The “Blow Out,” is an amazing hair style that can last a few days and always looks incredible. The style is my favorite for nights on the town, and with a simple headband, can let me rock big hair on the job. As a fashion and beauty expert, here are my tips to get the look at home without the salon price.
Wash Your Hair
Step one is pretty obvious: wash your hair. There are a lot of blow out specific shampoos and conditioners, but I find that using my own works just fine. If you have a thicker conditioner, buy a light weight one to help your hair have a lot of volume. I recommend TRESemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner which is light, but will get your hair ready for maximum lift.
Adding a small amount of product can help your hair hold its style much more easily. Make sure you don’t use too much, because that can weigh your hair down and prevent the style from getting lift. If you have short hair, use a dime sized amount or less, longer hair should have between a nickel and quarter sized amount, but if your hair isn’t thick, less is more. I like OGX Biotin & Collagen Amplifying Lotion to increase volume.
Skip the Brush At First
Skipping your brush for at least awhile is very important to retaining volume and control of the blow out. Start by gently towel drying your hair. I like using an old t-shirt to dry hair while locking in moisture. Once your hair is just a little damp, put your hair dryer on low. Even if your hair is thick, using too much heat will damage it. Use your hands to gently massage hair until most of the water is out.
Brush Time and Finishing Touches
Using a round brush, start brushing down your hair gently and blow drying each section. It might take a couple passes to get the hair dry, so be slow and gentle. You can even pin the hair to your head with a clip to keep the slight curl. If your hair is very straight, I would highly recommend pinning them to help keep the shape. Once your entire head is done, unpin the hair if you’ve pinned it very slowly. Spray a firm hold hair spray that is tailored to volume, like my favorite AfterBlow by Blow Pro Hair Experts. Once you’ve added product, you’re ready to go.
You can make your blow out last a few days by braiding it or sleeping with it in a very loose top bun. I also like to refresh my hair every morning with dry shampoo to help get rid of oil or product build up. My go to product is Batiste Wild Dry Shampoo , it’s light floral scent makes my hair feel fresh. Once you’ve practiced a few times, you’ll have the blow out look down pat and look fabulous from the office to a night on the town.