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Five Tips to Longer Lasting Curls

As one of our most requested blowout styles, lasting curls are often considered the hardest to achieve.

Understanding your hair’s texture and how it holds curls is key to mastering this hairstyle and ensuring it lasts. Here are our top five tips on how to extend the life of your curls.

1) Change up your technique.

A tried and true curl-holding trick is to let each curl cool down completely before letting it drop. After each piece of hair has been curled, hold each fresh curl in your palm. Then take a small clip or bobby pin, roll it up and secure it against your scalp. Once it has completely cooled, take out the pins and let down your curls. Letting the hair cool down allows the cuticle to close and set, holding the new curled shape in place for a longer stretch of time. In a time crunch? Once your curls are all pinned, use your hairdryer on cold to speed up the cooling process.

2) Apply less but better products.

Products are essential to the life of any hairstyle, especially to curls. However, the problem is we sometimes get carried away and apply too many products. To avoid overloading your strands and weighing them down, apply products strategically and sparingly. Start with a small amount of mousse or a few spritzes of hairspray before you blow dry, to give your hair some texture (curls don’t love clean hair). Then go in with a heat protectant to save your hair from thermal damage. You can hairspray as you go along with the curling iron, however, it’s usually most effective to mist the hair with strong hold spray right at the end. This allows you to have the maximum amount of time to play with your style before locking it into place.

3) A good stylist should blame her tools.

No two curling irons are created equal, especially if one is cheaply made. Using better quality tools may seem like a large investment at the time, however, they perform better (saving you time) and usually are safer for your hair. If you’ve had curl trouble in the past, the problem was most likely the tools, not your hair. At Vent Blow Dry Bar we incorporate the use of professional-grade hair tools, like the powerful Dyson Supersonic blow dryer and quality BaBylissPro curling irons, to help our clients achieve healthy, lasting curls.

4) Understand your barrels.

Although the length and texture of someone’s hair will react differently to each size, the golden rule is: the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl. At Vent Blow Dry Bar, we usually stay in the middle ground of barrel sizes and stick to either a 1” to 1.5” barrel. Both of these are not too light where the curl becomes coily, but not too relaxed where the curl lacks definition. These sizes are universally flattering and usually last the longest.

5) Leave it to the professionals.

Still can’t seem to get the hang of long-lasting curls? Let our expert stylists at Vent Blow Dry Bar take all the uncertainty and stress out of creating perfect curls, while you simply sit back and sip a cocktail. With an entire menu of styling services, we have a curl style for every occasion. If you want to keep your new style going for two or three days, we also offer a variety of style extending products (like Moroccanoil dry shampoo) to refresh the hair and keep your curls bouncy for days.  


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One-Week-No-Washes Challenge

Changing up your hairstyle can help you feel more comfortable extending the length of time in between washes. With these simple tips and tricks, you can go all week without washing your hair (or worrying about grease)!

Follow these simple tips and tricks to improve your hair’s health and successfully complete the one-week-no-washes challenge. 

Wash Day

After a relaxing wash and blowout at Vent Blow Dry Bar, you’re not going to want to touch your style (unless it’s to see how soft your hair is)! Wash day is simple — get as many hair flips and selfies in as possible.

Vent Tip: Before going to bed gather all your hair to the top of your head (like right on top) and tie loosely with an Invisibobble (available for purchase at Vent). Not only will you avoid any tangles and breakage but these incredible hair ties don’t leave any creases.

Day Two

If you went to Vent for your wash, your hair is probably still cleaner than your usual day one. Our deep exfoliating washes and top of the line products ensure built up product residue is removed and your hair is brought back to its full health. For today, just spitz your hair with a bit of texture spray or hairspray and go on your way.

One-Week-No-Washes Challenge day 1 hair mist | Vent Blow Dry Bar | Liberty Village

Vent Tip: When you get home pin back just the font pieces of your hair to avoid your skin’s oils from transferring to your bangs.

