With the advent of salons specializing in the art of the blow–dry (a trend started by the unbelievable success of Drybar), perfect blowouts are now more accessible than ever. But as much as we love a trip to the salon, we can’t quite justify going as often as we’d like, which is where the home blowout comes into play.
Lest you get the wrong idea, doing a perfect blowout on yourself isn’t exactly a breeze—it’s why we usually pay the pros to do it for us. But it’s no reason to be intimidated either, which is why we began searching for an expert on the subject instead of attempting to figure all it out on our own, an attempt we will readily admit would have been a disaster. And since we’d already seen the beautiful results of his work on Claire Danes, we turned to genius stylist Oribe, creative director and co–founder of the eponymous line. Read on for his best blowout tips, and wield that hairdryer with confidence.
Before you so much as touch a brush, it’s important to prep your hair. “I would start with a masque like my Masque for Beautiful or Signature Moisture Masque because healthy hair is essential,” says Oribe. Next, products have to be tailored according to hair type. You can incorporate various styling products depending on the look that you desire; add a volumizer if you want more body or a smoothing serum if you want a sleeker look.
“The best way to blow dry hair, again, depends on the hair type,” he adds. “If you have a normal texture, power–dry with my Royal Blowout to protect the hair and decrease dry time. The idea behind this method is to get most of the moisture out of the hair, and then apply heat to smooth it out where needed. Once the hair is damp, start blowing it out section by section, using a round brush for a bouncy look or a Mason Pearson brush for smoother hair. Start with problem areas such as cowlicks or frizziness around the frame of the face—the key here is to do it quickly. Then blow out section by section.”
Oribe loves the TwinTurbo 2800 Coldmatic for an at–home blowout: “Blowdryers should feel good in your hands and I find that the TwinTurbo 2800 isn’t too heavy and is very easy to maneuver. I like that it has phenomenal power and gets very hot, but not too hot where it singes the hair. It’s also great for power drying, but make sure the nozzle never directly touches your hair; always keep it at least an inch away.
“In general, don’t overdo it and remember not to mistreat your hair when blowing it dry. It’s all about finding products to suit your hair type and not over–drying or burning your hair. Create a cocktail with various products that contain ingredients to solve your specific hair needs. Moisturizing products (like my Supershine) are especially important if you have dry or brittle hair. You can also try my Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray; it’s an amazing softener that actually shortens drying time. If your hair is fine and already very soft, you should go for a volumizer.”
The last thing you want is for all that hard work to go to waste. Extend your blowout with dry shampoo, or try Oribe's alternative method: “The greatest way to extend a blowout is with my Dry Texturizing Spray. It’s a brilliant alternative to a dry shampoo with no powder residue and true scent–absorbing properties. On the second day, spray Dry at the root, put in hot rollers wherever you need bounce, brush it out, and the blowout will look brand new. Some people can do this on day three, but for me the biggest ‘hair don’t’ is greasy roots. It’s great not to have to wash hair every day, as long as it’s not greasy–looking. I don’t like when hair looks dirty, and it never should. When showering, use a shower cap and make sure that water doesn’t touch the hair. If some hair does get wet, spot dry those areas.”