Getting a haircut or style from the hair salon has the power to transform your hair, look and mood. It instills a new boost of confidence that makes you walk with your head a little bit higher than before. In the same breath, though, getting the wrong haircut or style can be utterly defeating. Often, the results of a bad blowout stem from lack of communication between you and your stylist. To ensure you never walk out of salon appointment with anything less than a fresh new style and a smile, we tapped Anna Wiles of Cush Salon in Beverly Hills to tell us how to make sure our stylists know exactly what we want out of our blowout.
Tip #1: Get to Know Your Blowout Type
According to Wiles, not all blowouts are created equal. In fact, stylists typically classify the styles by two categories: sleek and straight or voluminous with movement. “If you prefer your hair very straight with not too much curl, you probably would fall into the sleek zone,” explains Wiles. “If you prefer that bombshell blowout, you definitely need to communicate your need for volume.”
Tip #2: Be Specific About Your Preferences
When it comes to your blowout, it’s better to give too much information than not enough. This includes even the smallest details like where you would like your stylist to give you the most volume or what side you like to part your hair. If you’re someone who loves a full-bodied hairstyle, Wiles recommends explaining those volume preferences to your stylist. The key is not to be afraid of voicing your preferences and getting specific.
Tip #3: Bring Pictures
When words can’t explain the blowout style you’ve been eyeing, nothing is more helpful than a visual representation. We always recommend bringing in a photo as inspiration so your stylist knows exactly the kind of style you’re looking for.
Tip #4: Find Out How to Maintain Your Blowout
A great blowout shouldn’t end when you walk out of the salon. Talk to your stylist about what you can do at home to maintain your pretty blowout. We recommend investing in a great volumizing dry shampoo, texturizing powder or style-extender to keep your hair in check for days. One of our favorites? The Garnier Fructis Invisible Dry Shampoo because it refreshes and volumizes the hair while absorbing excess oil to extend the life of your blowout.
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