As I've admitted before, I'm not one to spend a lot of time styling my hair. On an average day, I'll let my hair air-dry after showering, possibly add a touch of hair oil in before it's completely dry to combat frizz, and spritz in a bit of wave spray somewhere along the way to encourage some texture and volume. Rarely do I touch a hair straightener, and even when I do the results are just so-so—the sleek straight look is essentially eliminated the moment I tuck my hair behind my ear or put it up in a ponytail. My hair naturally has a slight wave, and tons of memory, and so far this low-lift method to hairstyling (oil, spritz, air-dry and go) has served me okay. But just okay. I don't look like I just rolled out of bed but my hair hardly looks styled and put-together. Get someone else's hands on my hair though and I'm all for a real blowout—however many tools and styling products necessary.
So when I had the opportunity to sit down with Sacha Mitic—top hairstylist and co-founder of the covetable Swedish haircare line Sachajuan—to get the sleekest blowout of my life, I took careful note of every product and technique he used every step of the way. As we chatted about everything from the human tendency to change their beauty look to authentic Japanese sushi, Mitic worked my strands into stick-straight perfection. It was 104 degrees in L.A. that day (and I even took a 20 minute walk in the heat shortly after leaving the salon) but still my sleek straight hair survived the weather—and three subsequent yoga classes (and consequently getting tied up in a bun) and seven showers. Mitic had even given me a middle part, a look I rarely dabble in, and even after continued wear not a single strand tried to rebel and return to my usual side-part. Each day I continued to receive compliments for my smooth, straight hair, and it wasn't until day four that it even began to show any wave.