Want to know the secrets for a perfect blowout?
Whether you want to blow dry your hair straight, get a ton of volume, or use your round brush for bouncy curls, one of the most classic and timeless hairstyles is the blowout. While a blowout may seem complicated to do on your own, it's actually quite simple as long as you have the right tools and pro-approved technique. Before you make an appointment at your nearest blowout bar, check out our step-by-step tutorials for how to blow dry your hair!
What You Need to Blow Dry Your Hair
For a salon-quality blowout at home, you'll want to make sure you have all of the right tools. The most important? A quality blow dryer. Look for a ceramic model that has ionic technology. This will help to ensure that you avoid frizz and get a smooth finish. Next, you'll need a brush that will help you get the desired final look. For sleek and straight blowouts, reach for a paddle brush. If you want to blow dry your hair with volume, use a large barrel boar bristle round brush, and for curls use a vented ceramic 1.5-inch round brush. Finally, you'll need a heat protectant to help protect your hair's health as you blow dry. Look for a heat protectant, like Serie Expert Absolut Repair Lipidium Leave-In Blow Dry Cream which helps to nourish damaged hair fibers to help you have stronger, smoother, and shinier-looking hair.
What the Experts Say
Hoping to learn how to blow dry your hair like a pro? You'll want to start with a clean slate. L'Oréal Professionnel Ambassador Eric Gomez says that you should begin any at-home blowout with a double cleanse. "The first shampoo gets rid of dirtiness and the second shampoo concentrates on the scalp to ensure a clean environment for the blow dry to last longer," he explains.
After rinsing, conditioning your hair, and rinsing again, gently squeeze the excess water from your hair first using your hands and then with your towel-be careful to avoid rubbing your hair as the strands are more vulnerable to damage when wet.
Now that you've towel-dried your hair, distribute your heat protectant throughout and then you're ready to get started!
How to Blow Dry Your Hair Straight
One of the chicest blowouts is sleek and straight-reminiscent of iconic stars of the 1990s. This style looks great with a sharp middle part or a deep side part but you'll need to decide which part you prefer prior to drying. To blow dry your hair straight, section your damp hair into 4 sections: a bottom section from your ears to the nape of your neck, the back section from the crown and then either side of your part.
Start at the bottom section and slowly blow dry 1 or 2-inch sections of hair using your large paddle brush, pulling taut and focusing at the root before brushing out. When blow drying your hair straight, you want to make sure you're always pointing your blow dryer down so the nozzle is directed down the shaft of the hair to avoid frizz. Once each section is completely dry, you may want to run a flat iron through each section to give it that ultimate sleek look and to tame any flyaways.
How to Blow Dry Hair for Curls
A bouncy blowout is a great option for a big event since it always looks polished and sophisticated. The key here is all in the twist technique. To blow dry your hair for curls, reach for that vented ceramic round brush and section your hair into the same four sections we mentioned above. Start at the bottom section and blow dry your hair focusing on the roots to ensure your hair lays smooth. Once your hair is dry, wrap a 1-inch section around the round brush, hit it with a blast of heat and then unravel the hair out of the brush, twisting it around itself away from the face instead of brushing it through. You should be left with a small barrel, do this around your entire head and allow your hair to cool before brushing out each barrel with your fingers for a gorgeous bouncy finish!
Note: if your hair has a hard time holding a curl, try this expert tip: After unraveling the section, curl it back around your fingers and pin the curl loosely to your scalp. Allowing the sections to cool in this way will give you a stronger hold!
How to Blow Dry Hair with Volume
Looking to take your hair from flat to fabulous? You'll want to know how to blow dry hair with volume. Distribute a small amount of mousse at the root to help give lift. Next, rough dry your hair by using your hands to lift your hair up and away from your scalp. Once your hair is 80 percent dry, section off and reach for your large round brush. Follow the same pattern of pulling the hair up and away from the scalp. Once dry, if you need to add a little polish, twist the face-framing sections around a curling iron to help tame any flyaways while preserving volume.
Prolong Your Blowout
After putting in all of that effort, you'll want to make sure your blowout lasts as long as possible. Gomez recommends keeping your hands off to avoid any transfer of frizz-causing oils and to reach for a dry shampoo to breathe new life into your blow dry between washes. For more tips to maintain a blowout-read this!