How to Give Yourself a Salon-Worthy Blowout at Home
But wouldn't it be awesome if you could recreate that #flawless hair yourself? We tapped the talented AF Annie Rush, Stylist & Bridal Expert at NYC's Eva Scrivo salon, for a step-by-step guide to nailing that fresh-from-the-salon blowout. Here's her four-step process:
1. First, get comfortable! The more comfortable you are, the better the results. On medium-damp to damp hair, apply a heat protectant (like Shu Uemura Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk, $39 or Kérastase Nectar Thermique, $43) from mid-shaft to ends, preventing damage from your dryer. Next, add volumizing product (like Shu Uemura Fiber Lift Volumizing Protective Gel, $39 or Kérastase Mouse Volumactive, $42) to the root area to give your hair a little extra lift. Gently comb through with a wide-tooth comb to ensure that the product is distributed evenly.
2. Section the hair into two large sections, starting at your temples and working back. Tie up and clip the sectioned hair at your crown with duckbill clips (like YS Park Japanese Clips, $15). At this point your hair should be half up, half down. Then divide the bottom area into five subsections. Drag a boar bristle brush (like Mason Pearson, $180 or Ibiza Hair Ex5, $52) though each section in a slight C motion while drying the hair with a blow dryer (like Turbo Power TwinTurbo 3200, $199) Then roll the brush through the ends a few times for a smooth finish. Continue on each subsection until the bottom half of your hair is dry.
3. Next, take the rest of your hair and section it into three subsections (one down the middle and one on each side of your head). Make sure that you are drying your hair in an upward motion in order to add lift at the root. This is especially important if you want your blowout to last a few extra days (writer's note: WE DO!). Start from the back and move forward, drying each section thoroughly. If you are having trouble getting a polished finish, don't hesitate to use your hands (just make sure they are clean!) to smooth out any frizz or flyaways.
4. Finish with a light hairspray (like Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray, $39) or add some dry texture spray (like Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray, $39) for a more a lived-in style. Remember that practice makes perfect!
There you have it, ladies - now let's see those Bey-worthy blowouts!