Sleep Your Way To Work-Appropriate Hair

Redken's Pillow Proof line is a night-owl's best friend.
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Redken's Pillow Proof line is a night-owl's best friend.
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In NYC, there are parties in every neighborhood on every day of the week. My Facebook events are filled with unanswered invitations to someone-who-I-met-once’s DJ night at a bar (when did literally everyone become a DJ?). 

If you only go out on the weekends, not only are you battling the B&T crowd, but also the really-stressed-out-from-high-profile-careers suits who party way too hard on the weekends. Not to mention the girls in sequined hot pants in the middle of February, Hunger Gaming to get admitted into da club.

I much prefer to go out on weeknights, when I know I won’t be constantly bumping butts with other people’s butts. There's just one problem with my weeknight carousing: making my morning-after hair look work-appropriate.

Redken, possibly discovering itself on the pro-party/pro-employment front, sent me an arsenal of its "pillow proofing" hair products to support my efforts in responsible socializing on a school night.

Challenge accepted, Redken. I can think of no objection to any product or habit that prolongs the gap between hair washes. That being said, let’s start fresh, shall we?

Going Out Hair 

With my hair towel-tried, I sprayed on Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer. That anyone would wield a heat-styling tool on un-primed and thermally vulnerable hair is unfathomable to me. I mean, pick your poison, but please do pick one. This product not only protects my hair from heat, it also expedites the blow-drying process. Well, tickle me pink.

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I don’t like my hair to be too slick when I blow-dry. Mostly I’m trying to achieve my tried-and-true-enough textured look without having to wait for my hair to air-dry. This Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumizing Mousse gives my hair volume and grip as I blow dry. 

I love to over-pump my mousse and watch it puff up like a little egg in my hand. 

I love to over-pump my mousse and watch it puff up like a little egg in my hand. 

Now, bring on the heat! I blow dry with a round bristle brush, rolling away from my face on both sides. It ends up being an undefined voluminous mop, but at least it’s dry. 

When volume exceeds volume, it becomes BOLUME. Why? Because shut up, that's why. 

When volume exceeds volume, it becomes BOLUME. Why? Because shut up, that's why. 

Starting from mid-shaft, I wrap sections of hair around a one-inch curling iron and hold for a few seconds before releasing. This forms a two-crest wave in my hair.

I'm a few dozen baby butterfly clips away from a prom updo.

I'm a few dozen baby butterfly clips away from a prom updo.

The result of using any curling device always appears too intentional to me, so taking that bristle brush once more, I very gently brush the wave out a bit--not to detangle, just to calm it down break up the curls.

Curl once and destroy!

Curl once and destroy!

Once my hair looks like "it just happened" and did not, in fact, involve two forms of heat styling, I hairspray the living hell out of it. I don’t bother with "sheer" or "brushable." I'm sure those work for people with fine hair, but this mop requires nothing less than shellac to stay put. Redken Control Addict 28 Extra High Hold Hairspray doesn’t mess around. It’s that extra high-hold stuff. I hold my breath and shield my face as I shffffffft it all over my head twice over.

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Voila. I like to call this urban-beach hair. Sea-spray beach hair suggests, I am nature girl. I don’t wear makeup (that you can see). Urban beach hair is more straightforward, unapologetically proclaiming, I mess around.

Except I don’t really mess around… on the job. I get home before midnight and dutifully brush my teeth, wash off my makeup, get in my jammies, and watch an episode of Louie before crashing. Prior to tucking in, though, I spin my product-laden hair into two mini buns (splitting the part of my hair indiscriminately between the two buns so my part isn’t flat when I wake up) and gather them together in a high top knot.  

Soon to be buns in a blanket.

Soon to be buns in a blanket.

Morning-After Hair 

Upon waking and getting dressed and make-upped, I unfurl the buns give my head a good shake. 

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I spray some Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo on my roots and arrange my hair in a side part. Switching your part is a good trick for disguising flatness, as is second-day hair. Just sayin...

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Since the ends are a bit feathery and flippy, I rub a few drops of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine between my palms and twirl and separate sections, smoothing the outside surface from the mid-shaft to the ends. This stuff is super light, but it gives a subtle definition. Also, it smells amaaaazing.

And it comes in a bottle that looks like a DIAMOND! I like watching people mistake it for perfume. 

And it comes in a bottle that looks like a DIAMOND! I like watching people mistake it for perfume. 

Let me run your company!

Let me run your company!

Coupled with work-appropriate attire (in my case, a blouse made from a doily), I now have a much tamer, slightly retro version of last night’s hairstyle.

I don’t believe that straightening your hair is the only way to look professional, regardless of what every lawyer lady on broadcast television looks like. Personally, I feel flatter when my hair is flat and straight. Maybe my wavy bob is courting mom-hair territory here, but rest assured, no one ever reprimanded Leslie Knope for looking unprofessional. 

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