There’s something about a good blowout at the salon that gets us all tingly inside. A smooth, bouncy blowout styled perfectly is truly one of the best things in life. Unfortunately, anyone who’s tried to replicate the same sleek straightness or soft curls at home will know that contrary to what your hairstylist tells (or shows) you, it’s no easy feat.
There are, after all, plenty of factors that go into nailing it, practice being the biggest. The good news, however, is that using the right products and tools can make the process much faster and infinitely less stressful.
Using a good heat protectant, for example, is already half the battle won. Besides sealing off hair cuticles to protect it against damage during the styling process, it’ll also nourish your hair to give you shiny, healthier-looking hair — ergo, a better blowout.
Your hair texture and type will determine what type of protectant to use, whether it’s cream, spray, or oil. As a rule of thumb, those with fine hair should steer clear of oil-based versions, and opt for lighter sprays instead. Conversely, those which thick, medium to coarse hair will find that heavier oils and creams are more effective.
A salon blowout at home is only as good as your tools, so investing in the right ones will save you time and money from visiting the salon before an event. If hand-eye coordination’s never been your thing, we’ve also included dummy-proof tools below that will get your hair sorted in half the time, alongside finishing products that will seal in your hard work while keeping it healthy.
Below, everything you’ll need to achieve the perfect salon blowout at home.
This one’s a favourite amongst top stylists for a reason. Formulated with argan oil, rosehip fruit oil, and the brand’s signature complex, this lightweight styling spray promises to serve glossy, frizz-free looks every single time. The latter nourishes and softens while protecting your hair from heat, sun damage and natural deterioration — especially useful for those who colour their hair regularly. Expect to be treated to Oribe’s luxurious signature scent, Côte d’Azur, with every blowout at home.
Another product that keeps locks safe from extreme heat is this highly-concentrated restorative treatment, formulated with moringa and pomegranate seed oil to repair and hydrate hair while providing heat protection of up to 230°C. This weightless oil is suitable for all hair types and textures, and keeps your blowout frizz-free with plenty of shine.
Paris-based stylist David Mallett knows a thing or two about breathing life into limp hair. If you have fine hair that won’t yield to even the most enthusiastic of styling, this spray gives bounce and volume while nourishing the hair with Japanese Nori Seaweed Extract, which is rich in Vitamin A, C and B12 to strengthen and ensure long-lasting regeneration. Simply spray on hairline of clean, towel-dried hair and massage into scalp before styling.
Designed specifically for a gentle and comfortable blow-drying experience at home, this ergonomic hairbrush sees pre-curved boar bristles to give each of your sections an ideal grip from the get-go, so you don’t waste time fumbling around. To create soft waves, dry each section and then wrap it around the brush while directing heat from your dryer onto its barrel. Leave to cool for 30 seconds before gently unwinding the section.
Tip: The smaller the round brush, the tighter your wave or curl will be. Larger round brushes will give you bigger waves and more volume.
If boar bristles aren’t your thing, this rounded brush by GHD can also help you create lift and soft waves at home. The ceramic-barrelled brush speeds up the process by retaining heat efficiently to allow for a faster blow-dry, and comes with a well-designed handle that’s easy to hold and manipulate. It’s also lightweight enough so you don’t end up with achy arms by the end of it.
We get it — not everyone has the dexterity of a professional hairstylist and sometimes, a brush and hairdryer is one tool too many. For the uncoordinated, this cult hairstyling tool combines both tools into one nifty device, with a mix of both nylon and boar bristles to softly detangle and smoothen hair into a slick finish. The oval-shaped brush will oblige a variety of styles — from straight locks with bevelled ends to natural-looking curls with volume — and is powered by ionic technology to keep strands shiny with less damage. With practice, this tool will give you salon perfect hair in under 10 minutes.
If you’re up for a splurge, Dyson’s revolutionary Airwrap won’t disappoint. Engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage while drying it faster, this cult-favourite tool promises more shine, less damage, and definitely no singed scalps during your at-home blowout adventures — especially useful if you’re klutzy. The complete set also comes with a set of attachments that make achieving any style possible. Perfect for those who style their hair on the regular and already have brittle or damaged hair.
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt here, it’s that humidity loves messing with a fresh blowout. This super lightweight finishing spray shields the hair from frizz on even the sultriest of days, ensuring that your hard work doesn’t go to waste. It’ll also set your style and add texture, so you get that slightly tousled woke-up-like-this look without needing sea salt spray.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapaore
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