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With demonstrations by Blo, a blow dry bar at 5530 Magazine Street in New Orleans

When it comes to attending outdoor events, finding the best look for your hair can be tricky. The elements of Mother Nature can turn a sleek hairdo into a frizzy, wind-blown mess! Nothing is worse than spending hours straightening, blow drying and styling your hair only to have a gust of wind or afternoon shower leave it limp and lifeless. But don’t worry, there are some great options out there, including two looks that guarantee to turn heads.

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Wanting to find that perfect hairstyle for the races, I turned to the experts at Blo in Uptown New Orleans for tips on how to achieve their favorite looks. They nailed it down to their two favorite styles that are super easy to accomplish, work great on all hair types and lengths, and, the best part is, the messier they are, the better!

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FIRST RACE LOOK: LOOSE WAVES

Sensual, innocent and chic, messy beach waves are the perfect look for the races. What’s great about this look is that even if it falls by the end of the day, you still look effortlessly fabulous. This style works great with shorter hair that is just above the shoulders, all the way down to long locks.

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LOOSE WAVES 101:

Estimated time: 10-15 minutes

To achieve the loose wave look, you will need a light hair spray. The gals at Blo suggest UNITE GO365. The product is vegan and sulphate free, which means it’s ok to use if your hair has had a Keratin treatment or highlights.

You’ll also need a one inch barrel with high heat setting of 400 degrees. (The smaller the barrel, the tighter the curls; the bigger the barrel, the looser the curls.)

 ABR-waves -products

STEP ONE: Start from the bottom and move up. Section hair and clip the rest out of the way.

STEP TWO: Apply a small amount of hair spray to the pieces of hair you are about to curl.

STEP THREE: Holding the curling iron at an angle, wrap a one-inch piece of hair around the barrel. Hold the barrel clip open, do not close it over your hair. Hold for 8 to 10 seconds.

STEP FOUR: Release piece from curling iron … and repeat!

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LOOSE WAVES BEFORE AND AFTER

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NEXT RACE LOOK: THE FISHTAIL

Estimated time: 5-10 minutes

“This sea-inspired plait can be perfectly neat or purposely messy. Either way the fishtail braid is perpetually high fashion.” -- Blo

Wear it to the side, down low and look great at the races!

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This braid might take a few tries to get the hang of it, but once you figure it out it’s super easy to create.

The pros at Blo break it down step by step:

STEP ONE: Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. 

STEP TWO: Pull it over the top of the left section, and grasp it under the right section. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the left section and finishes under the right section.

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STEP THREE:  Repeat on the right side. Pull a skinny strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull it over the right section, then weave it under the left section.

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STEP FOUR:  Keep alternating sides, weaving over and under, until you reach the bottom of the braid. Secure with a rubber band. Pull at both sides to loosen. ABR-fishtail -seperate

TADAH! This braid will stay in all day and the messier the better!

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OTHER GREAT LOOKS:

For more inspiration, visit my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/chrissknight504/hairstyles-for-the-races/

Special thanks to Blo Magazine Street for providing these wonderful tips on how to create these great looks!

Check out Blo and order products by visiting: www.blomedry.com

 

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Chriss Knight

Growing up on a horse farm in Northeast Georgia, Chriss Knight spent most of her childhood show jumping, fox hunting and riding on the farm. After graduating high school, Chriss left the farm life to attend Georgia State University and pursue a journalism career, which eventually brought her to the Big Easy. 

As a television news reporter, Chriss lived in cities all around the country before calling New Orleans home. From covering devastating tornadoes in Western Tennessee, reporting live during blizzards in the Midwest, to showcasing the fun and quirky characters and events that make up New Orleans, Chriss’ feature and breaking news coverage earned her awards and honors from the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association, Nebraska Associated Press and the Press Club of New Orleans. 

Today, Chriss is Host of "The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans", a behind the scenes weekly web series by Audubon Nature Institute (www.realwildanimals.com), and serves as co-host of a day time show on the ABC affiliate that features New Orleans businesses. Chriss is also a publicist and social media manager for various New Orleans businesses.

Chriss is married and has two adorable cats and a hamster.

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Chriss Knight

Growing up on a horse farm in Northeast Georgia, Chriss Knight spent most of her childhood show jumping, fox hunting and riding on the farm. After graduating high school, Chriss left the farm life to attend Georgia State University and pursue a journalism career, which eventually brought her to the Big Easy. 

As a television news reporter, Chriss lived in cities all around the country before calling New Orleans home. From covering devastating tornadoes in Western Tennessee, reporting live during blizzards in the Midwest, to showcasing the fun and quirky characters and events that make up New Orleans, Chriss’ feature and breaking news coverage earned her awards and honors from the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association, Nebraska Associated Press and the Press Club of New Orleans. 

Today, Chriss is Host of "The Real Wild Animals of New Orleans", a behind the scenes weekly web series by Audubon Nature Institute (www.realwildanimals.com), and serves as co-host of a day time show on the ABC affiliate that features New Orleans businesses. Chriss is also a publicist and social media manager for various New Orleans businesses.

Chriss is married and has two adorable cats and a hamster.

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