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After decades of never owning a blowdryer, much less using one, I now have two hair dryers. One is a salon grade tourmaline heat gun, and the other a Babyliss Big Hair. I got the latter for christmas after seeing Ruth’s brilliant review of it (from A Model Recommends). Blowdrying my own hair normally resulted in a weird straight but frizzy situation, but the Big Hair smoothed all that down.
When I went home to the states in January, I didn’t want to take it with me, but ironically my mom presented me with a magical John Frieda blowdryer that she picked up at Dirt Cheap. Damn, that is a great blowdryer. So I bought a ceramic round brush from TJ Maxx and learned to do my own old school blowout while I was there. In the two months since, I have sort of perfected blowing out my hair, with the various methods below, depending on how much time/effort I want to put into my hair.
For all of these blowouts, I start out the same way. I start off by working a light oil (I use Elvive Extraordinary Oil) through towel dried hair and comb through. Spritz some volumiser on your roots if you fancy. Then rough dry your hair upside down, focusing the heat on your roots to get some volume in there, but leave the ends just a tiny little damp.
Rough and tumble
This is the quick and easy way to get out of the door fast with sleek model off duty body waves. While your hair is still hot and upside down, comb it to unsnarl, then twist it and put it in a high, loose bun and fasten it with a clip. Blast the bun once more for a few moments with the low-speed but high-heat setting to warm it up. Do your face or whatever, then after 15 mins or so, take the bun out and run your fingers through your now-lovely hair that has nice body and a slight wave. Sorted.
Smooth and sleek
Otherwise, blowdry upside down, but once the roots are dry and cooled off, get out that Babyliss Big Hair. Put all of your hair up in a clip except the the very back bits at the nape. Apply the Big Hair magic to these. There is a technique to using the Big Hair, which is best shown in this Youtube video. Gradually work your way up and through your hair, letting a section down from the clip at a time. When you do the front bit, really pull it forward, so that it has some lift when you flip it back and out of your face. If you don’t have a Big Hair, this is when to use the standard round brush and hairdryer blowout technique.
Bouncy and sleek
Do the Smooth and Sleek blowout, but after you blowdry each section, wrap them around your fingers to make big pin curls and clip to your scalp using sectioning clips. Leave in while doing your face, then unclip for bounciness. Allowing the big curls to set this way means that you’ll get more and longer-lasting body.
Bouncy and bodacious
If you want the full big blown out sexy hair experience, do the technique above, but set your hair on velcro rollers instead of pin curls. Once your whole head is set in rollers, spritz with hairspray and evenly warm the curlers up with the low speed high heat setting. Don’t remove the rollers until they have cooled (now’s the time to do your makeup), but the longer you leave them in the better. Once cool, carefully unroll your hair and fingercomb into place (see the end of the video above). It will be big Brigitte Bardot sexy, so just tousle it a bit and then leave it alone. Gorgeous.