There is nothing quite as fabulous as a good salon blowout, especially the ones that last for 2-3 days. However, running to your nearest Dry Bar or hair salon every time you want a blowout can get quite pricey. You can give yourself a fabulous blowout at home by using the right products, tools, and techniques.
Now I will say, it does take practice. There were times where I actually felt like throwing the hairdryer across the room, or just shaving my head once the round hairbrush got tangled in my hair for the 87th time. After some trial and error, though, I now can style my hair myself for those special nights out, birthday dinners, events etc…
So, without further ado, here is my step-by-step at-home blowout breakdown…
I always start by flipping my head upside down and drying my hair until it is about 70% dry. I lift my roots with my hand or brush as I dry to give my hair some lift at the root. This helps create volume as I dry.
I like to use a few different products. I use a heat protectant so I don’t fry my hair half to death, especially since I like to use multiple styling tools. I also like to use volumizing mist or styling foam at the root. This helps create maximum volume by instantly lifting the root and giving your hair long-lasting fullness.
Coming from someone who for years wouldn’t spend more than $30 on a hairdryer from Rite Aid, I know it can be hard to take the plunge and splurge on a nice set of tools. However, this really is a game-changer when you are wanting to give yourself a nice at-home blowout. Investing in some salon-quality tools is well worth it. You will be feeling like Beyonce once you see the difference it makes after drying your hair with a quality hairdryer. You also need a good round brush. Now the type of brush really depends on your hair type. I purchased a few to try out and I tend to switch back and forth. I do tend to stick with a larger round brush for a big bouncy blowout.
Now it took me a while to master my technique. It took a lot of practice, Youtube videos and me throwing the hairbrush across the room. However, you finally get the hang of it. I part my hair into 4-5 sections. You want to dry small amounts of hair at a time, starting with the hair at the front. You always want to blow-dry the hair against the direction it will lay. This causes the root to lift and stand up straight, instead of falling flat. This is where you get the volume. You know what they say…the higher the hair, the closer to Jesus.
There are different styling methods I use depending on the look I am going for. If I want that big bouncy blowout, I will set the front sections of my hair with some velcro rollers. This helps add more volume. I then comb through with a wide-tooth comb and set my hair with texturizing spray. This helps hold the look of the blow out all day long.