Kim Kardashian, Mila Kunis, and the Victoria’s Secret Angels all have one thing in common…no, not bikini bodies to die for (OK yes, that too!) But I’m talking about Bombshell hair! Long, thick, voluminous, bouncy, SEXY hair. Just in time for a few practice runs before Valentine’s Day, my client Alix and I are here to show you how you can get it too! Alix has hair extensions, as do many of the starlets whose hair we lust after, but this blow-dry tutorial will work on natural hair and extensions, just the same. For a temporary boost, lower in both cost and commitment, check out clip-in hair extensions.
Tools: small and large clips, medium and large velcro rollers, metal-barrel round brush, paddle brush and small Denman-style brush. Remember that it is always best to aim the blow-dryer from roots to ends, so that the air flow works to fight frizz and enhance shine.
Step 1: Cleanse and condition. Before the Bombshell Blowout, it is best to use a volumizing shampoo, to remove any oils or product build-up that could weigh hair down. Follow with a volumizing conditioner if you have fine hair, or a smoothing conditioner if you have thick, frizzy or wavy hair. For maximum volume, spray on a root lifter prior to blowdrying, and if your hair is dry or tangly, you can use just little bit of smoothing cream to soften the ends (it’s best to apply it to just the last 3 inches or so.)
Here is Alix’s wavy/curly hair after shampoo and conditioning:
Step 2: top section. Separate a U-shaped section that is centered around your part and goes through the crown (the top/back of your head) to below the place where your hair splits or has a cowlick. Starting with the front, take the U-shaped area in 3 sections, and blow-dry each of them forward, then backwards using the round brush to create volume and movement. When each section is fully dry and still warm, wrap it around a velcro roller and secure with small clips (one on each side usually does it.) For bangs that hang forward, roll the front roller forward; otherwise, roll them all backwards.
Step 3: side panels. If you have hair extensions and/or a wavy/frizzy hairline, dry the front area first using a small brush. Use a paddle brush and/or round brush on top of the side panel sections to pull hair smooth, then lift it with the round brush and roll it down and back. When each panel is dry, wrap it around your fingers to form a medium to large pin curl, and secure with small clips. For a curlier look, use a large curling iron at this time, rolling each side back and away from the face.
Step 4: the back. Using the paddle brush, reach around to reach the back section and blow-dry the roots and mid-lengths until dry. Pulling each side over the shoulder, use the round brush to create dry, smooth ends that are flipped or curled in the direction you like. You could also use a large curling iron at this point for a more curled look. Allow each side to cool hanging over the shoulders.
Spray hair with light to medium hold hairspray, and a shine spray if you wish. Remove rollers and run fingers through hair for a disheveled look, or run the paddle brush through it for a softer finish. Especially for oily hair, you may want to consider spraying a dry shampoo at the roots either right after creating this style, later that night or in the morning, to prolong the results of your Bombshell Blowout. But be warned–this will make hair less silky and shiny, so if it’s for an important event, it may be best to hold off until the next morning.