So you get a blowout and your hair feels light, airy, and oh so beautiful. But then you go home and attempt to re-create the look… While it doesn’t look bad by any means, it definitely doesn’t look salon-worthy either. Sound familiar?
We know the struggle of at-home hairstyling all too well. From fancy braids à la Lauren Conrad turned into last-minute messy buns to wavy hair tutorials turned straight locks in a matter of an hour, we’ve experienced nearly all the at-home hair fails. Hence the reason we reached out to top hairstylists for their advice on how to get salon-worthy locks without ever having to leave the house—or pay salon prices.
Instead of completely giving up and making an appointment at the nearest Drybar (although that does sound appealing at times), read on for five expert hairstyling tips that are sure to up your at-home hair game.
An easy and effective way to get beach waves, according to celebrity hairstylist Sheenon Olson, is to "put your wet hair into two twisted buns and allow it to dry in the buns completely." While, as Olson told Byrdie, "this may take several hours if your hair is thick," it is worth it as "the results will offer the perfect natural beach wave."
For bouncier curls that last all night long, hairstylist Sarah Potempa told Byrdie to resist the urge to brush through curls right away. Instead, she recommends spraying a brush with hair spray and running it through curls after they have cooled.
Celebrity hair expert Enzo Angileri told Byrdie to "stop using your blow-dryer without the nozzle on the end. You need the nozzle to focus the heat." Not only will this give a better blowout, but also, it will be better for your hair's overall health: "It creates a space between the heat source and your hair. The grill is the hottest part and should not be so close to your hair," says Angileri.
Hairstylist Corey Tuttle told Byrdie that "hair will look shinier and bouncier if you remove all traces of styling products and conditioner every six weeks or so." To cleanse your strands, Tuttle recommends a recipe of one tablespoon baking soda and two tablespoons white vinegar, which works best when you "rub it in well all along the hair strands, and then rinse thoroughly."
If you struggle to achieve salon-style volume at home, you are not alone. However, hairstylist Nunzio Saviano told us not all hope is lost: "My tips for mega volume definitely go back to old-school methods such as Velcro rollers, hot rollers, and pin curls," he says. Saviano recommends "blasting the hair with heat (whether that be with a blow-dryer or iron), then setting it and letting the hair cool down."
Want more tips from top hairstylists? Check out these seven insider tips learned from a hair salon employee.
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