By: Sarah James
Wish you could replicate the blowout you just received at the salon? Well, I'm here to tell you that you absolutely can — it just takes the right product, the right technique and, frankly, time. (To my dismay, gorgeous blowouts don't happen in five minutes or less!)
Here's the step-by-step lowdown on the perfect DIY salon blowout.
1. Wash and Condition Your Hair Thoroughly
Be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that leaves your hair moisturized, such as Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal.
2. Towel Dry Sopping Wet Hair
Gently towel dry your hair to remove any excess moisture — the wetter the hair, the longer it will take to blow dry, and the more heat damage you can cause.
3. De-Tangle With a Wide-Tooth Comb
Please don't ever use a regular brush on wet hair, as it will just snag and cause hair breakage. Comb through your damp hair gently with a wide-tooth comb, and you will help keep it happy and frizz free.
You are about to spend a decent amount of time blowing super hot air on your hair — be sure to use a heat protectant before you even pick up that hair dryer! Heat protectants come in many different formulations (sprays, gels, creams, etc.), so choose one that complements the attributes of your own hair. A spray such as Herbal Essences Heat Protection Spray would be perfect for normal-to-fine types.
5. Section the Hair
Probably the most important (and most overlooked) step is to section off your hair. You can't possibly achieve a smooth, silky blowout if you are drying one gigantic mass of hair. Section all of your hair above the ear into a clip, and work on drying and smoothing section by section. Once the bottom section is dry, let a little more down and continue on until all hair has been dried.
6. Use the Right Brush!
A round, boar-bristle brush will give you the bouncy volume that graces your hair on the way out of the salon. Be sure to work all the way from the root to the tip.
7. Shine, Shine, Shine
Last by not least, add a little extra shine to your mane with a shine-enhancing product.
Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoor, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightline ” and in The New York Times.