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How to Get the Perfect Blow-out: Step-by-step Instructions on Blow-drying Your Hair Straight

Do you have dry, curly, and impossibly frizzy hair that you love, but want that straight and sexy look without the commitment of chemically straightening your hair? Here’s how to straighten those curls and tame that frizz in thirty minutes .

  1. First, wash your hair with a creamy, hydrating shampoo. If you have dry hair, you should stick to a creamy shampoo rather than a gel-based one. A great shampoo that you can find at your local drug store is Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shampoo .
    Extra tip: Start with shampooing the roots of the hair and work your way down to the ends.
  2. After rinsing the shampoo out of your hair, use a nutrient-rich deep conditioner and leave it in your hair for three minutes. The Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural Intensive Moisturizing Conditioner is a great, low-cost option.
    Extra tip: After washing all the conditioner out of your hair, do a final rinse with cold water. Cold water helps to eliminate frizz and create more shine.
  3. While still in the shower, wring as much water out of your hair as possible. When you get out of the shower, towel blot your hair to get rid of excess moisture.
  4. Condition more. Apply a quarter size of anti-frizz/blow-drying serum throughout hair. A great straightening balm is Phytodéfrisant.
  5. Separate hair into four sections. Comb through each section and ensure all tangles are gone. The next step might be a little difficult with tangles present . . .
  6. Blow-dry. Blow-dry each section with a comb attachment. Comb attachments cut the drying time in half and are great for curly and/or coarse hair. You can find comb attachments at any beauty supply store and the best hair dryer with comb attachment. Also, ceramic and ionic blow dryers, which are very popular right now, claim to cut hair drying time by 50% while also minimizing frizz.
  7. Flat iron. Split your hair back into four sections. Starting from the nape of the neck (just because it’s easiest, but you can start with whichever section you like), straighten your hair with the best titanium flat iron. It’s best to use a little amount of hair between the plates (less than a 1/2 inch thick section) at a time for the best results.
  8. Use a shine enhancing product throughout your hair as a final touch. A popular one
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Bye-Bye Summer!

Ahh…summertime in Minnesota! It’s a beautiful thing. It’s Labor Day weekend, so it’s time to pack in all the summery celebrating you can before we all switch our outlook to Fall next week.

Celebrate with:

  • time on the lake (we do have 10,000 of them!)
  • summer picnics and bbqs
  • cocktails on a patio
  • outdoor music
  • lounging by a pool

Whatever you do, savor it. And Summer in Style with a beautiful, bouncy blowout from Blowdry to last all weekend long. Don’t be sad. Next week we can start thinking about FALL FASHION!

xoxo, Blowdry!…

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Work to Party DIY Hair Ideas

Charlie Brackney, founder of Blowdry! Blowdry Bar visited Cities 97 today to talk holiday hair. Here’s some of what he covered…

You’re hosting a holiday party tonight.   You’ve been at work all day,  you’ve been e-mailing your husband to ensure his mother won’t be too offended by any of your hors d’oeuvre choices.  You’ve got the perfect dress and hottest shoes but no time to make it to the blowdry bar for a fresh blowout and the one you’re currently sporting is 2 days old.   What’s a girl to do?  Time for an at home DIY updo.

Here’s what you need:

  • A little courage and creativity (egg nog, anyone?)
  • A single pony tail holder
  • A few bobby pins that match your hair color
  • If you’re feeling fancy,  a Whirl-A-Style or old clean sock

Top Knot

A flirty, youthful option that works well with most hair textures

If you’ve got an old (and please, clean) sock laying around you could shoot for the old Sock Bun!

A Top-Knot is NOT just tossing your hair up on your head.  Unless you want to look like you’re on your way to yoga.

Classic and Timeless Low Bun

This look is elegant and timeless on a woman of any age and takes practically no time at all to do.  Notice how I sectioned the front out from the back first,  secured the bun, then wrapped the sides in separately.  To keep it looking soft and effortless allow a few natural pieces around the face to hang loose.


Braiding continues to be one of the hottest trends in hairdressing.  A simple braid can be pulled apart, roughed up or “ruched” for a modern texture and pinned anywhere on the head.  Aided by her Great Lengths hair extensions, our lovely model Keri is sporting variations on the modern braided updo.

One Pin Side Sweep for Short and Long hair

Part hair with a deep side part on the side that is most natural for you.  Set hair using a medium size curling iron, all curls flowing in the same direction, brush out and pin one side behind your ear with a bobby pin or a vintage brooch.  Voila!  (Perfect with a red lip.)

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