6 genius ways to extend the life of your blow dry

Struggling to get your blow dry to last the day, let alone the distance? Try these six simple hacks to bring back that freshly done bounce.

Whether you forked out money to get it done professionally or got your DIY on at home, a blow dry that rapidly loses its bounce is a very annoying inconvenience indeed. The good news? With the right products and know-how, you can extend the life of your amazing ‘do.

1. The fewer products used, the better

We’re only going to say this once: overloading your hair with sprays and powders are not going to do your blow dry any favours. “Many people think that the more they layer up their hair with products, the longer their blow out will last -w wrong,” explains Anthony Nader, award-winning celebrity hairstylist and founder of Sydney’s Raw Salon. “It all starts with damp hair and applying your main one or two products before blow-drying with them. By all means, if you need to give your mane a spray with a hairspray, go ahead but don’t overdo it.”

2. Sleep on silk

You went to bed with voluminous hair and woke up with it looking bird nest-esque. Rather than forgoing sleep to protect your blow dry, get your shut-eye on a silk pillowcase instead. It’s a far more pleasant alternative, no?

“The natural properties of silk will reduce the friction on each hair strand which can often lead to hair breakage over time,” explains Anthony.

3. Use a shower cap

Of course not getting your hair wet will prolong your blow dry. But there are some extra steps you need to take in addition to donning that cap whcih will ensure your hair stays looking fresh.

“The shower cap doesn’t protect your hair from moisture which can come from the heat of the shower,” warns Katy Reeve, National Creative Director of TONI&GUY Australia.

“Keep the shower cooler for less steam and as soon as you are out of the shower, release your hair and brush through to dry any moisture which may cause hair to frizz.”

4. Use texturising spray

While you don’t need to douse your hair in products post-blow dry, a little texturising spray is going to soak up any excess oil on your scalp and keep your hair’s volume at delightful levels.

“If your hair needs a quick pick-me-up, this is your go-to… and saves another day of forgoing shampooing,” explains Anthony. “Tip your head over and give your roots and mid-lengths a good ol’ spray all over and then massage in and flick your head back up.”

5. Choose the right brush

To brush your blow dry and potentially ruin it or to leave it despite it looking a little dishevelled? It’s a (first world) problem many of us will face from time to time. The solution? Using the right brush.

“A soft bristle brush is best as it’s gentle on the hair and won’t pull out any waves, curls or movement added in your blow dry, a bristle brush gently detangles and can also promote shine through the ends of your hair,” explains Katy.

6. Dry shampoo is your friend

Similar to texturising spray, dry shampoo has your blow dry’s best interests at heart. “To help prolong your blow dry you can use a dry shampoo to absorb any unwanted oils at the roots,” explains Katy. “Spray through the roots of the hair and use your fingers or a brush to evenly distribute, this will stop the product appearing dusty.”