Secrets from a Styling Master: Get the Perfect Blow Out at Home

You know how it seems like only celebrities can get that voluminous, gorgeous, glossy hair that looks perfectly polished at all times? Well, good news: Mere mortals, like you and me, can get an amazing blow out at home. How is this possible? Enter Yoshi Hagiwara from Yoshi's Hair Studio in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Together, we broke it down for you, step-by-step, in this foolproof guide to achieving a salon-worthy blow out every single time. This isn't magic … it's just a few key tips and tricks that will make your hair go from "meh" to jaw-dropping. Scroll down to get started, or click here for the full guide.

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No. 1: Protection Required

Heat tools damage hair. BUT, if you use the right products before you blow dry, you can minimize that damage. Before a blow out, Yoshi uses his specially pH balanced water (called Yoshi's Magic Water, $14), which opens the hair shaft, allowing product to reach the core of the hair. Then, Yoshi applies a heat protection spray. He recommends KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Hold , $17.95. Finally, after adding the product to your hair, "be sure to comb your hair out thoroughly," says Yoshi, since you don't want the product in just a few places on the hair.

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No. 2: Section Your Hair

Now that you've prepped your hair, it's time to section it before you blow dry. First, part your hair. Next, Yoshi recommends sectioning the hair into four pieces -- two sections in the front, two sections in the back. The front sections should contain all the hair from your temple to the back of your ear. Use a clip to gather each section of hair.

To section the back, continue your part down the back of your head. Gather the hair from behind the ear to the part and clip. Do the same to the other side.

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No. 3: Time to Rough Dry

According to Yoshi, you don't want to start your blow out with sopping wet hair. (If so, the whole blow out process will take much longer than it needs to be.) Instead, rough dry the section of hair you're about to begin working on. Yoshi says you should aim for the hair to be 60 percent dry before you start the blow out process.

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No. 4: How to Hold Your Tools

It's time to officially begin the blow out. Start with the first section around your face. Take the bottom half of the section, and clip the top half back up on your head. Next, brush out the hair, rolling the brush up and under the hair. In your other hand, hold the blow dryer about 2 inches away from the hair.

If you want your hair super straight, you can use a hair dryer with a nozzle for a more concentrated stream of air. But if you're looking for overall volume, forget the nozzle. Without a nozzle, "the heat will move throughout all of your hair, not just stay on one spot," says Yoshi.

Want to see the rest of our step-by-step guide? Click here.

Now you tell me:
Do you do your own blow outs, or do you always go to the salon?

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