| June 4, 2012

I got myself a blowout the other day (an occasional indulgence), and realized that not only had my hair been transformed, but my entire attitude as well. I walked into the salon slightly sluggish from a day at the office, and I left bouncing out the door like I was starring in a Pantene commercial! (Click here to see!)

It's true: A good hair stylist has the ability to change your look AND your entire day. In fact, I've spoken with high-ranking executives who say they never go into a board meeting without a blowout because they just wouldn't be their best selves.

I want you to feel like your best self TODAY, so I went to the experts at the DryBar for tips on how to get these life-changing looks at home. Check out these six style how-to's (based on DryBar's menu of services) that accommodate any hair length or texture.

Straight Up

This is the DryBar's signature blowout; straight with a little bit of body.

  • Always start with a great clarifying shampoo and make sure your hair is squeaky clean.
  • Towel dry your hair to take out most of the moisture, and apply product (straightening serum or cream for frizzy/curly hair, or mousse/volumizer for fine hair that wants volume).
  • Divide hair into at least four manageable sections. Use a larger round brush so you can conquer a lot of hair in each section.
  • Dry hair with the nozzle facing down the hair shaft to eliminate frizz, and be sure to curl the ends up. For ultra volume, curl hair all the way to your scalp and blast with cool air before removing the brush. Make sure each section is dry before moving on to the next.
  • After you get all the sections blown out, apply a light smoothing cream or serum to the ends (stay clear of the roots) and rough-dry the entire head to blend all your sections together.
  • Use your fingers to piece out the ends, and voila! You're set!
The Cosmo

This sexy look is great for medium to long hair.

  • Begin this style by following the directions for the Straight Up.
  • Once hair is dry, re-section your hair. Use a 1-inch curling iron to curl 1-inch sections all the way around your head.
  • Finish with a touchable hair spray.
The Mai Tai

Think messy, unkempt, very loose curls. A great choice for longer hairstyles.

  • Section off your hair into several small 1-inch sections. Use a large barrel curling iron for just a second or two per each 1-inch section.
  • After you have curled your section, stretch it out (immediately, while still hot) with your fingers by pulling it down and stretching out the curl. You don't want the curl to set; you want it to be loose and flowy.
  • Once you have done this process all over your head, use a light cream pomade, like Architexture by L’Oréal Professional. Focus the product on the mid-shaft to the ends.
  • Lastly, run your fingers throughout your hair to mess it all up.
Southern Comfort

Think big hair and lots of volume! This look is best on medium-length hair.

  • Begin by washing your hair. Towel dry your hair to take out most of the moisture, then apply a volumizing product like a mousse or root spray.
  • Divide hair into manageable sections (at least four). Use a smaller barreled brush for best results.
  • If you can, set your hair with a small to medium metal brush or Velcro rollers (or go old school and get some hot rollers). This process will really help build body and volume in your hair. And always work in small, manageable sections so you don't get overwhelmed.
Hot Toddy

This look is short and sweet. If you have short hair, you can also go for a curly/wavy style, too. There really are a lot of options, more than people realize; they just have to be executed properly.

  • Because many short styles have them, it's best to begin by styling the bangs.
  • Just barely rough dry the bangs after washing the hair, and break them off into two sections.
  • Depending on the look you're going for, use a medium to large barrel brush and feather each side outward, or under towards your brows; feathering outward will give you more of a 70s-inspired "Charlie's Angels" look. Finish the bangs first before you blow dry the rest of your hair.
  • Follow the same drying tips as the Straight Up, and for curly styles like the one pictured, use a 1-inch curling iron.
Hot Toddy 2

For the prettiest pixie out there! Contrary to what you might think, there are plenty of options for short styles.

  • After washing, towel dry hair to remove moisture.
  • Add a volumizing product for ultra body, or a smoothing cream for slick looks.
  • Finger dry hair, then brush into your desired shape. Consider using a pomade for added texture, especially with fine hair.