Here are four tips to achieve the perfect blow-out at home or in the salon.

Lady with curly bob hair style

Curly hair is beautiful in it’s natural state. We love to see woman embrace their natural curls, coils and waves. However, we know everyone likes options and variety. No one person can eat the same lunch everyday for their entire life just like no one curly can wear her hair the same her whole life. Blow-outs are a great way to change up your look and help you understand the length and health of your hair. When a blow-out is done correctly, it can leave your hair without extra damage or dryness. Going to a salon is a great option for a blow-out since a stylist has the professional knowledge on how to care for and manage your hair. Here are four tips to achieve the perfect blow-out at home or in the salon.

1. Start Clean and Detangled!

You should always start fresh and clean for a smooth blow-out. When selecting a cleanser, pick one that has smoothing properties like Matrix Total Results Sleek Shampoo. Choose a conditioner that is very moisturizing and has smoothing and de-frizzing qualities. We recommend the Matrix Total Results Sleek Conditioner.

You will need to do a thorough job of wide-tooth comb detangling before you get started to ensure you get every curl smooth. Before you detangle, be sure to apply a leave-in conditioner. Again, when selecting products for a blow-out, choose products that have a smoothing properties like Matrix Total Results Moisture Cure 2-Phase Leave-In Treatment. Hair should be damp but not dripping wet when you get started. Remember to use a microfiber towel to gently dry your curls before starting which will help reduce frizz and friction.

2. Protect and Separate!

To ensure that your curls are protected from heat damage, apply a heat protectant and smoother. Matrix Total Results Sleek Iron Smoother works to protect and smooth curls for heat styling. To apply this heat protectant, place a dime to quarter size into your hand and distribute it evenly with your hands. Then separate your curls into sections to make the drying more manageable and reduce tangles.

3. Dry: Hot and Cold!

Now it’s time to start drying your hair in sections. Grab the first section and start drying it at the top, aiming your blow dryer downward and moving it from the top of the hair to the ends. Alternate between hot and cold settings on your dryer. It’s best to use a round brush and a dryer with a concentrator nozzle. These are must have tools for a good blow out. Using high heat and a concentrator nozzle to direct the dryer’s airflow, dry hair from root to tip for about 8 seconds, then lock out the frizz by using the cool shot button for 5 seconds. If hair is excessively curly or coily, start by drying hair from mid-shaft to end to minimize styling time.

4. Stop the Frizz!

When you are done drying, dab a pea-sized amount of smoothing oil onto your hands and smooth it into the ends of hair to define and separate your tresses and lock out frizz. Matrix Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil will smooth frizz and flyaways. Finish your look by applying Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Flexible Hold Hairspray, a light hold flexible hairspray that will really lock out the frizz.

Get your curls back after your blow out. Deep condition with Matrix Total Results Color Care Intensive Mask to get your moisture and definition back.

Win Big!

Matrix is offering you and your stylist an opportunity to show off you best blow out!

Matrix Curly Girl is challenging six salons to throw down their best blow-out techniques to see whose smooth style reigns supreme. Vote by June 30th, for the salon you think will give our Curly Girl the best & longest lasting blow-out. If your salon wins you will be entered to win one of 50 gift baskets filled with the products the winning salon used on our Curly Girl (a $100 value)! Get your stylist involved and enter here.