Blowouts: The Basics

I know that all of you readers probably can’t afford weekly blowouts.

Wouldn’t you love to learn how to do them yourself.

Have no fear, is here!!


The correct tools and products are all you need. We only perfect the art of blowdrying with our hands and those two things. Who is to say you can’t do the same?

A good hairbrush is essential. Everyone should own one. I’m not talking about a $5 brush from WalMart. I’m talking a good long-lasting salon quality brush.

For Straightening:
Get an oversized paddle brush. They are good for short one length bobs, or long hair.

For Volume:
My favorite favorite favorite brush in the world.
A medium to large sized round brush is key. You can find some 2-4 inches in diameter for volume. Even if you don’t want curl in your hair– just use this brush at the roots and you will have big hair in no time. I use my 2 1/2″ brush (pictured above) on almost everyone for volume. Even clients with bob-length hair. On shorter hair, it usually gives more volume, and less curl.

For Short layers:
A tiny round brush assures great hold. Usually, the shorter your hair, the smaller barrel you need, depending on the style. This brush will give you more curl at the ends.

What are Boar Bristle Brushes?
Boar Bristle Brushes are best for fine to normal hair. They reduce frizz and help hair shine. They are also gentle on your hair and your scalp. Boar Brushes can get expensive, however. But they are worth every penny.

Nylon Brushes?
These are best for coarse or thick hair. Nylon is strong enough to pull through tangled strands. These brushes give more control when smoothing and straightening, too.

Metal Brushes?
Blowdrying highlights is what you need metal brushes for. It can help bring back shine. (They conduct heat from your hair dryer to seal cuticles flat)

How to make your Blowout Last Longer
A professional blowout usually lasts about three days, depending of course on hair type. If it wilts within a day, too much product was probably used, or you just have that hair that gets oily really fast (I’m sorry)

Preserve your volume by putting a ponytail on the very top of your head when you sleep. In the morning, wrap velcro rollers (the big ones) around the top section and blow-dry on a low heat. This will smooth out bumps. Once they are warmed, press the cool button for a few minutes, then take them out and shake your head. Spray with hairspray and voila!

Here are my usual steps to a good blowout:
1. Towel dry and get out any excess wetness. About 70% of it.
2. Apply a gel or a mousse. This will help with curl, body and hold.
3. Apply a heat protectant. This will keep hair shiny and will protect from heat damage. Some professional gels and mousses may have this in it. Check with your stylist.
4. Keeping the entire head of hair down, I get out more moisture from the hair, and blow dry the roots. This is all done by hand. Hair will dry faster when the roots are dry first.
5. Blow dry with your brush of choice. Starting at your neck and moving up and then forward, section by section. (Unless you have akward bangs. Dry those first)
6. Once finished, finish your style with product. (I like to use a shine serum to give shine and take away frizz, and a wax or taffy of some sort to match the style to the client’s personality)

How to give yourself volume
Use your large round brush, first of all. Taking a section of hair is easy. It should be the length and width of your brush, or a little bit smaller. Once rolled, bring STRAIGHT UP (toward the ceiling) and point the blowdryer at the underside of the hair. Hold. Then, continue to dry the remaining strands. Rotate your brush evenly through the entire section.

For extra volume, set in large velcro rollers, or pincurls.


I hope this helped! Questions/Comments? Write me in my comments section!

Lauren Lindner


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