By now, if you read here regularly, you know about my DreamDry addiction. How to do a blow out just didn’t seem like a skill set I’d ever master. I’ve always had the hardest time blowing out + taming my (super thick, naturally wavy) mane of hair. Blowouts are the one beauty expense that I will continue to rationalize over and over again. I’m great at doing my own nails, my own brows, and so on and so forth… but I’ve never quite been able to master the at-home blowout… (if I do my own hair I typically have to go over it with a straighter or my beloved beachwaver.)
Alas, today I convinced Jay to help me make today’s hair tutorial an at-home blowout. It wasn’t easy, but it took me a lot less time following his directions. Proof that we all can get Kate Middleton hair at home.. or at least close to it!
So, we did cheat a little bit… Jay washed my hair for me. When blowing out your hair, it really helps to wash it twice. That way you’ll get your hair as clean as possible; allowing your blowout to last longer. Apply conditioner to the ends only (for the same reason.)
We towel dried my hair using the microfiber towel that comes with DreamDry’s Dream Dryer… using a super absorbent towel is also very helpful as it will help to cut down drying time.
To the ends, I applied Oribe’s Split End Shield (this product is a life saver if you are like me and color/heat style your hair frequently!)
Next… it’s all about sectioning! Sectioning is going to allow you to focus bit by bit on one piece at a time. While it’s a little work at the beginning, it helps the blow out to go by much more quickly. Jay instructed me to split my hair into two pigtails, leaving out the nape of my hair.
I twisted up the two pigtails and secured with large duck clips.
From there, I rough dried the hair at the nape of my neck (using my fingers, no brush yet.)
Then, I took about a finger tips amount of Oribe’s Rock Hard Gel. From there, I wrapped the section of hair around the round brush and blew it dry. This is really the secret to the perfect blowout… rough drying the hair, applying the gel, and then blowing dry using a round brush. The gel gives you a lot of control and tames fly aways… so if you are not a pro (hand raised), it will let you get the style you want with a bit more ease than usual.
I used Jay’s ceramic brush with wide bristles. This one is very similar. the heat passes through the brush, sealing the cuticle.
Once you’ve completed the back section, let the hair twist up back into itself… rolling under naturally, and then pinning with another duck bill clip.
Next, split each of the two pigtails into two sections, clipping the top part of each section back up.
And, repeat! Rough dry, apply Rock Hard Gel, and use the round brush to get it smooth and sleek. Once complete, roll the curl back up into itself and secure with a duck clip.
When you’ve completed those sections and get to the two remaining top sections, split each of those into three sections. For these sections, (since you want maximum control + sleekness), apply the gel before rough drying. Then, rough dry each section, blow it out, and pin it up. It’s important here that you blow the hair out away from the face, pulling the round brush forward against the blow-dry.
Once you’ve completed the blow out, spray each section with Oribe’s Thick Dry Finishing Spray.
One by one, drop each section down, splitting each section in half. Using a 1.25″ curling iron, curl each half section (curling away form your face.) Leave the ends out.
To reiterate that last point… each pinned up section will become two curls!
Finish off with anti-humidity spray and break up the curls!
photography by Lydia Hudgens.