What is a blowout? Most of us might first think of a big ole fight with a friend when we hear “blowout.” However, I promise you the blowout we will talk about is FUN!!
A blowout could very well be a big fight between friends, your boyfriend, or husband.
But what is a blowout when we are talking hair?
What is a blowout?
Simply put a blowout is when you blow dry & style your hair with a round brush.
If you’re like me, that’s WAY easier said than done!!! Sure, most of us can blow dry our hair and get it dry easily!! However, introduce drying it with round brush and many of us end up a big frizzy mess or in a big ole tangled mess.
Few of us end up with the beautiful silky straight hair or the gorgeous, sexy beach waves that we see walking out of the hair salons when we do it ourselves.
Thus, the introduction to the high-dollar “blowout” at salons.
What is a blowout at a hair salon?
You know when you walk out of the salon, and you are saying, “man, I wish I could do my hair like she (your hairdresser) does!!” Well, you probably received a blowout as part of your appointment.
Kalee & I get a blowout any time we get our hair done by our hairdresser as part of our highlight appointment. Most hairdressers will do this as part of “fixing” your hair before you leave and making it pretty.
However, if you’ve got a big night out or just want that pretty look that you walk out of the hairdressers with, you can book a “blowout” appointment.
During a blowout appointment, at least the one we had at the drybar in Vegas, you will…
First get you hair washed, and boy, does it feel good!! We both received a cool rinse at the end of our shampooing. This, we are told, helps to seal the hair cuticle which makes the hair shine more.
Second, if you go somewhere like the drybar, they will offer the chance to buy a drinkie drink, and you’ll take your seat.
At the drybar, they had TVs all showing the same movie in closed captioning so you could watch while the hairdresser does your hair.
Also, a live DJ was playing some really loud music. There was no talking happening because between the music and all the hairdryers. It was just too loud.
Third, the hairdresser spritzed our hair with some leave-in conditioner, then sectioned it off for better blow drying access. Then the blow drying commenced. One section at a time being blow dried & styled by round brush into a pretty soft straight wave of hair.
The third step can be the final step in the process, but we opted for a beach-like wave. So our hair was sectioned off again, spritz with heat protector, and curling began one section at a time.
The finishing touch was when the hairdresser ran her fingers through the curls to loosen them, and she then went back to finger curl some with a little wax, too, for hold.
Lastly, she top us off with a little soft-touch hairspray to hold the look.
The whole process took about an hour.
Are blowouts bad for your hair?
Great question!! Are blowouts bad for your hair? This is a hard one to answer though. This is all dependent on your hair. How healthy is your hair right now? Is your hair chemically treated? Do you have naturally curly hair? Is your hair dry & brittle?
When blowouts are done by a professional, you should be in good hands. The hairdresser will let you know if she (or he) does not feel like your hair can handle the heat.
However, given that you have fairly normal hair…curly or straight…you should be just fine. They will put heat protectors on it, and they know how to blow dry your hair for the maximum shine and health of your hair.
What does the process include?
What Kalee & I had at the drybar is pretty standard treatment for blowouts.
Blowouts normally consist of:
- hair being shampooed & conditioned with a wonderful scalp massage
- hair will be blow dried and styled with a round brush & high powered, professional grade blow dryers and curling irons. Secret…these professional tools, along with the hairdresser’s experience, are reasons why most of us can’t achieve the same look at home.
- hair being treated with the correct products to protect and to hold the style for days.
Blowouts range in pricing and locations. I would say to expect pricing to start at $50.00.
How long does a blowout last?
It depends on your hair, your stylist, and the products they used as to how long the blowout will last. It should last for 3 days up to a week.
The more care & time put into each section when being dried & styled will help the look last longer, too.
Using the correct products to hold the style without collecting gunk as time goes will also play a role.
Finally, the texture of your hair plays a role. It seems like more textured hair holds longer in general vs fine, less-bodied hair.
Also, how you sleep on it (try a silk pillow case) and how active and sweaty you get also can affect how long the blowout will last.
We had ours done on a Friday, and we were pretty active while in Vegas. We probably also tossed & turned more than normal while sleeping because we weren’t in our own bed, but we still had a pretty blowout by Sunday when we left Vegas.
Due to traveling & rain, we did wash our hair by day 4 which was fine because we had seen the better days of our blowout by then anyway.
Have you had one before? What were your thoughts?
We all went to Vegas for Kalee’s 30th Birthday to see Backstreet Boys. Check out Kalee’s reflections as she turned 30.