How To: Do a Blow Out At Home (For Beginners)


It's HOW TO TUESDAY! Getting my hair done is one of my FAVE things ever. EVER. But I can only afford that extravagance every so often. However, today I'm sharing with you a beginner version that you (yes YOU) will be able to do. Let's get started:

First off, you need the right tools:
  • Something for Tangles--I used The Wet Brush to remove tangles and to help section my hair. c/o
  • Products--My hair is frizzy on the sides, wavy in the back, and fine underneath. I wanted a product to help eliminate the frizz but straighten it too, so I used Blow Pro (I hauled it from Ulta a few months ago). I also added a heat protectant. Use what works for your hair.
  • Clips--I got these at Target (try Sally Beauty, Ulta, or Walmart) and are essential at keeping hair sectioned.
  • Brush--I chose a large-barrel titanium brush from Ulta so I could get volume and curl.
  • Hair Dryer--Using a hair dryer with a nozzle is a huge part of this blow out, and I love this one from John Freida because it is so large. c/o
Now that you have the tools, you need the right techniques:
  • After applying product to tangle-free hair, allow it to set until hair is 70% dry. This means less drying time and less heat damage. It will take me 30-45 minutes if I try to do this with soaking wet hair.
  • Try using the brush with the hair dryer OFF. It will make it so much easier if you practice first. What feels more comfortable in your dominant hand? For me, it's the hair dryer.
  • You are going to place the round brush at the roots, with the hair dryer nozzle pointed down, like the pic above. This helps give volume.
  • Slowly rotate the brush through the hair as you move down the hair with the hair dryer. You'll be keeping the section taut as you move the brush. This concentrated flow will help with frizzies. Repeat as needed on your section. Usually two times is all you'll need.

So you have the technique down, but how exactly does this all come together? I suggest watching the video below!
  • Dry bangs first. Then section your hair from the bottom of your ears to the back of your head. The rest will be clipped up and away. I like working from the bottom of my hair to the top.
  • Take that section and divide that section in half.
  • Clip away one half.
  • The key here is to work in small sections, like half an inch to an inch. Sure, hairstylists use large sections but we are beginners here! Using the smaller sections makes drying time faster and is so much easier to handle. This is the biggest tip that makes the difference!
  • Once you have dried a section, clip it away and move it to the back. 
  • I then move to the next big section of hair (usually around the top of my ears) and divide that in half, repeating the process.
  • Then I keep dividing sections and clipping them back until I'm done.
  • I find this takes me about 15 minutes (I have a ton of hair that is coarse). With a little practice, you'll be able to do create your own beginner blow out at home.
  • To see how to get volume as well as bouncy curls, please watch the video.
Of course, this is best explained in a video! Keep watching for a tutorial as well as tips:

My hair is normally frizzy on the sides, naturally wavy everywhere else, and fine underneath. I used the tutorial above to get it soft, shiny, and no frizz!


  1. Love this!! I am terrible with a blow dryer! Thanks for sharing!


  2. I have never been good at using the blow dryer and a round brush simultaneously. Lol! I always love how great my hair looks after a trip to the salon, though. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Well this post would definitely be for me. I pinned it. Your hair looks shinnier and prettier after the blow-out. It is so pretty and long, also. =)

  4. great tips! i need to try this next time i dry my hair. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  5. Great tips! Your hair is so pretty! I wish mine was as thick as yours!

    <3, Pamela

  6. Hey! We blow dry our hair the same way! :) I haven't heard of Blow Pro before, though. I read some reviews and it sounds great!

  7. First step for me is to get a new hair dryer - mine is terrible!

  8. I totally need to try this. It has been so humid here in NY and my hair has been one big frizz ball.

  9. Great tips, Elle! I really should start using heat protectant on my hair though...

  10. I'm going to have to give this a try one day

  11. Great tutorial! I tried a John Freida dryer in California at my family's house and loved it.

  12. Great tips! I now really wanna try blow pro.... hope i can find it around here!



  13. This is great! I always, ALWAYS get my hair all tangled up on round brushes, lol, probably because I'm not using the right products/small enough sections. This looks easy enough and your hair looks gorgeous (well, your hair always looks gorgeous).

