What Is a Hair Blowout?


Hair blowouts are incredibly popular in the hair sphere, and there’s no wonder why. They give you an undeniably gorgeous mane that evokes stares. But there’s a lot more that goes into the average blowout than you might think. If you want to know what blowouts are, this is the article for you to read. By the end, you’ll know what blowouts are, how they’re done, and whether they’re right for you. 

Hair Blowouts Explained

A hair blowout is a service usually done in a salon (though you can do your own if you’re ambitious enough). It involves drying, straightening, and volumizing the hair at the same time. In case you weren’t aware, there is a very substantial learning curve associated with hair blowouts, and it’s because of the tools required and how you use them (more on that soon). 

How Does a Blowout Look? 

When executed with the right technique, a blowout looks like your hair but sleeker and more voluminous. The hair should also have a healthy bit of bounce and movement. And if it’s blown nearly or completely straight, you’ll notice a beautiful shine as well. 

How Blowouts Are Done

The hair blowout technique is very specific, and if you don’t get it right, you won’t get the results you’re going for. This is why many people go to a salon for a professional blowout. Here are the steps to follow for a blowout in a nutshell: 

  • Gather materials. The materials you need for blowouts include a round brush, a blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle, hair clips, heat protectant, shampoo and conditioner, a towel, a detangling comb, and a mirror.  

  • Washing and conditioning. For a blowout to be fluffy and light, the hair should be free of excess oils and debris. 

  • Detangling. Most of the time, the hair should be detangled while the hair is wet and covered in something slippery (like conditioner or a detangler) to minimize breakage. 

  • Prep prior to blowout. Blowouts require heat, so it’s essential to protect the hair from the high temperatures to come. This is done with a heat protectant. A leave-in conditioner and/or light serum may be used as well. 

  • Sectioning: With the hair prepped and ready to go, it’s time to separate the hair into several sections. Most people can get away with 4 to 6 sections. This step is essential for making the hair easier to work with. 

  • Blow drying: The next step is to blow out the hair. It’s usually done by wrapping small sections of hair partially around the round brush and directing the air from the blow dryer down the hair shaft. The way you wrap the hair around the brush and adjust the brush’s position during the drying process will influence the final look. 

How Long Does a Blowout Last?

Blowouts tend to last for several days to a week. But the amount of time it will last for you depends on your hair type, climate, how much you tend to sweat, and more. The more moisture gets to your hair, the quicker your style will age. 

Is a Blowout Right for You? 

Blowouts aren’t right for everyone, but they can work for most. If you like the look of blowouts and your hair is in relatively good condition, blowouts may be a good choice for you. But if you’re not equipped to do it yourself, you’ll need the money to get it done professionally (anywhere from $20 to $100+).  

So, there you have it - everything you need to know about blowouts for beginners. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair! 




Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.


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