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.

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Ex­tend your ef­forts

Don’t over­con­di­tion

“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.”

Rou­tine pro­tec­tion

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.

Shower smart

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.

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