The struggle is real. Perfecting the art of the at-home blowout is not for the faint of heart. It takes time, patience, and some lust-worthy Oribe products!
According to Oribe Educator, Adam Livermore an at-home blowout isn’t always as time-consuming as you’d think. “It all depends on the person’s hair texture. The curlier and thicker the hair is, the longer it takes. With practice and the right tools and products, you’d be surprised at how fast you can get the job done.”
Surprisingly, an at-home blowout might even take you less time than one in a salon because over time you will get your own routine down. Livermore once “had a client who had extremely coarse, frizzy hair, and blowing out her strands was a big job that took upwards of 45 minutes. However, when she would blowout her own hair at home, it only took her about 20 minutes because she had her technique down to a science. Everyone is able to achieve that level of perfection with a bit of practice.”
For those of you who can’t blow the big bucks on a weekly (or even daily) blowout, Livermore has broken it down for you:
- Choose the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair: Most people don’t understand the importance of this, but getting it right will resolve 50 percent of what you’re up against once you introduce the blow dryer.
- Applying styling products: At the bare minimum, it is important to use something for heat protection and something for basic nourishment. I prefer Oribe Foundation Mist for thermal protection and extra conditioning. The best product for a woman with thicker hair is the new Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream. This cream smoothes strands, controls frizz and has heat protection built in.
- Pre-drying: Use your blow dryer and your hands to blast your hair about 85 percent dry. A brush doesn’t work properly until the hair is close to dry so don’t jump right into dripping wet hair with your round brush. It just makes the whole process even longer.
- Sectioning: Make an ear-to-ear section across the top of your head and divide it into three smaller sections. There should be one on top and one on each side of the head. Wind sections into buns and clip them down to keep them out of the way. In the back, make one section across the top, and divide the bottom section into four equal parts. There should be two above and two below.
- Get your brush and start smoothing the hair out: Begin with the sections by your face and work your way back and down toward the nape of the neck. Start by the roots and stroke down towards the ends with a round brush. Many women want to use the round brush in the same way you would use a curling iron (grabbing the ends and rolling to the roots), which is incorrect and damaging to the hair. Instead point the blow dryer down the hair strands away from your head and follow the brush.
- Apply a finishing product to tame frizz, add shine or even impart a little hold: My go-to product is the Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray, which provides a shield from frizz and keeps hair in place.
- An optional step is to look into a keratin treatment to smooth hair and make blowouts more manageable. In almost every case it will cut your blow-dry time in half and make the blowout last longer.
Now that you’ve mastered the steps, you need to make sure you have the right tools (aka products) to do the job like a pro. Livermore preaches, “the at-home blowout is only as good as the products being used. Use Oribe Moisture & Control Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower to begin silkening the strands. Essential styling products, such as Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream and Featherbalm Weightless Styler should be applied to wet hair as the second step.
Oribe Straight Away is a great all-in-one product that offers clinically tested heat protection up to 450 degrees, moisturizes hair and seals split ends. Another great essential heat shield is Balm d’Or. For damaged hair, go to Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil. It contains argan oil and helps to nourish and hydrate hair. Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray is another great argan-oil product that majorly speeds up the blowout process.
After the hair has dried, finishing product should be applied. Use Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray to get a tousled look or Shine Light Reflecting Spray for more of a smooth, polished finish. Add a humidity shield like Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray to seal in the shine.”
Good luck ladies & may the hair gods ever be in your favor!