A friend recently asked me how to get a great blowout without going to the salon. Of course, I told her the best blowouts are done at the salon, because the stylist has every product, tool, and training right at her fingertips. And it is always easier when someone else does it. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have your own awesome blowout right at home. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned as a hairdresser to get your hair looking sleek and straight.
Shampoo and condition. A great blow out starts with a great shampoo and conditioner. Use a salon quality product made for your hair type. Gently massage the shampoo into your hair, and cleanse well but don’t scrub hard. Vigorous scrubbing can cause damage and breakage which make it difficult to get a sleek look. Follow up with a coordinating conditioner to help your hair stay healthy
Blot dry. Never scrub your hair dry with a towel, it just roughs up the cuticle. Instead, blot hair dry with a very absorbent towel, gently squeezing out excess moisture. Lightly blow dry hair to remove up to 80 percent of the hair’s moisture.
Apply the right products. If your hair is fine, apply a mousse or whipped product made to protect hair from heat. If your hair is coarse or very dry, apply a straightening balm. Your hairstylist can help you find exactly the right products for your hair type and texture.
Use the right tools. You probably don’t need the industrial strength, high heat tools that hairstylists use. A quality blow drier and a large round brush will work great, as well as a flat iron with an adjustable heat setting.
Work in sections. For the best blowout, you will need to work in small sections. Clip all of your hair up and out of the way except for a thin section at the nape of the neck. As you blow dry, let down a little section at a time. When it is dry, move on to the next section.
Aim down. Always aim the blow dryer down the hair shaft. Blowing hair every which way may give you volume, but it will also make hair look dry and rough. Aim down, blowing the hair over the round brush. Continue working in each section until all the hair is dry.
Finish with a flat iron. Use the lowest flat iron setting that works, so you don’t damage your hair. Again, work in small sections until all hair is as straight and smooth as you desire.
Add a few drops of shine serum or shine spray to give hair a glossy look. Finish with a touch of hair spray to keep your hair looking great all day long.