Last year, I made my debut on YouTube with The Blowdry Series. At the time I thought it was a brilliant idea, because I hadn’t found any tutorials (on youtube or otherwise) that showed girls/guys how to get a sleek blowout at home. What I didn’t think about is the fact that not everyone wants to sit through 30 minutes worth of videos in 5 installments. Some people have, and even left comments to tell me how happy they were to find the info, but it’s obvious that The BlowDry Series is no where near as popular as my more recent videos. So, in order to cater to the more impatient people (of which I am one!), I proudly present a much shorter (5 minute) version! I’ll leave the original series up so that people have a choice of which to watch. If you need to see each step demonstrated for you, then sorry, but you’ll have to take the long route… If you think you can pick up the technique quickly (and it isn’t hard once you’ve learned how), give the shorter version a try. So… without further ado… pick your poison! Picture tutorial or video tutorial (or both)!
Scunci No-Slip Grip Clips (Large)
Scunci No-Slip Grip Clips (Small)
Double Prong Clips*
Luxor Pro Tourmaline Boar Round Brush (Small)
Luxor Citrus Ceramic Round Brush (Small)
Garnier Fructis Nutrient Spray
Elchim Professional Hair Dryer
Babyliss Pro Mighty Mini Straightener
Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 1.25″ Straightener
Caruso Steam Roller Set
*The online price for these is ridiculous… check your local grocery/beauty supply store first!
One of the challenges I dealt with in filming The BlowDry Series was getting a good camera angle/lighting. This time around, I recruited my sister to model for me which gave me WAY more freedom. In this tutorial, I’ll cover how to:
- Give yourself a sleek blowout.
- Achieve a cute curly style with Caruso rollers (no straightening!)
- OR use a flat iron to get a straight look.
So let’s get started!
Start with clean, wet hair. Distribute a quarter-sized amount of Moroccan Oil throughout the hair with your fingers.
Use a comb to part the hair into more manageable sections. I parted Dani’s hair into three sections up front, and 4 sections in back.
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Nutrient Spray
Spritz a couple pumps of nutrient spray onto each section before blow-drying.
Luxor Pro Tourmaline Boar Bristle Brush (Small)
Starting with a front section, begin blowdrying the roots
Position the brush like this, creating tension and pulling the hair taut from the root.
Angle the concentrator nozzle of the blowdryer directly at the roots, while simultaneously pulling the hair taut. Dani has a sensitive head, so I kept the blowdryer on the “warm” setting for this part.
Use the Luxor Citrus Ceramic brush to blowdry the rest of the hair. You can turn the heat setting up to “hot” for this part, but keep the dryer about a hand’s length away from the hair.
You should be constantly turning the brush in a circular motion to maintain tension while you blowdry.
All dry! It took me about 20 minutes to do her whole head. At this point, you need to decide whether you want a curly style or a straight one. First I’ll cover the curly style, then straight.
Because her hair is short, Dani asked that I use the large/jumbo rollers. She didn’t want to end up looking like Shirley Temple (lol)
I used 11 of the large/jumbo-sized rollers.
To help speed up the process, point the blowdryer into each roller while on either “warm” or “hot” (I used hot). Only a quick blast is needed. After that, repeat on the “cool” setting to set the curl. This took less than a minute.
After removing the rollers, run your fingers through your hair to loosen them up.
Then add a cute headband…
Or use clips to put it up into a curly mohawk!
She wore this style for the rest of the day (lol)
To get a straight style: After you finish blowdrying your hair, section it off into manageable sections. I have three sections up front, just like when it was wet, but the back is sectioned horizontally into 3 big sections. I left the bottom section out because that’s where I’ll start.
You’ll need some type of clip to hold hair out of the way while you work. As you work, each section will get smaller, so you’ll need small clips to keep the hair secure. You can use any kind of clip, but I use these double-pronged clips…
… and these mini clips.
I use Redken’s Spray Starch to get a smooth, shiny finish and to protect from heat.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this straightener… and I’ve tried a lot. Funny enough, I tried the 1″ version of this one and hated it… Immediately went back to the 1.25″
You don’t have to have this mini straightener, but it really gets close to your roots… much closer than a big one can.
I used the 1.25″ straightener on all 3 back sections, but I use a combo of the 1.25″ and the mini for the front. Start by using short swipes close to the root in the direction you want the hair to fall.
You don’t need to go far, I just went about half the length of the piece.
Followup with the bigger one.