Want to style a Leo blowout yourself? It’s easier than it looks, says New York City hairstylist Dan Williams. Simply start with clean wet hair and prep your strands with heat protectant, like Redken’s Quick Blowout Spray. “It cuts your drying time in half, and provides light conditioning with 450 degree heat protection,” he says.
Next, apply a generous amount of volumizing mousse, adds celebrity hairstylist Jennifer Yepez. “Don’t be scared of mousse – it’s amazing to help get that voluminous blowout look,” she insists, suggesting Dove’s Volume & Fullness Mousse for the job.
Dove Volume & Fullness Mousse
Redken Quick Blowout Heat Protectant Spray
Once your hair is prepped and protected, divide your locks into 2-inch sections and dry each piece. A standard blowdryer and round brush are great for the job, though Williams personally suggests a hot brush or styling tool like the Dyson AirWrap if you really want to master the bombshell blowout aesthetic. As for technique? “Section hair starting in the back, and work your way up the head,” he says, and make sure to direct the hair hair out, up, and away from the face to ensure proper root lift.
Next, you’ll want to pin each section up after drying to lock-in the hair’s bouncy shape, Yepez explains. If you want maximum volume though, she strongly suggests old-school velcro rollers.
Drybar High Tops Self-Grip Rollers
Let your hair cool for at least three minutes. Then, release and brush through each section, applying dry shampoo at the root for added volume. “[Dry shampoo] is the real key to ensuring your blowout lasts,” says Yepez , adding that you can maintain your blowout with dry shampoo for several days.
Finally, lock-in the style with all-around texturizing spray. Et voilà, you’re ready for Leo season.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Best Drugstore Dry Shampoo
The most-used product in my kit is, hands down, Dove Dry Shampoo. My trick is to coat all of my brushes in it. Then when I brush out someone’s hair, it absorbs oil and adds tons of volume. When I heard Dove launched the unscented version, I was even more excited since some people are sensitive to scented products. A true win-win! —C.H.