Want the polished, high-volume look of a salon blowout without a trip to the salon? While we love a healthy air-dry, sometimes a fancier (faster) style is what’s needed. Here are our top tips for a fabulous, frizz-free look.
CLEANSE & PREPARE
1. Pump up the volume
Use a volumizing shampoo with added protein, biotin or other agents that add body and fullness. Follow up with a volumizing conditioner. Ideally, choose products specially formulated for your hair type. And, for a mini spa experience as you wash, look for aromatic ingredients like rejuvenating lemongrass or soothing lavender.
2. Choose the right towel
When it’s time to dry your hair, the rough texture of traditional terrycloth towels can cause damage. Instead, reach for a microfiber towel. They’re lightweight and absorbant, helping strands dry without the need for rubbing or squeezing. No microfiber on hand? Try a soft t-shirt.
DRY & STYLE
3. Select your styling product
Pick a styling product to smooth and protect your hair. For fine hair, choose a thickening spray that adds volume and tames flyaways. Rocking curls? Detangling sprays can define your curls and help control frizz. Thicker hair will benefit from styling creams and pastes, which offer a little more hold.
4. Dry like a pro
Choose a dryer with a nozzle attachment that allows you to dry your hair cuticles in the same direction (this will give a sleeker, shinier finish.) Pro tip: like many other home appliances, dryers come in colors ranging from modern to cheerful. If it brings you joy, try finding hot tools that match your bathroom décor.
5. Pick the right brush
One of the most important steps for a perfect blowout is brushing as you blow dry. You’ll want a round bristle brush, since they provide gentle grip and help prevent breakage. Boar bristle brushes are popular because they help separate and control strands without overheating them. Synthetic bristle brushes can do the same — just make sure the bristles are densely packed.
CONTROL & MAINTAIN
6. Set the look
Even a little humidity can make your blowout go flat, so don’t forget to set your look. Hair sprays with light hold are best, since they maintain your waves while keeping strands bouncy and flexible. If your hair is normally on the limp or flat side, opt for a volumizing hair spray. For a lived-in, beachy look, try a texture spray.
7. Keep it going
Want to extend your blowout an extra day? Use a no-tug hair tie or scrunchie to make a loose ponytail at bedtime. When morning comes, simply mist your roots with dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and refresh your ‘do!