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Become a BlowOut Pro. The quick and easy to blow out success.

Have you ever wondered how your stylist does that?

Do you want to know how to make your style last longer?

photo credit: (1) Style and Story Creative and (2,3) Rachel Figueroa Photography Columbus

Creating the perfect blowout can be a little bit of a challenge unless you know the tricks to making it full of volume and bounce.  There are a few things that can make a big difference in creating a hairstyle that will last for days.

How many times have you thought, "I have to wash my hair every day" or "My hair goes flat instantly".

Here are 5 tips to help your hairstyle do what you want.

1.  It starts with the wash!

Washing your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner is a great way to get a headstart.  A lightweight cleansing combo is sure to add height to your locks, no problem.  Rinsing out the conditioner, especially at the roots, is also very important. Massaging your roots while rinsing is helpful.  No need to worry about the ends.  It is ok if a little conditioner is left on the ends to help mend damaged hair.

2.  Then comes products. 

Products are a game changer when it comes to hold, shine and bounce.  Some of my recent favs are Tigi's Catwalk Root Boost Spray and Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus. Sometimes you can find a humidity resistant spray which is smart to add a layer of hold. The Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus is humity resistant.  

Either of these sprays are perfect for spraying directly on your roots.

-  Start at the front hairline, working back in about 1"-1 1/2" sections, all the way back to your occipital bone. Then apply to the sides working down in sections to about your ear.  Spray the root lifter at the root working your way up the hair shaft about 2".  Once you have applied the root lifter, flip your head upside down and massage the spray in, working it toward mid shaft.  

Next, mix a cocktail of products for shine and a faster blow dry.  My current favs are Morrocan Oil, Redken Diamond Oil, and Kenra's Perfect Blow Out.  I like mixing about a dime size of each, choosing just one of the oils.  Mix them in your hands and massage the mixture into your ends, from midshaft to ends (focusing on ends).  

3.  Blow Dry with skill.

Blow drying is fairly simple.  However, there are a few things that may help.  Having a good blow dryer that will work effectively and give you the option of hot/cold is nice. Using the attachment for focusing the air is great.  My current fav blow dryer is the Chi Turbo Ionic.  

Flip your head upside down and start drying.  Use a paddle brush to guide the hair toward the face in small sections.  Using the two tools together (dryer and brush), work your way through the hair, all the way to the nape.  Be sure to continue guiding the hair toward the face, also guiding the dryer toward the face.  Continue drying the hair until it is absolutely dry.  Drying the hair completely is key to long lasting hairstyles.  Double check the back middle section on your hair to make sure it is totally dry.

4.  Next comes styling.

This is the part where you choose if you want your hair straight, wavy or curly.  Use a tool of choice, such as flat iron, curling wand or curling iron to create your style at this point.  Overdirecting the hair will add to the volume.  It may work best to start at the middle back, working your way toward the front and crown area.

5.  Spraying the hair to finalize the style.

Spraying the hair as you are styling it will help to ensure a long lasting effect.  At the finish, go over the final stye with one last spray.  My two favorite hairsprays currently are Kenra 25 Volume Spray and Tigi Bedhead Masterpiece.  

Finally, getting several days out of your hairstyle comes from a little training.  It may start out getting a little oily after a day or so.  Using a baby powder or Tigi's Rockaholic Dirty Secret dry shampoo can help to get several days out of your perfected blowout.

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