There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get leaving the salon with a flawless style. And there’s nothing quite as aggravating as trying to recreate the same look your stylist gives you, only to end up with frizz, limp curls or flat volume-less hair. As it turns out, it’s not impossible to replicate the blowout your stylist gave you. You just need the correct tools, a little practice and some patience.
To start, you’ll need a good quality blow-dryer with 1800-2000 watts, with both heat and speed control, which will help prevent damage to your hair. You will also need a good brush designed for blow-drying. If your desired look includes some curl, pick a round barrel brush like the Cricket Technique brush which comes in a variety of sizes depending on your hair length. For a sleeker look, try a flat paddle brush like the Wet Brush Epic Professional along with the nozzle attachment for your dryer.
If you have fine hair, wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo and condition just the ends of your hair. If your hair tends to be dry, use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Rinse thoroughly. Blot your hair dry to remove excess moisture, do NOT rub the strands between the towel.
Product is key in a good blowout if you want it to last. Your type of hair will determine what type of product(s) you will need. For flat, limp hair, use a thickening or volumizing product such as Matrix Volume Builder mousse which can be combined with Matrix Blowout Big Queen for a power cocktail. Sexy Hair’s Root Pump mousse is another great product to add lift. For dry or curly hair that tends to frizz, spray on a leave-in conditioner on damp hair. Try Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner or Kenra’s Daily Provision. Follow up with a product like Matrix R.A.W Frizz Control Styling Spray or Sexy Hair’s Smooth Encounter to achieve a smooth look and avoid fly-aways.
When it comes to a good blow-out, you need to pre-dry your hair. Try to get your hair 80% dry after you apply your product. If your hair tends to frizz you can do this by letting it air dry. If frizz is not a concern or you are short on time, you can flip your hair over and blow dry your hair upside down to add lift at the roots.
Divide your hair into four sections and secure each section with clips or ponytail holders, leaving one bottom section free.
Now the tricky part. Mastering blowing out your hair takes some practice. It’s all in the angle of the nozzle of the dryer, but this can be exhausting for your arms, so figure out what works best for you. Pointing the nozzle downward leads the hair in the proper direction while drying. Pull the hair as taut as you can with the brush while drying. Once you perfect this technique, you will be home free. Try to roll the brush as you work it through the strands and follow the brush with the dryer nozzle concentrated on the hair in the brush. Work your way up to the top sections until done. For any stubborn pieces, quickly run a flat-iron over the strands to smooth out any sections that still have waves or kinks in them. Finish off with a good hairspray or finishing product like Sexy Hair’s Weatherproof. This will protect your blowout from humidity.