With summer in full swing and long, sexy, bouncy hair trendier than ever I'm giving you insider tips on taking it to the next level with a Victoria's Secret inspired style that will last for days and have all your girlfriends guessing which upscale salon you went to for this incredible style! Blow outs are the hottest hair service sweeping the parairies right now and rather than spending money on an expensive trip to the salon I'm going to tell you everything you need to know to acheive this at home... with a little practice!
Thoroughly cleanse and condition the hair
The simplest advise is always be sure to shampoo your scalp and condition your ends, this is especially true for fine, limp hair. Too much conditioner on the root area will cause the end result to be flat and lifeless with no body. Remember, suds doesn’t always equal clean. Blot hair, never rub, with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Comb through with a wide-toothed comb then blot out any residual dripping with the damp towel. Think of a sponge, it picks up a lot more when its wet than when its dry. And please ladies, invest in a WIDE-TOOTHED comb, like a pic. This is not just a suggestion, brushing your hair when wet with something like a paddle brush will only stretch the hair and cause breakage, which is why your hair "never grows".
A good styling product is key to the perfect blowout. It adds body to fine, limp hair, while women with thick, curly or course hair need to keep the frizzies at bay. It is essential to prep the hair with a solid foundation product like a leave-in spray, I reccoment FOUNDATION by Structure - comb this through. Then apply product by coating the ends, working your way up the hair shaft - for this, try Joico's Smooth Cure Leave-in Treament. Last, apply any volumizing products to root area, i love Root Amplifier by Prive. Finish by combing the product through ensuring all hair is evenly coated. Less is more when it comes to the amount of product, too much and your end product will seem heavy and lifeless and actually have less shine.
Break out the blow-dryer
Power dry to remove 85% of the moisture before you start the blowout and by power dry i simply mean trun it on full blast and have atter not worrying about and form or technique. Any shape doesn’t begin to form until the last 15% of drying time. Also, a brush can only get so close to the scalp so pull the hair taut and focus on the root area otherwise moisture stays in the hair shaft and causes frizz. Try to keep your hands off it as much as possible, your palms are very porous and will ruin all that time you spent prepping the hair - for best results leave the extra product on your hands until the hair has been sectioned and clipped away.
Separate hair into sections
Once power dried divide hair into sections - horizontally from top of the ear to top of the ear, then from top of the ear up to the crown and down the other side and finally a mohwak section on top. If you have thick or heavy hair, subdivide each of those sections further. The key here is really just kepping the hair in smaller,more managable sections ensuring an even dry.
Move on the round brush
Starting in the nape and moving up the head release a 1”-2” section and pull the brush through the hair following with the blow-dryer. Always use your contrentrater and keep it pointed down, this concentrates the airflow and reduces frizz by sealing the cuticle. If you don’t have a dryer with a nozzle, consider getting a new one that does. You may want to start with the ends, because they tend to dry fastest. Apply even tension all the way down the section and be sure to use your brush to keep the hair polished, this also helps with frizz. Be sure to keep the damp hair securely clipped out of the way as to not "infect" the dried hair with moisture causing more frizz.
Lock in the style with a cool shot
The last step for each section is to pull hair taut with the brush and blast it with cool air. You can also clip each dried section up in a velcro roller or pin curl. Or simply roll the hair up in the brush itself, blast with cool air and let it sit and allow to cool longer.
Continue through all sections until hair is 100% dry
Be sure hair is completely dry, any moisture left in the hair will cause it to kink or frizz and the style won’t last. At the very end slow your heat and speed down to medium and power dry looking for any areas that may not be dry. Then hit it again with the cool shot to completely set the look. Finish the style with a smoothing oil like Joico's Color Therapy Oil and a few short blasts of a light hold hairspray like FINISH by Structure
Follow these simple tips and practice, practice, practice and you will have todays hottest hairstyle AND a few bucks left over to go out and pick up that cute pair of pumps you've been eyeing. Not to mention being the envy of every girl that knows true style!