You may or may not have heard of Matt Fugute, but if you’re an NYC based beauty editor, you definitely know who he is. Matt was first written about in Cosmo when he was still assisting in the salon. Since then, he’s taken over the Allure Best of NYC Beauty Directory for the best blowout since 2011. Also one to regularly blow out the manes of Karlie Kloss, Blake Lively, and Claire Danes, Matt knows a thing or two about good hair. So if you’ve got a burning blow dry question or just wondered how to master the best blowdry NYC has to offer, Matt Fugate is willing to spill the beans…
WHAT ARE THE BEST PRODUCTS PRE-BLOW DRY?
“To keep it simple, and not to go into every hair type, I like a lightweight leave-in conditioner. Fine to medium hair use a mist like Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration. Thick or dense hair types should use a cream like Kerastase Cement Thermique.
It is best to use product once some of the moisture is gone. There’s no need to use product on hair when it is sopping wet as it becomes less effective and can accidentally spread to parts of the hair shaft where it is unneeded.
I am a strong believer in thermal protectors, but I feel they are the least used products. Hairspray (if needed at all) should be used as a final mist, not anywhere in between styling.”
DOES THE TYPE OF BRUSH I USE MATTER?
“I personally don’t own a metal brush. All my brushes are a different variation of boar or silk. The key with brushes is understanding the tension. Different sizes and different materials create a different result. I like YS Park brushes because they grip the hell out of the hair. I have my super soft Sportnette brushes when I want little tension for manipulating the hair without stretching.
I use a flexible small tooth comb around the hairline, part, and crown for instant lift and direction, or to break unruly cowlicks immediately.”
My other crucial tip is to avoid smashing the nozzle of their blow dryer against the hair. It backs up the flow of the dryer, which means they overheat and burn out quickly. It also means you have no control over the direction of your air and the life of the hair and brush are being compromised.
Our tools are meant to be used delicately and everything we do in the beauty industry should be beautiful, so it’s not a good look to wear out your tools.”
DO YOU USE AN IRON TO FINISH?
“If needed, but 90% of the time I set the hair in clips to cool so I don’t need an iron much.”
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLING TECHNIQUE?
“Most of my styling technique is a mindset of quality over quantity. Everything I do has a purpose. I also think my technique is fun. I usually start by throwing my mouse up in the air (I’m learning to juggle it). Hair is fun and our jobs should be as well.
I also think it is important to be mindful of the direction of the air when blowdrying. Air bounces off the head shape, our hands, brushes, neck, and shoulders making the cuticle layer of the hair fall in the wrong direction. I always want to know where the air is flowing at all times.”
WHAT FINISHING PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?
Dry oils (like Sally Hershberger 24K or Kerastase Elixir Ultime) for smooth and shiny hair, texturizing mists for movement. Less is more, often I use nothing so the hair is clean. In NYC there is so much dirt in the air so I avoid anything sticky. And if your blowout it rocking, it shouldn’t need a lot. I usually tell my girls to start adding product on day 2 or 3.”
HOW CAN I MAKE MY BLOWOUT LAST WHEN I SLEEP?
“I love the old school scrunchie approach, the less tension the better. Stretch it out first (wear is around your ankle for a few days), then put your hair up in a loose roll and secure.”
WHAT MAKES A BLOWOUT THE BEST?
“I feel a blowout that evolves is the best. It should live from full and bouncy to wavy and then you let the chips fall where they may.
Also personalization. I try not to curl just to curl, I like to add wave where I want to bring out someone’s features; like the eyes, dimples, or open up the collarbone.”
HOW CAN I MAKE MY BLOWDRY LAST LONGER?
“Use product carefully. You can pile the hair up and stick in a pencil or chop sticks to keep volume, the release when you are ready to go out. Dry shampoo is nice. You can use it before you start sweating as a preventive measure. If you are walk or bike to work, wear a low bun so the hair isn’t blowing everywhere.”
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