Skipping a wash (or two) has become a main topic of discussion, and how could it not? As busy as we are, who has time to wash and restyle their hair every morning? The blowout ensures gorgeous second-day hair—just brush and go. But for days when you don't even have the time for a salon appointment, turn to the at-home blowout. Celebrity Stylist Josue Perez gave us step-by-step instructions and a few pointers on why past tries haven't been too successful.
Start with the right equipment. The paddle brush is our go-to for everyday brushing, but not for the blowout. "Use a smaller ceramic round brush to achieve higher curls that will help the style last much longer," says Josue Perez. "Ceramic brushes lock in more heat and they stay heated longer for a styling bonus, unlike wood brushes which quickly lose heat."
"In terms of a blow dryer, you want to make sure you have one with an ionic generator and a concentrator [or diffuser for thick, coarse hair]," says Perez. "Ionic blow dryers, like the Rowenta Inspiration Pro, cut drying time up to 20 percent. They release negatively charged ions that attach to the positively charged hair particles to form a protective coating which is how you get shinier and smoother results." The concentrator helps to direct the hair, helping to control frizz. "Hold the concentrator closely to the hair, leaving a few inches in between. Use a rounded brush to pull the hair."
Five simple steps to blown-out volume. To get that similar volume that you would from a salon, Perez offers five fool-proof steps:
Step 1: Towel dry the hair 50 perfect for light dampness.
Step 2: Prep the hair with a leave-in conditioner or volumizer to protect from heat damage.
Step 3: Split the hair down the middle for two sections, making it more manageable.
Step 4: "Going inches at a time, wrap sections of hair around the brush and pull forwards toward the mirror," says Perez. "It helps to tilt the head and let gravity help you keep your hair straight enough that you can glide the brush and dryer at the same time. Once your hair is dry—and still wrapped around the brush—hit it with a shot of cold air." The cold air sets the style in place.
Step 5: Finish with dry shampoo (8-10 inches from the scalp) to prevent oil buildup.
The one mistake you need to stop making. "If you distribute the heat evenly and all through the hair, blow drying your hair upside down can create nice volume," says Perez. "But when the head is down, people tend to concentrate the heat into the scalp which can be damaging and cause you to over dry your hair. Keep with a low heat setting."
How to extend the life of your blowout. If your hair isn't overly oily, a blowout should last at least two days. At night, sleep with your hair up in a loose ponytail. To avoid a dent in the hair, use a scrunchie (hopefully you left one handy after all these years) and swap out your cotton pillowcase for a silk or satin one—this helps to avoid static. In the morning, use dry shampoo at the roots and finish with a dry conditioner, like Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray, to add shine and avoid dry shampoo's matte finish.
Another tip: Any time you wash your face, use a cloth headband to keep the hairline from getting wet.
Check out the gallery above for the ultimate blowout shopping guide, from the best brushes to dry shampoos.