4 Tips For The Perfect Blow-Out
by Alicia Ward on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Curly hair is beautiful in its natural state. As stylists, we love to see women embrace their natural curls, coils and waves. However, we know that everyone likes options and variety. No one person can eat the same lunch everyday for their entire life just like no one curly can wear her hair the same her whole life. Blow-outs are a great way to help your clients change up their look. Here are four tips to help you give your client the perfect blow out.
1. Start Clean and Detangled!
You should always start fresh and clean for a smooth blowout. When selecting a cleanser, pick one that has smoothing properties like Matrix Total Results Sleek Shampoo. Choose a conditioner that is very moisturizing and has smoothing and de-frizzing qualities. We recommend the pair to the above shampoo, Matrix Total Results Sleek Conditioner. You will need to do a thorough job of wide-tooth comb detangling before you get started to ensure you get every curl smooth. Before you detangle be sure to apply a leave-in conditioner. Again, when selecting products for a blow out, choose products that have a smoothing properties like Matrix Total Results Moisture Cure 2-Phase Leave-In Treatment. Hair should be damp but not dripping wet when you get started. Remember to use a microfiber towel to gently dry your curls before starting, because this will help reduce frizz and friction.
2. Protect and Separate!
To ensure that your curls are protected from heat damage, apply a heat protectant and smoother. Matrix Total Results Sleek Iron Smoother works to protect and smooth curls for heat styling. To apply this heat protectant place a dime to quarter size into your hand and distribute it evenly. Then, separate curls into sections, this will make the drying more manageable and reduce tangles.
3. Dry: Hot and Cold!
Now it’s time to start drying the hair in sections. Grab the first section and start drying it at the top, aiming the blow dryer downward and moving it from the top of the hair to the ends. Alternate between hot and cold settings on the blow dryer. It’s best to use a round brush and a dryer with a concentrator nozzle. These are must have tools for a good blow out. Using high heat and a concentrator nozzle to direct the dryer’s airflow, dry hair from root to tip for about 8 seconds, then lock out the frizz by using the cool shot button for 5 seconds. If the hair is excessively curly or coily, start by drying hair from mid-shaft to end to minimize styling time.
4. Stop the Frizz!
When you are done drying, to continue to lock out the frizz, dab a pea-sized amount of smoothing oil onto your hands and smooth it into the ends of the hair to define and separate your tresses. Matrix Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil will smooth frizz and flyaways. Finish the look by applying Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Flexible Hold Hairspray, a light hold flexible hairspray that will really lock out the frizz.
Help your clients get your their curls back after their blow out. Deep condition with Matrix Total Results Color Care Intensive Mask to get your client’s moisture and definition back.
[THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED]
Matrix is offering you the opportunity to show off you best blow out!
Matrix Curly Girl is challenging six salons to throw down their best blow-out techniques to see whose smooth style reigns supreme. Vote by June 30th, for the salon you think will give our Curly Girl the best & longest lasting blow-out. If your salon wins you will be entered to win one of 50 gift baskets filled with the products the winning salon used on our Curly Girl (a $100 value)! Stylists can involved and enter here.