A perfectly styled blowout is a thing of beauty. When I’m in a major city, I love to hit up Drybar for a Cosmo-Tai. But when I’m out West, I’m forced to style my own hair. Here are some tips and tutorials for faking a salon blowout at home whether you start with wet or dry hair.
If you start with wet hair…
Prep the Hair. If you’re starting with a wet head, you need to add product for volume and smoothness. Living Proof makes an amazing mousse, as does Pantene. To smooth it out and add shine, I like Living Proof’s 5-in-1 Perfect Hair Day treatment.
Dry It Right. This video tutorial from Bumble & Bumble will show you how to add volume and smooth your hair without a round brush. For my tools, I like this Aveda paddle brush that I’ve been using for 20 years. It’s the best.
As for my blowdryer, I can’t live without my Harry Josh dryer. I love this thing so much that I travel with it. That’s right, I sacrifice precious suitcase space so that I am never without this hair dryer.
If you start with dry hair…
Add Texture. Whether your hair is dirty or clean, you need to add a bit of texture and volume. BlowPro Textstyle Spray does both. If texturizer/dry shampoo leaves your hair brittle or dull, try a dry conditioner instead.
Once the hair is ready to go, you have two choices…
1) Curling Iron Method. The curling iron method is for ladies who want a perfectly smooth blowout with just a bit of bend or wave at the ends.
This tutorial from The Beauty Department is the best one I’ve found. It uses an enormous 2″ curling iron, like this one from Hot Tools, and wide duck clips to give the curl time to set. After three practice sessions, this hairstyle takes me about 15-20 minutes.
2) Hot Roller Method. The hot roller method is for those who want more curl and more bounce in their blowout. Or for those who need the curl to really last.
I love hot rollers because you can roll them up, and move on with your morning. Your hair styles itself while you eat breakfast, start laundry, do your makeup, etc.. These Conair rollers are my favorite, and this tutorial from Martha Lynn Kale is the way to go.
When the hair is finished cooling and setting…
Spray It. Once your hair is volumized, smoothed, and curled, you don’t want your hard work to fade. If you have hair that holds a curl well, Sebastian Zero Gravity Flexible Hold hairspray gives you a softer, brushable hold. However, if you’re like me, and you need to plaster your coif in place, you need Spray and Play Harder firm hold hairspray.
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