David StesnerRenee Trilivas, Allure magazine
Although a blowout can transform hair from a ball of frizz into sleek, shiny waves, they can take forever, leave your wallet empty, and-if you're in the wrong hands-look more country-music star than Victoria's Secret model. But if you try them at home, you're likely to give up after the first section (do we look like we have any bicep strength?) or wind up with frizz in all the wrong places (see: everywhere). But there are ways to get a similar effect at home, even if you don't have Michelle Obama's arms and Serge Normant's skills. Here are three foolproof ways to fake a blowout without the pricy trip to the salon.
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The Hot Roller Method. OK, so they may be old-fashioned and the favorite hot tool of grannies the world over, but I swear by hot rollers. After roughly blow-drying your hair (or on second-day hair), wrap one or two in sections around medium-to-large-sized rollers and clip in place. When the rollers cool, gently release them and rake your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls. If you want to make the waves last longer, wrap each section into a pin curl before you hit the sack. Just don't forget to brush through the curls in the morning to turn Shirley Temple curls into pretty waves.
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The Bun Method. This is probably the laziest way to mimic a relaxed blowout because it doesn't require any heat-so it's also the best option for over-processed hair. Starting with damp hair, apply product (try texturizing mist, like BlowPro Beach Blow Texturizing Mist, for fine hair or smoothing cream for frizz-prone hair). After parting your hair, twist it into a bun and secure with a cloth elastic or a Goody Spin Pin that won't leave a dent. Try a low bun for smooth roots and wavy lengths or a high bun for all over texture and volume. Let your hair dry overnight and mist with hairspray in the morning. Note of caution: This look is less Kate Middleton and more Kate Moss; so if you're going for a super-polished look, try another method.
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The Flat Iron-Round Brush Method. First, revive limp hair with a spritz of dry shampoo or aerosol volumizer, like Tigi Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day. Then, run a two-inch section of hair through a flat iron and immediately pull the same section through a round brush. This will add volume at the root and give the hair a slight bend at the ends.
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