How to Achieve the Perfect At-Home Blowout
Hi, I’m Stephanie and I have flat hair. Apparently.
I threw that “apparently” in there because I used to never have to worry about my hair; I had the most perfect tresses in the entire world. If I blow-dried it, it looked fantastic. If I slept with it in a wet bun post-shower, it highlighted the natural waves the next morning. I could let it air dry and it would be beautiful. And above all else, it had a natural volume to it.
At 21, my hair changed. Ever since, I’ve been trying to get my hair back to normal.
Namely, that means restoring its once innate volume, among other unfavorable characteristics that it has developed in the past two years.
Last week, I got my hair trimmed and blown out at KeratinBar in the Meatpacking District. This experience completely sparked my determination to master the art of the blowout and to get the volume i deserved back. So I did some research and here is a list of things you may be doing wrong when attempting to blow out your hair.
- It’s about efficiency, not timeliness. This means not blowing out your whole head of hair all at once. I know, that’s frustrating, especially if you’re in a time crunch, but it’s just the truth. Separating your hair into several different sections will result in a significantly better blowout than just flipping your hair down and blowing it out all at once.
- Always apply heat protectant to your hair. No matter what. Not only that, but apply it to each divided section, not to your whole head at once.
- Free your hair of as much moisture as possible before turning on the hair dryer. Your hair isn’t sopping wet when the hair dresser starts blow drying it, so it shouldn’t be when you star blow drying it either. Really ring it out in the towel and if you need to, give it some time before blowing instead of immediately applying the heat.
- Diffuser, diffuser, diffuser. Use a diffuser. This rule became important when my mom blew out my hair for me without a diffuser. The difference is visible.
- Volumizing spray makes all the difference if you’re looking to pump up the volume on your hair like I was. I received my Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray from Ipsy and I’m totally obsessed with what it does to my hair overnight. The next morning, the hair at the back of my scalp naturally pushes up.
- Lastly, I’ve found that naturally greasy hair increases the likelihood of having flat hair. To counteract that, I definitely recommend using a dry shampoo. My hair tends to fall flat “the day after,” so using dry shampoo and refraining from washing my hair every single day helps to keep hair voluminous at the root.
Those are my blowout tips – I hope it helps you figure out your hair rut!