10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Getting a Blowout

Augusta Falletta

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Whether you’re addicted to blowouts or you’ve never had one in your life (besides at the end of a haircut), there are just some things you need to know about the process. How much should you tip? Do the products used make a difference? Are there different style options? Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the things no one ever tells you about getting a blowout — so you’re sure to have a great experience.

1. You can get curls: Or waves, or texture, or just straight hair. A blowout doesn’t mean that you’ll simply have smooth, bouncy hair with a bit of a curl at the end.

2. Communication is key: If you’re not into having too much product in your hair or if you want the style altered once it’s finished, communicate with your stylist. While you should be discussing the kind of style you want before the blowout begins, that doesn’t mean that the only time to speak up is at the start of things.

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3. It can last up to a week: Depending on your hair texture, the blowout can last anywhere from three days to a week. Use dry shampoo to absorb any oil at your roots, and to get a bit of volume back in your hair after sleeping on your hair, flip your head over and use a bit of volumizing spray.

4. Hairspray isn’t a bad thing: Hairspray was the product of choice back in the day, and these days many girls think that hairspray means stiff, helmet like hair. If your stylist uses a light hold hairspray and sprays it in their hand or on a brush before putting it in your hair, flyaways that naturally happen with blowouts will be a thing of the past, and your hair will still have incredible movement and body.

5. You should tip 20%: Just like the tip you leave when you have your hair cut or colored, you should leave a tip of about 20 percent.

6. Cool drying should happen: Whether you get your hair styled straight, wavy, or curly, the stylist should be hitting it with a bit of cool air once they’re finished to seal the cuticle, giving your hair more shine and letting the style set so that it lasts longer.

7. The shampoo makes a difference: If you can, have the salon use a shampoo specifically formulated for your hair type — curly, color-treated, fine, etc. — for the best blowout results possible.

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8. You don’t need to go to a blowout bar: There isn’t always a blow dry salon near where you live, but if you need a good blowout, you can call your salon to schedule a wash and dry. Skip the cut and/or color and simply have your hair washed and styled at the salon.

9. Let’s talk about Brazilian blowouts: Ladies on the hunt for smooth, frizz-free hair should look into Brazilian blowouts, which can last for up to 12 weeks. The treatment itself usually lasts about 90 minutes and will give you gorgeous, long-lasting results.

10. You can get a professional blowout at home: Depending on where you live, you may be able to make an appointment to bring a professional stylist to your home. More and more companies like Glam Squad are popping up, which allow you to hire a professional stylist in your own home shortly before you need your hair styled.

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