One of my favorite things about a trip to the salon – besides the killer scalp massage that accompanies my hair washing… I swear, I could fall asleep right on the spot! – is watching my stylist work her magic with a blow dryer. Not only does she manage to get my hair as smooth and shiny as possible, she also delivers serious volume that leaves me tossing my hair around like I’m in a shampoo commercial for the rest of the day. If you’re like me and love the look of a salon quality blowout, I’ve got good news for you – you can get the same results at home.
Now, I know it may seem like mission impossible, but with product and a few little tricks, you’ll be pulling off the perfect blowout all in the comfort of your own home.
Prep Your Tresses
Obviously, you’ve got to start with wet hair, but you also need to use the right styling product before drying to ensure that you wind up with smooth, shiny tresses. If you’re dealing with fine, limp hair, add a volumizing mousse like John Fieda’s Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse at your roots and work it through all the way to the ends. For frizz-prone hair, go with a smoothing serum like Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum. If you have dry, damaged hair, make sure to use a heat protectant spray like Tresemme’s Therma Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray. Whatever type of product you use, though, don’t apply too much or you can weigh your hair down and wind up with a flat ‘do.
Turn Up the Heat
Start blow-drying your damp hair, but don’t pick up a brush yet. Instead, use your fingers to comb through small sections of hair and get most of the moisture. Make sure that you don’t turn your dryer’s temperature up too high either – unless you have super coarse, thick hair, the highest setting is usually too hot, so it keep it on low. You also want to angle your blow dryer downward as you move it across your hair to help cut back on frizz and ensure sleek, shiny locks when you’re done.
Get Your Brush
When your hair is mostly dry, it’s time to get your brush. For the best results, use a round brush with boar or mixed bristles to keep your hair from getting too hot. Work in small sections, starting with pieces near your face and the top of your head – you can clip the rest of your hair back if you find that it’s getting in the way. Run the brush down your hair and move the dryer along with it to smooth your locks. When your front and top pieces are totally dry, move onto the sides and lower layers. If you really want to pump up the volume, wind each section of hair that you’ve dried around a Velcro roller. When you’re done drying all of your hair, hit the rollers with one last blast of heat from the dryer and let them cool before unrolling them.
Once your hair is dry, it’s time to add those finishing touches that will give you a salon-quality ‘do. To make sure your hair is shiny and frizz-free, add a shine serum or spray like Suave Professional Keratin Infusion Smooth and Shine Serum. Rub it between your hands and gently work it over your hair to avoid applying too much. If you’ve achieved serious volume and want to make sure that it lasts all day, spritz your hair with a firm hold hair spray like Diamond Shine 24-Hour Firm Hold Hair Spray.
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