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


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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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