Let’s face it: blowing out your own hair is pretty big pain in the you-know-what. No matter how hard you try, you can’t ever seem to replicate the blowouts that stylists give you at the salon. A while back, I discovered a pretty nifty trick for replicating that same voluminous, bombshell hair – without the awkward, behind-the-back maneuvering. Even better: it takes less than 10 minutes of prep time and it’s better for your hair. Read on below for how to fake your own blowout.
1. Don’t use a hair dryer until hair is almost completely dry. After washing, let hair air dry until it’s only slightly damp. Next, use a hair dryer for 3 or so minutes to quickly remove the remaining wetness, using your fingers rather than a brush. This will give hair added texture to work with.
2. Use jumbo hot rollers. Next, separate hair into three layers at the bottom, middle and top of the head. Starting with the bottom layer and making your way to the top, begin rolling 1-1 ½ inch sections onto jumbo-sized ceramic hot rollers, securing at the scalp. I personally love the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 12 Jumbo Roller Hairsetter ($54.99), which has velvet-covered rollers to protect the hair from heat damage. Plus, the butterfly clips keep the rollers in place better than the usual metal pin (and they don’t hurt).
3. Let sit for 20 minutes. Once all the hair has been rolled and set in place, let it sit for at least 20 minutes. The best part of this is that now you are free to finish the rest of your routine – put on makeup, get dressed – with your hair pretty much doing itself in the meantime.
4. Remove the rollers. After 20-30 minutes, remove the rollers, starting with the bottom layer. Make sure that you are gently releasing the butterfly claw and allowing the roller to fall out itself rather than pulling it out so you retain the styling.
5. Hairspray the ends. Mist aerosol hairspray – it goes on lightly – all around the head, focusing on the ends. Try to avoid spraying too close to the roots to avoid hair turning stiff and crunchy.
6. Smooth roots using flat iron. Run a flat iron over the top of the hair near the roots to smooth any crimps from the rollers and clips.
7. Loosen it up. Flip hair upside down and tousle a bit at the scalp. Stand back up and flip to a side part to give your roots even more lift. Finally, break up any curls with your fingers.
There you have it: the no-blowout blowout:
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