One of the ways we pamper ourselves and our hair, is with a blowout. You know what I'm talking about, the glorious manes that swish around the shoulders of the world's most beautiful women. However, unlike Victoria Secret models, most of us don't have a team of people behind us to tame our tresses, and most of us can't afford to head into the salon as much as we would like. So, the only solution we have is to attempt blowouts on our hair at home ourselves. Before you start to hyperventilate, there are some simple tricks of the trade to give you the 'just stepped out of a salon' look everyday.
The ArsenalLike your hairdresser, there are some tools that you should invest in to help give you the volume and curls you desire. Here is what you need:
- A hairdryer
- A curling iron (bigger barrel for volume)
- Flat iron or hair straightener with curved edges
- Teasing brush
- Round Brush
- Medium hold hairspray
- Dry shampoo
- Heat protection spray
- Moroccan/Argan oil
- Hair clips/rollers
If you are on a budget, you don't have to include the curling iron and flat iron, you can choose one over the other, or just stick with your hairdryer, it simply depends on what you are comfortable with.
Why hair product is so important
Where are a lot of women go wrong is using the wrong product, or not using any at all. Applying products which are specifically made for your hair type will help you to get the very best result for your blowout. In fact, the right products can help your hair get the blowout look without adding too much heat. If your hair falls flat use a volumising spray, if your hair is dry a leave-in conditioner will look after your hair, and if you want loose waves for days, then use sea-salt spray. Heat protection spray, oil, and dry shampoo should also be a staple as the protection spray helps prevent damage while using your styling implements, oil will tone down frizz and enhance natural waves, and dry shampoo on your roots will give your hair extra lift and texture. The best way to use dry shampoo is to flip your head upside down, and spray in the roots to rough up your hair cuticles, this will give your mane added volume.
The perfect crown
There is nothing more frustrating than spending all that time on giving your hair a blowout, only to have it fall flat or go limp. Whether you use the hairdryer, curling iron or flat iron, a trick for longer lasting luscious curls is to pin your hair back. Remember the images of women with their hair wrapped around Coke cans? It's a similar process but after you have used your hairdryer/curling iron/flat iron, wrap your hair around large-barrel rollers (preferably ones with metal on the inside as these will hold the heat), and clip them in place (choose clips without ridges so they don't leave kinks in your hair).
Once your hair is all rolled up (be sure to roll away from your face, this goes the same with any round brush or curling you do), spray with hairspray, and leave them up for 20-30 minutes. During that time you can have your breakfast, apply make-up, and get dressed for the day. When you start taking them out (start at the bottom of your head, leaving the top sections last), use your teasing comb to back-comb the roots and give a bit of volume. Once your curls are all out, brush them out for loose waves. The best way to do this is to brush your hair in downward sections so that it smooths out any messy hairs around your hairline, and gives you plenty of lift around your face. If you still have a bit of frizziness around your hairline, you can use your flat iron to smooth it out.