Winter's low humidity can make for some pretty amazing hair days, but this year's Polar Vortex and endless winter storms are ruining our blow outs.
Rather than rocking a wet-head look until spring (As if we could do better than Beyonce's sexy interpretation at the Grammys), Alli Webb, founder of celeb-fave blowout salon The Drybar, has invaluable styling tips to help a blowout last through snow, sleet, and slush.
"Just don't go outside," Webb, who counts Zooey Deschanel and Naomi Watts among the salon's clients, jokes to Us Weekly. For the days when we can't make like a hermit, Webb says to set your hair as if you're leaving the Truvy's beauty salon in Steel Magnolias.
"Take your hair section by section, roll it up and under, then clip it," she tells Us. "It's beauty parlor chic." Then place a loose hat (not a tight beanie) over all of your hair, and brave the elements. "That way it doesn't get touched, and when you take your hair down you'll still have soft waves," she says.
A safer bet, though, is to skip the waves on snowy days. "Go for straighter styles or ones that'll get crushed from wearing a hat," she says.
Since the cold, dry air can zap volume no matter how much root lifter you apply, Webb suggests keeping dry shampoo handy. "It's great not just for when your hair is dirty but for pumping up the volume too," Webb says.
Avoid the common mistake of spraying the product onto the top of hair, and instead lift the sections and apply from underneath. "Spray it at the root or half an inch lower, and then use your fingers to work it in," Webb advises. Then to recreate a curl that's fallen, break out your curling iron for a touch-up. Says Webb, "You'll just make it better."