There you are, sitting in the chair at your favorite hair salon. Your hairdresser finishes up, you take a look at your hair is perfect. Not just perfect, flawless. Your extensions look amazing, your hair is shiny, full, voluminous and when you hit the sidewalk looking like a celebrity on her way to an opening.
Then the next day happens…
There’s a reason that blowout bars sprouted nationwide the last decade and it starts with one simple fact: growing up none of us were taught the right way to do a blowout. Chances are you learned from Mom, sister or grandmother, but they in turn learned the same way. Your hairdresser on the other hand had the benefit of beauty school to teach how to do it the right way. Here’s how to do a blowout at home just like you enjoy at the salon!
If you want volume, you need to ditch the sulfates.
If you check the back of your shampoo bottle, make sure that it doesn’t contain any chemical ingredient that ends with -sulfate. The reason this is so important where a great blowout is concerned is that sulfates are a harsh chemical detergent that strips the hair completely, including moisture. This means that your hair and even your hair extensions will be limp, flat and dull, lacking volume. We’ve got you covered with our Perfect Locks Homecare Products! When it comes to shampooing your hair, if you have thicker, coarser curls, try not to wash them every day.
Use the RIGHT styling tools!
The blow dryer you use really matters and it’s the reason that your hairdresser uses a really good one. While prices can vary, you want to pick a high wattage blow dryer, starting with at least 1800 watts to prevent your hair from frizzing up. If you have thicker hair, you want to go as high as 2000 watts to ensure a great blowout.
For a sleeker blowout, start with wet hair.
If you’re going for volume, start with wet hair and blow dry your hair upside down with the dryer at a 45 degree angle to redirect the roots of your hair with heat for some extra volume. After your hair is about 60% dry, flip your hair upright and continue to blow-dry your hair while picking up the roots.
For bigger, bouncier blowouts, start with damp hair.
Put the nozzle on your dryer and, beginning with the nape section, wrap a 2-to-4 inch section of hair around the brush and pull as taut as you can. Keeping the hair taut is 50 percent of the battle, the other 50 percent is the direction of the airflow. Ensure that your dryer nozzle is pointing down the hair shaft from roots to ends. When each section is completely dry, use the "cool shot" to finish it.
Make sure you stop blow drying your hair when it’s dry to avoid damaging your hair with heat. Boom! Done. It will take some practicing to get your technique down, but once you do, you’ll be able to get that salon worthy blowout at home every day.