How to master the ultimate at-home blowout
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By Rachel Hayes
Getting bouncy post-blowout hair at home usually means setting aside about thirty minutes to tame your strands into frizz-free submission, plus another 10 minutes to recover from the task. Luckily, a DIY blowout doesn't have to be so traumatic—or time consuming. Here's your blow-by-blow guide to getting expertly smooth strands.
Lather Up2 of 9
A key first step to a successful blowout is selecting a shampoo that removes product buildup without stripping hair of all oil. "The cleaner you hair is, the longer the blowout will last," says Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, which performs a whopping 50,000 blowouts a month. Before shampooing, make sure your roots are saturated with water—this helps distribute the shampoo evenly. Then, use a dime-size amount of product to lather up, again focusing on your roots.
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Good Condition3 of 9
After thoroughly rinsing out shampoo, apply conditioner through your hair. To make your hair more manageable and ensure you hit every strand, first divide hair into two pigtails and avoid dumping product onto the roots; focus on the ends. Then, to keep the cuticle smooth and to prevent curls from getting overstretched, "finger-comb the conditioner from the mid-shaft down through each side and let it sink in for a few minutes," says Tim Rogers, Living Proof creative director.
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The Heat Is Off4 of 9
When you get out of the shower, use a super-absorbent microfiber towel to blot the water out of your hair. "Be gentle. To minimize the risk of frizz, move the towel down the length of your hair from root to end," says Rogers. Next, comb a heat-protective styling cream through your hair when it's still fairly wet (if your hair is curly, gently finger-comb the product through).
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Pump It Up5 of 9
The real secret to a great blowout is all in the body. You want to have a little bit of height at the roots, then soft volume all over. "If you have fine hair, apply volumizer to your roots first, then comb it through," says Harry Josh, John Frieda international creative consultant, who's worked with Rose Byrne, Gisele and Kate Bosworth. If you have thick, curly or coarse hair, you can control your natural volume by applying a frizz-taming serum all over.
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Where to Begin6 of 9
"Target your trouble spots while your hair is wet," says Rogers. Have a cowlick or frizzy hairline? Start there. If you want to give your roots volume, start at the crown. Use the nozzle attachment to direct the air where you need it, holding the dryer above your hair and pointing it downward to prevent frizz. Work on sections that are about two inches wide, and pull firmly for sleekness. Rogers recommends an ionic blow-dryer—it helps to smooth the cuticle for a shinier result.
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Steady Clip7 of 9
It's easier to blow out your hair when you divide it up into six equally sized sections and dry one at a time. As you move around your head, "use a long croc clip to secure the rest of your hair off to the side—it's a lot faster than attempting to dry your hair en masse," says Rogers. Long croc clips are also handy for securing already dried sections to cool into a specific shape. If you have bangs, after blow-drying them, sweep them to one side and clip them above your ear. This way they'll set into a pretty side-swept style.
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Best Brush8 of 9
Have you noticed your stylist uses a few different brushes when he does your hair? "It should be the same at home. You need different tools for different reasons," says Rogers. Use a small 1- to 2-inch round brush to create volume at the roots, then use a larger round brush or a flat paddle brush to smooth out the length. Always use a brush with boar bristles, they're flexible and won't snap your strands like metal or plastic ones can. For an affordable version, Rogers suggests Spornette.
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Finishing Touches9 of 9
Once your hair is dry, let it cool and brush it out—this will smooth strands and really make them shine. "If you have any fly-aways, spritz hairspray on a toothbrush to tame them," says Josh. Rub a dab of lightweight shine serum between palms, then comb your hands through your hair. If you want to set a deep side part or ensure your style lasts a long time, mist a lightweight hairspray where needed.
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