The perfect blowout will leave your hair bouncy, glossy and frizz-free - and if you maintain it, it will last for days on end. We've all tried to replicate the technique but is it one of those things that only your hairstylist has the skills to master?
While it may be true, and leaving the salon with a fresh blowout is a magical moment; the light breeze that catches your hair as you open the door, the perfume of products whirling followed by the side-eye glances you get as you walk down the street - a masterpiece. We all love that moment and now it's your turn to DIY!
Every blowdry needs some essential tools and products... Start here and follow colleen's guide to achieving an Instagram-worthy blowout from home. It's only 6 steps to hair heaven:
1. CHOOSE A SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR THE BLOWDRY YOU WANT
To begin with, put your hair into the right state of mind. If today is the day you are going for a big bouncy blowout pick up your volume shampoo, if you’re feeling a bit more inclined towards a sleek and glossy look reach for a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. Your blowdry starts here, and a good shower routine is the foundation of a great blowdry.
2. LOAD UP ON PRODUCT
Ever been to see your hairdresser for a pro blowdry and thought to yourself jeez that’s a hectic amount of mousse going into my hair right now? That’s because the amount of product you use to prep your hair for blowdrying really does count. Load up on product and make sure that every strand is getting a hit. Oh, and ALWAYS use a heat protector, like Evo's Icon Welder.
3. PICK AND MIX
A good blowdry isn’t always a one-and-done affair. Take a targeted approach to get the result you want. This could mean using a different product on your roots to what you use on the ends, or even switching out what you use for the top layers of your hair and the underneath lengths. You can also layer in products through each phase of your blowdry while your hair is wet, damp and dry. Hair products are similar to skincare like that.
4. INVEST IN THE BEST TOOLS
Quality all the way. Getting a new blowdry tool, whether that’s a blowdryer, brush or comb, is a bit like buying a new car. You could get a cheap dunger to see you through in the short term, but you know that dunger is gonna break down and leave you stranded and that bits will start falling off on the motorway before too long. A well-cared-for hairbrush can last a lifetime, just ask your grandma.
5. DON’T RUSH IT
Try not to peak too early. One of the biggest things to let a good blowdry down is losing interest in the last 5 minutes. Make sure you have enough time to do your blowdry justice and don’t leave any of your hair damp. Blowdrying can be hard work so take care of your body! If your elbows are raised above your shoulders something isn’t right – take a minute to find a new angle or switch hands.
6. SEAL THE DEAL
Finish off with a fine layer of hairspray, shine-spray or serum to lock in your look and keep humidity at bay for a longer-lasting blowdry.