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5 Expert Tips to DIY the Perfect Blowout

February 12, 2019 Lindsey Schickner

Everyone loves a professional blowout, but we don’t always have the time for an appointment. We sat down with our Artistic Director, resident blowout expert, Giovanni Vaccaro to learn how to achieve a perfect DIY Blowout.


Don’t start with soaking wet hair.  You should never start blowdrying a soaking-wet head. If you have time, let your hair airdry for several minutes. If you’re rushed, it’s essential to pre-dry: Flip your head upside down, lift roots with your hand while flash drying your hair (quickly drying).


On damp hair, apply a blowout lotion to prep hair for a great blowout and also protect against heat damage. Apply the lotion to damp hair from the mid-shaft to the ends and avoid the roots. My favorite blowout lotion is Glamsquad’s The Iconic. It’s  a lightweight lotion that can be used on all hair types to smooth, add shine, and protect against heat damage up to 450°F.


The right tools can make all the difference. Make sure to use a nozzle on your hair dryer as this creates some distance between the hair and the lip of the dryer, which is the hottest point. The nozzle is key to keeping air flow concentrated — otherwise, it disperses, causing frizz.

Be sure that you are using the right size brush. Brushes that are too big make it impossible to create volume. Always opt for smaller ones. I am partial to the Ibiza Boar Bristle Brush for the fullest hair. Ceramic brushes can be easy to use at home, but they don’t offer the amount of tension needed for the optimal volume. Generally speaking, a 2- or 2.5-inch diameter is best.


One of the biggest pieces of advice is to not rush a blowout. Start by sectioning your hair into 4-5 sections.

Now start with the front section. This area tends to be where the hair is most challenging (hair line and cowlicks)! By progressing to the back, you can focus on smoothing out the hairline, which tends to be the frizziest part.

While you are drying, overdirect the brush to create volume. Hold it 90 degrees above the base of the section. Keeping your chin up, overdirect a boar-bristle brush, using it as a roller. Continuously roll your hair back, and release in a C-shape as you blowdry. You can use the cool button on your hairdryer to set your locks — it’ll be your best friend throughout the process. For added volume, as you simultaneously backcomb at the crown, reach for a rat-tail comb to tease the crown area, but be sure to fully remove the comb’s teeth after each downward stroke.


The right product is key for prepping your hair for a great blowout. Glamsquad’s Iconic Blowout Lotion   was created to work for ALL hair textures and densities and is the perfect product to prep your hair. I’ve found that my clients with frizzy hair tend to apply too little product to all the wrong places. Make sure to focus anti-frizz serums on the hairline, where you really need it. And, make sure to section hair before applying products like root lifters.

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