There's a warm and fuzzy feeling you get after walking out of the salon sporting a hair-commercial blowout. With hair as smooth and voluminous as any Victoria's Secret model's, your confidence skyrockets and your mood instantly perks up. But behind the euphoria that comes with a professional, blowout-induced good hair day, you can't help but feel dismay over the fact that it would be borderline rocket science to attempt to re-create the same salon-worthy strands at home – until now, that is.
Get The Look is offering you some of our best blow-drying tips and tricks for achieving your personalized, perfect hair in a cinch. Read on!
5 BLOW-DRYING TIPS FOR A PERFECT BLOWOUT
ALWAYS PREDRY HAIR
When blow-drying your hair into a sleek blowout, the first step is to always predry the strands with a towel before blasting them with heat. This cuts the styling time in half! Skip combing your hair, and apply the towel by flipping your head upside down, wrapping it around the back of your head, and twisting the fabric around your hair like you would a head scarf.
ATTACH A NOZZLE
Attaching a concentrator nozzle to your blow dryer can do wonders for minimizing frizz. The nozzle creates distance between the hair and the lip of the dryer, which is the hottest point of the hair tool. So instead of dispersed air flow hitting your strands from all directions, it concentrates the air flow against the hair.
Hold the nozzle downward, pointing it down the hair shaft while you dry. By doing this, air flow will be focused on smoothing down the cuticle to minimize frizz.
SECTION HAIR INTO 4 PARTS
That morning time crunch might leave you with little time for getting dolled up, but you'll get much better results if you don't rush through the blowout process. Taking time to section off your strands before drying will give you a much smoother finish, especially by the root.
When sectioning hair, wrap it up into four distinct parts – the front, back, and two sides – by twisting the strands up into miniature buns. Once hair is sectioned, release the front portion to style first and go from there.
LIFT AT THE ROOT FOR VOLUME
No surprise here – volume starts at the root. So it's actually your brush technique that will give hair that extra lifted finish. For this step, start off by holding the hair 90 degrees above the crown of the head. Then, keep your chin up and pull a boar-bristle brush up and forward so that the underneath portion of the root is exposed, using the brush like you would a hair roller.
Continuously use the brush to roll your hair up and back, and release the hair in a C shape while drying. This technique will give you a sleek blowout with a subtle wave at the ends and volume at the root.
USE THE COOL SHOT BUTTON
Don't ignore the existence of the cool shot button on your blow dryer. Using it is key for achieving the ultimate shiny finish. End your blowout with a 10-second blast of cool air all over your hair to seal the cuticle, bring out the shine, and minimize frizz.