How To Blow Dry In 5 Easy Steps

Blow drying your hair is one of the best known tricks of the trade for extending the shelf life of your style. Whether it’s a gravity-defying pompadour or a sleek side part, a little pre-planning and a good bit of heat will do wonders for preserving your coif all day long. Our Baxter stylist Nicolas Perez has  taken the guess work out of heat styling, breaking it down into easy-to-follow steps.

Step 1 – First thing’s first:
• Towel dry well, removing excess moisture before you start styling.

Step 2 – Choose tools wisely:
• Brushes, combs and fingers make great styling tools but deliver differing results.

Step 3 – Lay the foundation:
• Apply and evenly distribute product evenly, working thoroughly into damp hair. This will allow you to finish off with a product that will help you achieve your desired final look.

Step 4 – Start styling:
• Loose, lived-in pomps need a generous amount of cream pomade. Aim the dryer so it pushes hair on the side of your head down and back for that slick look. Lift the bangs with your fingers, drying from root-to-tip, the more tension you have on the strands, the more lift and volume you’ll achieve.

Step 5 – Finishing touches:
• At the crown or cowlick, aim to get it to lay smooth. Once dry and you’ve achieved the desired shape, apply a finishing product like Hard Water Pomade. With your BoC comb, move hair in the direction you would like to see it, using fingers to loosen and separate hair adding movement and texture.

Other tips to make it easy for you:
Focus on what’s important:
• Maybe it’s the front; it could be volume, a part or even problem areas like a cowlick.

Work with what you got:
• Don’t fight your hair, instead embrace and enhance. Encourage hair to do what it likes to do naturally, allowing your style to last longer with greater appeal.

Aim, tame and style:
• Let the blow dryer do the work for you, it works best when used for shaping rather than just drying.

If at first you don’t succeed:
• Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the exact results you had in mind. A few minutes a day with a dryer will give you a style that can last all day with minimal upkeep, allowing your products to last longer and reach their full potential.

Practice makes perfect:
• Ask your trusted professional for advice on what styles work best for your hair. They’ll give you the best tips and products for your desired look. They’ll help you to replicate a desired style at home.

Axelrod and Baxter Take Barnsdall

Artist Aaron Axelrod is taking over Barnsdall Art Park and its famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House for three days starting July 15th with his Dark Matter exhibit (July 16th and 17th will be free and open to the public). The event will preview his work, which includes multiple mediums, visual activations and a ‘not-to-miss’ surprise performance. We sat down with Aaron to learn more about his work, his love of LA and, of course, his grooming routine.

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Q: What made you want to partner with the Barnsdall Arts foundation on this event/exhibit? How did this collaboration come to be?
A: Barnsdall Art Park is one of the coolest places in LA- it has amazing views of Los Angeles and it focuses on cultivating the arts and culture in Los Angeles- which we need! They have also never had an artist take over the entire facility and gave me complete creative control to do whatever I wanted – can’t say no to that!


Q: What do you want visitors to take away from your exhibit?
A: I want them to smile and think “Holy shit what the fuck did I just see.” Nowadays, people get bombarded with so many visuals that they often ignore what’s around them and become desensitized. My goal is to get 5 more seconds of their attention and make them STOP.

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Q: What does Los Angeles and California mean to you?
A: It’s where I grew up and was raised. Where I eat all my tacos. Where I make out with all the pretty girls. Everyone is nice, weather is beautiful and you have people from all over the world. And we have the Dodgers!
Q: What are your favorites places or things to do in LA?
A: Lawry’s Prime Rib (I used to go as a kid for birthdays- best meal ever!), La Poubelle (cool bar in Franklin Village) and obviously Barnsdall Arts Park.

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Q: Tell us a little bit about you? Describe Aaron in 3 words
A: Don’t give a fuck. “Give-a” is one word right?


Q: What is your getting ready routine before you start working on your art?
A: Coffee is the MOST important. First, I drink two cups of coffee. Philz coffee is my favorite! Then, I pace up and down my art studio for an hour to think and then get to work.


Q: What are your grooming must-haves?
A: Shampoo with Menthol (love Baxter of California’s Daily Protein Shampoo) because I like the tingly sensation on my scalp, a hot towel with a product to open my pores and feel relaxed (like Tree Tea Oil orjust tried Baxter of California’s Shave Tonic- it’s the bomb!), Facial Scrubs once a week, and an industrial cleaner to get rid of the paint!


Q: What inspires your clothing/hair style?
A: Black on Black on black. Clean and black.

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Baxter of California is proud to sponsor The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation with the mission of fostering the arts and culture in our Los Angeles community. Stop by the exhibit July 15 and 16 (free and open to the public) to see the beautiful Barber Chair art piece Aaron created as part of our partnership.