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pressing questions on all things beauty + skincare and our new Beauty Director, make-up artist Michelle Acosta will answer them. Today’s topic: Achieving & managing everyday beautiful hair.
My biggest pet peeve with films (besides unrealistic portrayals of female characters) is when characters whose lives are supposed to be a mess have beautiful hair. Take Netflix’s Jessica Jones for instance; if she’s supposed to be suffering from PTSD and alcoholism, she still has time to get a blowout every morning before she leaves the house? Her hair is incredible!
The benefit of having short hair is that it takes a lot less effort to maintain, but I can’t exactly roll out of bed and be ready to go. The trick is looking like you put zero effort into achieving your look but still not have a million fly-aways coming out from every direction. I think that idea is universal for all people who are busy —
Everyday hair that’s easy and manageable. How to achieve the perfect blowout that’s not “perfect.” We asked TTF’s Beauty Director, Michelle Acosta for tips on how to get a perfectly fuss-free “everyday hair.”
“I keep hearing different things from different people. What exactly is a blowout?” — Nikki T.
A blowout is basically just a word that means “blow-drying”. If someone says, “I love how my hair looks after a blowout”, they are literally just saying “I love how my hair looks after it’s blow-dried”. A blowout only needs a blow-dryer and some kind of styling brush (like a boar-bristle round brush).
Now if someone says something additional like a “Brazilian Blowout”, “Volumizing Blowout”, or anything else, that’s referring to a technique or brand of products used during the blow-drying. In this case, it’s hard to know exactly what someone means, so you’d have to ask that person exactly what he or she is describing.
“How can I give myself a blowout at home? Is it something that I need to go to the salon for?” — Sabrina F.
You absolutely don’t need to go to a salon for a blowout. As long as you have a blow-dryer and a styling brush, you’re good-to-go! Technique is the deal breaker when it comes to a blowout. I can’t say this enough: practice, practice, practice. It will likely take you several times before getting the blowout that you want.
“Will straightening my hair every day damage my hair? How can I style my hair without heat?” — Christina B.
Absolutely. ANY heat styling damages hair – there’s absolutely no way around it. There are many different ways to minimize damage from heat styling, but no matter what, you will be damaging your locks to some degree (no pun intended).
There are different ways you can style hair without heat, which vary depending on what style your going for and what hair type that you have. The most universal way to style hair without heat across all hair types is to place damp, moisturized hair in loose or tight bun(s):
For wavy/straight hair– make sure to style your hair very intentionally. However you set your hair to dry is virtually exactly how it will end up. So, if you want some volume, don’t pull your hair back tight.
For curly hair– if you want to straighten out your curl-pattern a bit, put some moisturizing cream through wet hair and try large braids or a large bun. You can’t get straight hair without heat tools, but you can manipulate your curls by styling them into different up-dos, so try a few different styles and see how your hair dries!
“Does it make a different what straightener or blow-dryer I use? I see some for $50-$300. What’s the difference?” — Tri D.
Generally speaking, you will get the job done regardless. The price range of different heat-styling tools does tell a bit about the quality of the product, however. Think of it like buying a car: you can get where you need to go in Honda or a Mercedes, but everything from the ride to how the car performs as it ages is different. Like buying a car, it can be difficult to tell what’s better between the available options, especially if you aren’t a manufacturer.
Some key differences within price ranges of heat tools:
- Ability to control the heat – You want to be able to control the heat to what you need for your hair type and styling goals. If you don’t see a way to control the heat on the tool itself, definitely avoid it.
- The material of the plates – One of the main selling points for flat irons is centered on what the plates are made out of. Generally speaking, you want a plate that is super smooth and has the ability to evenly retain heat.
- Brand – Just like everything else, brand can be the only difference between two similar items. This could be beneficial in several ways, like warranty terms, available accessories (namely for hair dryers), etc. Two high-end brands will likely perform very similarly, for they are likely made of similar (if not the same) high-quality, long-lasting materials.
New styling tools and beauty “technologies” come out quite often, so just make sure to do your research first to make sure you buy the styling tool that’s right for your styling needs.