We all know how amazing it is to get a salon blowout. Clients say it to me all the time, “I wish I could take you home with me to blow dry my hair every day!” And in all honesty, even I as a hairstylist wish I had someone to blow dry my hair for me every day too.
The fact of the matter is that this isn’t realistic in most of our lives, that is unless you’re Kim Kardashian! So, it’s a great investment in yourself to learn how to achieve a salon quality blowout on your own with this blowout tutorial.
It’s actually quite simple, so don’t over complicate it and stress just yet. Just remember that with patience and practice you too can style your hair just like your hairstylist. Just follow my tips and rock that gorgeous hair!
Start with clean hair. A good shampoo and conditioner is the foundation to any hairstyle. When conditioning your hair, be sure to keep away from the roots and apply it to the mid shaft and ends only. This will help you achieve more volume when blow drying.
Towel dry hair and apply styling products. Think heat protection, roots, and shine. Styling products are your friend and can help massively when styling. For the mid shaft and ends, I love Nectar Thermique by Kerastase or Royal Blowout by Oribe. Whatever product you may use here, be sure it shields from the heat of the blow dryer and protects from humidity and moisture in the air. Root products can help create volume at your crown and can also be great if you have stubborn little frizzy hairs around your hairline. My go to root product is Ample Angora Volumizing Light Foam by Shu Uemura.
Rough dry your hair until it’s about 70% dry. If you have very curly or frizzy hair, you may want to rough dry it even more to about 50% dry. This will save you time and energy when blow drying your sections. For blow dryer and hair tool help, you can find a few of my suggestions here. I often get asked if it’s important to use a nozzle on a blow dryer and my answer is YES unless you have thin, straight hair. This nozzle helps to direct the air and will ultimately create a smoother style for you. Without a nozzle, the air blows in every direction which can create frizz on thicker courser hair, but can actually help create volume in thin straight hair.
Section your hair in clips. I like to create three sections in the back of my head and two sections on each side of my head. Start with the side sections first to get the front of your hair styled. Place your round brush into your section and direct the nozzle of your blow dryer downward onto the hair. Pull the brush taut as you slowly bring it through the ends of your hair. Repeat. And repeat.
Once your front sections are finished, move on to the back bottom section and continue up from there. If you want a super GLAM look, put a large velcro roller into each section after drying and let it cool. I especially like to do this to the top section in the back of my head for extra oomph. You can also use your handy “cool” button on your dryer once you’re about to finish your section to lock in the curl.
Important Tip – A good round brush is key! My absolute favorite brushes are boar brushes by Ibiza. They don’t snag, tear or rip your hair and they really help with getting the hair smooth.
Time to finish that bad boy off with some styling products. In my opinion, a little shine serum on the ends and some hairspray all over is the perfect combo. For shine and frizz, I absolutely love Orofluido Beauty Elixir or Shine Spray.
These products smell heavenly and won’t weigh your hair down. In regards to hairspray, I have two favorites. For a light and moveable hold, Aloxxi’s Flexible Hairspray is amazing. If you desire a little more hold like me, then Volume Spray 25 by Kenra is a must.
Now that you know what it takes to achieve a gorgeous blowout at home, it’s time to practice! The more your practice, the easier it will get. Don’t forget to bring your patience to this hair party too. And when your arms get tired, think of what a great workout you are giving them! A beautiful blow dry style AND sexy new arm muscles? Sounds great to me ;)
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