• Tips + Tricks: The Perfect Blowout

    We team up with NYC-based creative and beauty enthusiast Mellany Sanchez to find out the best styling tools and products that will blow-dry our hair to perfection (with little to no effort).
    Photos by Anna Ottum


    After washing your hair and running a comb or detangling brush through your hair to get any knots out, rub a small amount of smoothing serum through your hair to help keep flyaways and frizz at bay when blow drying. Our choice is WHITELABELSAMPLE's Pre-Love Cream, a super-light leave-in treatment that helps keep hair soft. It's like a leave-in conditioner/smoothing serum combo, and we love using it on especially humid days as it helps keep any frizzy hairs in check. You only need a small amount of this cream, but make sure that it's spread evenly throughout your hair, from roots to tips. If you're someone who doesn't like to give up blow drying, even in summer, then we highly recommend this cream.

    Once you've distributed the products evenly, get your hair ready for drying by pinning back the top layer of hair with clips if your hair is thick. To create a smooth blowout, you'll need to use a rounded hair brush that allows air to get through and allow for even drying. (We like one with bigger, more widely spaced bristles.)

    When it comes to hair dryers, you'll want to make sure you're using a newer model that (hopefully) has a cool down option. The difference between a good hair dryer and a bad hair dryer is amazing, and finding one that's good for you can help cut down your dry time in half. We're partial to this option from Milk Makeup, because it has 6 speed settings and uses ceramic technology to help keep hair smooth and frizz-free.

    Above: Herbivore Botanicals Mini Rose Hibiscus Face Mist

    Once your hair is separated, take the round brush and work in small sections to dry across the back of your head. If you'd rather not use a brush and want some wave in your hair, you can also twist your hair into loose sections and blow dry that way - this will still give your hair the full-volume look of a blowout, but will still allow for some actual texture.

    After the back has been blow-dried (take your time!), move onto the front, top layer. When using the round brush, keep the heat of your hair dryer angled down to help control frizz. Use particular caution on the hair around your face and spend extra time making sure it's all angled forward.

    Above: Milk Makeup Hair Dryer

    When your hair has been fully dried, blast it at the end with the cool option on your dryer. This will help set everything in place. If you'd like to add in some natural wave, spritz in a few pumps of Cocooil. You can also go through and use a clipless curling iron to get some wave back into your hair - just stop curling 1 inch before the end of your hair to keep everything looking more like a natural wave and run your fingers through your hair afterwards.

    To set everything, use a light hairspray. If you'd like even more volume, adding in a plumping powder at the roots will keep hair from going flat. With a little bit of practice, you can get your hair looking salon-quality in no time.

    Above: Cocooil x UO Coconut and Sea Salt Beach Spray

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