There's nothing quite like leaving the hair salon right after receiving the blowout or silk press of your life. Between your hair feeling super smooth and healthy with lots of body and movement, it's a feeling that can't be topped. But now with massive salon closures still sweeping the country, you may be inclined to figure out how to get that salon-quality feeling in your own bathroom.
With curly or textured hair, getting that same sleek end result is easier said than done. The good news, though, is that it's not impossible. We got a few tips from celebrity hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew on the best ways to give textured hair a blowout at home. Check them out below.
Tip #1: Comb Out Your Hair First
Sturdivant-Drew recommends you detangle your hair before you begin blow-drying so it hair doesn't get stuck in between the teeth of the dryer's attachments or brushes. You can do this using the Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush ($12) and a product that will soften your curls and make the comb easier to move through, like the Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Detangler ($12).
Tip #2: Use a High-Quality Blow Dryer
A good blowout starts with a salon-quality blow dryer that's powerful enough to stretch your curls out as much as possible without damageing your hair in the process. If you're in the market for a new one, try the T3 Cura Professional Hair Dryer ($180, originally $235).
Tip #3: Protect Your Hair From the Heat
The key to avoiding heat damage when blowing out your hair is spraying it with a heat protectant like Pantene Pro-V Nutrient Boost Heat Primer Thermal Heat Protection Pre-Styling Spray ($5). It's made with ingredients that shield your hair from up to 450 degrees of heat. You should also make sure you're not leaving the dryer in the same place for too long when you're using it, so you don't potentially burn your scalp or dry out your hair.
Tip #4: Seal Your Hair With an Oil or Serum
To finish the hair with a little bit of shine, Sturdivant-Drew recommends adding a dime-size amount of oil to your hair — like coconut oil — when it's halfway dry.