Blow-drying your own hair can sometimes feel like a very vigorous arm workout as you try to effectively maneuver both the brush and blow-dryer. It just takes too long, especially on those mornings when you've pressed the snooze button more than a few times. But some brands are trying to make styling quicker and easier by putting the brush and blow-dryer together, creating the blowout brush.
The handy two-in-one tool combines the detangling ability of a brush with the power of heat, letting you do a voluminous, blown-out Afro or a super-sleek, straight style with just one tool. It gives you a bit more control and makes styling so much easier.
But even with the fanciest hot tool, the key to a glorious blowout starts in the prep stage. Always detangle your hair and apply a heat protectant prior to styling. Hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew recommends starting on clean damp hair with a bit of leave-in conditioner, depending on your texture and hair health. To get the best results, "start at the root and work your way down to the ends without putting too much heat or tension on the hair," she says.
If you want volume, it's actually fairly easy, especially for straight or wavy textures. "Twist the dryer as you go in a circular motion to add volume if that's what you are looking for," says Sturdivant-Drew.
Now, if your hair is on the curly or kinky side and you're looking for a super-sleek blowout, you can follow up with a flatiron or, as she recommends, use a separate brush. "If you want it straight, you should use the blow-dryer brush and right under it, use another brush to smooth those kinky strands all the way out," says Sturdivant-Drew.
With one of these editor-approved blowout brushes, you're several steps closer to the salon-quality hair of your dreams.
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