Blow Out Hair

How to Nail a Salon Blowout At Home

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Blow it out for the best hair of your life. 

Everyone loves the feeling of leaving the salon with a fresh cut and perfectly dried hair. Heck, you can even get a salon blowout without the haircut! Those smooth and sleek locks not only tame your hair but can give you a serious style. But scoring this look on the daily at home can get a bit tricky, but we are here to let you in a few secrets to mastering the coveted salon blowout. All you truly need is a good hair dryer, a round brush, the right products and some hand-eye coordination. Sounds easy enough, right!? Follow along we talk you through some of our favorite ways in which you can recreate your very own salon blowout at home!

Tutorial: Mastering the Salon Blowout at Home

how to achieve a salon blowout at home
Master these skills to achieve a salon-worthy blowout at home.

1. Wash and condition your hair.

Start off fresh with totally clean and conditioned hair. To get a whole lot of volume out of your hair, use a volumizing system. They’re formulated to help provide your hair with natural volume, giving the look of fuller hair. We like the combo of the Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded Massive Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded Volumizing Conditioning Jelly. The texture of the jelly conditioner (as opposed to cream) is a lot lighter and won’t weigh down hair.

2. Squeeze out any extra moisture.

When you’re out of the shower it’s important to get your hair a little less soaking wet. So you can apply your hair products (and not have them slide right off) and so you don’t have to hang out with dripping hair. Gently use a towel (or an old cotton tee for bonus points) to squeeze the excess water out of your hair. Try not to rough-dry your hair with a towel, which can lead to breakage and frizz.

how to create a salon blowout at home
The key to scoring a salon blowout at home starts with good products and a great blowdryer.

3. Apply blowout products to your hair.

Start out by applying a heat protectant like Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Heat Protecting Mist. This formula works to form a protective barrier, prepping your hair for heat styling. Like all hair techniques, you’ll need to decide if you want a sleek or volume to your look. For a sleek and shiny blowout, use the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Encapsulate Serum. You only need to apply a few drops through the middle to the ends of your hair to create a silky mane.

If volume is the name of the game, try applying a mousse to your hair. Apply about a golf ball-sized amount of the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse, making sure that you work the mousse throughout your hair.

4. Rough blow-dry your hair.

At this point it’s time to kick on your blowdryer. Because your hair will still be pretty damp you’ll want to roughly blow-dry your hair until it’s about 75% to 80% dry. This way when you start getting a little more complicated with the round brush, you won’t have as much moisture to dry. The only thing you need to be aware of when you are rough-drying your hair (besides not fully drying it) is the direction of airflow. To avoid frizz, make sure the air is going down the hair shaft, not up.

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5. Section off your hair.

If your hair is longer than shoulder length, it’ll make your life so much easier if you section off your hair. You don’t need to make a big production out of it, just split your hair into two or three horizontal sections. Pin away the hair you aren’t actively drying for your best results.

6. Finish drying with a round brush.

The key purpose of using the round brush while doing your at home blowout is to get the smooth, straight-ish hair with a lot of body. Using whichever hands feel most comfortable to you, hold the round brush in one hand, and the dryer with the other. Use the brush to hold sections of your hair taut and pull down while following with the direction of the dryer. Continue drying small sections of hair until you’ve got a whole head of totally gorgeous salon blowout hair!

Need a quicker alternative to salon blowout hair? Follow our tutorial for doing a blowout in a pinch.

05 January 2017