How to Get the Perfect Blowout

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Getting the perfect blowout is very difficult, especially if you have frizzy hair. Thankfully, celebrity hair stylist Luke O’Connor is giving us step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the perfect blowout.

Step 1: Products to use

The product I choose depends on the hair type.

Fine Hair: I’m going to want something that is going to add body to the hair and lift at the roots. There are a variety of products to give you this effect. To name a few: mousse, styling gel, root lift spray, volumizing sprays. A brand that has all of these is Suave Professionals. This is what I recommend to all of my clients.

Coarse Hair: This hair type would require something to soften, like a leave-in conditioner or blow-dry serum.

Curly Hair: There are several types of smoothing serums and creams. I like Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream for both coarse and curly.

Step 2: Brush

There are a few different types of brushes. Boar bristle, Aluminum and a new type I’ve come across with a ceramic core. You can’t go wrong with a good boar bristle. This is a classic brush we are all familiar with. The newer aluminum brushes are good because they heat up fast and cool fast. A bend or curl is formed with the help of the heat and it sets as it cools. The ceramic brushes also give a strong bouncy set with great shine.

Step 3: Where to start

When blow-drying, always start at the bottom and work your way up in sections. But you should blow the bangs out first. We do this for the extra lift on top and a strong set in the bangs and front area. Use a round brush and pin curl the sections as you finish. The T3 Professional Evolution Dryer is great. The consumer equivalent to this dryer is the T3 Featherweight Luxe Dryer. This dryer works extremely fast and leaves the hair feeling healthy and looking radiant and shiny.

Step 4: Should a flat iron be used after the blow dry?

Sometimes I use the T3 SinglePass Flat Iron to go over the blow dry to smooth and polish up the hairstyle. This is when I’m styling straight. If I’m going curly or wavy I use the T3 SinglePass Curling Iron.

Step 5: Products

When the hair is dry the only product I use is hairspray. This will help hold your style in place as well as help with the flyaways.

Step 6: Shine

I use a shine and smoothing product through the hair to help tame fly aways and to add shine. I use Suave Professionals Sleek Anti Frizz Cream. Step 7: Final Touch

My secret final touch is to give the blow-dry a good blast of cool air. Most dryers come with a cool button. Remember what I said about heat forming the shape and cooling sets it in. Cool air at the end also works to cool the scalp after a long hot blow-dry. This will prevent the hair style from going flat and pump a little air into it for more volume.
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