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Frédéric Fekkai’s Tips for the Perfect At-Home Blowout

No one describes the genius of a blowout quite like the original mane master, Frédéric Fekkai, who recently stopped by Birchbox HQ to school us on all things hair. “The minute a woman gets her hair blow-dried, she feels polished,” he says. “Ready to go out there and attack the world.” We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Fekkai recently launched a new Blowout Collection, which includes a heat-protecting primer, sealing serum, and refresher dry shampoo—everything you need to get salon caliber hair. He gave us step-by-step instructions for getting the perfect blowout at home:

Step 1: Prep in the Shower

“Shampoo your hair with alternating shampoos, because the pH of the hair is different at the roots than it is at the ends. It’s very important not to put conditioner at the roots, always on the ends, and then use the coldest water you can bear with the last rinse to close the shaft of the hair.”

Step 2: Towel Off

“Towel-dry your hair as much as you can—the more water there is, the less the product will be beneficial. On curly hair, make sure that your hair is well-conditioned, because you want the brush to slide very gently.”

Step 3: Apply Product Sparingly

“If you want volume, put mousse or volumizer right at the roots, and nowhere else.”

Step 4: Wield Your Brush the Right Way

“For medium-to-long hair, use a round large brush. But don't turn it—let the hot air press the hair against the brush and slide it down.”

Step 5: Dry in the Right Direction

“The most important thing is to not blow air against the hair. Otherwise, the heat opens the cuticle and makes it fuzzy. Always have the dryer blowing down and smoothing the hair, even when you’re going for volume.”

Step 6: Lock In Your Look

“Hold the hair with hairspray, finishing cream, or both. Mix it in your hand with a little bit of Glossing Crème or Blowout Sealing Serum—you’ll accomplish hold and shine together.”

Step 7: Make It Last

“Make sure that you don’t overdose the product. Also, if you can sleep on a satin pillowcase, the hair will hold better.” (We knew we needed a satin pillowcase!)

Step 8: Stick With It

“With fine hair, I think two to three days [with the same blowout] is the limit. With thick hair, you can last about a week with the Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo.”

Step 9: Repeat (with Caution)

“You can blow-dry your hair every day—it all depends on how you do it. Use products to protect against the heat, like my Blowout Primer.”

Step 10: Keep Hair Healthy Between Blowouts

“The mistake I think people make in general is over-processing the hair. One thing I really don’t encourage is the flat iron.”

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