A lot of people don’t spend the extra time and money to get a blowout after getting their hair cut. I am not one of those people. When I go to get my hair cut, I do it all. Sure, it costs more money, but one of my favorite things in the world is having blown-out hair. If there was a DryBar down the street from my house, I would be there every other day. I love a good blowout.
And I usually suck at doing them myself. First of all, I’m not all that patient. A good blowout takes time, and even though I always have time, I don’t usually use it. Second, a good blowout requires you to section off your hair, and I never have enough clips to do so. And last, but not least, I didn’t have a good brush.
Finally, after years of frustrating blowouts and begrudgingly grabbing my flat iron, I figured it out.
To do so, you’ll need the following products
- A hairdryer with a nozzle ( mines like $40 and I got it from Bed Bath and Beyond because I’m too cheap to get a good one, so anything can work)
- A round brush (I recently decided to treat myself and got the Double Pint brush by DryBar but anything can work)
- Different size round brushes will give your hair a different level of straightness vs. waviness, like different barrel curling irons give you different size curls. I personally like to blowdry my hair straight, so I have a brush with a larger barrel, however, if you like your hair to have a bit more of a wave, a smaller barreled brush will work. Just find what’s best for you
- Clips( the secret to a good blowout is to do it in sections, get some good quality clips to get(like mine) to get the blowout of your dreams)
- A hairstyling product( you actually don’t really need this but it’s better for your hair if you do so at least put a heat protectant and dry oil on those strands so you don’t fry them off)
Alright, here’s what you need to do.
First, you should start with clean, wet hair. You can also do it to already dried hair, but I find it easier to start from scratch on wet hair and just touch up the next day on dry hair. Totally your call. I don’t control your hair.
You should brush out your hair so there are no tangles to get in your way. Be gentle, use a brush made for wet hair, just brush it out and part it how you like it.
You should then apply whatever product you plan to use on your hair, so it’s ready for you to actually start blow drying it.
Sectioning off your hair is really a case by case thing, but I like to dive my hair in half horizontally on both sided, pin it to the top, and then start with the bottom. After that, I’ll let the rest of my hair out of the clips, and then blowdry it from the front to back. Whatever you think works for you will work, though.
If you want sleek, healthy-looking hair, you want to make sure that the nozzle is always pointing down the hair shaft. Even if you flip your hair over to get some volume, try to keep the air blowing down, and not up, the shaft. This can also prevent flyaways.
I’m hoping you know how to blow-dry your hair in general, but if not, I’ll do my best to explain this to you. You should have your hair between the brush and the nozzle, with the nozzle like directly against the hair and brush. For best results, go slowly, and use medium heat.
When all is said and done, you should have lovely looking hair and be able to hold onto that style until the next day.