Day Three

We know you’re still getting compliments but it’s time to switch it up a little! Adding a partially up style and a little dry shampoo will totally refresh your look. We love the Dutch side braid on day three because it shows off your beautiful style but is just a fun add on. You can follow the instructions below to add this style from home or come in to Vent for a $10 braid. Walk-ins welcome.

One-Week-No-Washes Challenge Day 4 braid hairstyle | Vent Blow Dry Bar | Liberty Village

 
Also known as the “reverse French braid”, the Dutch braid is a simple way to make your hair stand out. Start by parting your hair to the side then take the top section of it and start to create a Dutch braid. All you have to do is fold the sections under each other instead of over each other, as you would with a French braid. Once you’ve reached the end of your hair, secure it with an elastic band. Pull on the braid in different areas to fluff it out and create more volume. The messier, the better.

Day Four

By following all our Vent tips at night, your hair might not even be showing signs of grease yet. But if it is, go ahead and work that dry shampoo in at the roots and use a round roller and hair dryer to evenly set the product throughout. For day four, we like to keep our hair out of our face with a half-up pull-through. You can try this look yourself with the instructions below or come by Vent Blow Dry Bar for an instantly refreshing $30 dry style blowout.

One-Week-No-Washes Challenge Day 4 Dry Style Blowout | Vent Blow Dry Bar | Liberty Village

Pull your hair back into a half-up style, leaving a few face-framing pieces out at the front. Secure with an elastic. With your fingers, create a small opening above the elastic and flip the bottom half of the ponytail into this space. Adjust the elastic if need be. Tug at the sides to create a more loose, effortless look.

Day Five

This is usually the day our clients cave and wash their hair—but don’t! Leaving your hair’s natural oils will help improve overall hair health and reduce your split ends. Try pulling all your back today into a braid of your choice. Our favourite day five look? A side fishtail braid. Try the instructions below or come in for a quick $10 braid at Vent.

 One-Week-No-Washes Challenge Day 5 fish tale braid| Vent Blow Dry Bar | Liberty Village
For a funky twist on regular pigtail braid, try your hand at fishtails. Part your hair down the middle and split the sections in two, securing with elastic bands. Fishtail braid each pigtail to the bottom. This is actually much simpler than it looks, just split the pigtail into two sections, take a piece of hair from one side and cross it over to the other. Once you’ve reached the end, secure with an elastic. Gently fan out each braid to look more full.

Day Six

Today is all about confidence. You’re improving your hair health and going to look badass doing it. Try throwing in a high pony or high braid that can bring you from the office to the gym without skipping a beat.

 

One-Week-No-Washes Challenge Day 6 high braid | Vent Blow Dry Bar | Liberty Village
Pull your hair high onto the top of your head, ensuring there are no bumps, and secure with an elastic. Then braid the pony and secure the bottom with an elastic. To soften the look of the braid, gently pull on different sections and tug on the end. You can also pull out some baby hairs for a more natural look. For a sleek and polished look, spritz some hairspray onto your roots to tame flyaways.

Day Seven

You made it! One week of no washing but a whole lot of style. Today is hair wash day, so throw your braid from yesterday up into a bun and head on over to Vent Blow Dry Bar with your girlfriends for a glass of prosecco and an awesome blowout experience.

One-Week-No-Washes Challenge Day 7 bun style | Vent Blow Dry Bar | Liberty Village 
Similarly to the braided high pony, pull your hair into a high ponytail, secure with an elastic then do a regular braid to the end. Rather than secure with an elastic, wrap the braid around the base to create a bun and then use an elastic to hold the shape. To lock it in place even more, secure bottom sections to the head with bobby pins. For a more casual look, pull out some baby hairs to frame the face.


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Pursuit Of Healthy Hair: Organic Products Matter

Similar to how we feed our bodies, our hair needs the right nutrients to stay strong and healthy (especially in the colder months). At Vent Blow Dry Bar we want your hair to feel as good as it looks and believe in the power organic hair products from AG Hair.

