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To blowout your hair as perfectly as your stylist would, here are some do-it-yourself tips that should have you looking like you just walked out of a dry bar. Keep in mind that you should always be as gentle as you can with your hair extensions while performing these steps. Don’t tug on your connections as this will make them slip.

Step 1. Start with a sulfate-free smoothing shampoo and conditioner. It’s not a good idea to apply heat to wet hair because it ends up damaging it, so make sure you absorb as much moisture as you can by towel drying your hair.

Step 2. Apply a good blow dry primer. Most blow dry primers will contain a heat protectant to keep your ends from breaking and splitting because of the heat. If you’re looking for a more sleek look try a balm like Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry.

Step 3: Choose the appropriate brush. For more volume and bounce use a round brush, for a sleek look, use a paddle brush.

Step 4. Before blow-drying, section off your hair into small sections (small sections dry faster). Start drying your hair with the back sections and work your way toward the front. Point your dryer downward, as this helps to close the cuticle as it dries, and run your brush through your hair as you dry it. Run the dryer through each section of your hair with the cool setting of the dryer to lock in the style once the section is dry.

Step 5. Finish off by applying a small amount of a lightweight serum. Make sure to apply to the ends first and then to your crown.

Have a tip we missed? Let us know your favorite products to use for blowouts; we’re always interested to know!