How to get the perfect blowout

Love your hair after a pro blow-out? Great news: you can master the technique at home. Learn how to blow-dry your hair in four easy steps.

Blow-Drying 101

A good blow-out is no longer limited to occasional salon visits. Hair salons dedicated solely to styling services have been popping up across the country, making professionally blow-dried hair a hot commodity. This is great news for your ’do… but not so great on your wallet. However, with the right tools and a bit of practice, you can master the pro-blow-dry look at home.
 

You’ll need:

Step 1: Towel-dry your hair

Always start with freshly washed hair. If your hair is naturally dry, make sure to condition it because heat styling can be very drying. If you have fine hair, only condition your ends, as to not weigh your hair down. When towel-drying your hair, don’t rub — this causes frizz and can break your strands. Instead, wrap your head in a towel and gently pat your hair to remove excess moisture.
 

Step 2: Add your product

If you’re one of the fortunate few whose hair is naturally sleek and straight with the right amount of volume, then you’re good to go! However, be sure to use a thermal protectant to prevent heat damage. For the rest of us, chances are we could use a helping hand. If you have fine or limp hair, use a volumizing spray or mousse — focusing on the roots — to add some bounce to your locks. If you have dry hair, reach for a leave-in conditioner, straightening balm, or shine serum. Focus the product on your ends, and work up from there, avoiding the roots (you can weigh them down with too much moisture). Work your product through your hair with a wide-tooth comb, which will avoid pulling and breaking your wet tresses. Tip: when it comes to hair products, less is more. Too much, and you can weigh down your ’do. It’s always easier to add more than to take away, so start with a little bit and build from there.
 

Step 3: Section & Dry

Before you hit your hair with the dryer, your locks should be about 75 to 80 percent dry. Either let your hair air-dry for a while, or rough-dry it with the blow-dryer (blast the dryer back and forth over your hair while finger combing). If you have bangs, dry them first, and then divide your hair into sections and secure with clips. Aim for 4-6 sections (depending on the thickness of your hair). Remember, the smaller the sections, the quicker they dry. When you’re ready to hit your hair with some heat, start with the bottom sections and work your way up.

You can use a round brush or a paddle brush to dry your hair. Handling a round brush takes a bit of practice, so don’t worry if you don’t get it exactly how you want it on your first few tries. Pull the brush through your hair, aiming the dryer down onto your strands. Keep the brush pulled tight as you dry each section, and follow the brush with the dryer. Repeat this until the section is dry, then repeat with all sections until all your hair is dry.
 

Step 4: Finish

When your hair is completely dry, lock your style in with a blast of cool air. Lastly, use a shine serum on your strands, working it in from the bottom up, and lightly patting the top of your hair to tame frizz and fly-aways.
 

Tips:

• Extend your blowout for a second day with dry shampoo. Simply spray your roots to absorb any oil, and you’re good to go
• Heat styling can damage your hair, so always use a heat protectant before styling
• If possible, avoid using the highest heat setting. Instead, opt for a lower heat setting with a higher setting for the air stream
• Test the heat setting on the back of your hand. The heat should feel comfortable, so if it’s too hot, turn it down
• Even if you’re in a rush, try not to blow dry your hair immediately after washing it. Instead, do everything else you need to do first to give your hair some time to dry

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