Get a Salon Blowout at Home
Expert Tips: Hair
If you want to have a salon-quality blowout at home, you need to have the same kind of tools that they use in salons, from the brushes to the appliances to the styling products.
What you’ll need:
1) Wide-tooth comb
2) Round medium-sized boar bristle or nylon/boar bristle brush
3) Blow-dryer with at least two heat settings and a nozzle to direct airflow (Experts recommend Solano, Elchim or Bio Ionic)
4) A flat iron (not necessary, but it gives a “finished” look)
There are so many brushes to choose from.... paddle brushes, oval brushes, round brushes and teasing brushes. For a blowout, the round brush is used.
Boar bristles? Combination plastic and boar bristles? The synthetic, or plastic bristles, holds each section of your hair at the proper tension, while the boar bristles both smooth and polish your hair. (Boar bristles are used because they hold water better than plastic bristles.)
You will also need clips to section off your hair into three sections, as I will get into below.
1. First, wash your hair.
2. Apply conditioner, rinse out thoroughly.
3. Do not rub your hair dry- that causes your hair to frizz. Use a towel to blot up the excess moisture.
3a. Move out of the bathroom to blow-dry your hair, as the humidity inside the room will delay things. Have a location where you can sit down in a comfortable chair, and with a large mirror where you can watch as you work through your hair.
4. Comb your hair, then divide it into three sections, using the hair clips. Apply the appropriate styling product to one section at a time, depending on whether it is wavy or curly, and use the comb to ensure that the product covers each single hair, from root to tip. (Use a volumizing product at the root area, and a smoothing product through the rest of your hair, rather than just one product all over.)
5. Use your blow dryer on only one section of your hair at a time. Separate a two-inch section of hair (from the larger third) and pull it taut with your brush. Then take your blow dryer and start with the roots. Stay with the roots of this section until it’s dry, then move to the mid-section and dry that....then move to the tips of this section and dry that.
I mentioned your blow dryer should have two heat settings. Use the high setting until each section of hair is nearly dry, then go to the low setting to finish it off.
6. Repeat the process with another two-inch section of hair.
7. Be slow. Be patient.
8. As each of the large sections is done, clip it out of your way.
9. Finally, apply a little silicone-based spray or gel to prevent any frizz.
How to Keep Your Blowout Looking Good
1) Do not use a plastic shower cap, but rather a fabric one with a waterproof coating. A plastic shower cap contributes to frizzy hair!
2) Do not use a flat iron - it hurts the body.
October 21, 2008 Bookmark and Share