We’ve all been there, brush in one hand hair dryer in the other – now what? I’ve been a stylist for many years, but in the beginning I can remember having the same thought. It took me almost two hours to do a blowout when I first stated. After a lot of practice, I finally learned how to blow dry hair fast; I can have hair from wet to dry in 30 minutes or less and so can you!
When I was training in New York City I studied under some of the best stylist in the industry who taught me their tips and secrets to achieving the perfect blowout. Now I’m here to pass these tricks on to you so you can create a salon quality blowout at home.
You may get hot, frustrated and tired, maybe even shed a tear ( I had many tears at first). But with my help and your practice & patience you will be able to tame your locks in no time. Just stay strong and stick with it. I’m going to break down step-by-step what you need to do to accomplish the beautiful hair of your dreams using a hair dryer, a round brush and a lot of patience.
- Start With A Clean Scalp – I remember a head stylist, who was training me, explaining why a clean scalp and using the right shampoo and conditioner is so important and me thinking it was BS. Girl, was I wrong. Having a clean scalp with the proper shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture is the number one thing to having a beautiful blowout. If you have too much oil on your scalp, and it’s not cleaned properly, your hair will fall flat and look greasy. [My Recommendations: The Best Shampoo & Conditioner For Blowouts]
- Using The Right Tools – Besides having a clean scalp and my guidance you need the right tools. Using a high quality hair dryer, round brush (or “blow dryer brush” all-in-one tool) and hair products all play a big factor. When my clients come to the salon I use only the best tools and products on their hair and you should do the same for yourself. Treat yourself and your hair you both deserve it. [My Recommendations: The Hair Blow Dryer for Blowouts & The Best Round Brush For Blowouts]
- Prep Your Hair With The Right Products – There are a few different opinions whether using a product will or will not make your blowout last longer. In my opinion you should always use something to protect your hair from the heat of the hair dryer. It can be as simple and light as a leave-in-conditioner to something stronger like a styling cream for thick course hair. It’s about using the right product for your hair texture and not using to much. [My Recommendations: The Best Products for Blowouts]
- Don’t Be Afraid To Pre-Dry Your Hair Before Sectioning – Pre-drying your hair will help you cut down on drying time. Once you practice enough times with your hair you will learn how much you can pre-dry before you start to round brush your hair. The average amount for most hair textures in 50%. Of course, if your hair tends to get very frizzy very fast you don’t want to pre-dry it as much.
- Divide And Conquer – Now it’s time to section your hair. It’s very important to have neat, clean sections. Keeping your sections straight and neat will allow you to not get lost in your hair and have a consistent lift at your roots.
- Make Sure You Keep Tension – When blow drying your hair, you must always keep tension on the section you have around your brush. Without proper tension, your hair will frizz. When coming to the ends of you, hair make sure you roll your brush and pull it all the way through till your ends fall off the brush. By doing this, you will seal your ends making them look healthy and smooth.
- Finishing Touches – Once you have all of your sections dry you need to let your hair cool down before you touch it. Touching your hair when it is still hot will cause it to fall flat and lose it’s shape. Give you hair at least 5 minutes to cool. I like to do my make-up and have a cup of coffee while my hair cools down. Once cool run your fingers through you hair to blend your locks together. Sometimes I like to give my head a flip upside down for an extra va va voom. Spritz with hairspray for a little hold and you are done!