The Blowout. Not a porn flick maneuver, but a simple washing, blow drying, and styling from a salon, this has become a trend in hair care. Remember when Grandma used to get a wash and set at the beauty parlor? This is the same concept. Have a special occasion coming up for which you don’t want a prom ‘do, but you’d like to make sure your hair is extra voluminous and shiny? The Blowout is your answer–they’ll wash your hair with nice smelling shampoo, they’ll put in the right products, and they’ll blow dry your hair with a round brush. BUT, frequent trips to the salon can be expensive. So we’ve assembled the steps for the at-home blowout below. Enjoy!
1. Wet Hair
Straight out of the shower, comb your hair, and then wrap up in a towel for five or ten minutes, or towel dry well. Before applying product, hair should be damp–not dripping, and not halfway to dry.
Apply product to damp hair. Choosing the right product can be tricky and is usually a matter of experimentation. At left is a mousse I sometimes used by drugstore brand got2b. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re sort of a low-cost version of Bed Head by Tigi. I do like this Fat-Tastic mousse, but I typically use it on my hair when its shorter than it is now. It really does create intense volume, so when I have longer hair, it’s too much and becomes unmanageable. At right is the product I use on almost a daily basis: Rusk Wired Flexible Styling Creme. I use only a dime-sized amount and apply to the bottom half of my hair–never my roots. It’s a pretty substantial cream, so if you have very thin hair, I wouldn’t recommend it. But it works great on my hair in small amounts. Make sure whatever product you use is worked completely into the hair.
3. Initial Dry
After applying product, blow dry hair partway, using your fingers to tousle your hair. Dry between 50-75% of the way. Too little initial drying and you’ll end spending too much time with a round brush in your hand in the next step. Too much initial drying and your hair won’t properly take to the round brush.
4. Round Brush
Separate partially blow dried hair into sections, like they do at the hair salon. I typically make a straight horizontal line across the bottom quarter of my scalp, and put the rest of my hair up in a loose bun. Then I work the remaining hair around the round brush while blow drying. This takes practice. Your hand will get cramped. Your hair will get tangled. After awhile, though, you’ll get better. Pick a high quality round brush, preferably one that your stylist recommends. Make sure the barrel of the brush is wide enough or you’ll end up with a rat’s nest.
Continue blow drying sections with the round brush. You want to lift up with the brush as you blow dry underneath–this is what creates volume. Also, if you have the time and patience, your blow out will look better and last longer if you let each section of hair cool down on the brush. That means that you twirl the hair around the brush a number of times until it seems to be dry, then let it rest on the brush while you remove the dryer. If your dryer has a function that blows cool air, you can do that to shorten the time you’re waiting for it to cool down. Once cool, remove brush and move on to the next section of hair (let dried and styled sections of hair simply lay on the scalp as you work your way around your head).
5. Finished Product
Voila, the finished product. Smooth, slightly wavy sections of hair. Leave down or put up (blowouts make hair easier to style in up-do’s, too). Blowouts are sort of weird because there’s nothing particularly special about the look. It’s not like a fancy braid or an elegant French twist or sumptuous curls. A good blowout will make your hair look naturally voluminous, shiny, and soft. That look will keep for many more hours than if you let it air dry, or used a hair dryer without a brush and product. Plus, if you want to skip a day of washing, your hair will hold up much better that second day than it would otherwise.
Any steps/tips you’d like to add to the At-Home Blowout? Let us know!