Between Hayley Williams on the cover and our voluminous hair story (turn to page 116!) the not-so underlying theme this month is "bigger is better." Stylist Drew Schaeffering from Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa gave us the do's and don'ts for a voluminous possible summer blowout that's guaranteed to withstand the heat. You can alter it to fit your own style--be it behead, boho, or full-on Adele--but all there's only one requirement: go big or go home. Shaeffering's tips will give your flat hair a run for its money:
IT ALL STARTS IN THE SHOWER "I suggest using a volumizing shampoo and leave-in conditioner--this combo will help prep your hair for success. Not all products are created equal and the Paul Labrecque Volume Shampoo gives hair enough of what it needs to be healthy, shiny and full, without weighing it down. If your hair is fine or limp, skip using a conditioner. Instead, use a leave-in detangler. I like the protein detangling Paul Labrecque Volume Style spray by Paul Labrecque, or L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Reinforcing Milk. Both of these items will hydrate hair without weighing it down."
PUT IN THE PREP TIME "Then, prep your hair with a product that will build volume and hold at the roots. I love using either Volume Style Root Lift by Paul Labrecque, or Densite by L'Oreal Professionnel. Part your hair with your fingers and spray at the root, all over your scalp."
IT CAN'T BE DONE WITHOUT A PROPER BLOW DRY "Power dry your hair--using only your fingers and a blow dryer--until it's close to 90% dry. During this process flip your head over; it makes it easier to get it all. Using your round brush, take smaller sections of what you created and focus on the root. If your roots aren't dry, the hair will be flat. Go up, out, down, and repeat. On your last go around with each section of hair--roll the piece onto the brush and let it cool for at least 10 seconds. This trick takes patience, but it'll make the style last. Repeat these steps on the rest of your head."
AVOID FLATTENING TECHNIQUES "For added volume, use large rollers in each section after you use the round brush. Then spray it with a light-hold hairspray like Paul Labrecque Volume Finish. Once the rollers are out, flip your head over and toss your hair around. Don't brush through though--that can flatten the style. Finish with Infinium 3 humidity resistant working spray by L'Oreal Professionnel. If you are going to be outside in humid conditions or if you are prone to an oily scalp, apply a dry shampoo all over your roots to absorb oil at the onset."
THINGS CAN LOOK JUST AS GOOD IN THE MORNING Sleep with your hair in a high bun on top of your head and take it out in the morning. Whether your hair is short or long, use L'Oreal Professionnel True Grip Texturizng Powder at the roots for lift and support on the in-between-styling days to lift flat hair off the scalp."