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Oscar Blandi X Valera:
A great blowout can make you feel fierce! One of the things I love about going to a salon is having the stylist blow my hair out so it’s perfect. But it’s not just the skill of the stylist, it’s also the tools that s/he uses. Celebrity Stylist Oscar Blandi says your choice of blow dryer and its heat settings are key. Selecting the right heat option for your hair types is key to success. Over-drying hair can strip away its essential natural keratin.
Oscar Blandi’s clients include Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone, Kelly Ripa, Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, and more. And, he uses the Valera Unlimited Pro 5000. This dryer has 5 patents. That alone makes it unique. But according to the press information, it’s the dryer’s innovative patented Rotocord that he really likes. The cord rotates within an egg-shaped ball that lets the long cord stay untangled during a blowout. Valera is a global distributor with a presence in over 80 countries. Now they’re in the U.S. market as well.
Of course, I was dying to try a Valera hair dryer. We might not be able to have the famous Oscar Blandi doing our blowouts (lucky are those who can), but we can use a Valera hair dryer However, before I get into my experience with a Valera hair dryer, I’m adding some of Oscar Blandi’s ideas of what’s going to be hot in hair for 2024, and also some of his tips to make a blowout of these styles, better.
Hot Hair Trends for 2024:
Bobs are not going away any time soon, but the new trend features broken ends and a lot of movement. Blandi suggests, “blow-dry and style your hair as you prefer, and allow it to naturally fall into place. By gently curving the ends you can guide your hair where you like it. It creates an effortless yet stylish look.”
Bangs are another classic, but they need extra styling care. Blandi thinks for 2024 we’ll be asking for “feather bangs and straight bangs.” Blandi warns: “Don’t be too quick to trust social media videos for cutting your own bangs! You risk a disaster that will take months to correct. Go to a professional – event if it is just for a quick trim!” When it comes to blow-drying bangs, Blandi advises not to move the blow dryer up and down as smooth motions lead to a smoother blowout. Rather, keep the dryer at a 45-degree angle toward the brush. The nozzle should always be tilted toward the bristle.
When it comes to long layers, trending in the modeling industry, Blandi offers advice on blow-drying the look. He says: “Many think volume is achieved with a big brush close to the scalp. The right way to attain volume and movement involves using a medium to small brush and lifting the hair from the scalp. The difference that will make is incredible.” After heat styling, Blandi suggests sealing the style with cold air. This helps maintain the finished look longer.
Valera ColorPro Light 3000 – The Right Tool for the Job:
As my friend and blues guitarist Guitar Shorty used to sing “I’ve got the right tool for the job.” If you have a good hair dryer like a Valera and an assortment of hair brushes, you will have the right tools for the best blowout ever.
Although I didn’t test the Valera 5000 model, I did try the Valera ColorPro Light 3000. This dryer is a boon to hair that has been colored, or chemically treated. It’s fast, but gentle to your hair. You get two ultra-slim nozzles to use, depending on what kind of style you’re working on.
Without going into too many techie details, it has a Delta Drive Motor select that helps dry hair 35% faster than dryers with a DC motor. It’s also fairly quiet (that’s nice). Since it’s ionic, your hair will fight frizz and be shinier. Ionic, fast drying means less heat exposure which keeps hair healthier.
The dryer has 6 settings (for heat and speed) plus a cool shot button. The metallic filter is removable. Cleaning the filter keeps the dryer working better. The dryer itself has a long 9-foot cord that swivels with that Rotocord design. And, it’s only 1.04 lbs. While substantial, you won’t get tired of holding it.
The dryer is approximately $289.00 but it’s an investment for a “new year new you” that will last for years! For information, please visit valerausa.com