Have you’ve left it too late to book a salon appointment or just want an easy way to glam up? Look no further than an at home blowout! Voluminous blow dried hairstyles are all the rage at the moment. The 90s blowout as made famous by the likes of Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schaeffer is the most popular style. If you get on Instagram or TikTok then chances are you’ll see at least one tutorial before you log off.
Regardless of whether you’re a regular at your local blow dry bar or a blowout newbie, you can get a great salon worthy blowout at home. Just follow this easy tutorial! While it may seem intimidating at first, it’s actually not that hard to master. You just need a a little bit of patience and the right tolls and products to hand. So without delay, here’s our step-by-step guide to get the perfect blowout at home:
Step 1: Prep Your Hair For The Perfect Blowout
The secret for a gorgeous professional quality at home blowout is getting your hair in the best condition it can be whatever your hair type. Start by giving yourself a “hair facial”. This begins by washing your hair with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to remove any excess oil or product buildup. You will want to Shampoo it at least twice. If your hair has a lot of product or you have dandruff, you may want to start with a clarifying Shampoo or scalp scrub before your regular Shampoo.
Follow up with an intensive hair masque which you should leave on for 15-20 minutes. This will help give you a smoother and glossier result. Whilst your hair masque is on, use a wide-tooth comb or brush to gently detangle your hair. This will help prevent any tangles or knots from forming while you’re blow-drying. Wash off the hair masque and wrap hair with a microfiber towel. This will absorb moisture without roughing up the hair so that you get the smoothest possible blowout result.
Step 2: Protect Your Hair & Jump start Your Blowout
It’s essential to use a heat protectant product before blow-drying to prevent damage and give a professional looking result. Look for a product that is specifically formulated to work with heated tools. These come as a heat protectant spray, mousse, cream or serum. If you have thin hair then opt for a product that provides volume like a mousse.If you have thick curly hair then choose a moisturising and smoothing product. Apply your heat protectant generously all over your hair from roots to tips. Make sure you cover all your strands. Either comb hair before or after it to ensure you have distributed the product evenly throughout your hair. Rough dry your hair with the blow dryer so its about 50% dry.
Step 3: Sectioning Your Hair
This step is essential so please do not kip it! Sectioning your hair will make blow-drying it so much easier. It will allow you to focus on one section at a time and ensure that you don’t miss any areas. Divide your hair into 4 equal sections and then subdivide these into smaller ones depending on how thick and long your hair is. The more hair you have, the more sections you will likely need. Use crocodile clips or a hair tie to separate your hair. At this point its also worth deciding where you want your parting to be (centre or to the side) and ensuring the front sections take this into account. Once you have finished the sectioning, you’re ready to blow dry your hair for your perfect at home blowout!
Step 4: Blowout Your Hair
If you’re using a regular hair dryer then use the concentrate attachment as this will help direct the flow of air downwards and give a perfectly sleek blowout result. The best tool for a big bouncy blowout is a large round brush made from boar bristles. This will help pull the hair straight during blow drying, create big curls and help smooth the hair all at the same time. Begin by drying the bottom layers of your hair first. Wrap a section of hair no wider than the width of the round brush and pull it downwards whilst directing the air in that same direction from your dryer and slowly unwind the brush. repeat until the section you’re working with is dry and looks smooth. Make sure to hold the dryer about six inches away from your hair and keep it moving to avoid overheating any one section.
PRO TIP: Once you’re finished with a section, wrap it around a velcro roller whilst its still warm if you want an extra bouncy and voluminous 90s blowout (aka 90’s supermodel hair). Otherwise leave it as is and continue to the next sections until you’re done.
If you used hair rollers then wait until your hair has completely cooled off before removing them. This will hello set the curl and lock it in for longer.
Step 5: Finish Touches to Your Perfect Blowout
Once your hair has cooled down, apply a little hair serum or oil to the tips and mid lengths of the hair fro a bit of extra shine and polish. Brush it with a boar bristle brush or use a wide toothed comb to loosen up the curls and give a wavy bouncy blowout finish. If you have roots that are a little frizzy still or you want to smooth down your edges then go over them with a hair straightener first (just the areas you want to smooth out) before adding the serum or oil. Finish off with a flexible hair spray and you’re ready to go!
And that’s it ladies! With these easy steps, I’m pretty sure you can achieve a salon-worthy blowout at home. Just remember to always prepare your hair so it has a good healthy baseline, use a heat protectant and be careful not to overheat your hair to avoid damage.
Make your blow out last longer with a few little tips and tricks! Remember to wrap your hair in a high bun at night and sleep on a silk pillow case or use a silk bonnet. You will likely need to blow dry the roots a little in the morning with a little mousse or your heat protectant to refresh the style especially after a couple of days. Ultimately, if you follow these steps you’ll see how easy it is to get a salon like result. Who knows, you might just get a little addicted and find that the at home blowout becomes part of your weekly haircare routine!