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September 26, 2022 by Edna K. Martin – Hairstylist, Certified Skin Care Coach
Unlike short hair, shoulder-length hair is complicated to blow out. There are some techniques involved for you to get that salon result blowout.
So, in this article, we will show you the step-by-step process of how you can blow out shoulder-length hair.
However, before we get started, let’s take a look at the tools you need for a perfect blowout for medium-length hair.
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Things you need for your shoulder length hair blowout:
You need your hair to be about 70-80% dry before using a hairdryer. And to achieve this, you need a microfiber towel to dry your hair.
For medium-length hair, applying heat protectants before using any hot tool is important. Because, unlike short hair, shoulder-length hair takes more time to blow dry which exposes the hair to the risk of heat damage.
However, using thermal protectants helps protect your mane from thermal damage. Using a protectant that adds volume to the hair is recommended for medium-length blowouts.
Wide-tooth Comb or Paddle Brush:
There are always knots and frizz in the hair after washing. So you need this tool to ensure that there are no tangles in your mane.
Hair Ties or Sectioning Clip:
For shoulder-length blowout, you need to part your hair into different sections. You will use the sectioning clip or hair tie to hold each section separately so that one section will not affect the other while working on them.
Volume is vital in blowouts for medium-length hair. And a round brush is used to create tension that adds volume to the hair.
Hair Dryer with Concentrator Nozzle:
One of the best hairdryer features for a blowout is the concentrator nozzle. The nozzle will concentrate the hot/warm blast of hair on the brush to help create more volume. It also reduces the frizz of other lock sections by concentrating the airflow to the section you are working on.
Now that you know all the tools you need for this process, let us go into the blowout process.
Step-by-step Guide on how to Blowout Shoulder Length Hair.
Step 1: Washing and Conditioning
The first step to having a salon result blow out is starting with clean hair. You need to wash your mane to get rid of any form of product buildup in your lock.
However, you should avoid sulfate or alcohol-based shampoos as they can strip your hair of nutrients and moisture. You need to keep your hair hydrated because using hot tools reduces moisture in the hair.
Therefore, use a conditioner to hydrate your hair. It helps lock in moisture as well. Some conditioners even add more volume to the mane, making it easier to get a perfect blowout.
Step 2: Air-drying or Towel-drying
After cleaning your hair using a shampoo, you need to dry your hair with a towel roughly. Do this until the mane is no longer dripping wet. Then you can leave it to air-dry till it is about 70 to 80% dry.
However, if you want a faster process, you can dry with your blow dryer. But you have to leave the heat settings to a cold setting and hold it at a long distance to your hair. This is to reduce the exposure of your mane to too much heat.
Step 3: Apply Heat Protectant
You can use heat protectant serum or spray to the hair to prevent heat damage. If you are using serum, rub it in your palms and apply it thoroughly to your mane.
However, if you are using heat protectant spray, you can spray it to the tip and shaft of your hair. The bottom line is to ensure every strand of your lock gets the attention of a heat protectant.
Step 4: Detangle the Hair
After washing and rough drying, there are always some knots and tangles in the hair. And the best way to get rid of it is through a paddle brush or a wide-tooth comb.
Just run through your hair with the brush or the comb; continue doing that till the hair is smooth and you can no longer feel any knot.
Some use blow dryers to untwist the mane, but this exposes the hair to more heat, so we recommend using a brush or a wide-tooth comb.
Step 5: Section into Smaller Sections
You should section your hair into smaller sections to make the blowout process easier. Starting from behind your hair, part your hair into two sections, one at the crown and the other at the base (back).
Then you hold each division in place using sectioning clips or hair ties. But for those with thick hair, you can part into four sections, front, back, right, and left.
Step 6: Blow-dry and Style
The next step is to start the blowout process, put on your dryer and set it at a heat setting favorable for your hair type. Section out apart from the side of your hair, and lift it at the root with the round brush keeping the brush close to your face.
Note: for maximum blowout results, do not work on a hair section wider than your round brush at a time.
Using a concentrator nozzle, focus the hot airflow on the hair around the brush, then slowly roll the brush down your hair.
Repeat the process on that section of your mane till it is dried and form a nice curve. Continue with other parts of the hair till you cover the whole area of your head.
However, when you get to the front part of your hair, you can give it any style you want, either center parting or making a side-swept style.
Then apply hair oil to the tip of the hair to reduce frizz, and that’s it. However, you can decide to use hairspray to add more texture to your mane.
This technique for the blowout of medium-length hair helps create more volume to your shoulder-length mane.
However, for maximum salon blowout results, start with clean hair and ensure you use a heat protectant to protect your lock from thermal damage.
About Author (Edna K. Martin)
Edna K. Martin is an expert in skincare and hair care. With years of experience in the beauty industry, she has developed a deep understanding of the science behind healthy skin and hair; has a wealth of knowledge about the latest products and techniques. She is a certified skin care coach and has helped many people achieve a clearer and healthier complexion. As a hairstylist, View Profile ››