What’s the best way to achieve an at-home blowout that will last for days? According to Sara Caroline, a busy salon owner and an educator for Bosley Professional Strength, the more time that you can spend on your blowout, the longer that it will last. As far as technique, here are her suggestions for achieving the ideal blowout:
- After you get out of the shower, towel-dry your hair by gently ringing it out versus shaking the towel all over. This process will keep your cuticle smooth.
- Use products that are clean and free of residue. Spray in a leave-in treatment/primer first and then layer one or two styling products depending on your look.
- Using a Wet Brush, pre-dry your hair 25 percent by wrapping your hair around your head with the blow dryer following.
- After your hair is 25 percent dry, clip into sections. Twist and clip the front first and then section the back of your hair in two to four horizontal sections depending on the size of your brush.
- Start at your nape and blow dry section by section. Make sure each section is 100 percent dry before moving on to the next. The killer to all blowouts is when the hair is still damp. If there is any moisture in your hair, it will take away your style and flatten out.
- Repeat the process with sections in the front.
- Finish with a hairspray or dry serum that is anti-humidity to lock in your style and add shine.
If you have fine hair, Sara Caroline suggests prepping strands with Bosley Professional Strength Volumizing and Thickening Nourishing Leave-In as a primer and the new Ultra Boost Styling Cremé to prep. Instead of a Wet Brush, use a small round brush with fine sectioning. The smaller the brush, the more body that you can coax. After your hair is 100 percent dry, use BosVolumize Texturizing Spray at the roots for added volume and then seal the style with hairspray.
For coarse hair, use a cream leave-in conditioner and smoothing serum to prep, as well as a large round brush while drying. Just remember, the bigger the brush, the smoother the hair. Sara Caroline is quick to point out that the diameter of the brush depends on your hair length. She says that it’s essential that your hair can wrap around the brush once. She also explains to blow dry slow and steady to keep the cuticle smooth. After all, a smooth cuticle means silky, shiny hair!
And the best way to keep the blowout looking good for a day or two? Sara Caroline recommends letting your strands glide along a silk or satin pillowcase at night versus a cotton one, which can roughen up the cuticle. Oh, and for the second, even third day freshen ups, dry shampoo is a must!