Expert Tips on How to Get the Perfect Blowout

Earlier this month I attended a press dinner to celebrate the launch of John Frieda's new products with Celebrity Stylist, Harry Josh at 632 Below in NYC.  I was really excited to see Harry Josh, because him and I go way back, as he was one of the first celebrity stylists to blowout my hair six years ago (and it hasn't looked better since).  At the time, he was working a ton with Lindsay Lohan and was going to do her hair immediately after mine in the suite next door at the Hotel Gansevoort.  These days, his clients include Ashley Olsen, Jennifer GarnerGwyneth Paltrow and Amanda Seyfried to name a few.  Here are his tips on how to get the perfect blowout. “Taking the time to do it correcting may be an extra ten minutes, but you’ll have gorgeous hair at least 24 hours. It’s not worth rushing it," Josh states.

Step One: Prep

Take note of your hairs weakness and apply a styling product onto clean, damp hair prior to blowing it out.  Since my hair is super fine and flat, it needs help in the volume category so I like using a root lifter, specifically L'Oreal EverStyle Volume Lifting Spray.  If you have frizzy hair, John Frieda has their ever-so-fab Frizz Ease and if that was too heavy for you, they just launched Sheer Solution Lightweight Frizz Control, which may be your new BFF.  I'm also insane about using heat protectant sprays to help prevent damage and just started using their Full Repair Style Revival, which protects, but also aids in the styling process.

Step Two: Submiss it with Heat

Using a boar bristle brush for sleekness, take your hair in 1 to 1 1/2 inch sections and blow dry.  Make sure to keep your blow dryer pointed down at your roots and follow the brush to the ends.  "Don’t rush, you’ll spend just as much time going back over your hair if you don’t blow it out carefully from the start, and you’ll be styling the same pieces over and over again , which is prime time for breakage," Josh explains.

Step Three: Add Finishing Touches

Depending on your hair type, apply a small amount of the appropriate styling products to finish off your 'do.  You may use a tiny bit of serum to finish the smoothing process, but since my hair is so fine I like using a shine spray.  My favorite of the moment is Redken 02 Shine Flash, because it's really light weight, yet it does smooth down any frizzies.