So it’s easy to look great when you first come out of the hair salon… but what about all the days in between appointments? Kirbie Johnson wondered what to do with her hair, and so she headed out to Los Angeles’ Drybar (which she considers to be “hair heaven”) to consult with hairdresser extraordinaire Alli Webb.
Webb is the owner of DryBar (it’s actually a popular chair of hairdressing establishments) and Webb gave Johnson the scoop on how to get the best blowout at home, which products to use, and how to make the back of your hair look just as good as the front.
Johnson reminds viewers that a lot of women in Hollywood have perfected the blowout look and look fabulous on the red carpet for awards ceremonies and charity events. TV stars like Taylor Schilling and Kerry Washington have perfected “red carpet hair,” and Johnson is wondering what their secret might be. Webb notes that big hair is a real trend this year (though it’s not quite the same as the big hair of the 1980s!).
The first step to achieving the best home blowout is starting with very clean hair. Webb notes that a lot of people make the mistake of not actually having their hair super-clean, and that can make all the difference… far more than people tend to think. Getting all the dirt and the oils out is the absolute first step in getting that fabulous red-carpet look.
The other thing that most people don’t consider is time. You don’t make yourself look fabulous in five minutes when you’re getting dressed or doing your make-up, and your hair is no different. Webb counsels allotting at least half an hour and probably more in order to get a home blow-out that rivals what you’d get at the hairdresser’s.
But it’s not just a matter of time and clean hair; there’s a reason that hairdressers are always putting products on their hands, your hair, or both: these hair-care products fulfill a number of important functions and shouldn’t be skipped.
What Webb counsels is to start with the Hot Toddy Heat Protector, because we always want to protect your hair. One there’s plenty of hair-care product worked into your clean hair, it’s time to talk about sectioning.
Webb thinks that sectioning is of immense importance… more important than anything else. She says to make sure that you section your hair well out of the way so that you have clean and discrete sections on which to work. She suggests taking your hair from ear to ear and moving forward. Everything in front of the ears you can leave out, and warp up everything behind them. And then within that front area, take a section that’s between one and two inches, and don’t put any more than that on your brush. That’s the section you’re working, from the roots to the tips of the ends, and blow that one small section all the way through. Only when that one section is dry and perfect should you go on to the next section.
Make sure that you’re using a ceramic barrel brush: the blow dryer is going to actually heat up the barrel of the brush, which makes your hair form to the curl of the brush. “Your hair has memory,” Webb says, “and you are basically blowing in that memory with the blow dryer and the ceramic barrel brush.” Keep working with the brush, section by section, until all of your hair is dry.
Finishing it off
Johnson then wants to know what can be done to give hair a great texture and look after the blow-out. Webb counsels to use the curling iron to give your hair a little more emphasis on the curl, and then ruffle your hair with another product (Triple Sec, a texturizing spray) so that there’s a lot of both texture and volume.
You can make this blow-out last for several days if you use a good dry shampoo and sleep on a satin pillowcase. Then you’ll still need to touch it up in the morning with the curling iron, but most of the work is already done.