Blowout Treatment For Hair: Everything You Need To Know

A blowout treatment is a salon treatment that can leave your hair looking gorgeous and silky smooth. In this article, we go through everything you need to know about blowout treatments.

Blowout Treatment For Hair

So, what is a blowout exactly?

A blowout treatment helps to smooth, volumize and style unruly hair.  Blowouts can be done at home using correct products and styling tools or they can be done professionally in a salon.

What Is a Blowout?

A blowout is a hair treatment that is done after shampooing, conditioning, and towel drying your hair.

Blowouts are usually standard as part of the salon treatment and are done after your hair has been cut and washed.

A stylist uses ceramic or other round brushes and a blow dryer to blowout your hair and afterward will use various hair products to seal the style.

Benefits Of A Blowout

Did you know that in the 1950s, women used to visit salons once a week just to get their hair washed and have a blowout treatment?

The benefits of a blowout include:


One of the main reasons women everywhere love blowouts is because it helps to volumize their hair.

The secret is in the round hair brushes, which have a large diameter and lead to large, wavy sections of hair, in addition to the way in which a blowout is done.

Hair roots stand up straight after a blowout since the method to blow out your hair involves blowdrying directly at the scalp and starting at the root.

This gives the appearance of full-volume hair.

Detangles And Smooths

Because you’re brushing your hair while blow-drying, getting a blowout detangles your hair and prepares it for styling, such as curling and getting pretty waves in your hair.

A blowout can help reduce the look of frizz and ensure your hair is smooth if done properly.

Use Less Products

Because a blowout detangles your hair and volumizes it naturally through the blowdryer itself, you don’t have to use extra products to help volumize or detangle your hair.

Usually, only shampoo, conditioner, heat protectant, and texture spray are all that are needed for a blowout treatment.

However, if you want to use a volumizing spray, who says you can’t?

Can Be Done At Home 

You don’t have to wait for an appointment to do your blowout.

Blowouts can easily be done at home, and with so many products and videos available online, you can find out how to do a blowout treatment on yourself at home.

Done in as little as an hour

When done at a salon, blowouts only involve washing, blowing out your hair, then styling and applying a texture or other spray for added hold.

All this can be done in as little as an hour, meaning you can do this treatment before a big event such as:

  • A night on the town
  • Weddings
  • Dates
  • Baby showers

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What Is the Difference Between A Blowout and Keratin Treatments?

What Is the Difference Between A Blowout and Keratin Treatments

A regular blowout should not be confused with a Brazilian blowout.

A Brazilian blowout is a popular term for keratin treatments that go into the hair to smooth it out and prevent frizz.

Keratin treatments, as the name suggests, use liquid keratin products to create a layer over each hair strand that bonds and protects the hair and smooths it out.

However, there are several important differences between Brazilian blowouts and Keratin treatments, and regular blowouts:


Blowouts are generally not too expensive.

A blowout at a salon generally costs around 45 dollars or less and usually comes standard with a haircut or other salon treatment, such as a hair dye treatment.

Brazilian blowouts, on the other hand, are more expensive, ranging from anywhere between 200 and 400 dollars


We’ve already discussed the benefits of regular blowouts. From volumizing and detangling your hair to boosting your confidence, blowouts have many benefits.

However, a Brazilian blowout is done after applying keratin treatment, which leads to smoother hair that can last for months.

This is also why Brazilian blowouts are more expensive, and can’t be done at every salon.


You can do both keratin treatments and blowout treatments at home and at a salon.

However, keratin treatments involve the use of keratin products in addition to shampoo and conditioner, while regular blowouts only need you to shampoo and condition your hair before beginning the blowout. 

Will A Blowout Cause Hair Damage?

The answer to this question depends on your hair.

Generally, it’s safe to do blowouts on your hair once a week, as that’s how often experts say you can safely treat your hair with heat without damaging it.

However, if you already have hair that’s been excessively styled, dry, and brittle, it’s best to avoid any type of heat treatment for at least several weeks.

This allows your hair to repair itself.

Blowouts are, unfortunately, considered a heat treatment since you’re using a blow dryer to do it.

Luckily, there are several ways to reduce damage from a blowout, including:

  • Use a heat protectant spray in your hair before beginning the blowout, which prevents your hair from getting too damaged from the heat 
  • Use a blowdryer about 6 inches away from your roots, as this can reduce the amount of direct heat on your hair
  • Keep the heat on low-medium when doing a blowout
  • Use the “high” speed setting, and blowout your hair moving down the hair shaft, and not up the strands as this can damage your hair cuticles

How Long Will the Treatment Last?

Blowout treatments were made to make you feel your best while benefiting from the volumizing look and feel of a blowout.

Your blowout treatment will usually last up until you decide to wash your hair again, after which your hair will lose the styling effect and wash away any products that helped your blowout keep its shape.

Generally, without washing your hair, blowouts can last between 3 to 5 days.

For thicker hair that’s somewhat damaged, you can look at the longer end of this time period. Fine hair that is silky smooth might have a harder time keeping the blowout look.

Tips to Make Blowouts Last for Longer

Even if you have fine hair, there are several tips you can use to make your blowout last a bit longer.

Tip 1: Styling your hair after a blowout- If you choose to do so, you can curl your hair after a blowout to provide more texture to your hair and make the blowout last longer

Tip 2: Minimizing movement- Take it easy after your blowout. Do know that the more you move around, including when lying in bed and simply walking around, the shorter your blowout will last.

Tip 3: Use a texture-holding spray- Many holding sprays are on the market now to help you keep the look of your blowout and styling for days.

Finishing sprays are great at giving you that tousled look, and can even protect your hair from humidity that can ruin the look of your blowout.

Also Read: Japanese Hair Straightening Vs Brazilian Blowout – Important Facts

How To Do A Blowout Treatment at Home

How To Do A Blowout Treatment at Home

Follow the steps below for an at-home blowout treatment and remember that practice makes perfect.

After a few tries, you can give yourself a great blowout and save money by avoiding expensive salons.

Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with your favorite products. Make sure that your shampoo and conditioners are sulfate and paraben-free.

Step 2: Towel dry your hair by patting it dry, and remember not to rub it dry vigorously, as this can cause it to frizz.

Step 4: Use a priming spray or heat protectant spray to prep your hair before blowdrying.

Step 3: Once your hair is semi-dry and primed, section it off with your favorite hair clips to make it easier to manage.

Section off the top part of your hair first, then the lower bottom half of your hair in two sections.

Step 4: Rough dry your hair until it’s almost completely dry, and about 20% damp before doing the blowout

Step 5: Using a large, ceramic round brush, start blow-drying your hair working from your roots down to your ends and working section by section starting with your lower sections.

Once you’re done with the lower part of your hair, blowout the top section of your hair

Step 6: Style your hair as desired

Step 7: Finish the look using either a volumizing spray, or holding spray to make the look last longer

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Dee Poulsen

Dee has been following the Curly Girl Method for over four years and is our in-house Curly Girl expert. She has a keen interest in natural haircare and has tried and tested her share of CGM products. She has a photographic memory of most sulfate and silicone-free hair products available on the high street and she's always happy to recommend you her favorites.