Be armed and ready
The secret to a successful blowout starts with having the right tools of the trade. "You need a professional dryer, most commercial ones won't get hot enough," says Quillen, who recommends adding the Super Solano3600 Micro Professional Hair Dryer to your arsenal. It's lightweight, powerful and delivers the right amount of infrared heat to dry hair in minutes. Not to mention, it cuts down on the chance of frizz.
You'll also need two stellar round bristle brushes—a small barrel one for areas around the face; use the larger to smooth long pieces at the back of the head. Opt for one with a swirled barrel design, which is key for adding volume and soft waves.
Get with the prep
Using the right products pre-blow dry is the best way to ensure pro results. Remove excess water from your hair with a towel, a light gust from the dryer, or let it air dry for about 10 minutes until it's just damp. Apply a bodybuilding product like Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse, then use a large paddle brush to work it through the hair and get the tangles out. If your hair is thick or curly, skip this step and go straight for a heat protective serum. "This will help eliminate frizz and make your blowout last longer. It should be applied from mid-shaft to the ends." Try It's A 10 Miracle Styling Serum—a leave-in super smoother.
Play your part
Once your style arsenal is in place, start the blowout process. Quillen suggests dividing your hair into four sections—separate the top from bottom. Secure everything with clips. Take your dryer (the nozzle should be close to the hair but not touching it) and a round brush, and begin on a back section. "Work from the root to the ends, making sure to stretch hair away from your head," explains Quillen. "This gives the hair more body." Move from section to section until entire head is dry.
Check It Out
Newsflash! If you're hair isn't 100 percent dry it will frizz. To prevent this, let your hair cool for a few minutes, then feel around for damp spots. Find any? Take the brush and blower to it again.
Pump up the volume
For even more body—and to extend the life of your blowout, Quillen offers this tip: "Set your hair in Velcro rollers and let them sit while doing your makeup." Pass your dryer over them before removing, then use a paddle brush to smooth everything out. Add a finishing product like a light for a final touch."