Four Things To Tell Your Stylist For The Best Blowout Ever
There’s nothing worse than paying for a blowout that doesn’t send you out into the world feeling like a glammed-out super hero. Here’s the thing, hairstylists are great listeners. We tell them what we want out of love and life, but when it comes to our hair, we don’t always hold up our end of the bargain. Remember: despite all that contact with your head, your hairstylist isn’t a mind reader. Here are 4 things you should be telling your them to make sure you get that post blowout glow.
A Picture Is Worth Thousand Words
Many of us like our hair done in a very specific way, whether it’s Dolly-Parton big, or 90s Jen Aniston sleek. And when explaining your preferences, words will only get you so far. Words like “bouncy” are relative, and may mean something very different to you than they do to your stylist. Best to come prepared with a picture or two that captures your hair on one of its better days. Don’t pretend like you’ve never taken a #GoodHairDontCare selfie.
If you’re someone with oily hair that gets greasy if you so much as walk up a flight of stairs, the laws of real estate also apply to your conditioning routine: location, location, location. Makes sure you are only applying conditioner to your ends. This will help you go a little longer between washes, since conditioning your roots adds more moisture. For those of you with drier scalps, mainline that conditioner or oil treatments like it’s your first cold brew on a Monday morning. The additional moisture will help keep your do' silky smooth and repel flaking. Bonus: put tea tree and coconut oil on your scalp before you go in for a blowout - they will wash it out and you’ve just given yourself a great DIY treatment.
Get Back To Your Roots
How your roots are treated determines how your hair will fall, and your stylist will treat them differently based on your preference, but you have to make that preference known. If you’ve already got thick hair that borders on unruly and you want a look that sleek and smooth, let your stylist know that you don’t need any more volume at the root. On the other hand, if you have a bigger-is-better approach to your hair, flip the script and ask for more. Hell, you might even ask them to tease those suckers out a bit.
To Product Or Not To Product?
Ah, the eternal question. There are fewer things more distressing than getting doused with an expected shot of hairspray, especially when you’re not a hairspray kind of girl. But if that happens, that’s on you, boo. If you have a specific product preference or regimen, let your stylist know from the beginning. Pro tip: you can always BYOP (bring your own product). Then, depending on the style you’re after, the two of you can decide what potions and elixirs you will need to make some hair magic. Don’t be afraid to take your stylist’s advice, though. They are the professionals after all.