How to Make Your Wedding-Day Blowout Last Longer
You did it: planned an unbelievable wedding that was the best day of your life. You looked amazing, thanks to the perfect dress and a great blowout. Now it's time for you and your guy to jet off to your honeymoon. You want to look your best—if only you could pack up your blowout with you. Guess what? We know how you can. We talked to the experts on how to extend your wedding-day hairstyle a few extra days. You've got better things to do than fuss with your hair!
Use the Right Products
When creating your initial day-of hairstyle, be mindful of what products you're using. Some items, like non-water-soluble waxes and strong hairsprays, won't make your blowout last. "Make sure you are starting with moisturized hair a day or two before your big day, and use a hairspray that is holding but still brushable like L'Oréal Elnett," Kristina Maccaro, owner of Love Lane Salon in Jersey City, New Jersey. The next morning, avoid brushing with a plastic brush since they enhance static." Instead, use a metal comb or soft boar bristle brush like Mason Pearson's, which detangles hair while promoting shine and decreasing frizz.
Kevin Murphy "Young Again" Masque, $48, amazon.com.
Reach for a dry texture spray
Use a shower cap
"While many long-haired gals toss their hair up in a bun for the shower, it's vital to keep as much moisture out of blown-out hair as possible," says Yance. Wearing a shower cap will do the trick.
Drybar "Morning After" Shower Cap, $16, thedrybar.com.
Pamper your hair with some silk
How to prolong your blowout at night: Sleep on a silk pillowcase or wrap your hair up in a silk scarf. "The friction of your hair on a cotton pillowcase all night creates static and frizz. You'll wake up with a lifeless, tangled head of hair that most likely will need to be washed and restyled," says Maccaro. Bonus: Silk is also great for your complexion.
2 Pack "Mixed Marble" Silk Pillowcases, $139, shhhsilk.com.
Add some height
Sleep with your hair high up on your head at night so your style stays intact. "Flip your head over and swirl you hair in the direction of the blown-out curls and secure gently with a non-creasing hair tie to preserve your blow-out's shape and to prevent hair from getting frizzy while you sleep," says Caroline Muller of the Studio B. Salon in Cranston, Rhode Island. Try the Invisibobble, a tie that won’t crease your hair and reduces hair breakage.
Invisibobble "Traceless" Hair Ring, $8 for 3, sephora.com.
Refresh your hairstyle
Adding a little volume by going over your roots with a round brush and dryer will help you extend the life of your blowout. "Don't be afraid to experiment with a loose braid or a quick topknot. These styles are easy to replicate and are great ways to make your blowout last in between shampoos," says Maccaro.
Click n Curl "Limited Edition" Travel Set, $35.99, click-n-curl.com.
Rock dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is key to making a style last longer, but are you using it in every way you can? If your hair is oily, spray a dry shampoo on the root area before you start styling. "The dry shampoo will help absorb oils throughout the day for longer-lasting volume," says Feisal Qureshi, founder and creative director of RAINCRY, a hairbrush line.
Living Proof "Perfect Hair Day" Dry Shampoo, 4 ounces for $22, livingproof.com.
Pin it up
If you are trying to maintain a wavy or curly style, try pinning your hair up in sections. "Split your hair down your head from the forehead to the nape of your neck at your part and twist these sections away from your face. Create two buns on the top of your head and secure with bobby pins," says Maccaro. The bobby pins will not leave creases as a rubber band would, and twisting your hair strands helps to preserve the wave pattern.
Goody Bobby Pins, $1, bedbathandbeyond.com.