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A New Look for a New Year

Seven months ago, my sister married the love of her life in an intimate, church ceremony. I was so excited when she asked me to be the matron of honor at her wedding. Because I wanted to wear my hair in an elegant French twist at the wedding, I didn’t cut it during the first half of last year. After the wedding, I planned to cut my hair in my usual bob style. However, after receiving many compliments for my longer hair, I decided to let it continue to grow out. I’m not sure what I want to do with my hair for the New Year. However, I know I want to continue experimenting with new, exciting looks. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best hair trends for the upcoming year. Enjoy!

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Getting A Professional Blow-Out: What's Different From Drying Your Hair At Home?

A salon style that can seem simple at first glance is the blow-out—a drying technique that somehow leaves your hair looking freshly curled and brushed all day long. However, many people feel like it might be silly to pay for this service if you have good brush and hair dryer at home. Is there any difference between the salon experience and doing it yourself?

There actually are a few differences, and you will notice those differences in the end results. Here are some of the reasons why a salon blow-out style can be superior to a DIY home job. 

1. The dryers are different.

Many home hair dryers are just basic tools from a local department store. It turns out, not all hot air is created equally. Salon dryers deliver air that is less damaging to your hair, so your hair loses less moisture during the drying process. As a result, you don't get the signature fly-aways that come with home hair drying—those curling hairs that seem to make your hair more frizzy, even if you've never really had trouble with frizzy hair in the past. In winter, you also won't have trouble with static, which is a common issue with blow-drying your hair when it's already lacking moisture. 

Also, most professional stylists know how to properly use the cool shot—they finish the style with cold air to help close the hair cuticle, giving a much more supple result. 

2. The dry job is a style job.

When you dry your hair at home, are you carefully drying each piece of hair with a round brush, or are you simply drying your hair as your comb it through? A true blow-out from a salon carefully dries your hair into luxurious curls (or beautifully straight styles) that are understated, but long lasting. Not only is this look hard to attain at home in your mirror, but it's also unrealistically time consuming. You have to manage the flow of air, hold the brush curl, and keep the rest of your hair in check. You'll end up with more fly aways and missed pieces, and it'll take you twice as long as your stylist.

3. You might not have the right products.

You can always stock up on the products that your stylist uses to do your hair at home, but these are usually pricey, especially if your stylist uses more than one. Usually, these products are meant to help your retain moisture, to protect against heat damage, and to help your hair hold its curl. 

4. A professional job can last longer.

If you have mastered the art of the dry shampoo, you can keep your smooth, blown-out locks for a week before washing it out. Generally, a home blow-out will not have the same staying power. If you're investing in costly products to make your DIY styling a success, it's worth checking whether or not the cost balances out if you simply get your hair styled once a week.

If you invest in a specialty blow-out, you can enjoy the results even longer; this treatment actually applies keratin to the hair, helping to repair damage from heat and coloring. The impossible hair from some product commercials may actually be more attainable than you thought. 

If you've been wondering why your home styling efforts haven't been working for you, schedule a wash and dry at a local salon, like Detour Salon & Detour The Store. Many women wait to go to a hair stylist until they need color or cut work done, but you can set an appointment just for a professional wash and dry. Watch your stylist as they work to give you your final result, and you'll notice the differences mentioned above.