait five minutes then comb through the sections.
Clip your hair into a high, loose bun and cover it with a shower cap before stepping into the shower. The heat helps lift the roots. Wait until your hair has cooled off from the steam before unclipping or it will fall flat.
Work out right
No matter your hair type, your blow-dry can withstand a visit to the gym. Don’t let it hang loose. Twist your lengths up high and secure with a butterfly clip. Then position a terry-cloth hairband at your hairline to absorb perspiration. After your workout, just blast the roots with a dryer.