Tips from the Hair Chair – part deux
Wow! I received a lot of questions and feedback from “Tips from the Hair Chair – part one” and you people love the scoop on hair! I am back today with more hairstylist wisdom from the fabulous Erin Vroman and another chance to win all of these 5 products (pictured below) that Erin donated. You can go back to Monday’s post for one chance to win if you didn’t enter there already. For today’s entry: 1) “Like” Erin Vroman Hair Studio on Facebook (some of you may have already done this and doesn’t it feel good to have that checked off?) and 2) Tag a friend who doesn’t already follow Sincerely Us on our Facebook, twitter or Instagram post announcing this post. The giveaway which will be occurring on Friday evening on Facebook Live (ooohhh, ahhhh). Stay tuned to the Facebook page for time details because I really can’t think past today because Wednesdays are the worst.
Previously, I covered the wash, hot tools, and some nuggets of wisdom. Today we continue with dry and style tips as well as some answers to reader questions.
As I mentioned in the previous post, the first thing you need to dry your hair successfully without damage and frizz is a legit hair dryer that is less than 5 years old. Erin is not really one for encouraging you to spend money on frivolous things, so take that to heart and hook yourself up. After applying a heat protecting leave-in conditioner, Erin recommends “the power dry”. This is something I excel in because it requires zero talent and attention. All you do is dry your hair 85-90% of the way. You don’t need to be brushing it while you do this. If you want, throw that hair upside down and belt out Tina Turner while you wave your quality hairdryer all around. The goal here is to get it dry enough that the finishing part of drying should take no longer than 10 minutes. Of course, this is where my breakdown occurs, but I can spend 10 minutes on special days I guess.
Use alligator clips to hold you hair up as if you were at the salon. Then you can dry your hair in small sections, which means faster drying and less heat exposure. For thicker hair, you want smaller sections, which I know, is a total pain. All hair types have their downside, and this is yours thick-haired ladies. You want to dry your hair in all different directions to give it more body and make you hair look like a living thing with motion. Pull sections in the back towards the front to dry and top sections to the opposite side of your part. Just let loose!
Section your hair to style the same way you did to dry it. You’ll want to use your hot tools on 1/2″ to 3/4″ sections of hair. For more on the hot tools and flat iron technique, see part one. Erin has given us a lot of great tips, but here is one from Sincerely Megan: find a stylist who will work with your learning style so that you can recreate your just-from-the-salon look at home. If you learn by taking notes, ask your stylist what they are doing and write it down. I learn by actually doing, and Erin is happy to instruct and hand the tools over to me. It may take a few tries, but when you leave, you’ll have a better chance of replicating it. Here I am giving it a shot:
When you curl your hair, curl it the whole way around your head in the same direction for that modern glam look T. Swift had going before she bleached her hair (so glad that phase is over). For beachy waves, change directions of the curl as you go. In both cases, curl the hair vertically and twist the hair as it comes off the curling iron, allowing it to set in the coil. If you have a good curling iron, your hair should slip through without much drama as you pull it out. When you heat your hair, it breaks bonds in the hair. As it cools, the bonds reconnect and form a wave. So let it cool before you do anything else. If you feel it is too tight, rake it out with your fingers right away. You can put hairspray on your hair before or after curling, or spray it on your hands and use it to tame flyaways. Erin uses Moroccan Oil hairspray, which is my favorite. I’m all about the smell and it’s aroma-awesome.
Once you are done curling and everything has cooled off, rake your fingers through the curl. You can chose to brush it out which creates more of a pattern with your hair. Touch up curls as needed and as patience allows. Apply a pea size of a pomade like Vie Chevre’s “Do It Up Goat Milk Pomade” (only $5 and local to Sincerely Us) to give your hair some moisture and shine. To apply, rub it between palms and either rake through or scrunch, depending on what your hair’s texture can handle. Experiment! Some pomades have a little hold in them too, so you’ll have to check your product. Erin also applied some “Puff Me” to my hair, which is a powder that gives instant volume with weightlessness.
Your questions, answered by Erin
I’m already over the 800 word count that studies show readers have the attention span for, so let’s just dive right in!
- Should you use a different brush for wet vs. dry hair? Erin says the Wet Brush is good for both wet and dry hair. When Erin did the final 10 minutes of my drying, she used a natural/synthetic combo brush by Olivia Garden. The natural bristles add shine while the synthetic “get the job done.” Brush hair from the bottom up so you don’t cause breakage by brushing down on knots.
- My kid has curly hair. What do I do with that? Straight-haired moms: do not touch you kids hair when it is dry. Comb wet, apply a ton of moisture, and leave it alone. A wide-toothed comb can be used for curls.
- My hair has a curl to it and can sometimes get a wave/curl with just drying it. Some products make it look crunchy. Thoughts? No two waves are the same. If you have curly or wavy hair, you must find the products that work for you. There are an endless supply of curl products on the market now: creams, gels, mousses, pomades, and leave-in conditioners. Deva Curl has a variety of options and the Catwalk line by TIGI is amazing as well. Erin’s all time go to for dry texture is coconut oil. Also, a natural pomade like the Vie Chevre or other oils look really beautiful scrunched or combed through with tons of added shine. Something as simple as a spray bottle with a pump of conditioner and warm water is a great go-to for curls. The key to textured hair is moisture. You want a product that fills it with moisture so that it doesn’t “grow” on a humid day.
- How do I extend my time between washings? Product is key if you want your hair to do anything different. There are a variety of dry shampoos on the market by r+co (Sincerely Megan uses it and can go 4-5 days), Living Proof, and Indie that help refresh roots. A product like “Style Extender” by Neuma can be paired with a little heat for restyling and blow drying to pump your hair up. You can also add a wave into day 2 or 3 hair with an iron. Or just throw it up into a top-knot and rock it. While the man-bun ship has sailed, anything goes for women. Half-knot, top-knot, whatevs!
Don’t Forget to Enter to Win!
Well, I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted. Don’t forget to get a contest entry by 1) “Liking” Erin Vroman Hair Studio on Facebook and 2) Tagging a friend who doesn’t already follow Sincerely Us on our Facebook, twitter or Instagram post announcing this blog post. You have until 5 PM on Friday to complete your entries (don’t forget to complete part one’s entry as well — details on that here). Winner will be drawn via Facebook live Friday night and the video will be posted to our Facebook page. Many thanks again to Erin Vroman, artist and educator, for all the tips and the time she spent with me on this post.
Have more hair questions? Post them below! Sincerely Ho-Jung can follow up in June when she pairs with another local stylist for tips on “hair on the go” in June.