The Perfect Blow-Out

Despite having a job where I am meant to be presentable in public, I am wholly unskilled in the arena of doing my hair and makeup. I work with a fantastic hairdresser here in London, George Northwood (who also does hair for people like Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whitely), who offered to demonstrate how DIY hair is not as tricky as we think.

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Hella has shoulder-length curly hair and today George Northwood shows us how to do the perfectly fuss-free blow out.

As he puts it, he isn’t going for a 90’s style “poker-straight” look, but rather a more manageable and natural one. Watch the video and read the step-by-step instructions below to learn how you can get the same hairstyle at home.

How to Blow Our Your Own Hair:

Step 1

Wash hair and leave wet. To prep, George sprays Hella’s hair with a detangling spray and combs through.

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo, Conditioner and Neil George Detangling Spray

Step 2

Next, take a golf ball sized amount of volumizing mousse and comb it through the hair, focusing on the roots, heading to the crown. For the ends, George combs a bit of straightening serum into her hair to get rid of frizz.

Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Mousse and Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum

Step 3

Take a Rake Comb, separate the front hairline section from the hair, and comb it flat onto the face.

Mason Pearson combs

Step 4

Turn the blowdryer on at a high heat and give hair a loose blow dry lifting at the roots for body. Blow dry the front section, parted separately onto the face. Keep drying until 80 to 90 percent is dry.

On the shoot, George used the Thairapy 365 ThairaDry Infrared Blow Dryer

Step 5

Choose a side and pin the top layers of your hair on top of your head, so you can straighten the bottom layer upwards.

Step 6

Use a round brush and measure a section of your hair that’s about as wide as the bristled section of the brush. Place the brush under that section of hair, close to the roots, and coil the hair around the bristles.

Philip B’s Medium Round Brush

Step 7

Turn the dryer on and give a quick puff to the roots from underneath. Then, holding the dryer’s nozzle right on the brush, move the dryer and brush together from the roots to the tips. When you reach the ends curl the brush giving them extra attention by going over them more than once, removing frizz and curling them slightly under.

Step 8

Use the same principle to straighten the hair at the back of the head, but when styling yourself, pull the brush and dryer toward the front, as it’s hard to reach otherwise. Keep releasing more hair from the top and straightening it as you go. Now dry the other side, pinning the excess hair to the opposite side of your head.

Step 9

When you’re left with just the hair on the top of your head, start by straightening the front section out toward the mirror in front of you. The very front section should be flat to the forehead to smooth out any growth patterns around the hairline. Next, take the very front section, flatten the two sides over the temple areas. You might want to use a hair iron to get the frizzy areas around the temples.

Thairapy’s Wet or Dry Iron

Step 10

Section by section, add more hair from the center of your head and pull forward toward the mirror. It should all go down in one direction with no indication of where it will be parted.

Step 11

Smoothe a few drops of hair oil on the hair, especially on the tips, for shine, moisture, and to get rid of frizz.

Rodin by Recine Hair oil

Step 12

When hair is all straight, give it a quick loose blow dry for added volume and movement. Use your fingers to place the hair where you want it and in the desired parting.

These are the products that George used to achieve the perfect blow dry:

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To get the look

Goop would like to give a very special thank you to George Northwood
Videos: Shot and edited by Nicky Woodhouse
Makeup: Florrie White at D+VManagement.

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