Get the Perfect at Home Blowout
Soft and sophisticated, a well-done blowout makes you look like you just left a salon. Though, replicating the same style at home can be difficult. How are you supposed to reach the back of your head, or what if your hair gets caught in the brush? It may be a challenge, but giving yourself a salon-quality blowout is possible if you have the right tools and techniques. Follow the tips below to achieve the perfect at home blowout.
Dry Off Gently
Before grabbing the blow dryer, make sure your hair isn’t soaking wet. Towel-drying is an option, but a towel’s large fibers can lead to frizz. Instead, try an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel, and blot your hair gently until there is no excess moisture. If you’re in a hurry, a microfiber towel-turban saves a lot of time.
Tools of the Trade
To get the perfect blowout, the perfect brush is essential. Although plastic-bristled thermal brushes are marketed as hair-drying tools, the thermal barrel can get too hot for most hair types, and the plastic bristles can tangle your hair–both of these problems cause frizz and breakage. So, swap out your thermal brush for a natural-bristle or mixed-bristle brush for a smoother, straighter style.
If you want your blowout to be super straight, remember two tips. Opt for a paddle brush instead of a round brush, and dry your hair in three different directions. Start by brushing and blow drying toward your face; then brush away from your face; finish by brushing straight down. The flat paddle brush will prevent any accidental curls or flips, and changing directions will help work out all your waves. This method will give you stick-straight strands while eliminating frizz.
For Curly Girls
The best hair dryers for curly hair come with a diffuser attachment. Diffusers minimize frizz by spreading the hot air across a larger area, which also protects against heat damage. To blow dry hair into curls, twist your wet curls around your finger to secure their shape; then, place your hair on top of the diffuser while the blow dryer is on low. Continue diffusing sections of curls until all of your hair is dry. Finally, set your curls with a light hairspray for a look that lasts all day.
Blow Dry the Back
Everyone who blow dries their hair will agree–blow drying the back is the hardest part. But, you don’t want a perfect blowout in the front and a mess in the back. To conquer the dreaded back sections, it helps to actually clip you hair in sections, two in the front and two in the back, so the rest of your hair won’t get in the way. Working with one back section at a time, place your brush one inch below your roots, and blow dry it slowly around your neck. This will add body without missing any hair.
It may take some practice, but a perfect at home blowout is within reach. Just remember these tips and keep at it until you achieve the look you want.