AG Hair recently launched a new line: Natural. Natural is 100 percent organic and formulated with 98 percent plant-based ingredients. Each of the line’s products have been stripped down to their natural essence to create healthier hair from the inside out. Organic hair products are full of  proteins, essential oils, vitamins and fruit extracts that hydrate and nourish each strand.

With AG Hair’s humble beginnings in a small Vancouver kitchen, founders John and Lotte Davis have been working towards bringing awareness of the organic hair care industry for over 27 years. The couple is known as thoughtful leaders in the natural and environmentally conscious hair care movement. Although AG products are now used in thousands of salons around the world, the Davis’ choose to still manufacture in Vancouver.

AG Hair products are free from additives and chemicals that dry out the scalp. The Natural line contains organic apple cider vinegar which helps to naturally close the hair cuticle locking in its moisturizing properties. With organic argan oil and aloe vera to help further hydrate, AG Hair can improve hair strength (dramatically reducing split ends) and shine.

When products with harsh chemicals such as sulfate or synthetic fillers such as silicone are used, the chemicals travel through the scalp into your blood vessels then travel throughout the body. Non-organic products can irritate the sensitive skin of your scalp causing eczema, psoriasis and encourage a number of fatal illnesses over time.

Upon first switching to organic hair care products, you may notice a lack of foam while shampooing. The natural alternatives are still deeply cleansing your hair but without the detergents stripping away the natural oils, the process may feel different.

Long term, using organic hair products can improve not only your hair’s health, but your overall health. Ready to feed your hair what it needs to stay healthy this winter? Click here to book an organic blowout and update your at-home hair care.

Cold Weather and Your Hair

A new season means a new beauty routine—including haircare. With the drop in temperature and the chill in the air, our hair can unfortunately take the brunt of winter’s icy bite.  

Along with the colder weather, many other environmental factors can contribute to the change in your hair’s behaviour this time of year. Between the extreme coldness outside and intense heating indoors, you’re more prone to dehydration resulting in a drier scalp and brittle hair. Add the friction of winter accessories on and off our heads this time of year, and our hair needs all the help it can get.

To combat these environmental effects, there are a number of preventative measures you can take, such as giving your hair plenty of moisture and staying away from extreme heat. A well-balanced and healthy diet can also help you tame a dry mane. Throughout the colder months, choose foods that are rich in natural oils, vitamins and minerals to nourish your body and hair from the inside out. Foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and cereals are high in Vitamins A, C and E, as well as in minerals like iron and selenium, all of which can contribute to healthier looking hair. To properly ensure you’re getting all your nutrients for the day, you can also include a multi-vitamin into your morning routine. However you go about it, making these healthier changes will show positive results everywhere, including your hair.   

However, the best way to lock in moisture and keep dry brittle hair at bay is to choose your haircare wisely. Start by eliminating any alcohol-based hair products you own, and anything that contains heavy silicones (Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone). Both of these ingredients can make dry hair worse and weigh it down. Choosing products that contain natural ingredients, such as shea butter or essential oils, will open up the hair cuticle and allow moisture to be better absorbed.

At Vent Blow Dry Bar we trust the all-natural and 98 percent plant based products from AG Hair. With a wide range of products suitable for every hair colour and texture, AG Hair’s formulas can provide comfortable nourishment for both your hair and scalp that you can feel good about.  

During the winter, your hair needs extra love. Incorporate a weekly or bi-weekly hair mask into your haircare routine this season. At Vent Blow Dry Bar, we offer deep conditioning treatment experiences with Morrocanoil hair masks. With four formulas (Restorative, Intense Hydrating, Hydrating Light, and Smoothing) there is a mask for every hair texture and need. Infused with essential oils and based with Moroccanoil’s signature argan oil, these treatments offer relief of winter’s harsh scalp effects. Not to mention our stylists, give an extended 20-minute scalp massage to ensure every strand receives the benefits of the treatments and you receive 20 minutes of total bliss. 


At Vent Blow Dry Bar we believe every day should be a good hair day, no matter what the weather forecast. Book your appointment today to quench your dry winter hair and scalp.

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