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Secrets of the Blowout Bar 

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When hair is 60 percent dry, apply a root spray at the crown to create volume, such as Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost Root Lifter, $16 at Mariposa Salon and Spa (3700 Orleans Ave., Suite 1, 504-484-0440; www.mari-posasalonandspa.com). Direct air at the root area using the nozzle of your blowdryer and a vent brush or round brush. "This is the foundation of your hairstyle," Gaspard says.
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Address the hair's mid-shaft area. Put hair in a ponytail and apply a quarter-sized dollop of a hydrating product by rubbing it in your hands like lotion and smoothing it from the base of the ponytail to the ends. Gaspard recommends Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, $54.99 at H2O Salon and Spa.
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Style hair using a brush with a diameter that corresponds to the tightness of the curl you want. If you want a loose curl, use a wide round brush, like the 3 1/2-inch diameter magnetic and tourmaline boar and nylon bristle brush, $24.95 at My Spa by the Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 504-482-2219; www.myspabythepark.com). For a tighter curl, use a smaller brush.
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After hair is styled, apply an elixir for a smooth finish. Gaspard likes Kerastase Elixir Ultime, $54.99 at H2O Salon & Spa.
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Customize the style to your liking; e.g., tease the crown and sweep hair into a side ponytail, add 1970s flair with accent braids or use a sea salt spray for a beachy wave. Finish with a medium- to extra-firm-hold hairspray like Paul Mitchell Express Dry Stay Strong Hairspray, $18 at Mariposa Salon & Spa.
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Photo by Kathleen Allain
Address the hair's mid-shaft area. Put hair in a ponytail and apply a quarter-sized dollop of a hydrating product by rubbing it in your hands like lotion and smoothing it from the base of the ponytail to the ends. Gaspard recommends Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, $54.99 at H2O Salon and Spa.
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