Visiting a blow dry bar on a daily basis isn’t feasible due to time and money constraints. However, with a bit of practice and a handful of products, you can replace your stylist and achieve the same results from home. By following these 10 steps, you will channel hair icons like Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, and Salma Hayek every day. Once you master the simple technique, we guarantee blow outs will be your go-to hair style.
Step 1: Choose the right shower products
Before getting started with your blow dryer, it’s essential that you prep your hair with the correct shower products. You don’t want to blow out dirty hair, as the weight of the grease and buildup will weigh down your locks and prevent maximum volume. Instead, wash your hair with a volumizing set, such as Moroccanoil’s Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner.
Step 2: Comb your wet hair
Before blowing out your hair, you’ll need to ensure it’s 100% detangled. To do this, you’ll want to use a large paddle brush with widely-spaced bristles. This classic brush style is great for everyday grooming and detangling and it’ll last forever. The ghd Paddle Brush, in particular, is adored for its ability to create super sleek, shiny blow outs.
Step 3: Use a heat protectant
Although blow outs leave your locks drop-dead gorgeous on the outside, they can cause major damage to the shafts and ends of your hair. To protect your locks from the effects of intense heat exposure, use a product like this Heat Protecting Hair Shine Spray. This inexpensive step will save you from irreversible breakage and dryness later on.
Step 4: Attach a concentrator to your blow dryer
One of the most important steps to the blow out process is making sure you have a concentrator attached to the nozzle of your blow dryer. This unassuming tool is the key to achieving professional-grade blowouts at home.
Your blow dryer probably came with this adaptor, but if you’ve lost it, the Conair Pro Universal Narrow Concentrator Nozzle can be purchased online.
Step 5: Part your hair into sections
It’s easy to try to rush through your blow out by heating large chunks of hair at a time, but believe us when we say that your results will be much nicer if you work through small sections. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, use clips or hair ties to separate your hair into six even sections (three on top and three on your bottom layers). Seriously, you don’t want to skip this step.
Step 6: Blow dry your hair using a round brush
You’ve finally made it to the action. Now it’s time for the hard work. Pull a round ceramic brush through each section of your hair. (Drybar’s Medium Round Brush is absolutely perfect for blow outs.) Hold the blow dryer concentrator up against the surface of the brush, and drag it along your hair as you gently roll the brush forward. Make sure to pull your hair outward, i.e., perpendicular to the direction it normally falls.
Step 7: Run frizz-control oil through your locks
Once you’ve blown out every section of your hair, run a smoothing product like the Garnier Fructis Serum Anti-Frizz through your tresses. Thanks to ingredients like argan oil and apricot oil, this serum will help keep your hair tamed all day, no matter the weather.
Step 8: Use a root-lifting product where necessary
If your hair tends to fall flat at the roots, do not use a fine-toothed comb to tease your hair, as this causes knotting and breakage. Instead, use a root-lifting product like this Root Lifting Spray 13 or Batiste’s XXL Plumping Powder for an added boost. Both powders and sprays can instantly plump the body of your roots and won’t cause any damage in the process.
Step 9: Tousle your hair to loosen things up
Once you finish turning your hair into silky, voluminous perfection, you’ll need to shake it out so that the sections don’t look too distinct. You can either flip your hair upside-down, or stand up straight and gently use your hands to tousle the back. After a few seconds, your hair should look uniform, with the section barriers having disappeared.
Step 10: Use a strong-hold hair spray
Finally, to make sure your stunning blow out stays put all day, use a strong-hold hair spray like Big Sexy Hair’s Spray and Play. Be sure to hold the canister an arm’s length away from your head so that your hair doesn’t get too stiff. Now you’re ready to leave the house looking like a total bombshell!