There are a few unanswered questions in life that tend to keep us up late into the night when our minds start to wander. For example—if the universe is constantly expanding, what is it actually expanding into? Why are all the bees disappearing, and where are they going? Why does a blowout from the salon always last longer than the DIY version we do in our own bathroom? Despite trying to make the same motions (and sometimes even using the same products) as our stylists, our feeble attempts may last us a day or two if we're lucky, but we can make the version from a blowout bar last a week, easy. There are two main differences in the art: the amount of volume you impart, and the tension from your brush. "Most people tend not to put enough volume in their hair. The more volume, the longer your blowout will last," says Chanel Peraza, corporate style director at Miami's Blo Blow Dry Bar. "Tension is also important. When it comes to smoothing out your hair in those hard-to-reach areas, you need more tension when you are round brushing." It may take some extra work, but we promise it'll be worth it.
Products are also key, but take a minimalist approach to avoid weighing down your strands. In addition to using shampoo and conditioner, those with fine hair should invest in a volumizer like Unite's Boosta Spray ($23; drugstore.com). Thick or curly textures may need to work an argan oil over their mid-lengths and ends to smooth the cuticle and cut down on drying time. Peraza tells us that stylists at Blo will begin by rough-drying the client's hair to remove excess moisture, and will follow by sectioning the hair off into workable areas so that they can really focus on giving the portions of each end a subtle bend. Never, ever start in the back of your head. "By the time you get to the front, your arms are too tired to go on," Peraza explains. "The front of the hair is the most important since it is what people focus on, so start there."
Your layers should be 100-percent dry, so if it's still slightly cool to the touch after you're done, hit the section with a second pass of your round brush and blow dryer duo. Finish things off with a large-barrel curling iron. "Grab large sections of hair and curl away from your face. This helps to smooth out your ends, and gives your hair the round brush effect," Peraza adds. Then, seal your handiwork into place with a light veil of hairspray. The mysteries of the universe and whether or not Steven Avery's alibi holds true may remain unsolved for now, but at least you've got your blowout covered.