Today, I want to share some of my tips on how to get your tresses done at home on your own. For some this may sound daunting but I got to tell you, I always do my own blowouts and rarely go to a salon for this. BTW these are tips on blowing out your hair straight-ish, since my natural hair is wavy and frizzy, I rely on heat and styling to get my hair looking straight with some movement. If you want curls and beach waves, the process is slightly different and I may cover it on a separate post (anyone interested, let me know). I do this a lot for my own clients so I’ve gotten some good practice with different hair types.
1) Section Your Mane
Sectioning the hair really streamlines the process of doing your own blow dry, if you do this, it is a lot easier, this is how I learned to style. I also strongly advise using a leave-in hair conditioner before using heat. By using a leave-in conditioner first, you condition the hair before using heat and smooth out ends and help get rid of tangles (I like using a detangling brush). This step is particularly important if you have hair color or any kind of chemical treatment in place, the more chemicals the more potential damage, if you don’t take care with the right treatments.
2) Use A Good Blow Dryer
The key element to a blowout is using a hair dryer with steady heat flow (I use my T3 hair dryer, a solid professional quality product, if you want a nice blowout, you need to use GOOD tools). Once hair is completely dry, I use a root lifter and texturizing sprays because I like to have a little bit of body. In my experience grooming hair for shoots and clients, texturizing and root lifters work well with thin hair and hair like mine. If your hair is thick and curly, the styling and products have to be geared towards curl definition and using serums to avoid excessive dryness from heat products and alcohol in styling aids.
3) You Must Use Product
The right styling product selection is the key to a good blow-out with longevity. Using styling aids will ultimately help making your blowout last a few extra days. I start with Evo Leave In Conditioner Day of Grace on my ends. By using a leave-in conditioner I am adding porosity and extra moisture to help my hair get dried out from using heat. I purposely avoid my roots to avoid oiliness with the leave-in conditioner. Once my blowout is done, I spray L’Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray around my roots to create some volume. And right before I am out the door, I use Oribe’s Texturizing Spray for movement and extra oomph, Oribe products I LOVE and they are expensive but trust me, it is like wow with styling. (I purchase Oribe products at Birchbox with my point discount). All these products are must haves for me. Once I hit day 2 or 3 of the blowout, I use dry shampoo to clean up oil.
I posted some various blowout selfies for you to see some first day, some 2nd and even 3rd day. Like brows and skincare, hair is my other “thing”, it is upkeep. Hope you find this information insightful, I always get such good feedback from my hair, I thought I’d share some of secrets of trade.
The T3 blowdryer, hair detangler and Oribe Spray were all my own purchases
Evo Day of Grace and L’Oreal Boost It High spray were given to me for editorial consideration, as always these opinions/ views are my own.