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The Secrets to Getting a Great Blowout at Home

If you've found yourself craving that volumized salon look lately but don't have the extra cash to spend at a blow-dry bar, look no further. Let us teach you exactly how to do a blowout at home using some of the simplest salon techniques. We can't bring you the full salon treatment, but your hair will still look fabulous.

If you've ever had a salon blowout, you know the results are magical. They leave your hair feeling healthy, soft, bouncy, and full. You feel like you're ready to take on the world. Of course, most people can't afford a trip to a blow-dry bar twice a week, no matter how good it makes your hair feel. Luckily, you can take some of the professional techniques home with you to achieve a similar hairstyle between visits. This simple step-by-step tutorial will show you how to do a blowout at home. Just follow along.

Before starting, make sure you have heat protectant, a blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle, volumizing mousse, a couple of clips, a round brush, and a comb for teasing and parting.

DIY Blowout: Steps 1-2

1. Start with clean, wet hair. Apply heat protectant. Then blow-dry your hair until it's 60 to 80 percent dry. Make sure your blow dryer has a concentrator nozzle.

2. Apply a volumizing mousse to your roots and through the lengths of your hair. Also, if your hair tends to frizz, apply a smoothing product to those areas.

DIY Blowout: Steps 3-4

3. Part off a 2- to 3-inch section of hair at the nape of your neck. Clip the rest of the hair out of the way.

4. Using a round brush, blow-dry with the concentrator nozzle at the roots. Overdirect the hair by blow-drying it in the opposite direction that it would normally lay.

DIY Blowout: Steps 5-6

5. After the roots are completely dry, move the round brush through the length of the hair until each section is dry. Remember to keep overdirecting.

6. Release the next 2- to 3-inch section, and repeat steps 4 and 5.

DIY Blowout: Steps 7-8

7. Once you get to the last layer, part off a "mohawk" section straddling your part. Subdivide the mohawk into two sections: front and back.

8. Blow-dry the front section while overdirecting.

DIY Blowout: Steps 9-10

9. Once the hair is relaxed and still warm, roll it into a pin curl and pin in place.

10. Repeat step 9 with the back section of the mohawk. Let both pin curls cool.

DIY Blowout: Steps 11-12

11. Tease for maximum volume if desired.

12. Part down the center of the mohawk so that hair falls on both sides of the part.

DIY Blowout: Final

Photography by Karla Conrad. Hairstyling by Kathleen at Penelopie Beauty Bar.

Rachel Weeks

I'm originally from the Chicagoland area, but I recently moved from beautiful Des Moines, IA to the equally beautiful Denver, CO. I spend my days reading, binge-watching TV shows, performing and listening to comedy and, of course, writing.

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