How-To: Tousled Blowout

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Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Start with towel dried and detangled hair.

Step 2: Apply product. I like to use a moisturizing shine cream, plus a light hold product on top; apply the product liberally. Product is your friend.

Step 3: Separate out a triangular section from the front round of the head to the recession on each side.

Step 4: Create a parting from the top of the ear to parietal on each side. Clip all the hair in the back out of the way.

Step 5: Use a flat, oval mixed bristle brush, like the Arrojo flat oval brush. Begin the blow dry in the fringe section. Divide the triangle section in half. Starting on whichever side you find most comfortable, place the brush at the root of the hair, underneath your section and parallel to the floor.

Step 6: With the blow drier on a high heat, high pressure setting, dry the top of the section. To achieve the bevel, rotate your brush at a 45-degree angle, while over directing towards the center part, and drying on the front edge of the brush. I usually do 3 to 4 passes on the first quarter of the length. Once that area is dry, use the tension from your over-direction and twist the section away from the face. The more you twist, the more texture you’ll achieve. Once you reach the ends, blow dry them straight. Twist the section with your fingers, and allow the hair to cool. Repeat on the other side.

Step 7: Next, move to the sections in front of the ear, and below the parietal. Place your brush on top of the section, and the blow drier under the hair. Rotate the brush at a 90-degree angle, away from the face, and blow dry on the edge of the brush. Begin twisting about a quarter of the way down the length of the hair. Blow the ends straight, twist with your fingers and allow strands to cool. Repeat on the opposite side.

Step 8: Use the same technique to work through the back and top. Starting in the nape, dry hair in two-inch by two-inch sections, and alternate directions as each section dries. This is how you get that great, soft texture.

Step 9: Once the hair is completely dry, tilt the head back and liberally coat strands with dry texture spray. Follow up with a light, workable spray wax; allow the hair to cool completely.

Step 10: With wide, spread fingers shake and rake the hair out, until you are happy with the texture. Tilt the head up and style as desired.

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