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Straight Talk: Hair Straightening -- What are my options?


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Wouldn't it be great if you could achieve salon-blowout results at home?
Wouldn't it be great if you could achieve salon-blowout results at home?
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No matter how hard you try or how skilled you are with a blow-dryer, it never looks as good as when a pro does it -- are we right?

If you're wondering why that is, one big factor is that a stylist can get a better angle on your hair -- especially what's on the back of your head.  Also, the stylist will probably have a larger arsenal of tools (brushes of every size and material) and products at his or her disposal, so your hair will come out looking sleeker than if you did it by yourself. You'll probably find that the results of a professional blowout last a little longer, too -- and we'd hope so; you're paying good money for it! A salon blowout can be pretty pricey (around $100 at more ritzy salons), but if you have a special occasion coming up or hair that really needs to be beaten into submission, it can be worth the big bucks.

If you want to make sure the results of your salon blowout do last as long as possible, there are a few things you can do. Pre-blowout, ask your stylist to go light on the styling products -- it might help your hair stay clean a little longer. And once you're out of the salon, try to avoid moisture as much as possible -- if you have one, be sure to wear a shower cap in the shower.

 


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