I’ll be honest… I do NOT remember the last time a flat iron touched my hair and if I had to guess I’d say that it’s been almost a year since I’ve worn my hair straight. That’s crazy, right? It usually takes SO long to get my hair nice and straight so I tend to milk it for all it’s worth and stretch the time between my style to the max. Luckily there are a few easy ways to make sure your blow dry lasts as long as possible and I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips and tricks with you today!
1) Use a purifying shampoo followed by a hydrating conditioner prior to styling your hair: Using a deep cleansing shampoo will remove any buildup and oil you may have on your hair which helps your style to last longer. If you don’t fully cleanse your hair and scalp you’ll notice that your blow dry gets greasy sooner than later because the new oil that is produced is compounding on top of the little bit of oil that may have been left behind otherwise. A deep cleansing shampoo makes sure that everything is stripped so you can start fresh. Since the shampoo is so cleansing it’s always a good idea to follow with a nourishing conditioner to balance everything out. Just make sure that you’re NOT applying conditioner to your roots or scalp area. This area of your hair shaft doesn’t need conditioner and all the heavy product will weigh your hair down.
2) Blow dry your hair COMPLETELY: By using a blow dryer to style your hair you’re making sure that the cuticle is sealed and your style is locked in place. Even if your flat iron or curl your hair afterwards you should still never skip this step. I’m using the Infiniti Pro 3Q Brushless Motor Hair Dryer, which is the world’s first hair dryer featuring a brushless motor available at mass retail. As a professional hairstylist myself I can tell you that this is HUGE! Brushless motors last 10x longer than old-school brush models because they use magnets and electronics to power the motor. 3Q actually stands for Quiet (the Infinit Pro 3Q produces 40% less noise and has patent pending noise reduction technology), Quick (it produces 70% more air pressure and dries hair with lower temperatures and faster airflow to reduce heat damage) , and Quality (the 3Q lasts up to 5000 hours which is AMAZING considering the fact that standard blow dryers only last for an average of 500 hours).
3) Utilize Dry Shampoo Regularly (and I’m talking about BEFORE your hair looks oily): It seems that everyone and their mom uses dry shampoo to absorb excess oil when they’re stretching a blow dry but what would happen if you used it BEFORE the oil started to accumulate? I personally like to use dry shampoo starting the night of Day 1 to absorb oil as it is produced. The result is a smoother style extension that never looks overly greasy and looks natural and fresh for much longer. If you wait to get rid of the oil until you see it or its a problem it’s much harder to control. Like with everything in life, prevention is easier than treatment for sure!
4) Use your blowdryer to freshen up the style mid-week: When I feel like my hair style is looking a little flat but I’m not ready to wash it and go through the entire process all over again I’ll do a mid-week “fake blow dry” and I’m good to go! I like to put a little bit of shine serum on the ends and then use the Conair 3Q blow dryer to blow dry my roots to help get rid of a bit of the oil. I also like to use a blow dryer after I’ve applied dry shampoo to help everything blend together. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but your blow dryer is going to be your best friend when stretching the time between washes!
It’s still so weird to see me with straight hair but I kind of love it! What do you think?
Do you extend the life of your blow dry? Share your favorite tips with me below!
Until next time 🙂
Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q is the world’s first hair dryer featuring a brushless motor available at mass retail. The dryer’s name is derived from three of its key benefits, all of which begin with the letter “Q:” quick, quiet, quality.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Conair. The opinions and text are all mine.