Walking out of the salon fresh from a blowout can be a huge confidence booster. How can you not feel great with gorgeous, silky hair? But the hefty price tag makes it a special-occasion-only event...unless you could achieve the same sleek look at home. Now, in just three steps, you can. Photo by Thinkstock
Dirt,oil and product buildup can weigh hair down and cause it to fall flat, so use a good clarifying shampoo designed for your hair type to ensure your locks are squeaky-clean. Afterward, towel-dry, leaving your hair slightly wet.
Apply a blow-dry lotion to damp hair from mid-shaft to ends. These products build volume and protect strands from the heat of your dryer. Run the dryer over your entire head until your hair is 50% dry.
Divide and Conquer
Segment hair into three sections, one in front and two in back. Then, further divide these sections into three smaller ones. Starting in back, run a round brush through each section from root to end as you blow-dry it straight.
Three essential tools to help you along the way. 100% natural boar bristles and a ceramic barrel help add shine. Goody Smooth Blends 43 MM Ceramic Round Brush, $11.87, at Walmart stores
Special polymers and collagen sourced from the sea fight styling damage to keep strands smooth and frizz-free. TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Blow Dry Lotion, $4.29, at drugstores
A powerful motor means hair dries fast and ion technology helps seal the cuticle, reducing frizz. Infiniti Pro by Conair AC Motor Styling Tool, $40.99; Conair.com
Sources: Todd White, founder of Platinum Entourage Salon in Las Vegas. Alli Webb, founder of Drybar salon.
Make Your Blowout Last
I always wear a shower cap when I bathe. It's great at keeping frizz away. Connie Maynord Nashville, TN
Before I go to bed, I twist my long hair into a bun on top of my head. In the morning, I let it down and it looks as full as it did right after my blowout. Chrissy Legott Geneva, NY
After a salon visit, I dust my scalp with baby powder every day. It absorbs oil to keep my hair fresh-looking. Stacy Appel