Haircut trends come and go, but the appeal of a fresh blow-out, no matter what your length or texture, is perennial. And SEEN’s newest baby, a silky Blow-Out Creme, formulated with skin-friendly ingredients much like our signature shampoo and conditioner, plus UV and pollution protection for hair, will no doubt become an essential tool in the process. Because we have blowouts on the brain, here are a few rules of engagement to consider before turning heat to head.
1. DON’T DRY BEFORE DETANGLING
Hair with even the tiniest snarls can result in even more breakage when faced with a brush and blowdryer. Detangle either in the shower with a wide-tooth comb and a bit of conditioner or when you emerge, always moving slowly, and working your way up from ends to roots.
2. THE PRE-DRY IS KEY
A bit of blowdrying truth: you want hair to be wet, but not dripping wet. Gently scrunch and squeeze extra moisture out of the hair before going anywhere near the blowdryer. Also, said scrunching and squeezing should not be done with the same terrycloth bath towel that you’re using for your body. A small microfiber towel or even a soft, worn-in T-shirt will be easier on your hair and help curb the potential for frizz.
3. DRESS HAIR FIRST
Naked hair doesn’t play well with a sudden blast of heat. Whether your hair is fine or thick, dead-straight or curly, a product designed with heat-protection in mind (ahem, like SEEN’s new Blow-Out Creme) is crucial to dab on pre-blowdrying.
4. HANDS THEN BRUSH
Stylists call it the rough dry, we call it the lazy dry. How you choose to refer to it is up to you, but the idea is this: the first half of the blowdry process is best performed with hands as your only tool, then, once hair feels mostly dry, introduce a brush.
5. GO ALL THE WAY
Blowdrying, especially if you have thick or long hair, can be a workout so we can certainly understand the temptation to give up early (and give those arms a rest). But, be warned, that hair that isn’t completely blowdryed will be a magnet for frizziness.