Blow Dry 101


In honor of our upcoming Blow Dry Bootcamp I decided to do a tutorial on how to create a fun, wearable, everyday blow out at home. As my clients and co-stylists know, I love doing blow outs! Essentially, I am sculpting and molding your hair into a shape that is most flattering for your face. You too can do this and it’s not as hard as you think!


So Lets Get Started!



Before you can begin, you have to have the appropriate products and tools for the job!



The tools you’ll need are: sectioning clips, a detangling brush, a round brush and a styling brush.

My go to brushes are the Wet Brush, Sam Villa’s Thermal Round Brush and Sam Villa’s bamboo styling brush.

After cleansing and conditioning…


Get as much excess moisture out as possible with your towel and use your Wet Brush to get out all the tangles.


First, (shake well!) spray on your Pillow Proof Express Primer. Immediately after, apply your Full Frame 07 Volumizing Mousse liberally through the hair and at the scalp (especially in the crown area of your head).


Next, dry your hair to 80% dry. Be sure to get the hair at the scalp! (This step is very important! It makes your life a whole lot easier when we’re ready to start using the round brush!)


After you’re 80% dry,


Clip up and out of the way the hair above your ears.


Here is where it gets a little tricky but with some practice you’ll be a pro in  no time. For these steps I recommend turning your head to the side so it is easier for you to reach the hair in the back of your head. You want to be sure to keep good tension on your hair as this is what makes it nice and smooth. Once the hair is completely dry (and I mean COMPLETELY dry) use your brush like a roller and roll the hair up while keeping the heat on it. Once rolled up, switch to the cool setting on your blow dryer to set the curl. Pull your brush down and out leaving a nice, smooth, loose curl.


The next two sections are the hair above the ears. Isolate the hair at the very top of your head for the final section. Again, I suggest tilting your head to the side so you can get maximum volume and so your arms don’t fall off! You want to dry the hair coming straight OUT from the head. Notice the aerial picture in the upper right corner of the collage. I am pulling the hair straight out from the head here. Again, use your brush like a roller, heat and cool, leaving a smooth, loose curl.


The final section is the top of the head. Blow dry this section straight out from the head as well. Unless you have either short hair or really long arms you will want to bend at the waist to be able to do this easier. Again, use the brush as a roller, heat and cool.


When you stand back up you should look like a crazy person with crazy hair (but with great volume!)


Next you want to break out your styling brush and tame that hair down. Focus on smoothing it out and molding the hair into a unified shape.


Finally, using your Wind Blown 05, spray the interior of your hair. Lift your layers and spray liberally into the inside of your style. This will give you more volume and body and ultimately create a wind blown effect. Finish the look with some Forceful 23 hairspray for lasting hold.

Congratulations, beautiful! You’re done!


For more tips, tricks, styles and techniques join us on Wednesday February 18th at 6pm for Blow Dry Bootcamp! Spaces are limited so be sure to stop in or give us a call to sign up.

Rio Hair Studio

9823 Tapestry Park Cir.

Jax, FL 32246


Blow Dry Bootcamp Overview

Last week Rio Hair Studio hosted our second Blow Dry Boot Camp!

What is a Blow Dry Boot Camp you might ask?

The first BDBC we taught 5 guests how to style their own hair based on the tools they brought from home. It was a fun time but we felt we could do better.


This time we feel we have come up with the formula for success.

Class began at 630pm. We served appetizers, beverages and a large dose of hair knowledge to 21 guests. We set up four mannequins for demonstrations as well as a practice tool for the attendees.


After a brief introduction from the stylists, we split the group into four separate groups: (insert “name of groups” here)


Jason Kendrick manned the first mannequin station. He demonstrated how to curl hair with a flat iron and then let the group try their new learned techniques on the mannequin. No Fear because if the hair is damaged the mannequin does not cry.


The second station involved blow dry techniques for a smooth and Bouncy blow out. Kris Cantwell was our tutor on these techniques; she used a round brush to help to hair fall into perfect blown out locks.


Heidi Hull, on mannequin number three, concentrated on teaching our guests how to master the fishtail braid. There was great enthusiasm between our guests to get this braiding ability down.


Our fourth station was all about using a wand to create curls and waves. Shelby Dickerson was a master at getting the guests involved with her mannequin as well as each other. After 1 hour of shifting from one mannequin to another we broke into smaller groups and our guest received the one on one attention they wanted for any specific questions they had, or further instruction on any technique.


We had great specials of 25% off all our Tools from Sam Villa and Bio Ionic. We were featuring Redken’s two new “Pillow Proof” products along with a great style saving satin pillowcase. We also launched our blow dry menu featuring four of the hottest styles we see in fashion today.


Our Blow Dry Menu features some wonderful ways to start your week or weekend out with style. Packages of buy 3 get 1 free are available.

All of these specials will be extended through the holidays into the new year.

If you are interested call us at Rio Hair Studio to buy blow dry tickets or to book an appointment today!

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Blow Dry Bootcamp



Rio Hair Studio is hosting a Blow Dry Bootcamp on Tuesday October 14th at 6:30pm. $10 per person due at sign-up, sign-up is very limited. This will include your night of tips & tricks for a customized blow-dry, a personal lesson, and a take home product. Horderves and drinks will be provided. Call Rio at 904/733-8495 to reserve your spot today.

This night will also kick off our Blow Dry Menu and our Blow Dry Package, special sales, and new promotions so you don’t want to miss out on this event!



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Our favorite haircare friday is Redken’s 07 Velvet Gelatin. Reinvent your blow dry with this medium-hold volumizing blow dry gel that provides body, bounce, and a natural luminous shine while protecting against frizz. Let this product takes your hair from limp and lifeless to a smooth, lasting blow-out. Use Velvet Gelatin for an amazing silky blow out with a weightless finish.


To use: Apply a medium amount through damp hair and blow-dry for a velvety cushioned finish.


 “Now drying my hair with a round brush and blow dryer delivers the perfect results every time! My hair is fuller, softer, bouncier, shinier, and healthier looking, and keeps in my style all day – no falling or flattening. Even the next day it still looks great and full of body. And with less hot tools to have to rely on, my hair will only improve in condition.”


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Heat protectant hair primer is your first step for any style! This priming spray cuts blow dry time, protects from heat up to 450 degrees, helps reduce breakage and provides 24-hour lasting volume without weighing hair down. Hair is left 3x stronger and healthier and perfectly primed for any other styling products. Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer with heat protection – Microflex stylane creates a ‘thermal blanket’ of flexible silicone resin that protects hair and helps prevent breakage. Trisiloxane and isododecane allow for quick drying, resulting in a smooth and silky finish.




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Style-extending dry shampoo instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your blow-dry by two days — tested ‘pillow proof’ results! Rock second day hair with this hair saving product.  Also it can be used to add body and texture for updos.







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