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How to Make Your Blowout Last Through an Intense Workout

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Let’s say spending $1,000 on Botox to save a blowout isn’t your thing. Here’s some other advice on how to keep fresh-from-the-salon hair, even while exercising—without the injections.

1. Dry-shampoo before exercising. “A good blowout should last for two to five days, depending on hair type and texture,” says Alli Webb, founder of the Drybar chain of blowout bars. Before you work out, Webb suggests, spritz hair with a dry shampoo or texturizing spray: “It’s a good preventative measure to help absorb oils.”

2. Keep it loose while exercising. Webb also recommends gathering hair with “a soft elastic that won’t crimp” or tying two loose braids, which will result in gentle waves when undone.

3. Know how to do quick fixes. And what if sweat, a blowout’s worst enemy, does happen? “Try touching up the front and crown of your head with a quick re-blow from a blow dryer,” says Webb. She would then add Drybar products—the Chaser, which is a shine pomade, and a bit of Mai Tai Spritzer, which includes sea salt—for a beachy, lived-in look. Maha Sharma, owner of Blo Blow Dry Bar in Dupont Circle, suggests spraying roots with a boosting spray such as Unite Boosta Spray before using a small, round brush to recharge volume. “Feel free to grab a straightening or curling iron to add some extra, last-minute curls at the root, around your face,” she says.

4. Sleep easy. Sharma recommends investing in a satin pillowcase to extend the life of your blowout: “Satin is more gentle on the hair compared to cotton, which can cause a drying effect.” She says loosely tying hair in a high bun before sleeping will prevent creases, tension, and tangles.

Kate Bennett writes about personalities, lifestyle trends, fashion, and beauty.

This article appears in our September 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

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