Round brushing is an important key to a voluminous, sexy blowout, but it’s also something that too many are fearful to attempt outside of the salon chair. This technique is often intimidating to people, but with the right tools and a little practice, you can recreate that gorgeous and professional ‘just left the salon’ look at home.
Let’s start off with the tools you’ll need. Aside from the requisite hair dryer, I have found that the best tools to use during a blow dry to achieve shiny, bouncy hair are a combination of a detangling brush and a bristle round brush.
Choosing the right brushes are essential to completing this look successfully, as well as avoiding the risk of getting a brush stuck in your hair. (We’ve all heard the horror stories)
Unless you’re in the market for a surprise cut, investing in the proper tools is incredibly important.
My go-to detangling brush is a classic Denman D31. It consists of a flexible red rubber base, with seven rows and eleven bristles per row. Its wide teeth placement rubber base allows for easy detangling and is a fantastic start for getting luxurious volume in the hair.
The next tool you’ll need is the round brush. I personally choose a brush by Regincós. This brush is a favorite due to the wooden core, natural boar bristle barrel, and lightweight cork handle. The wooden core doesn’t overheat and won’t cause damage to your hair, and the boar bristles aid in smoothing the cuticle layer, distributing styling product and the hair’s natural oils, and will not tangle like nylon bristle brushes. The tension is firm, but doesn’t pull too hard. I use this particular brush to not only create bend, but to “set” the hair like a roller, making it ideal to use for a polished blowout.
And a Few Tips to Consider
- Smaller brushes create a more wavy result, while larger brushes are perfect for a smoother straighter style.
- For volume, spray a mist of light hair spray while when hair is wet, and then add your favorite volumizing mouse for a little extra boost of hold.
- For a less voluminous, more smooth and silky blowout, consider using a smoothing cream or serum. I really like a bit of L’Oreal Mythic Oil.
- If you want to kick your blowout up a notch, after heating up each section of hair use a Velcro roller to roll back into the section instead of the brush. Leave the rollers in for the duration of your beauty routine and remove at the very end for and even longer lasting hold.
When you’re done, you’ll have a simply stunning style that will inspire, impress, and make everyone wonder how on earth you can manage to make it to the salon for a professional blowout so often.