Have you ever wondered how to do a salon blowout at home? You’re not alone. There is no feeling quite like the confidence you have when stepping out of the salon with a fresh blowout. The volume, the bounce, the shine - we'd give anything for that feeling to last. However, after several applications of dry shampoo, we finally surrender that the time has come to wash our dream hair away. Well, not anymore. With the help of our handy guide on how to do a blowout at home, you'll be successfully wielding a round brush in one hand and a hairdryer in another to give yourself the ultimate DIY blowout in no time.
How to blow out your own hairStep One: Invest in a quality hair dryer
Before learning how to blow out your hair, it’s important to invest in a quality hairdryer. The main difference between a DIY blowout and a salon one is the focus and care on the hair's cuticle. That's why the Hail Your Hail Hairdryer comes with a concentrator nozzle, which helps concentrate the airflow onto the section of hair you're working on to smooth the cuticle - just like the pros.
Step Two: Wash your hair
A salon-worthy blowout starts in the shower. Finding the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture is the answer to making your locks look vibrant and glossy. We recommend using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner containing shea butter, jojoba oil and argan oil. These highly nourishing ingredients will help make the hair soft, silky and manageable, just like you’d get in the salon.
Top tip: If your hair is dry or frizzy whilst in the shower, gently comb through your conditioner with a wide-tooth comb to penetrate the hair and tame that pesky frizz.
Step Three: The prep work
Once your hair has been thoroughly washed, you’ll need to prep the hair ready for heat styling. Here’s how:
Detangle your hair: Wet hair is very delicate and should be handled with care. When your hair is wet, it can stretch, making it more susceptible to breakage. Safely detangle your freshly conditioned hair with a wide-tooth comb to remove any knots. Be sure to start from the bottom of your hair and gently work through up to your roots without tugging.
Remove excess water: You want your hair to be around 80% dry before you start to smooth things out with a brush. Ultimately, you’ll spend less time blow drying, which saves time and is less taxing on your arms. Thankfully, the Hail Your Hair Hairdryer is 50% lighter than standard hair dryers, meaning you can spend more time comfortably perfecting your bouncy blowout.
Step Four: Apply heat protectant
Knowing how to blow out your hair is one thing, but if you truly want to work like the professionals, you need to learn how to care for your hair in the process. Now that your hair is damp and knot-free, it’s time to apply your heat protectant.
There’s a wide variety of heat protectants on the market, not only those that protect your hair but also those that add more drama to your blowout, from adding volume to reducing frizz and much more. For more ways to protect your hair from heat, head to our blog.
Step Five: Finding the right hair brush
Whether you’re a beginner learning how to do a blowout at home or you’re familiar with the technique and want to up your game, using the right brush will set you up for success. We recommend using a round barrel hair brush just like the expert stylists use in salons, no matter your hair type. Remember the size of the barrel you use will impact the final results. The larger the barrel, the more volume and the straighter the look. The smaller the barrel, the tighter the wave or curl.
Step Six: Section the hair
Now your hair is prepped and ready, it’s time to get to work. Start by sectioning your hair into four sections, two in the front and two in the back. If you have long or thick hair, you might need to divide it into more sections. Start at the nape of the neck, which is the hardest part to reach. And remember, thoroughness is key - this is the main reason salon blowouts look so great.
The blowout technique
1. Take one-inch-wide sections and place the round brush as close to your roots as you can for maximum root lift. Point the dryer down the hair shaft whilst you glide the brush through the section pulling the hair as taut as you can until you reach the ends. Repeat this until the section is dry.
2. Once the section is dry, roll the brush back towards the roots and hold the nozzle of the hairdryer over the brush for a few sections. Repeat 3 times for each section.
3. Whilst the hair is still in the brush, give it a quick blast with the cool shot to smooth the cuticle and create lasting curls. If you really want to amp up the volume, you can gently unravel the hair from the brush and secure the curl into a pin. This will really help create that salon finish.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you've reached the front two sections of your hair. You'll now need to change the technique by drying forward over your face. Drying in the opposite direction at the front gives a subtle and flattering lift to frame the face.
Step Seven: Add the finishing touches
Now your hair is fully blow dried, and you’ve removed your pin curls, you can apply the finishing touches. Depending on your hair type, you can polish your blowdry with a smoothing oil or a curl enhancing cream. Rub a pea-sized amount into your hands and gently apply to your ends. And don’t forget that all-important hairspray, you want your masterpiece to last!
We hope you're now feeling confident in how to do a blowout at home so you can enjoy endless salon-worthy blowouts without the hefty price tag. For more how-tos and inspiration, take a look at the rest of our blog posts.