How I mastered the at-home blowout in one hour, by dropping in to beauty school at Coba Cosmetology Academy.
I was never the girl that was obsessed with styling her hair growing up. Blame it on the bowl cut, the daily braided buns required for 12+ years of ballet, or my mom and sister’s high maintenance curly hair; that made my naturally stick-straight locks seem like I had styling “under control.” For me, it was always clothes and makeup first, and hair came as a distant afterthought. However, as the years have passed, and my hair has grown to lengths beyond my bowl cut’s wildest dreams, I’ve been trying to get a handle on styling my hair. Nothing gives me the results like a salon blowout, but that can get expensive, and I simply just don’t have the time to get a blowout every few days.
Knowledge is power, right? Having the the ability to recreate a professional-grade blowout at home (and not lose my patience) seemed like it would solve my hair woes forever. I’m a firm believer in leaving it to the experts when I don’t know how to do something. So when Coba Cosmetology Academy invited me to check out their facilities in Orange, CA, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to drop-in to beauty school, learn from the best, and have one of their students teach me how to break down, and finally nail the at-home blowout.
Living in Orange County, I wasn’t familiar with Coba, but I am so impressed by the facilities and the staff. Coba’s cosmetology course teaches students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and professional attitudes for success in the profession, while preparing them to pass the California State Board licensing exam, and help them find employment in the field, all within just ten months. Even better? They have a salon where you can get amazing discounted services performed by students (ahem – a shampoo and blow dry begins at $15)
If you’ve been following along, you may also remember that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn how to master the at-home blowout, so I’m excited to be making some headway on my list. Read on for my lessons learned from Coba Academy’s best and brightest.
Wash hair with KMS Color Vitality Shampoo
Follow by washing with KMS Color Vitality Conditioner
Apply KMS Silk Sheen Leave-In Conditioner, which can be used as a detangler.
Spray KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray on to use as your heat protector
Apply KMS Add Volume Root and Body Lift to build and add body
Apply KMS Tame Frizz De-Frizz Oil
Add all product before pre drying, otherwise hair will get “crispy”
Rough dry hair for 2-3 min to remove excess water
Divide your hair into five sections (2 sections on the sides, and 3 in the back) by creating a horseshoe shape from your temples to the back of your crown, and then parting it down the middle.
If this is your first time, you may want to clip up the sections, so you can more easily work on one quadrant at a time.
Start by holding the first section of your hair taut, and use the round brush to lift your hair up and away from the scalp.
Position the dryer at an approximately 45 degree angle, and blow dry down the length of the hair, while slowly moving the brush through the hair as you go. When you get close to the end of the piece of hair, use the diffuser nozzle on the dryer to hold the hair up, while putting the round brush close to the scalp, to begin the same process over again. Continue this process until the piece of hair is completely dry. This for me, was the hardest part to get a grasp of, but once I mastered it, it made all the difference in my blowout.
Continue, drying under for volume; and over for smoothing… then under again, for more volume, until hair is completely dry.
Important to note: All of the tricks in the world do not matter, if you don’t have the right brush, which I immediately realized has been my main issue all along. If you have long hair (especially), a successful blow out begins, and ends with your brush. This round brush is not only 100% gorgeous to look at, but it’s large enough that you’re not having to readjust your dryer every second, and makes each pass through, that much easier.
Voilà! That’s literally, it. I’m kind of embarrassed that I didn’t teach myself this earlier, but better late than never. I need to run out and buy all of these products asap, and I do still need more practice, but how do you think I did for my first (official) time?
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Shampoo: KMS Color Vitality Shampoo
Conditioner: KMS Color Vitality Conditioner
Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler: KMS Silk Sheen Leave-In Conditioner
Heat Protector: KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray
Volumizer: KMS Add Volume Root and Body Lift
De-Frizz Oil: KMS Tame Frizz De-Frizz Oil
Ring: David Yurman
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