  14. These is a great how-to! Admittedly, I don't blow my hair out nearly as much in the summer as I do in the winter (beachy waves are my thing when it's hot + humid in KC!), but there is something so lux about a shiny blowout! :)


  15. Great tutorial! I'm terrible at blow-outs so this is super-helpful.

  16. Ok so your hair looks amazing!! I need to try a blow out! I always just let mine hair dry, well when I'm not in a hurry! Love it!

    <3 Shannon

  17. your hair looks great! I always want to do this for myself at home but, then I always get lazy haha.

  18. Great video and tips, very helpful:)

  19. i absolutely suck at blow drying my hair. i can dry it and make it relatively straight, but you know how its all bouncy and cute at the ends when you and other people do it? not me. i keep practicing though lol

  20. I was never good at drying my hair other than the flip my head upside down method LOL! Your hair is gorgeous though!

  21. This doesnt even apply to me but I just love how you write your posts and the tips you give!

  22. great tips!!


  23. i've had wrestling matches with the round brush in my hair, lol! thanks for the tips!


  24. Great tutorial. I do this at least twice a week (though I try to minimize it because of damage). I use brush on my dominant hand just cause it feels better, but results are the same. I do a top down approach, though I'm not sure why....I think it was once suggested to me by a hairstylist. Before that, I had done a bottom up approach. These are great, helpful hints.

  25. Great video tutorial. I will try this for sure. I have wavy hair but I like straight hair more :-)

  26. I am total rubbish at blowing out my hair wish is a curly frizzy mess most days. Thanks for this, I will put the Pro Blow on my list of products to try. Besides being lazy, it gets so hot here that 10 mind in, I am sweating so bad my hair is wet again, lol. But I think I don't wait long enough to let my hair dry a hit before starting - thanks for that tip! Oh and sorry for the late response but thanks for the RT. :-)

  27. this is such a necessary post, doing blow outs at home SUCKS.

  28. I used to do this when I dried my hair and need to get back in the habit of it!

  29. This is perfect - and so much more affordable than a $50 blow out before a party or event! Thank you for another amazing tutorial, girl. You are my bank account's best friend (and I think you're pretty amazing too). xox

  30. On a talk show I watched once, a hair stylist said a flat iron is a cheap excuse for a blow out. I was offended by this remark, because I never had the right angle to achieve a blow out at home. But you've made it seem so easy and attainable!

  31. Such a great look! I am impressed with how easy you made it look. I love how blowouts look but absolutely hate the blow dryer haha!

  32. what a cute post! this is darling! i need to try this out!

  33. I never ever do this. If I just dry my hair with the dryer (so without using a brush) it ends up looking super super straight anyway. But thanks for sharing your technique with us!

  34. Your hair always looks amazing Elle so thank you for the tips! I am in need of a good hair dryer. Do you have one or two that you recommend? Blessings! Susan

  35. Oh woman, you are a pro!!! I can't even section my hair to save my life! Now that I have a perm, I basically put all my hair on the diffuser and wait for it to try. I wish I had more hair skills like you!

  36. Yay! Love this post, I am the worst at blowdrying, and your tutorial is fantastic! I appreciate you stopping by :)

  37. Oh I have never been good when I blow dry my hair, so I usually never do it. But your tips are really great, not sure if I can use it on my shorter hair, but I know i'm going to be growing my hair long again so ill keep this for future reference!


  38. Your hair looks great! I will try this out!

  39. I'm so glad you posted this....if you can believe it I haven't even had a legit blow out yet and need to get on that! But I love having this to fall back on and try at home. Your hair looks gorgeous!

  40. This is such a great post and your hair looks gorgeous! I have long hair too and always struggle to blow dry it properly. Will definitely have to take your advice. :) xx

  41. I love giving myself a blowout, it feels so luxurious after! But I admit, I am clunky with figuring out which hand to hold what tool. One side of my head is definitely easier than the other.


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