Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Make it Better: Velcro Blow-Out DIY

 Although it may shock some non-New Yorkers, hair cuts and colors here are crazy expensive. Including tip, I've paid close to $400 for a cut and color, and that is not at all outrageous.

While chatting with a couple of friends who have great hair, I asked where they go and how much they pay. Turns out that my hair is not nearly as expensive as theirs are at $600, and that's not even close to the $800 it can cost to be a Bergdoff Blonde.

I'm willing to pay for my hair because one's hair is the only thing she wears each and every day, but even so, I've never indulged in a blow-out. Blow-outs are very popular, but at $35-$75 a pop, I thought I'd share the easy at-home option I recently learned...

Supplies needed:
-Hair dryer
-Round brush
-Volumizing spray, anti-frizz gel, or hair spray as preferred (optional - I don't usually use any.)

Step one:
(If anti-frizz gel or volumizing spray is used, it should be applied as the bottle indicates, usually after towel-drying.) Flipping the head upside down, blow dry using the the round brush and hair dryer. The goal is to make the hair as straight as possible, so I find that pulling the hair straight with the round bush in one hand and blowing dry with the blow dryer in the other hand is easiest.

Step two:
Once the hair is dry, roll sections into Velcro rollers, and secure with clips. With the first four rollers, be sure to leave healthy sections on either side of the head, as the first four rollers will only catch the center of the hair -- about twice as wide as where a mohawk would stand. These four rollers will roll the hair back, and stay parallel to the ground, as shown.

The first section will be at the top front (the section that would be cut for bangs), and once rolled, should be secured right at the top of the head. The second section will be right behind that, and again secured high on the head.

The third section will again be rolled, but this time, it should be secured below the crown, or the end result will give an odd shape to the way the hair falls. The forth roller will be secured at the nape of the neck.

Using one roller on either side of the head, roll the hair and roller perpendicular to the ground, and toward the back.

Step three:
Let the hair cool for as long as possible. The longer, the better! I know someone who allows her hair to cool for two hours.

Once ready, carefully remove the rollers, and apply hairspray as desired. The initial look will be big Dallas-style hair, but depending on the desired use of hairspray, the hair will settle either quite a bit (without hairspray) or just a little (with a lot of hairspray).

One of the benefits to using Velcro rollers is that they weigh very little, and can be used even while traveling to achieve a smooth hairstyle that requires very little effort and few tools. Considering that hotels usually have hair dryers available, this is an easy, lightweight alternative to carrying heavy hair tools like curling irons, and also a nice cooler alternative in the summer months.

It might feel weird to look funny while letting the rollers cool for a while, but the hands on time is so little that in the end, it may actually be faster than many other styling options. And if it still feels funny, one can always pop open some champagne and pretend she's an Old Hollywood Bombshell.

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