Longevity starts in the salon
Believe it or not, much like when you book in for a cut, it’s a good idea to have a consultation with your stylist before your blow dry. According to Brogan, it ensures that the type of blow out you plump for is best suited to your hair type and lifestyle: ‘Caucasian hair will last much longer around humidity compared to Afro hair, while naturally curly hair will allow a wave to hold for a longer period of time than straight hair,’ he says. Once you’re in the salon chair, it’s important to focus on building the foundation of your blow dry. Remember, any dirt, oil, or product residue that’s in your hair will impact how well it comes out and how long it lasts, so a thorough session at the backwash will make all the difference; it’s why most stylists will recommend two shampoos. Conditioner is great for detangling and manageability, but it can be tricky if you have very fine hair that’s prone to greasiness. If that’s you, just tread carefully: ‘I would recommend conditioner but only the slightest amount applied to the very ends and rinsed thoroughly,’ advises Brogan. To tame flyaways and add a final polished flourish to set you up for the week, ask your stylist to spray a small amount of finishing spray on their hands and smooth it over your hair, rather than apply it straight from the can. This method avoids heavy-handedness and means your style won’t sink before you’ve even left the chair.